4/27/2012 2:40:00 PM Micronesians add life to parish
Photo by Paula Lang
Cherlynn Olopuy Rufes, and Morina Rax and her children, Chenelia Stephen Chennie Stephen.
St. Anthony of Padua Church in Southeast Portland has a growing Micronesian community.
“They have added a lot of life to our parish,” said Glenn Rymsza, director of religious education. More than 80 percent of the children in religious education are Micronesian. The community shares its music, dance and food, and the church hosts Masses in Chuukese, a language of Micronesia, attracting people from all over Oregon and Washington.
“Their presence is a blessing,” said Father Pat Donoghue. “I imagine it is hard enough being away from their place of birth. I hope they feel at home in this parish.”
St. Anthony is also witnessing an increase in the number of people from different cultures of Southeast Asia, the pastor said.