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  • Schools team up to take on hunger

    They may be rivals on the field, but the people of Jesuit and Central Catholic high schools were on the same team before Christmas to carry out a massive food delivery.

  • Going green
    When Donald Fournier died a few years ago, Msgr. Patrick Brennan celebrated his funeral Mass at St. Mary Cathedral. “None of his friends from Knights of Columbus or his singles group would have guessed that it was a green funeral,” says his daughter, Elizabeth Fournier, director of Cornerstone Funeral Home in Boring and author of “The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial.”
  • Nights on marriage and faith

    Mater Dei Radio in Oregon is celebrating 30 years of broadcasting with two nights featuring David Anders, host of EWTN’s “Called to Communion,” which airs on the local station, 88.3 FM in the Portland area and Salem and 94.9 and 100.5 in Eugene and Springfield.

    Anders will discuss his book, “How the Catholic Church Saved My Marriage,” this month in Tigard and Salem. 

  • ‘A huge blessing': Regina Caeli Academy now in its second year serving Portland-area home-schoolers
    A hybrid model of education that integrates home schooling with a classical curriculum taught by Catholics in love with the faith recently was established in the Portland area. Its foremost mission is to shape minds and hearts for Jesus.
  • Documentary, talks on death penalty held Jan. 15

    On Tuesday, Jan. 15, when the Salem Progressive Film Series opens its monthly 2019 program presenting the documentary “In the Executioner’s Shadow,” three on-screen storytellers will share thoughts about justice, injustice and the death penalty. Several talks on the death penalty will follow the film.

  • Catholic 12-step meetings now held on Saturdays
    Catholic in Recovery, a national 12-step program for Catholics, is growing locally. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 5239 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, has been hosting weekly meetings at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
  • A priest and a dad co-teach a St. Agatha religion class
    At the front of a St. Agatha School classroom, eighth-grade theology teacher Arnaud Prevot begins the day’s lesson on Advent and the sacraments. He’s just a few sentences into his introduction when another voice chimes in from across the room: “Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus,’ meaning ‘coming.’”
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Portland started 150 years ago
    An astonishing movement began in 1833 at the University of Paris. A 20-year-old student named Frederic Ozanam formed an alliance in response to critics who called the Catholic Church a friend of the rich and an exploiter of the poor.
  • 'It's like a holy mystery’

    Paul Farrow, a retired Fred Meyer retail executive, once had a rugged opinion of people who are homeless. He dealt with shoplifters.

    Now that he volunteers at St. André Bessette Parish on West Burnside Street, Farrow knows better. 

  • Top Catholic Sentinel stories of 2018

    The unspeakably sad, the reverent and the joyous were among the most-read stories in Catholic Sentinel digital media during 2018.

    Top stories include the death of a young local Catholic from opioids, the misdeeds of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and an extraordinary form confirmation rite.

    The June Corpus Christi procession in downtown Portland, Archbishop Alexander Sample’s columns and a perennial favorite, priest reassignments, also rated high. 

  • After attack, Lavang parishioners pitch in and show faith

    The people of Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland didn’t let a vandal’s attack stall or dampen their Christmas observances. 

  • Former state director named to lead Hispanic aid agency

    GRESHAM — The board of El Programa Hispano Católico has named Edith Molina as executive director.

    Molina, who has been filling in as interim leader, “demonstrated strong leadership, stewardship and commitment to our staff and community,” the board said in a statement.



  • Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! Viva San Juan Diego!
    SALEM — Thousands of flowers perfumed the altar, competing with the incense, at the Salem Fairgrounds for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass Dec. 12. The flowers were reminders of the roses Our Lady gave to St. Juan Diego. 
  • WATCH: On abuse, archbishop is 'deadly serious'
    MOUNT ANGEL — Concerned how clergy sex abuse is affecting faith, Archbishop Alexander Sample gathered with young Catholics Dec. 20 to answer questions about the scandal.
  • The patient’s best friend: Lab's training, big heart reduce the stress for children in St. Vincent ER

    Wrangler doesn’t have an MD and he can’t write prescriptions, but he works hard to help children who are injured or ill — and often scared.

