I am grateful that the Portland Archdiocese welcomed Bishop Remi De Roo.
This wise and humble man has blessed Oregon Faith and Sharing on multiple occasions, serving as animator of our retreats. We are lifted up in his tenderness and abiding sense of justice.
During our time together we, the representative Body of Christ, are renewed by the brightness, hope, unity and love of God’s kingdom to which Bishop DeRoo faithfully invites us. He prompts us to recall that the language of God is silence. To the downtrodden among us he gives hope, courage and strength that come from his own deep faith. He gently encourages the proud to remember their place among their brothers and sisters. He evokes in us the values of the Beatitudes by his very presence. And we are happy.
This is “our bishop,” a man who, throughout his life, has responded to God’s summons to seek what is right, to work for peace, and to be molded and shaped, through personal joys and sorrows, into an increasingly more perfect vessel of the Gospel message.
He sits with the people of God, not above them, ultimately calling us all to remember the great command: Love as you have been loved.
The Archdiocese of Portland was greatly blessed to have Remi De Roo, servant of God and architect of Vatican II, in its midst during the 50th anniversary of that most significant time in the history of our Church.