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Dozens of clergymen reassigned
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Father Joseph Betschart
President-Rector
Mount Angel Seminary
St. Benedict

The Archdiocese of Portland has announced its 2012 clergy reassignments. The changes take effect July 2 unless noted otherwise. Below are the new assignments. For photos, ciick on the photo gallery to the right.

Father Joseph Betschart
President-Rector
Mount Angel Seminary
St. Benedict
Father Joseph Betschart is a Portland native and attended Oregon State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering. He attended Notre Dame Institute, receiving a master’s in religious studies, and then Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 1999 at St. Mary Cathedral by Archbishop John G. Vlazny. Father Betschart’s first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Joseph in Salem. He has also served at St. Cecilia, Beaverton and Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland.
Father Betschart’s latest assignment was as a member of the formation faculty at the North American College.

Father David Shaw
Faculty
Central Catholic High School
Parochial Vicar
St. Anne, Gresham
Father David Shaw was born in Lansing, Mich. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, then entered Mount Angel Seminary, where he earned a  master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree.
He is a member of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise. His ministry training has included assignments at St. Pius X, Portland, Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Christ the King, Milwaukie, and St. Anne, Gresham. His latest assignment was as administrator at Christ the King, Milwaukie.
Father Shaw will serve on the faculty at Central Catholic High School in addition to serving at St. Anne in Gresham.

Father James Graham
Administrator
Holy Name, Coquille
Father James Graham was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1948. He graduated from Oregon City High School in 1966. He served in the Navy and worked for the Ford Motor Co. He attended Vanguard University earning a bachelor’s degree in religion-pastoral ministry in 1983. He then studied at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He also worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Adult and Family Services. He entered Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis., fall of 2007.  He earned a master of divinity degree at Sacred Heart in 2012.
His ministry training has included work at Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego, St. John the Apostle, Oregon City, Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee, Wis., St. Camillus Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing, Wauwatosa, Wis., St. Stephen, Portland and Holy Apostles, New Berlin, Wis.
He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny on June 9 at St. Mary Cathedral.

Father John Kerns
Pastor
Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego
Father John Kerns was born in 1958 in Eugene and graduated from Marist High School there. He attended the University of Portland; St. John Vianney House of Studies, Portland and Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained in 1985 at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland by Archbishop Cornelius Power. Father Kerns was parochial vicar of St. Mary, Corvallis; associate director of vocations for the archdiocese and then director of vocations; temporary administrator of St. Francis, Sherwood, and then pastor of All Saints, Portland, before his latest assignment as founding pastor at St. Juan Diego, Northwest Portland.

Father Jeffrey Eirvin
Parochial Vicar
St. Pius X, Portland (July/August), then Rome
Father Jeffrey Eirvin was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1978. He attended elementary school in Valley Park, Mo., and graduated from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Manchester, Mo., in 1996.  He attended Missouri State University and then Oregon State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 2001. He worked as a graphic designer before entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2005 where he earned a certificate in philosophy in 2007. He attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 2010. He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny on June 9.
His ministry has included work at St. Alexander, Cornelius, Holy Trinity, Beaverton, Queen of Peace, Salem, St. Patrick, Canby, Tanzania, St. Mary’s University, Rome, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland, St. Louis University Hospital and Santa Susana, Rome.
After serving at St. Pius X this summer, he will return to Rome for studies in theology.

Father David Zegar
Pastor
St. Andrew, Portland
Father Zegar was born in Vancouver, Wash. and attended both Grant High School and Central Catholic High School. He attended both Oregon State University and graduated from Portland State University in 1975. He then entered Mount Angel Seminary, where he graduated in 1979. He was ordained in 1979 by Bishop Kenneth Steiner for the Archdiocese of Portland. He has served at St. Alexander, Cornelius, St. Clare, Portland, and St. Luke, Woodburn. He also spent time on assignment in San Salvador, El Salvador. His most recent assignment was as pastor at St. Peter in Southeast Portland.

