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WATCH: The Dexter icons
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Fr. Olsen describes technique for icons, using his work as an example. “I agreed to do this as a form of prayer with my parishioners,” the priest says. 

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Fr. Olsen describes technique for icons, using his work as an example. “I agreed to do this as a form of prayer with my parishioners,” the priest says. 

DEXTER — In a small town in the hill country southeast of Eugene, a group gathers regularly to make Jesus incarnate in wood and paint. 

On a recent night, with rain pounding on the roof of the parish hall, 18 students pray before picking up paintbrushes. They lean tenderly over partly-done icons of Christ and get to work, monastic music playing softly. 

“We want a little more interior quiet as we do this,” says Father Ken Olsen, administrator of St. Michael Church in Oakridge and St. Henry Mission here.


Friday, February 24, 2017
Living Faith
WATCH: The Dexter icons

DEXTER — In a small town in the hill country southeast of Eugene, a group gathers regularly to make Jesus incarnate in wood and paint. 

On a recent night, with rain pounding on the roof of the parish hall, 18 students pray before picking up paintbrushes. They lean tenderly over partly-done icons of Christ and get to work, monastic music playing softly. 

“We want a little more interior quiet as we do this,” says Father Ken Olsen, administrator of St. Michael Church in Oakridge and St. Henry Mission here.



Friday, February 24, 2017
Holy ground in the East

The Catholic Sentinel has reported steadily on West Coast pilgrimage sites — the California missions and the many monasteries and retreat houses in Oregon. But what about the Northeast?

Heavy with Catholic influence, the Northeast offers many shrines and holy sites that westerners may want to explore. Below, we catalogue some we found interesting. 



Thursday, February 23, 2017
Prayers for our 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, February 22, 2017
Archbishop Sample's Column
United we stand

By now most of you have heard what happened during a Mass celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church in Southeast Portland.  If you have not, I will tell you about it, and the beautiful response that it elicited from people of good will in our community.

On Sunday Jan. 29, eight men walked to the front door of St. Peter Church and began bellowing during the Spanish Mass. They accused worshipers of not being true Christians, questioned the sexual morals of the women and harangued the congregation for being made up of immigrants. 



Tuesday, February 14, 2017
A Valentine's Day reflection

“For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire.  Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7)

These words from the Song of Songs are often chosen by couples to be read at their wedding.  They speak of a depth, strength and power of true love, a love that should especially characterize those who enter into the covenant of marriage.  They are words to inspire and give hope to couples setting out on the path of a shared life.



Monday, January 30, 2017
A Marian Year - of sorts
The date was May 13, 1981.  It was an otherwise beautiful spring day in Rome as Pope St. John Paul II made his way by “pope mobile” through the enthusiastic crowd of faithful and well-wishers.  Suddenly, shots rang out and the Holy Father slumped into the arms of aids, seriously wounded by the would-be assassin’s bullets.  I personally remember that day all too well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Columns
Welcome one another
Faith communities are rediscovering the theology of hospitality and it is highly related to all of our ministries. We no longer lukewarmly welcome visitors, but enthusiastically expect them. Instead of simply trying to fit them in, we need to plan for the stranger.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Lessons from the Woman at the Well
As soon as she realizes who Jesus is and what he means, the woman puts down the jar and goes into town to proclaim the Lord.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Let peace control your hearts
Our celebration is a pledge to unite men and women. It is a pledge to acknowledge our unity in the Risen Lord even at a time when our disunity is manifest whenever we read the daily newspaper or tune in the evening news.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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