Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
The cobblestone streets of Rome are rough on bicycles. That includes two-wheelers ridden by Catholic seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.
One outdoorsy priest-in-training from the Archdiocese of Portland decided his 250 peers in the Eternal City needed an expert when it comes to bike fixes. Peter Julia, a former bicycle mechanic, proposed that the school open an on-campus repair shop. A student committee consented and put Julia in charge.
Oregon’s Catholic pastors are about to be reminded that Archbishop Alexander Sample issued a strong statement Nov. 23 in opposition to capital punishment.
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a group seeking to overturn Oregon’s law allowing executions, will send the reminder in hope that the message will get out to more of the state’s 431,000 Catholics.
MOUNT ANGEL — The Father Bernard Youth Center kitchen got a shiny upgrade with the help of GEM Equipment. The company, based in Mount Angel and Woodburn, donated a commercial-grade stainless steel countertop unit
The Rice Bowl program, a longstanding Lenten donation effort, is set again for western Oregon Catholics. For decades, youngsters have saved and slipped coins into a small paper bowl, symbolic of the way many people in the world survive. Moms and dads tend to add bills, perhaps linking the donations to simple meals during Lent.
CHICAGO — Religious and clergy alike do their part to help the Ramblers' men's basketball team at Loyola University Chicago. The team's chaplain since 1994 has been Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is now 97 years old. She also is the newest member of Loyola's sports hall of fame. She was inducted Jan. 21.