Father Raul Marquez
Administrator
St. Peter, Portland
Father Raul Marquez was born in 1970 in Abejorral, Colombia. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Medellin, Colombia, graduating from high school in 1989. He attended the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. He attended Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wis., and completed work on a master of divinity degree. He was ordained in 2010 by Archbishop Vlazny.  
Father Marquez’s ministry training has included clinical pastoral education at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and assignments at St. Peter, Portland and St. Alexander, Cornelius. His most recent assignment was as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception, Stayton, Our Lady of Lourdes, Jordan and St. Catherine of Siena Mission in Mill City.

Father Henry Guillen-Vega
Parochial Vicar
Immaculate Conception Stayton
Father Henry Guillen-Vega was born in Masaya, Nicaragua. He attended elementary school and high school in Masaya, graduating in 1994. He then attended the Universidad Catolica Redemptoris Mater‚ graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2002.
He attended Mount Angel Seminary and graduated with a master of divinity degree. He was ordained in 2010 by Archbishop Vlazny.
Father Guillen-Vega has worked at St. Mary, Mount Angel, St. Philip Benizi, Redland, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, St. Alexander, Cornelius, St. Anne, Gresham, Sacred Heart, Gervais and Sacred Heart, Medford. His latest assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Joseph, Salem.

Father Pablo Sanchez, MSpS
Parochial Vicar
St. Joseph, Salem
A Missionary of the Holy Spirit Father Sanchez was born in Los Angeles in 1973. He entered the novitiate in 1993 and made his first vows as a Missionary of the Holy Spirit in 1995. He did his studies at Mount Angel Seminary and St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. He was ordained in 2004.
His first assignment was at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oxnard, Calif., before his most recent assignment as parochial vicar at St. Matthew, Hillsboro.

Father Cary Reniva
Administrator
St. Anthony, Forest Grove
Father Reniva was born in 1982 in Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines. He attended St. Benedict’s Academy in Guinobatan for elementary and secondary school, graduating high school in 1999. He attended Mater Salutis College Seminary in Daraga, Albay, Philippines, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in classical Philosophy in 2004. He completed a master of arts degree in theology at Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained in 2009 by Archbishop Vlazny.
His has served at Christ the King, Milwaukie, St. Vincent de Paul, Salem, and at All Saints, Portland and Sacred Heart, Medford. His most recent assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Luke, Woodburn.

Father Arturo Romero-Bautista
Parochial Vicar
St. Luke, Woodburn
Father Romero-Bautista was born in Álamo, Veracruz, Mexico in 1979. He attended the archdiocesan seminary Rafael Guizar Valencia in Xalapa, Veracruz, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.  He began his studies in theology at Valencia archdiocesan seminary and later transferred to Mount Angel Seminary.  He graduated with a master’s degree in divinity in May. He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny on June 9 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
He has worked teaching music in a middle school in Álamo, Veracruz, and teaching philosophy and humanities at Benito Juárez high school in Álamo. His ministry training assignments have included work in parishes in Veracruz, Xalapa, and Álamo, all in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.  He has also had assignments at Resurrection, Tualatin and St. Anthony, Forest Grove.  

Father Joseph Sebasty
Pastor
St. Augustine, Lincoln City
Father Sebasty was born in Siruvilan, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He came from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he was associate pastor of St. Madeleine, Pomona. He was incardinated for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2011.
He has served at St. Pius X, Portland, Sacred Heart, Tillamook, St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Rockaway, and most recently as administrator of St. Edward, North Plains.

Father David Schiferl
Pastor
St. Edward, North Plains, St. Alexander, Cornelius
Father David Schiferl was born in 1959 in Marshfield, Wis. He attended the University of Wisconsin and St. Louis University before graduating from Mount Angel Seminary in 1994.
Father Schiferl was ordained in 2001 at St. Mary’s in Portland by Archbishop Vlazny. Since his ordination he has served as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart, Medford, and continues as pastor at St. Alexander, Cornelius.

