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Archbishop's Schedule/Official

Thursday, June 26 — Quo Vadis Days – Celebration of the Eucharist, Camp Howard, Corbett, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 28 — Meeting of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland, 9:30 a.m.; Mass and Consecration of the Archdiocese to the Blessed Mother, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 29 — Celebration of the 100th Anniversary, St. Paul Church, Silverton,  11 a.m.
Thursday, July 3 — Meeting of the Archbishop’s Cabinet, Pastoral Center, Portland
Sunday, July 6 — Freedom Mass, The Grotto, Portland, Noon


The Most Rev. Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, is pleased to announce the following:
Rev. Todd Molinari appointed Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Portland and Priest Moderator of St. Rita Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Jeffrey Eirvin appointed Director of the Office for Vocations of the Archdiocese of Portland effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Stephen Clovis assigned to the faculty of Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, effective July 1, 2014.

Rev. Maxy D’Costa appointed Pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish, Oregon City effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Peter Do, OP, appointed Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Eugene, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Mariano Escano appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Mountain Parish, Ashland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. John Henderson appointed Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Tigard, and the Mission of the Atonement, Beaverton, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Monsignor Richard Huneger appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Salem, effective July 1, 2014..
Rev. Hugo Maese, MSpS, appointed Pastor of St. Matthew Parish, Hillsboro, effective July 11, 2014
Rev.  Nicholas Marandu, ALCP, appointed Pastor of St. Frederic Parish, St. Helens and administrator of St. Wenceslaus Parish, Scappoose, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Cary Reniva appointed Pastor of St. Cecilia Parish, Beaverton, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Paneer Selvam appointed Pastor of St. Mary, Our Lady of  the Dunes, Florence and St. John the Baptist, Reedsport, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Angelo Te appointed Pastor of Ascension Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.

Rev. Michael Jeeva Antony, sfx, appointed administrator of St. Peter Parish and St. Mark Parish, Eugene, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Jose Campos appointed Administrator of St. Joseph Parish, Roseburg and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Sutherlin, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Charles Holden appointed Administrator of St. Helen Parish, Junction City, and St. Rose of Lima Parish, Monroe, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Paulinus Michael Mangesho, ALCP, appointed Administrator of Immaculate Heart Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014
Rev. John Marshall appointed Administrator of St. Anthony Parish, Forest Grove, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Rodel de Mesa appointed Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Arturo Romero-Bautista appointed Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Canby effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. James Coleman appointed Administrator of Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish, Gervais, effective July 1, 2014, while retaining his appointment as Pastor of St. Luke Parish, Woodburn,

Administrators named Pastors
Rev. Fred Anthony appointed Pastor of St. Helen Parish, Sweet Home and  Holy Trinity Mission, Brownsville, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Robert Barricks appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Ysrael Bien appointed Pastor of St. Francis Parish, Sherwood, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. David Jaspers appointed Pastor of St. Alice Parish, Springfield, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Thomas Layton appointed Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Waldport, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Raul Marquez appointed Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. John Hung Tran appointed Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Astoria, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Robert Wolf appointed Pastor of St. Monica Parish, Coos Bay and Administrator of Holy Trinity Parish, Bandon and St. John the Baptist Mission, Port Orford, effective July 1, 2014.
Parochial Vicars
Rev. Justus Alaeto appointed Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Medford, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Eric Andersen appointed Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity Parish, Bandon, effective, July 1, 2014.
Rev. Mark Bentz appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Cecilia Parish, Beaverton effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Francisco Bringuela appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Pius X Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Julio Cesar Torres Montejo appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Salem, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Moises Leal Gonzalez appointed Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Joseph Nguyen appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Anne Parish, Grants Pass, effective July 1, 2014.
 Rev. Chrispine Otieno appointed Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish, Gervais, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Victor Perez appointed Parochial Vicar at Shepherd of the Valley Parish, Central Point, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Dismas Sayre, OP, appointed Parochial Vicar at Holy Rosary Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
 Rev. Antipas Shayo appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Wenceslaus Parish, Scappoose, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Martin Tavares Hernandez appointed Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Medford effective July 1, 2014.

With gratitude for their ministry in the Archdiocese, Most Rev. Alexander Sample announces the following priest retirements:
Msgr. Donald Buxman retiring as Vicar for Clergy and Priest Moderator of St. Rita Parish, Portland, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. Patrick McNamee retiring as Pastor of St. Cecilia Parish, Beaverton, effective July 1, 2014.
Rev. John Waldron retiring as Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Canby, effective July 1, 2014.

