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Work in the world: A day in the life of a modern sister
Sarah Wolf/Catholic SentinelSister Teresa Harrell greets a former Portland State University student, Mark Kortbaoui, who will be going to medical school in the fall. Kortbaoui served at the PSU Newman Center even after he graduated.
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Sister Teresa Harrell greets a former Portland State University student, Mark Kortbaoui, who will be going to medical school in the fall. Kortbaoui served at the PSU Newman Center even after he graduated.
After walking into the Portland State University Newman Center house, Sister Teresa Harrell immediately goes to the adoration chapel to say hello to Jesus. Her housemate, visiting priests and some students follow suit.

Communication is important in Sister Harrell’s relationship with God. That’s one of the reasons she attends Mass daily. Not going would be like going a day without talking to a spouse, she says.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Missionary discipleship
I guess I have a small confession to make. I went to the recent Convocation of Catholic Leaders held in Orlando, Florida, with very low expectations. I was unsure and somewhat skeptical about the intent and expected outcome of the event. I was pleasantly surprised, as was our local delegation.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Men's conference at Mount Angel Festhalle this fall to explore Fatima
MOUNT ANGEL — The Holy League Men’s Ministry and Oregon Knights of Columbus will hold their second Holy League Catholic Men’s Conference October 20 ­– 21 at the Mount Angel Festhalle. The theme for the year’s conference is: “100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima vs. 100 years of Communism, 300 years of Freemasonry and 500 years of the Protestant Revolt.”
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Oregon church leaders attend national convocation on missionary discipleship

A delegation from the Archdiocese of Portland traveled to Orlando, Florida, July 1-4 to help devise ways to best reflect the church’s missionary call in today’s world.

Part of the group of 3,000 at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” were Archbishop Alexander Sample; Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith; Deacon Kevin Welch, director of pastoral ministries; Todd Cooper, special assistant to the archbishop; Jason Kidd, director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life; Rolando Moreno, director of the Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation; and Clint Bentz, chair of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Question Corner: A vengeful God?

Q. I am a Catholic priest who has long been puzzled by Leviticus 20:9-21. In that passage, God gives Moses a long list of people who should be put to death: those who curse their parents, adulterers, homosexuals and many others.

In my own mind, God could not have given this order for two reasons: First, he would have been violating his own Fifth Commandment, which says “You shall not kill”; and secondly, these offenses do not deserve the death penalty.


Monday, July 10, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through July 22. 


Friday, July 7, 2017
Archbishop Sample's guidelines on family and marriage urge truth, mercy

In guidelines for implementing his pastoral letter on marriage and family life, Archbishop Alexander Sample has urged truth-telling and patience as a path to joy.

 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017
College students from around Oregon gather for GOFISH Getaway in Newport
NEWPORT — The weekend after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, more than 150 college students representing 18 different schools gathered here for the first GOFISH Getaway. The social retreat was designed to bring together young Catholics from across Oregon in celebration of Easter. 
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Year of Prayer for Priests
“A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through July 15. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Care for the dying
MOUNT ANGEL — In Caroline Lindstedt’s experience, patients approaching the end of their lives often talk about travel. Trains to be boarded, airplanes to be caught, luggage to be packed or journeys to be taken.

Lindstedt has a job that most people would find difficult. “Your job must be so hard. How can you do it?” It’s a question she often hears. Her answer is simple.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Why we love our dads: Reflections from around the archdiocese
In honor of Father’s Day, we asked an assortment of Catholics — including a musician, a Franciscan sister, kindergartners and high schoolers — to share what they love about their dads. 

From rebels and role models to jokesters and teachers, these are the men who tend to us when we are small and often shape and inspire us decades after they leave this earth.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Tattoos and the art of evangelization
Darren Cools grew up hearing that tattoos were mortally sinful. And he grew into adulthood never having gotten a tattoo. Then he met the woman who would eventually become his wife. She had a tattoo of the Trinity knot, a Celtic symbol representing the Holy Trinity, on her back. One of his high school friends got a tattoo of the Holy Spirit. His perspective began to change. Three years ago, as a 32-year-old man, he got his first tattoo.

“I decided I wanted a Catholic tattoo as a reminder to myself and as a silent witness,” says Cools.

Friday, June 16, 2017
Year of Prayer for Priests
“A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Serving God far from home
SEASIDE — It’s a beautiful day at Our Lady of Victory Parish, just blocks from the sandy Oregon coastline. Holy Spirit Father Joseph Barita is joyful as he talks about his time in Oregon. He likes the weather and the wonderful people. The priest came to the Archdiocese of Portland in 2004, sent from Tanzania by his religious order to minister in parishes here.

Father Barita has served as the pastor at St. Birgitta Parish in Portland, St. Frederic Parish in St. Helens and as parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in Portland. Before coming to Our Lady of Victory, he was helping build a spiritual center in Usa River, Tanzania.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Oregon's Catholic women leaders: A model for all

Sister Charlene Herinckx, who is serving a second five-year stint as superior general of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, is a fan of the histories of religious communities. 

“Historically, women religious have been the ones who take the church out from the centers to serve those at the edges — in hospitals and through social work, for instance. We can be proud of serving those in need.”

Women’s leadership, almost always a team effort, can at times be forgotten in the history of the Archdiocese of Portland and even more forgotten in the wider history of the state. But women religious as well as lay Catholic women have been key in building much of what the church and state take pride in. 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
A missionary nun celebrates silver jubilee in her homeland

A missionary nun serving in Oregon traveled to her native Kenya recently to celebrate the silver jubilee of her entry into the Congregation of the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega. 

Sister Dorothy Radoli was reminded of the deep hospitality and faith in her homeland and the generous energy of Catholics in Oregon, whom she calls her “extended family.” She’s grateful for both.

 

Monday, June 12, 2017
Genesis and the Big Bang: Both contain truth

In 2014, Pope Francis told a group of scientists that both the biblical stories of Genesis and the Big Bang theory are consistent with Catholic faith. Secular media swooned at what seemed revolutionary. 

But reporters missed that Catholicism has long understood Scripture and science as different ways of telling the truth. 


Monday, June 5, 2017
Liturgical readings
Liturgical readings through June 18.
Friday, June 2, 2017
10 tips for raising committed Catholics

It’s not breaking news that young Catholics are leaving the faith. A 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life found 50 percent of millennials (those born in 1982 or later) who were raised Catholic no longer identify as such. And many who remain in the church often don’t know “the central core of their Catholic faith,” observed Pope Benedict XVI at a weekly general audience in 2012.

The good news? Parents can help.  

Here are suggestions from local Catholics with experience cultivating lifelong believers who both value and understand the faith. 

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through June 16.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017


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