Father Moises Kumul Mac
Parochial Vicar
St. Edward, North Plains, St. Alexander, Cornelius
Father J. Moises Kumul Mac was born in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico in 1979. He graduated from the Colegio St. Ignatius of Loyola in Playa Del Carmen in 1999. He attended Universidad Intercontinental Sur, earning a licentiate degree in Spanish classical literature and philosophy in 2004. He next attended the Franciscan University of Cristobal Colon in Veracruz Puerto City, Veracruz, Mexico, earning an administrative licentiate degree in educational psychology in 2006.  He completed a master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree at Mount Angel Seminary in 2012. He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny at St. Mary Cathedral on June 9.
His ministry training has included assignments at St. Juan Diego, Portland, St. Luke Hospital, Boise, Providence Health Care Center, Mount Angel, Risen Christ, Boise, Our Lady of the Valley, Caldwell, Idaho, and St. Alexander, Cornelius.

Father Ysrael Bien
Administrator
St. Francis, Sherwood
Father Bien was born in 1980 in Tabaco City, Philippines. He attended  Catholic elementary school and seminary high school in Tabaco City. He attended Mater Salutis College Seminary in Legazpi, Philippines, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in classical philosophy in 2001. He received a bachelor of sacred theology degree, a master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny in 2010.
Father Bien’s ministry includes work at St. Mary Cathedral, Portland, a Spanish immersion program in Mexico, New York Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, the Oregon State Hospital and urban poor community work in the Philippines. His most recent assignment was as a parochial vicar at St. Cecilia, Beaverton.

Father Joseph Nguyen
Parochial Vicar
St. Cecilia, Beaverton
Father Joseph Hung Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1973. He attended elementary and high school in Saigon. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Portland State University in 1999. He then worked at Portland State University until 2005, when he entered Mount Angel Seminary. He graduated with a master of divinity degree in 2012 from Mount Angel Seminary. Our Lady of Lavang in Portland is his home parish.
His ministry training assignments have included work at All Saints, Portland and at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, Portland, St. Anthony, Forest Grove, Sacred Heart, Newport, The Grotto, Portland, St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wash., St. Stephen, Portland and Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego. He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny on June 9 at St. Mary Cathedral.

Father Richard Thompson
Pastor
St. John Fisher, Portland
Father Richard Thompson was born in 1950 in Bend. He attended Marshall High School in Portland and graduated from Portland State University. Raised in the Episcopal Church, he converted to Catholicism in 1985. He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary in 1994 and was ordained in 1995 at St. John the Apostle, Oregon City by Archbishop William Levada. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia, Beaverton. He has served at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Astoria, and All Saints, Portland.

Father Paul Jeyamani
Administrator
All Saints, Portland
Father Paul Jeyamani was ordained in 1992 for the Archdiocese of Madurai, South India. A teacher at St. Paul Regional Theological Seminary in Tamil Nadu, he assisted nearby parishes with preaching and pastoral duties. He also gained pastoral experience abroad in Germany. He also served for a time as administrator of St. Boniface, Sublimity. His most recent assignment was at St. Monica, Coos Bay.

Father Robert Wolf
Administrator
St. Monica, Coos Bay
Father Robert Wolf was born in 1979 in Salem. He graduated from McNary High School in Keizer in 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary in 2005. He also earned a master of divinity degree from Mount Angel.
His ministry has included work at St. Joseph, Salem, Camp Howard, St. Edward, Keizer, Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland, St. Anthony, Forest Grove and Christ the King, Milwaukie. His most recent assignment was as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego.

Father Mark Gikenyi
Administrator
St. Cyril, Wilsonville
Father Mark Gikenyi was born in 1978 in Kisii South (Gucha), Kenya, he graduated from the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Morogoro, Tanzania, in 2005 and entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2006. His ministry preparation in Oregon has included All Saints, Portland, St. John, Milwaukie, St. Mary, Corvallis, and Our Lady of Sorrows, Southeast Portland. His most recent assignment was at St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, as parochial vicar.

Father Dominic Tumusiime, AJ
Administrator
St. Michael, Sandy, St. John, Welches, St. Aloysius, Estacada
Apostle of Jesus Father Dominic Tumusiime was born in 1964, in Kabale, Uganda. He was ordained in 1993 in the Kabale Diocese.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the Apostles of Jesus Theologicum in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1993. He also has a master’s degree in human development and food security from the Universita Degli Studi in Rome. He has worked as a parish priest in Ethiopia and Uganda, and as a regional secretary for his religious order in Uganda. Most recently he served as a parochial vicar at St. Anne, Grants Pass.