    The Labrador is the first full-time facility dog at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Southwest Portland, and his task is to offer comfort to patients in the children’s emergency room.

  • Catholic companies win admiration
    No doubt, Catholicism is being battered by a worldwide sex abuse scandal. No doubt, Oregon is relatively unchurched. But the state’s business leaders have a lot of respect for some local Catholic companies.
  • Seminary Tea Committee Sustainers Tea
    For the first time in the long history of the Seminary Tea Committee, a Christmas Tea honoring Sustainer Members was held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Town Club.
  • ‘What Christmas is all about’

    BANKS — Mary high-fived a shepherd, an angel temporarily forgot his wings, and a sleepy sheep scratched her askew ears. It was neither silent nor night, but the slightly chaotic morning rehearsal in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Dec. 11 felt holy.


  • Archdiocese lauded for child protection efforts
    As it has since audits began in 2003, the Archdiocese of Portland won high marks this year for its strategy and efforts to protect young people from sexual abuse.
  • Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. Organizers say the weekend retreats help spouses uncover or reawaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The program has documented success in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples who have already separated or divorced.
  • Seminarian supporters thanked

    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Dec. 9 held a brunch at his Northwest Portland home to thank Catholics who have stepped forward to give major support for seminarian education.


  • WATCH: Even in death, ‘every second counted’: Couple brings Cuddle Cot to St. Vincent Medical Center
    At 21 weeks pregnant, Carly Itami went into premature labor with her first child. Admitted into the emergency room with her husband at her side, the distraught mother gave birth to a daughter, Evelyn June. The tiny body was lifeless; the baby’s heart had stopped beating in the womb.
  • Three women, three tales of fighting for life
    Three Catholic women who serve on the Archdiocese of Portland’s Life, Justice and Peace Commission shared their stories touching on challenges to the culture of life.
  • Knights fund ultrasound machines
    SALEM — Two Knights of Columbus councils have teamed up to help a Salem pregnancy clinic get two new ultrasound machines.
  • Catholic marriage event set Feb. 9
    Catholic married couples are invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton for a marriage event set for Saturday, Feb. 9. Teams of Our Lady, a spiritual movement of couples, is collaborating with the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Marriage and Family Life. The day will conclude with a marriage Mass with Archbishop Alexander Sample.
  • 'Noble and holy work': UP hosts the faith-based Opus Prize, inspiring next generation of leaders

    The three finalists of this year’s Opus Prize, one of the world’s largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship, are in their own ways working to rebuild lost hope and provide opportunities for the most vulnerable —while inspiring the next generation of leaders to do the same.

  • The Archdiocese of Portland has put a pause on grants for the Community Alliance of Tenants in Portland. That’s because the housing advocacy organization associated itself with a human rights coalition that for 2017 decided to lobby the Oregon Legislature for expanded access to abortion.
  • Maronite monastery progresses
    CASTLE ROCK, Wash. — Construction at the Maronite monks’ new Sacred Heart Monastery continues to move ahead, as does fundraising.
  • The value of service in adulthood is the topic of a theology session held amid the good will and cheer of a pub. The presentation, sponsored by Jesuit High School, is set for Dec. 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Old Market Pub and Brewery, 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland.

  • Happy anniversary to Holy Names Sisters
    This fall the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oregon are celebrating the 70-year and 60-year anniversaries of nine women. This year’s 70-year jubilarians are Sisters Annette Covatta and Mary Noreen O’Leary of Marylhurst. The 60-year jubilarians are Sisters Beverly Miller and Kathleen Kircher, Marylhurst; Sisters Caryl Bastach, Brigid Baumann, and Marilyn Nunemaker, Portland, Sister Janina Kokorowski of Lake Oswego; and Sister Donna Van Laeken, who currently lives in Brush Prairie, Washington.
  • The good and the bad of gene editing

    As with most biomedical advances, the newfound ability to tinker with genes has ethical ups and downs.

    Fixing disease-causing defects in DNA is widely acceptable, not to mention thrilling. But editing genes to enhance or re-design what comes from nature troubles and frightens many ethicists and scientists.