— Mary Jo Tully

Most Rev. Alexander Sample
Archbishop of Portland

One of the most moving moments for me since the election of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, occurred on the day after his election. Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Roman Basilica of St. Mary Major. There he prayed before the image of our Lady under her title “Protectress of the Roman People” an image very dear to the faithful of Rome.  What was Pope Francis’ first instinct upon his election as supreme pastor of the universal Church? To run to our Blessed Mother for her motherly love, guidance and protection!

I shared a very similar instinct as I began my time among you as your Archbishop in western Oregon.  It is an instinct that has been with me since my first days as a seminarian 28 years ago.  I consecrated my vocation to Our Lady at my first seminarian retreat. Then, before I was ordained a priest, I consecrated my priesthood to her.  I repeated that consecration upon my ordination as a bishop and when I was transferred here to the Archdiocese of Portland.  I renew this consecration each year during my annual retreat.

It is with this devotional sentiment deeply planted in my heart that I will consecrate, as your shepherd, the Archdiocese of Portland to Our Lady on June 28th, the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I am making this consecration to Our Lady under the title of “The Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima.”  I am also asking for a renewal at this time of the traditional practice of the First Saturday Devotion in honor of Our Lady and as requested by her during her apparitions at Fatima.  I would like to explain my reasons for these actions at this time.

Again, I take my lead and inspiration in this regard from our Holy Father.  Within the very first months of his pontificate, Pope Francis personally asked the Patriarch of Lisbon in Portugal, Cardinal Polycarp, to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima.  Also, in October of 2013, Pope Francis had the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima brought from Fatima to Rome and there he consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary before this image of Our Lady.  

As the Holy Father has seen fit to entrust his pontificate and indeed the whole world to the loving and maternal care of Our Lady, so I think it appropriate that we follow his lead and entrust ourselves in western Oregon to her special care and protection.  Our Archdiocese already has as our patroness the Blessed Mother under her title of the Immaculate Conception.  It seems timely and fitting that we renew our consecration to her at this pivotal moment in history.

We face many challenges today as we seek to live our faith in the world.  Not the least of these is the rapid disintegration of marriage and the family in society.  We are quickly losing what has always been seen as the bedrock of civilized society and the community of the Church.  The divorce rate, even among Catholics, has grown to alarming levels.  Many choose to live together before marriage.  Others cohabit with no intention to marry at all.  The number of children born out of wedlock or raised without an intact family, including a mother and father in the home, is way too high.  And now we see in Oregon and all across the country efforts to redefine the very nature of marriage itself as being between one man and one woman.

These threats to the dignity, sanctity and stability of marriage and family life should not be underestimated by any of us.  We must do everything we can to promote, support and strengthen what God has designed for the human family in terms of the covenant of marriage and the essence of family life.  Pope Francis has certainly placed his strongest emphasis on attention to the family.  But our efforts in this regard must not rely solely on human effort and strategy.  We must also turn to our God for spiritual help in this struggle for the soul of our society.  

And so in this consecration to Our Lady, we will be asking her to especially intercede with God for us for the protection and strengthening of marriages and families in our archdiocese.  We will also certainly seek her help to obtain the graces necessary for the works of evangelization, service to the poor, and our communal growth in faith, hope and love.  But without strong and committed families, our efforts in other areas will be severely if not fatally compromised.  Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words in his homily which opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization in 2012:  “There is a clear link between the crisis in faith and the crisis in marriage. And, as the Church has said and witnessed for a long time now, marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization. …”  

So we turn to Our Lady, Mother of the Holy Family, to help us.  We place ourselves, our Church, and especially our families, under the loving mantle of her protection and care.  I ask you all to join with me in this consecration.  I would love to see the Cathedral filled to overflowing on Saturday, June 28 at 2 p.m.  I realize most of you will not be able to join with me in person.  That is why I have asked every priest of the archdiocese to join with me on the weekend of June 28 and 29 by praying the prayer of consecration with me in the local parishes.

We will have a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima present at the Cathedral for the consecration.  This particular image of Our Lady was blessed by Pope Francis himself and will remain in the Archdiocese through the first Saturday of July.  We will also have present with us one of the priest chaplains from the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal as a special delegate from the shrine for this consecration.

May Our Lady pray for us and obtain for us all the graces necessary for living our faith in challenging times.  With confidence let us place ourselves under the mantle of her maternal love, care and protection!

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
Article comment by: Paul Ostermann

Thank you so much Archbishop Sample this will reap many blessings for our Archdiocese and our country. God Bless and Our Lady of Fatima protect you!

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