MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Sisters Judith Bloxham, Jerome Zerr and Joan Pokorny celebrated the 50th anniversary of their monastic professions on July 20 before community members, family, and friends in the Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel.
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.
We have been going through some very significant changes at the Pastoral Center, the “headquarters,” if you will, of the Archdiocese of Portland, serving the many parishes and schools of western Oregon. I can say without hesitation that these changes are not easy, but that they are timely and needed for us to move forward with the work of the New Evangelization in this local Church.
Over the Fourth of July weekend I had the privilege of celebrating for the second time the Freedom Mass at the Grotto in Northeast Portland. This has become an important and beautiful celebration of freedom for many cultures present here in the Archdiocese and beyond. Thousands of pilgrims came together for this Mass, as they do every year. I would like to share with you the heart of my message to those pilgrims.
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!
August 31, 2014 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time When you involve yourself with the Church, you quickly learn that the cost of discipleship can be very high. Through the ages—and even today—many followers of Christianity have paid that cost with their lives. Most of us, though, will not be martyred. Nonetheless, the cost of following Jesus can be very painful sometimes leading to the loss of relationships we value. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we should be willing to endure trials and hardship if we follow Christ.
August 24, 2014 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time In today’s Gospel, we learn that Jesus had gone to Caesarea Philippi with his disciples. There were few Jews in the area so it was a peaceful time for Jesus and the disciples. It was a time for the Lord to test them, to discover what they believed about him.
CHICAGO — On the first day of my vacation last week, I perused N.T. Wright’s latest book, a collection of essays on contemporary issues in light of the Bible. A point that Wright makes in a number of the articles is that modernity and Christianity propose fundamentally different meta-narratives in regard to the meaning and trajectory of history. Modernity — at least in its Western form — is predicated on the assumption that history came to its climax in the mid- to late-18th century, with the definitive victory of empirical science in the epistemological arena and liberal democracy in the political arena.