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Couples are missionaries of marriage
Courtesy Jack and Jo Rich
Marriage Encounter presenting team gathers in Alaska: Mel and Cheryl Evers of Hillsboro; Bishop William Skylstad; Bill and Sherry Tunilla of Anchorage, Alaska; and Jack and Jo Rich of Philomath. 

Courtesy Jack and Jo Rich

Marriage Encounter presenting team gathers in Alaska: Mel and Cheryl Evers of Hillsboro; Bishop William Skylstad; Bill and Sherry Tunilla of Anchorage, Alaska; and Jack and Jo Rich of Philomath. 

Some Catholic couples from Oregon have traveled the globe to promote healthy marriage. 

Ron and Hillary Tesch of Tualatin, Cheryl and Mel Evers of Hillsboro and John and La Vonne Doherty of North Portland, leaders in Worldwide Marriage Encounter, in September went to the Vatican where their organization was recognized by Pope Francis.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Clergy educated on labor rights
WILSONVILLE — Archdiocese of Portland priests active in labor issues have joined lay leaders to form a committee to help equip clergy to respond to labor problems — all in the context of Catholic social teaching. Called the Church and Social Justice Committee, the group focuses on issues they say affect parishioners, such as minimum wage laws, wage theft and the right of workers to organize. 
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Advent retreat in Beaverton
With the rush of the Christmas season tapping at the door, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon are offering an Advent Retreat to help remind the faithful of the blessings that come as we wait with Mary for the birth of our greatest blessing.
Friday, December 2, 2016
New director for Franciscan Spiritual Center

MILWAUKIE — Larry Peacock has been named the new director of the Franciscan Spiritual Center, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, committed to the spirit of Sts. Francis and Clare.


Thursday, December 1, 2016
Where do we go from here?

We have just been through what is arguably the most contentious and even bitter presidential elections ever. The level of discourse and the allegations flying back and forth were supremely disappointing to many of us. But the election is over, and a new president has been elected. We must accept that and move forward as best we can.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016
St. John Paul II relic draws faithful

Pam Seman, who hails from the Pacific Island of Saipan, was visiting her sister Rose Robles, who is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha. A highlight of the visit was a chance to venerate a relic of St. John Paul II — a drop of his blood.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Contemplative Masses draw worshippers
On Sunday night, Mike Buck walks into a darkened nave filled with candles at St. Ignatius Church. The room is quiet but crowded with people. Gentle instrumental music plays in the background. As the evening’s Mass begins at 7:30 p.m., the procession makes its way to the lighted altar.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
A passion for theology drives seminary dean

ST. BENEDICT — Working on the majestic hilltop outside of Mount Angel, Deacon Owen Cummings gets to spend his days doing what he always wanted to do: teach theology.

“Theology is my passion because it’s about drawing people closer to God and also to one another,” says Cummings, academic dean at Mount Angel Seminary.

Friday, November 25, 2016
Trip to Kenya shows theology at work
What can happen in a week? Ask Deacon Joseph Paddock, a fourth-year theology student at Mount Angel Seminary preparing for the priesthood for the Diocese of Helena, Montana.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Liturgical readings
Daily Scripture readings through Dec. 4.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Serving at the heart of the archdiocese

Father Tim Furlow sits comfortably behind his desk at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Northwest Portland. 

He jokes about his ambitions to create a monastic herb garden in the cathedral’s courtyard. While a prayerful ambition, this is not his ultimate ministry goal. As a recently ordained priest, he strives to carry out the will of his superiors and evangelize. Being in the heart of one of Portland’s younger neighborhoods, he often gets that chance.



Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Archbishop Sample's schedule
Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule for Nov. 25 through Dec. 8. 
Sunday, November 20, 2016
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.  Please remember all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers. 
Friday, November 18, 2016
Sisters from Mexican order serve in Salem parishes
Two women religious from the Missionary Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima have begun serving parishes in the Salem area.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
An experience of the local church
The local church in western Oregon recently had a marvelous experience of what it means to be the Body of Christ in mission for the sake of the Gospel. When we use the term “local church,” we are speaking of the diocesan church under the leadership of the bishop, including all members united as one (priests, deacons, laity and consecrated religious). The experience to which I am referring was our Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation
VATICAN CITY — Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person’s identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
When 'part of our whole' is lost

When men and women enter religious life, making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, they unite their lives with God and with the defining spirituality and mission of their founder or foundress. 

As in any family, members are linked to their religious community not only in life but also in death, through the rituals and traditions cultivated and treasured across the years. 

Friday, November 11, 2016
Reflections from the hilltop by Abbot Jeremy Driscoll

ST. BENEDICT — I have been a monk of Mount Angel Abbey for 43 years and have had the privilege to teach theology at Mount Angel Seminary for 35 of those years. This fall, for the first time, I greeted the incoming students not only as a teacher but also as abbot of the abbey and chancellor of the seminary. It was a joyful and humbling experience.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Memorial honors tiny souls lost during pregnancy

A granite memorial dedicated to the area’s smallest babies adorns the side of one of the many grassy knolls of Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland. 

Its inscription reads: “Let the little children come to me for of such is the kingdom of God. — Luke XVIII 16.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Ministry begins for those with same-sex attraction

On the web page for the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Marriage and Family Life, it’s possible to navigate via the “Support” tab to a button that says “Same Sex Attraction.”

The archdiocese is now providing pastoral ministry for people who experience sexual attraction to people of the same sex. 

Monday, November 7, 2016
WATCH: 'Hand on the good news'

Randi Lauby left Grants Pass at 3:30 a.m. to make it to the Oct. 15 Archdiocese of Portland Catechetical Conference. 

“I am looking to experience something that will overflow into others,” said Lauby, the new youth minister at St. Anne Parish. Echoing a main lesson of the day, she explained that she cannot pass faith to others unless she is full of it herself. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

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