On the weekend of Sept. 26, western Oregon Catholics will dig a little deeper for the future of the priesthood in their region.

The annual Seminarian Appeal funds education needs for men preparing for priesthood in the Archdiocese of Portland.

Father Jeff Eirvin, director of vocations for the archdiocese, said he’s been encouraged during the pandemic by Pope Francis, who told the world that all have been caught off guard by a turbulent storm and that we now realize we are all in the same boat and should row together.

“Imagine if all of us ‘rowed together’ in a particular mission of providing priests for the future by supporting seminarian education,” Father Eirvin said in a letter to prospective supporters. “When everyone rows together, it doesn’t matter the size of individual strokes. A church rowing together on mission, with Christ in the stern, is a church that always reaches her destination – life with God now and in eternity.”

To help

Collections for the Seminarian Appeal will be taken up at Masses and by the archdiocese’s Office of Mission Advancement:


2838 E Burnside St., Portland, OR, 97214