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  • WATCH: The problem of suffering
    During his Oct. 23 Chapel Chat, Archbishop Alexander Sample took up the theological problem of suffering, which he said poses a chief obstacle to belief in God. In the context of pandemic, racial strife, political division and wild-fires, the archbishop posed the great question: How can an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who is goodness itself, allow suffering?
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Plexiglass and prayers: Seminarians adapt to pandemic life at Mount Angel
    ST. BENEDICT — Theology textbook? Check. Rosary? Check. Face covering, Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer? Triple check.
  • Silence: Key for theology students to hear God’s voice
    Mount Angel Seminary’s intensive spirituality program, which kicks off the year for first-year theology students, is a well-known — and sometimes anxiety-producing — part of its program.
  • Marcos Alvarado: Giving one’s life to Christ
    Marcos Alvarado laughs easily, in a way that invites others to laugh with him. He also prays easily — again, in a way that invites others to pray with him. 
  • Collection of essays addresses varied issues on sex, love, families
    Jason King and Julie Hanlon Rubio have come out with a compilation of essays that offer diverse perspectives on the theology of marriage and family life that is difficult to find in any other single place.
  • Rosary Bowl message: Mary guides us through the fog
    KEIZER — The morning was dark and damp, as the Willamette Valley was heavily blanketed with thick fog laced with smoke. Soon, a light of hope would be cast upon some souls in western Oregon.
  • Disciples of all nations: Cultural diversity at Mount Angel
    ST. BENEDICT — While the Catholic Church boasts of members from “all tribes, peoples and languages” (Rv 7:9), it can be difficult for the average Catholic to experience this universality in practice.
  • Author focuses on ministry to Christians with mental health challenges
    In John Swinton's book "Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians With Mental Health Challenges," he examines the faith lives of Christians living with what he calls "unconventional" mental health experiences. He focuses especially on depression, schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome.
  • All Souls Mass to be livestreamed
    The Archdiocese of Portland’s annual All Souls Mass will be online this year.

  • Archbishop Sample's schedule
    Here’s a look at Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule for early October.
  • Oregon Catholic Press launches personal missal program
    In response to the ongoing threat coronavirus poses, Portland-based Oregon Catholic Press is selling worship aids for parishioners to keep with them.
  • Knights lead prayer for times of trouble
    The Oregon Knights of Columbus, known for community service, have added prayer to their public offerings during the current crises.
  • St. Mary of Oregon sister receives honor
    The National Religious Vocation Conference will honor Sister Michael Francine Duncan of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon with an Outstanding Member Recognition Award during a virtual convocation Oct. 28-31.
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Sister marks 75 years in vows
    SPOKANE — The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at the Spokane Mission Centre celebrated a 75th jubilee Sept. 12. The honoree was Sister Miriam Pontieri, who has Oregon connections.
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. A day each month is set aside to pray for a priest — along with a deacon, woman religious, seminarian or brother — serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them, and all who serve the church, in your daily prayers.
  • Question Box: Fr. Doyle discusses the possibility of women deacons, kneeling before Communion
    Q — A few years back, Pope Francis set up a commission to study the feasibility of permitting women to become permanent deacons. Has that commission made a recommendation to the pope, and where does the matter lie now?
  • Priest blessed town as he evacuated
    SHADY COVE — Before he evacuated as the massive Obenchain Fire bore down on Shady Cove, Father Charles Holden took his ancient icon of Our Lady of Kazan and drove to the four corners of town to bless the place.
  • The sisters invite you
    The prayer days include: Wednesday, Sept. 23, feast of St. Pius of Petrelcina, priest; Friday, Oct. 9, feast of St. Denis and Companions, bishop and martyr; and Friday, Oct. 23, St. John of Capistrano, priest.
  • Grotto, abbey continue digital outreach
    Two major Catholic spiritual sites in Oregon have reopened partially yet continue regular email outreach to help people thirsting for prayer during the pandemic.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule
    Here’s Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through Sept. 24.
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