Father Rodel de Mesa
Administrator
Holy Trinity, Bandon
Father Rodel de Mesa was born in Bato, Catanduanes, Philippines, in 1984. He attended elementary school in Gigmoto, state of Catanduanes, in the Philippines.  
His secondary education was at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Panal, Tobaco City, Philippines, where he graduated in 2001. He next attended Mater Salutis College Seminary in Sipi, Daraga, Albay, Philippines, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2006. He also completed a master of arts degree and a master of divinity degree at Mount Angel Seminary.
His ministry training assignments have included work at The Madeleine, Portland and Swedish Medical Center, Seattle. He also served at Resurrection, Tualatin. He was ordained June 9 by Archbishop Vlazny at St. Mary Cathedral.

Father Sean Weeks
Pastor
St. Pius X, Portland
Father Sean Weeks was born in Anaheim, Calif., in 1970. He attended school and community college in Lancaster, Calif. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1999 and a master of arts in theology in 2002 from Mount Angel Seminary, and later a master of divinity in 2003.
He has served at St. James, McMinnville, Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego and most recently as pastor at Our Lady of the Mountain in Ashland.

Father Craig Boly, SJ
Pastor
St. Ignatius, Portland
Jesuit Father Craig Boly grew up attending St. Rose of Lima, Portland. He graduated from Jesuit High in 1962 and entered the Jesuit novitiate at Sheridan the same year.
He studied theology at Regis College in Toronto and was ordained in 1974. After ordination, he became the campus minister at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane and was part of the team that made the school co-educational in 1975. He began a retreat program at the school.
He later taught theology at Gonzaga University and obtained a degree in counseling psychology. He has written books on theology and the Jesuits. He’s been a prison chaplain in Australia, a university dean and a leader in revamping Jesuit training in the United States.
He served as pastor of St. Joseph, Seattle, and his most recent position was as pastor at St. Pius X, Portland.

Father Angelo Te
Administrator
Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland
Father Te was born in 1977 in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. He attended the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, earning a degree in accounting in 1998. He also did graduate work in the Philippines.  He was ordained in 2011 by Archbishop Vlazny.
His ministry experiences have included work at Christ the King, Milwaukie, St. Peter and at St. Mark, Eugene and his most recent appointment at Sacred Heart, Medford as a parochial vicar.

Father Benjamin Tapia
Parochial Vicar
Sacred Heart, Medford
Father Benjamin Tapia Ortiz was born in 1982 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
He attended elementary and secondary schools in Tijuana, graduating in 2000.  
He studied at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Ecleciasticos, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2004. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in spirituality in 2011 and a master of divinity degree in theology in 2012.
His ministry has included work with a youth group in Mexico City, working with the poor in Bogota, Colombia, at Queen of Peace, Salem, as a Jesuit Volunteer, Madrid, Spain, at St. Patrick, Carlsbad, Calif., Sharp Mercy Hospital, San Diego, St. James, Solana Beach, Calif., St. John Eudes, Chatsworth, Calif.  He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny at St. Mary Cathedral on June 9.  

Father Michael Patrick
Pastor
St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose
Father Michael Patrick studied at Our Lady of Lanka National Seminary, in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was ordained in 1983 and served at parishes and the seminary in Sri Lanka. He also taught at the University of Jaffna there. In 1991, he studied canon law at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. He came to Portland in 1998 to work in the marriage tribunal and assist at St. Alexander, Cornelius. He has served at St. Patrick, Portland, St. Edward, Keizer, and St. Philip Benizi, Redland. His most recent assignment was as pastor at Holy Trinity in Bandon.

Father Jose Campos
Parochial Vicar
St. Anne, Grants Pass
Father Jose Manuel Campos García was born in 1972 in El Calabozo Ario de Rosales in Michoacán State, Mexico. He entered the seminary in 2003, attending the Spanish Seminary of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2007. He earned a master of divinity degree from Mount Angel Seminary in 2012. He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny on June 9 at St. Mary Cathedral.
His ministry training has included work at St. Alexander, Cornelius, and St. Cecilia, Beaverton.

