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Madeleine publishes comprehensive history
The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland published a centennial book.
The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland published a centennial book.

The Madeleine Parish has published the Rolls-Royce of centennial books.
Five hundred copies of the 224-page hard-bound book were printed. They are available for sale through the parish website, www.themadeleine.edu, and at the school office and rectory for $75.

Prior to the printing of the books, the parish history consisted of bins of photos and memorabilia, and a few typewritten pages of history and stories, according to the book’s champion, Janeen Reilly Allred.

“When I agreed to chair our centennial celebration, I met and talked with other people from churches in the Portland area who had celebrated their own centennial to get ideas of things we could do,” Allred said. “St. Ignatius had put together a book and I knew that was something we needed to do.”

Before the parish centennial in 2012, Reilly Allred approached pastor Father Mike Biewend about publishing a larger, more comprehensive history of the parish and school. Starting in 2011, Allred recruited Julie Lance, Tricia Sullivan and Susie Shanklin to assist with collecting and organizing photos, and writing and editing the book. Mike Beaulieu designed the book, which went to press in August. According to Allred, the project took 2.5 years and many hours of meetings to complete.

“It’s an amazing reflection of what a group of dedicated and caring volunteers can accomplish,” she said.

Several parishioners donated money to underwrite production costs.

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