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Priests celebrate golden ordination anniversaries
Msgr. Tim Murphy with Fr. Louis Urbanski.
Msgr. Tim Murphy with Fr. Louis Urbanski.
Fr. Dale Waddill
Fr. Dale Waddill

Two Archdiocese of Portland priests who were ordained on the same day 50 years ago were honored this spring by the people they have served. Father Dale Waddill and Father Louis Urbanski were ordained May 23, 1964, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Archbishop Edward Howard.

Father Urbanski has had 17 different assignments over the years, including Central Catholic High School, Regis High School, and St. Therese, St. Rose, St. Charles, St. Peter, St. Pius X and St. Elizabeth of Hungary parishes. He’s currently the pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Aloha.

Parishioners threw him a party, attended by 500 people and two dozen clergymen.

Party food represented eight different nationalities, and Father Urbanski was in good spirits, even as the toast segment of the evening veered toward “roast”-type stories.

Even Charlie made an appearance, the puppet Father Urbanski uses during the homily when he celebrates Mass for the children of the parish.

Father Waddill’s party was held at St. John the Apostle Parish in Oregon City.

“A golden anniversary,” Father Waddill said about occasion  “I canʼt believe it’s mine; a golden anniversary is for old priests!”

Father Waddill taught at Serra High School and Sacred Heart Academy, served as a hospital chaplain at Salem Memorial and a Newman Center chaplain at Willamette University. He served patients with mental illness at Oregon State Hospital and worked in parishes in Sublimity, Salem, Beaverton, Bandon, Astoria and St. Peter in Southeast Portland.

Though Spanish was the one class he failed as a student, Father Waddill went on to help found Hispanic ministries at a number of parishes. He played guitar at the first folk Masses at St. Joseph Parish in Salem. He also guided St. John the Baptist parishioners in Port Orford through the construction of a new church.  

Father Waddill is now retired and lives in Oregon City, where he is a caretaker for his 102-year-old mother, Alyce. He still assists at St. John the Apostle, and – when he has time – enjoys the outdoors with hunting, fishing and gardening.

In August, the two priests will attend their Mount Angel Seminary class reunion.

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