Father Ron Nelson
Pastor
St. Mary, Eugene
Father Nelson was born in 1971 in Portland. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 1990, Mount Angel Seminary in 2002 and received a bachelor’s in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2005. He was ordained in 2007. His ministry has included working at St. Mary, Mount Angel, St. Mary Cathedral, Portland, Queen of Peace, Salem, and Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene and St. Anne, Grants Pass. His most recent assignment was at Sacred Heart-St. Louis, Gervais and St. Louis.

Father Eric Andersen
Interim Administrator
Sacred Heart-St. Louis, Gervais, St. Louis
Father Eric Andersen was born in 1967. He attended elementary schools in Reedville and Aloha and graduated from North Eugene High School in 1985. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1990. He completed a master’s degree and a sacred theology bachelor’s degree at Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained in 2009.
His ministry assignments have included work at Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland, Christ the King, Milwaukie, the Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Bergen Mercy Hospital, Omaha, St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, St. Cecilia, Beaverton, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Verboort, Sacred Heart, Medford and his most recent assignment as parochial vicar at St. Mary, Eugene.

Father Ignacio Llorente, SSJ
Pastor
St. Patrick, Portland
St. John Society Father Ignacio Llorente was born in Seville, Spain, in 1978. He attended the University of CEMA in Buenos Aires and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.  He then attended the University of del Norte Santo Tomas de Aquino where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2004. He earned a master’s degree of arts in theology, a sacred theology bachelor’s degree and a master of divinity from Mount Angel Seminary in 2009.
His ministry has included being an economics professor at Los Robles High School and religious education teacher at Los Robles High and Escuela Argentina Modelo schools. He has also worked at Nuestra Señora de Itati, in Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Newman Center at Oregon State University and St. Anne, Gresham. His most recent assignment was as  parochial vicar at St. Mary, Corvallis.

Father Federico Pinto, SSJ
Parochial Vicar
St. Mary, Corvallis, Campus Minister, Newman Center, Oregon State University
Father Federico Pinto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977. He has belonged to the St. John Society since 2000.
He attended the University of del Norte Santo Tomás in Buenos Aires and graduated in 2000 with a master’s degree in philosophy. He earned a sacred theology bachelor’s degree of divinity from Univeristy of Lateranense in Chieti (Italy) in 2010.
His ministry has included teaching religious education at Los Robles High School and and Escuela Argentina Modelo High school.
He has also worked at Villa Dolores (Argentina), Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland (2004-05), the Newman Center at Oregon State University (2005-06), Santissimo Crocifisso (2007-09), and San Francesco di Paola (2010-11) in Italy.

Deacon Maximo Stöck, SSJ
Parochial Vicar
St. Patrick, Portland
St. John Society Deacon Maximo Stöck was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1984. He graduated from Los Robles High School and attended the Universidad del Norte de Santo Tomás de Aquino in Buenos Aires. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He earned master’s in theology and master of divinity degrees from Mount Angel Seminary in 2012, and a sacred theology bachelor’s degree from St. Anselmo University the same year.
His ministry has included being a religious education professor at a Catholic high school in Pilar, Buenos Aires. He lived for one year in Villa Dolores, Cordoba, ministering to the poor and teaching religion at different high schools. He returned to Pilar, to work among the poor and to help run the different programs of new evangelization of the St. John Society. In 2008 he came to the United States to initiate his theological formation at Mount Angel Seminary. As he studied, he helped with the ministers of the St. John Society in the Newman Center at Oregon State University. He has also collaborated with Hispanic ministry at St Anne, Gresham, St. Anne, Grants Pass, and St. Mary, Corvallis. He will be ordained a priest on July 14 in Argentina.

