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!
Planning for end of life situations is important. We should put in place an advance directive before our health takes a serious turn for the worse and we are no longer able to indicate our own wishes or make our own decisions. Advance directives can be of two types: living wills and health care agents.
CHICAGO — I was chagrined, but not entirely surprised, when I read Woody Allen’s recent ruminations on ultimate things. To state it bluntly, Woody could not be any bleaker in regard to the issue of meaning in the universe.
Sept. 7, 2014 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Relationships are complicated. Different temperaments, points of view and tastes almost assure us that we will have differences of opinion and conflicts. The words “fraternal correction” are emotionally laden. There are some who correct us simply because it is their task to mentor us and help us grow. Others simply disagree with our point of view.