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  • Found a dollar?
    Have you ever stumbled upon a quarter lying on the ground? What about a dollar? What about $500? One can’t help but feel a sense of good fortune when discovering this money, but the reality is that the money didn’t just appear. It came from another person. So the question is: is it right to pick it up and take it?
  • St. Benedict celebrated with hospitality
    ST. BENEDICT — Feast. Pray. Meet the monks. That was the guiding theme for the fifth annual St. Benedict Festival at Mount Angel Abbey July 13.
  • Watching that movie, reading that book: Is it bad for your salvation?
    John Mulderig spends a lot of time watching movies. As film reviewer for Catholic News Service, he provides valuable insight to Catholics deciding which movies they want to see or show to their children. His reviews can be witty but also informative. He is responsible for keeping an eye out for offenses against Catholic teaching.
  • Celebration marks 40 years since Adorers of the Holy Cross sisters arrived
    A special Mass and huge reception July 20 helped celebrate 40 years for the Adorers of the Holy Cross Sisters in Portland. The religious community has become an important part of life in local Catholicism.

  • WATCH: Filipino youths called to help the world encounter God
    A Filipino celebration held at The Grotto in Northeast Portland July 28 began with a rosary led by children. In a tour de force of Filipino American Catholic youths, teens then walked in a procession to start Mass, offered the readings, sang the psalm and delivered a post-Mass reflection.
  • Ignite Your Torch conference brings together youths, religious
    Sitting in the shade outside Christ the Teacher Chapel at the University of Portland, Capuchin Brother Nikolas Barth watched from the sidelines as youths and religious played a pickup match of Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Reparation Sisters mark 60 years

    The Sisters of Reparation in Portland will celebrate 60 years since their founding. The sisters invite the public to join them at St. Anthony Church, 3700 SE 79th Ave. in Portland, on Sunday, Aug. 25. Celebrant for the Mass is Archbishop Alexander Sample.



  • Rosary Bowl set for Oct. 5
    “Somebody who says his rosary alone only gains the merit of one rosary, but if he says it together with 30 other people he gains the merit of 30 rosaries,” wrote St. Louis de Montfort, an 18th century French priest. “This is the law of public prayer. How profitable, how advantageous this is!”
  • A radical compassion: Jesuit Fr. Gary Smith has spent his life encountering Christ among the poor
    He quotes Kierkegaard, T.S. Eliot and Dorothy Day and does not eschew a well-placed swear word. But on this early summer afternoon the lanky 82-year-old priest is mostly quiet as he walks briskly along Northwest Davis Street in downtown Portland. He’s en route to an appointment and wants to squeeze in a visit with someone first.

  • Imagine how beautiful the world would be if, burning in every soul was a desire to be merciful like the Father. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; the gospel of life demands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. 
  • Her mother gave an example of faith and service
    As a girl growing up 12 blocks from St. Philip Neri Church in Southeast Portland, Judy Pompili dwelt in a penumbra of faith. Her family embraced the parish as its house of prayer, its grade school and its social hub.
  • Oregon Knights’ new leader seeks growth
    TIGARD — Ron Boyce was introduced to the Knights of Columbus almost 30 years ago when he was a student at what is now Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
  • Young men discern God’s call at Quo Vadis Days
    From June 24-27, about 70 young men from across the Archdiocese of Portland gathered at Camp Howard for Quo Vadis Days, an annual camp for those discerning the priesthood.
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church
    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 each 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.
  • WATCH: Grotto to host pilgrimage day
    On the first Saturday of each month, The Grotto hosts a healing Mass and a memorial of St. Peregrine, a 14th-century Servite who is the patron of those who have cancer. As many as 700 people attend and are blessed with a relic of the saint.
  • WATCH: Servite friar: ‘I have the most exciting job’
    Servite Father Don Siple throws back his head and his laughter echoes off The Grotto’s soaring stone cliffs
  • Here’s Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through July 30.



  • St. Mary of Oregon sisters mark milestones
    BEAVERTON — The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon will pay tribute to three religious sisters who are celebrating significant anniversaries of vowed religious life.
  • Benedictine sister serves community
    MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Sister Julia McGanty celebrated her 70th jubilee by renewing her monastic promises during Mass Feb. 10, the feast of St. Scholastica.
  • 25 years a priest: Fr. Liem Nguyen
    ST. BENEDICT — Benedictine Father Liem Nguyen of Mount Angel Abbey celebrated 25 years of priestly ordination June 16 with a Mass in the abbey church. Father Liem made his first vows at Mount Angel in September 1989 and was ordained on June 11, 1994.
  • Business expenses
    Even those of us who are not accountants have the opportunity to steal from our employers. Expense forms pose one of the most frequent ethical tests in daily life.
  • Providence sister sure of calling
    Members of the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, serve Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, El Salvador and the Philippines. This year, one sister with Oregon connections celebrates her 25th jubilee.
  • Fr. Luan Tran celebrates 25 years in priesthood
    Born in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Father Luan Tran was raised Buddhist. But as a 19-year-old in the United States, he made the bold decision to convert to Catholicism.