Father Richard Juzix, OFM
Parochial Vicar
St. John the Baptist
Milwaukie
Franciscan Father Richard Juzix was born in San Francisco, in 1947. He attended St. Anthony Seminary and then went onto the Franciscan Friars’  San Luis Rey College, in Oceanside, Calif. After attending college, he went to the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and received a master’s in divinity.  He was ordained in 1975 to the priesthood and his first assignment was at St. Clare, Portland.  
Since then Father Juzix has served at the following parishes: Sts. Simon and Jude-Huntington Beach, Calif.; Ascension, Portland; St. Francis, Spokane.; St. Francis, Sacramento, Calif.; Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, and St. Francis, Los Angeles. He also served in retreat ministry at St. Anthony Retreat, Three Rivers, Calif.

Father Jorge Hernandez, OFM
Pastor
St. John the Baptist
Milwaukie
Franciscan Father Jorge Hernandez was born in the city of San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1965.
His initial studies were done in Mexico before he emigrated to the United States in 1987. He joined the Franciscan Friars in 1989, finishing his college education at Holy Names in Oakland, Calif., before attending the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and receiving a master’s in divinity. Father Hernandez was ordained in 1998.
His first assignment was associate pastor at St. Boniface, San Francisco.
Since this time he has served at parishes in San Luis Rey, Oceanside, Calif.; again at St. Boniface, San Francisco and most recently at Ascension, Portland.  In 2010, Father Hernandez received his master’s degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Father Jose Luis Nerio, OFM
Parochial Vicar
Ascension, Portland
Franciscan Father Jose Luis Nerio was born in Aquilares, El Salvador, and completed his initial education both in Aquilares and then San Salvador. He joined the Franciscan friars in 1995, eventually ending up at the Franciscan School of Theology where he received his master’s in divinity in May 2008. In September 2009 he was ordained transitional deacon at St. Elizabeth, Oakland, then serving as deacon at Ascension, Portland,  before spending one year in a clinical pastoral education program at Salem Hospital. Father Nerio was ordained in 2011 at Ascension, Portland. He then went on to spend a year as chaplain at Oregon State Hospital, Salem.

Father Justus Alaeto
Parochial Vicar
Shepherd of the Valley
Central Point
Father Justus Odira Alaeto was born in 1976 in Orlu, Nigeria.  He graduated high school in 1994 from St. Mary’s Seminary Umuowa in Orlu.  
He attended the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul in Abuja, Nigeria, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2003.
He attended Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary in Ibadan, Nigeria, and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. After studying at Mount Angel Seminary, he transferred to Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wis., where he completed a master of divinity degree in May. He was ordained on June 9 by Archbishop Vlazny.
His ministry has included work at St. Anthony, Tigard, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn., All Saints, Portland, and St. Vincent de Paul, Salem.

Msgr. Richard Paperini
Pastor
Christ the King, Milwaukie
Msgr. Richard Paperini was born Nov. 18, 1950, in Portland. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, he has a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in English, and two master’s degrees from Mount Angel Seminary.
He was ordained in 1977 by Archbishop Cornelius Power at St. Henry Parish, Gresham.
His ministry has included work at St. Henry, Gresham, St. Charles, Portland, Central Catholic High School, Portland, St. Mary of the Valley, Beaverton, St. Jude, Eugene, St. Luke, Woodburn and his latest position at Mount Angel Seminary as president-rector.

Father Matthew Libra
Parochial Vicar
St. Juan Diego, Portland (July/August), Rome
Father Matthew Libra was born in 1980 in Klamath Falls. He graduated from East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon in 1998. St. Edward, Lebanon, is his home parish.  
He worked in youth ministry at parishes in Lebanon and Salem and for Reach Youth Ministry of Yakima.
He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2004, and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2007. He studied in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, earning a Sacred Theology bachelor’s degree in 2010. He studied at the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family in Vatican City.
His ministry has included work at Marian Estates, Sublimity, Sacred Heart, Gervais, St. Mary Cathedral, Portland, Hospital San Carlo, Rome, work with the Missionaries of Charity in Rome, Naples Navy Base, Naples, Italy, and St. Paul, Eugene.
He was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny at St. Mary Cathedral on June 9. Father Libra will return to Rome after a summer at St. Juan Diego to continue his studies in theology.

