Retired priests and seminarians gather at St. Cecilia dinner.
BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia Parish’s Vocations Committee hosted its annual retired priests and seminarians appreciation Mass and dinner. The evening began with 5 p.m. Mass, presided over by retired Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner and Archbishop Emeritus John Vlazny, with Msgr. Joseph Betschart, president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary concelebrating.
The event brings together parishioners, current diocesan seminarians and retired archdiocesan priests to celebrate, support and honor God’s call to service, those who have served, and those who most recently have answered the call to minister to God’s people.
The dinner not only recognizes retired archdiocesan priests for their service, but also provides a pastoral opportunity for the diocesan seminarians to become acquainted with the men in whose footsteps they hope to follow.
“Seminarians help to promote vocations in our church. A seminarian, called to priesthood, encourages other men to consider following God in this special way,” said Father John Henderson, director of the Archdiocese of Portland’s Vocations Office. “Having the seminarians attend [the dinner] is a great way to say to that community that being a priest is a great call.”