    That choice emerged from a deep love of God — a love that has flourished in the priest during his quarter-century of ministry.
  • Newsletter for ministers
    This month marks the first year for Source and Summit, an Archdiocese of Portland quarterly newsletter for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Those are the 6,000 or so western Oregon Catholics once known as eucharistic ministers; the current name, put forward by the Vatican, provides greater precision about the role and its holy importance.
  • Holy Names sisters honor three golden jubilarians
    MARYLHURST — This summer, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are celebrating the 50-year anniversary of three women in Oregon.
  • Msgr. Dennis O’Donovan — He said yes
    He had his heart set on being a parish priest for the rest of his life. But when the call came, Msgr. Dennis O’Donovan said yes, and he would help steer the ship during the stormiest period in Archdiocese of Portland history. 
  • Fr. Bob Barricks: A joyful presence
    Father Bob Barricks remembers the amazement that gripped him in 1993, after the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary Cathedral. He was a transitional deacon there, walking down the center aisle in the darkened sanctuary, locking up.
  • O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests and servants of the church especially (two names here). Keep them close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and eternity. Amen.
  • God is patient with us. Let us pray to St. Elizabeth to intercede on our behalf for the grace to bear the same level of patience with others. 
  • ‘To respond boldly and with great love’: First cohort completes new Portland Archdiocese formation program
    KEIZER — Some were converts, others cradle Catholics. One was a former seminarian. They hailed from across western Oregon — from Eugene, Portland and Grants Pass. Their ages spanned generations.
  • Liberation and new life: Faith leaders explore spring holy days
    For Jews and Christians alike, spring reflects the theme of passing from death to life and from bondage to freedom. That was the focus of a May 23 Portland panel that included a rabbi, a Catholic monsignor, and an Episcopalian priest.
  • WATCH: Mount Angel Abbey renovates guesthouse, hoping to help guests encounter God
    The $16 million guesthouse, expanded from 27,000 to 42,000 square feet, is now one of the largest Catholic retreat centers in the region, able to welcome individuals and group retreats simultaneously. It has an adoration chapel, seven meeting rooms of various sizes, two terraces and a garden. The 41 guest rooms got a full update. A new door means guests can enter from the parking lot.
  • LIFE: Visiting the imprisoned
    “For I was hungry and you gave me food … in prison and you visited me.” Mt 25:35-36

  • WATCH: New priests inspire joy, confidence
    As 50 priests quietly queued up June 15 to bless two men who’d just been ordained, the noontime bells pealed at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was as if the joy happening inside were bursting out across the city.
  • Celebrate the feast of St. Benedict with Benedictines
    ST. BENEDICT — The public can spend a summer afternoon with the monks of Mount Angel Abbey at the annual St. Benedict Festival.
  • Recognizing the sacrifice of dads
    “When I was a child, I thought like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”
  • Archbishop to lead eucharistic procession June 23
    A sequel to last year’s eucharistic procession in central Portland will take place June 23, the feast of Corpus Christi, and will be led by Archbishop Alexander Sample.
  • Ordination for two on June 15
    Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
  • Vocation talk
    Father Jeff Eirvin, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Portland and chaplain for the vocations-fostering Serra Club, spoke on vocations April 17 during a Serra Club meeting at St. Pius X Parish in Portland. He offered the nine keys of vocation ministry as defined by the National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors. 
  • Confirmation: A sacred renovation
    Archbishop Alexander Sample raises his hands, asking the Holy Spirit to fill the candidates standing before him at the University of Portland’s Christ the Teacher chapel.
  • 
Week to focus on religious freedom
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have called for a week highlighting the need for religious freedom globally. Set for June 22-29, the week has the theme “Strength in Hope.”
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church

    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 the name of 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.

  • Mount Angel Abbey hosts a retreat Aug. 9-11 led by Texas-based Shalom Media, which produces Catholic catechetical resources including videos.
  • The Omaha list: Traditional repertoire includes many songs and hymns also in OCP collections
    Since 2011, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha have worshipped using a tradition-minded core repertoire of hymns. An Oregon publisher of Catholic worship music offers more of the suggested titles than anyone else.
  • Documentary gets at soul of LA gang ministry
    A newly available film produced in the Pacific Northwest offers a soulful inside look at Homeboy Industries, a ministry to former gang members and felons led by Jesuit Father Greg Boyle in Los Angeles.
  • Tools to strengthen a relationship with God
    MILWAUKIE — Life hit Terry Cappiello hard in 2003. In March, her father-in-law died suddenly. Along with their grief, she and her husband became aware of how much caretaking he had done for Cappiello’s mother-in-law, a task that now fell upon the rest of the family. Then her nephew — her godson — was diagnosed with bone cancer.
  • Q — What is the Catholic Church’s position on Medjugorje? (There is a parishioner who says that the Blessed Mother has a daily message for us.) (Coshocton, Ohio)
  • Why I'm Catholic: Church’s care for creation convinced him
    A strong belief in the environmental movement led to Franciscan spirituality. That in turn introduced Pope Francis and the 2015 papal encyclical “Laudato Si’,” a document that pointed out the latticework of relationships on planet Earth.
  • Archbishop’s public schedule
    Here’s Archbishop Sample’s schedule for the next few weeks:
  • New priests have Oregon experience
    NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Four new priests ordained for the Congregation of Holy Cross served in Oregon during their formation.
  • Virtuous and heroic forerunners, leading us to heaven
    The road to heaven can be puzzling, but, luckily, great saints exist throughout history to show the way.
  • Mother Mary
    Brenda Schwartz once found Catholic reverence for Mary unsettling. She wasn’t raised Catholic. It was her devout German Catholic father-in-law who took her aside and explained that Catholics don’t worship Mary but that she’s there to help.
  • LIFE: Feed the hungry

    As Moses’ companion wanderers made clear, each of us needs food and water, daily bread to satisfy our hunger and to survive. On May 15, we celebrate the feast day of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers. 

  • Professor: Pius XII issue used as a weapon in culture wars
    A 1962 play penned by a lapsed German Protestant and produced by a communist activist planted a pesky misperception that Pope Pius XII was a tool of the Third Reich. On occasion, the old idea springs up as a noxious weed in the culture wars.