Father Steve Stobie
Pastor
St. Clare, Portland
Father Stobie was born in 1954 in Portland and attended both Central Catholic and Benson High Schools.
He attended seminary college at Mount Angel before going on to receive a master of divinity at St. John’s University of Collegeville, Minn.
He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1980 at St. Mary Cathedral by Archbishop Cornelius Power. He also spent two years studying canon law in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
His ministry has included work at St. Andrew, Portland, St. Paul, Silverton, St. Mary, Corvallis, St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, St. Philip, Dallas, Mount St. Joseph Residence, St. Stephen, Portland, and most recently as pastor at St. Cyril, Wilsonville.

Father Charles Wood
Parochial Vicar
Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego
Father Wood was born in 1960 in Washington, D.C., and attended parish school in Chillum, Md.
He graduated from St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of Notre Dame.
He worked as a reporter before attending Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral in 2000 by Archbishop John Vlazny.
He is a member of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise; part of a lay ecumenical community whose members share community life and resources.
His ministry includes work at Holy Redeemer, Portland, Sacred Heart, Portland, St. Henry Gresham. His most recent assignment was as pastor at St. Clare, Portland.

Bishop Kenneth Steiner
Temporary Administrator
St. Juan Diego, Portland
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Kenneth Steiner, was born in 1936 in David City, Neb., he attended Mount Angel Seminary High School and College and St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore, Wash. He was ordained in 1962. He was named auxiliary bishop of Portland in 1978 and was administrator of the archdiocese during the times that the See was vacant.
His ministry has included work at St. Francis of Assisi, Portland; St. Monica, Coos Bay; St. Mary Cathedral, Portland; St. Stephen, Portland; Holy Name, Coquille; Sts. Ann and Michael, Myrtle Point; St. Bridget, Powers; St. Francis of Assisi, Roy; St. Mary, Corvallis; St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie; and St. Edward, North Plains.  Bishop Steiner retired in November 2011.

Father Theo Lange
Formation Director
Mount Angel Seminary
Father Theodore Lange was born in Salem in 1978.  He attended St. Joseph and Salem Heights elementary schools and graduated from Sprague High School in Salem in 1996.
He attended Lane Community College and earned an associate’s degree of arts in 1999. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2002, and earned a bachelor’s degree of arts in philosophy and literature in 2004. He moved onto the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City. He attained a sacred theology bachelor’s degree from the Gregorian University in Rome in 2007.
His ministry has included work at St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, Christ the King, Milwaukie, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla.; St. Jude, Eugene, Our Lady of Fatima, Shady Cove, Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland, Sacred Heart Medford and his most recent assignment as parochial vicar at Shepherd of the Valley Church, Central Point.

Msgr. Timothy Murphy, who was both serving as pastor at St. John Fisher, Portland, and at Central Catholic High School, will now only be serving at Central Catholic. He will live in residence at All Saints, Portland.

Outside the Archdiocese of Portland:

Father Jeffrey Meeuwsen will be outside the archdiocese, in Rome, on a leave for study.
His most recent assignment was as pastor at St. Anthony, Forest Grove.

Missionary of St. Francis Xavier Father Maxy D’Costa will be moving outside the archdiocese. He most recent assignment was as pastor at St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie.

St. John Society Father Lucas Laborde will be moving outside the archdiocese. His most recent assignment was as pastor at St. Patrick, Portland.

Father Liam Cary was ordained the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Baker in May. Bishop Cary’s former assignment was as pastor at St. Mary, Eugene.

Jesuit Father Christopher Weekly has moved outside the archdiocese. His most recent assignment was as pastor at St. Ignatius, Portland.

Fr. Patrick Walsh will be on one year’s leave from parish assignments but will continue to work with Deaf Ministry.

Archbishop Vlazny and the priests of the Archdiocese of Portland wish to express their gratitude for the many years of service performed by those who are retiring:
• Msgr. Charles Lienert
• Father Joseph McMahon
• Father John McGuire
• Father Amancio Rodrigues
• Father Stephen Fister
• Father Jim Stange
• Father Tom McCarthy, SJ

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