  • Marking 50 years together
    Larry and Nancy Rocha of St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland celebrated their 50th anniversary Sept. 14.
  • Western Jesuits release names of the credibly accused
    The Jesuits of the western United States on Dec. 7 released the names of priests and brothers who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.
  • Students hearing from foes of death penalty
    STAYTON — School by school, Frank Thompson and Ron Steiner are trying to forge a path of logic and moral thinking so young Oregonians can reach a decision on the death penalty.
  • Archbishop to take questions from youths on scandal
    Archbishop Alexander Sample will take questions from young Catholics at a dinner and meeting set for Thursday, Dec. 20, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Father Bernard Youth Center in Mount Angel.
  • WATCH: South coast food box program a ‘marvel’ of compassion
    NORTH BEND — Mike Main grew up in the 1960s near this town on the southern Oregon coast. The house brimmed with nine children. Sometimes, he and his siblings would return home from Coos Catholic School to find their mother anxious because she had no food to cook. Main and his brothers would take the rifle into the hills to shoot a deer.
  • Transgender people are topic of church workshop
    At a recent workshop sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland, a medical doctor told attendees that Catholics should minister with compassion to transgender individuals but should challenge recent cultural and medical treatment trends, which he believes are driven by ideology rather than science.
  • Working poor get help via teamwork
    BEAVERTON — The Portland Council of St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Trinity Parish here, the nonprofit Feed the Children and Pepsico teamed up before Thanksgiving to provide food and essentials to 800 needy families.
  • EUGENE — There’s still time to help neighbors in need with winter clothing. Catholic Community Services of Lane County is collecting a variety of essentials through Dec. 28. Cold and rain are fierce enemies for individuals and families who are without homes or who lack sufficient clothing and heat resources to remain healthy. 
  • Peace advocates, many Catholic, have held weekly vigil for 15 years
    BEAVERTON — You can set your watch by them. Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., across from the Beaverton Central Library, about 10 people spread out along Southwest Hall Boulevard to hold signs appealing for a nonviolent world.
  • New website for Spanish-language newspaper

    El Centinela, the Spanish language newspaper for western Oregon Catholics, has unveiled an updated website.

    “Today more than half of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland are Hispanics,” says Rocío Rios, editor of El Centinela. “It’s a diverse cultural group that nurtures the church.”



  • You can keep supporting your deepest values, even after death. And we’re not just talking about appeals from the heavenly host.

    Giving from a will, trust or other creative financial vehicle can support a charity you loved during life. Along the way, it may even get your name on something.

  • Catholic Charities of Oregon board members express sorrow, anger at clergy sex abuse
    The current chairwoman and past chairman of the Catholic Charities of Oregon Board wrote a letter to supporters last month expressing “regret and outrage” at recent revelations of clergy sex abuse in other parts of the country.
  • My teen has joined the ‘wrong crowd’ — what should I do?
    Has your honor student started hanging with hooligans? Have a budding actress whose new pack of friends smokes packs of cigarettes, or worse? Has your young jock migrated from weightlifters to shoplifters?
  • Monks’ German-Catholic newspaper a growing concern until World War I
    MOUNT ANGEL — Were it not for the St. Josephs-Blatt, Benedictine Sister Mechtilde Fennimore might not exist.
  • Doing God’s work
    LAKE OSWEGO — Colleen Gardner says she and her husband Bill felt a strong kinship with Catholic Charities of Oregon after discovering the extensive range of services offered by the nonprofit.
  • Seminarians seen as ‘part of the solution’
    At the annual Mount Angel Seminary benefit dinner in Portland Nov. 4, no one swept the clergy sex abuse scandal under the rug. Though recent revelations have come mostly on the East Coast, the news has rocked the entire church, said Archbishop Alexander Sample, standing in front of a choir of more than 100 seminarians.
  • 2020 Catholic Media Conference set for Portland
    The Archdiocese of Portland, the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela have been chosen to host the 2020 Catholic Media Conference. More than 200 Catholic journalists and communications professionals will come to Portland June 29-July 2, 2020, for speakers, workshops, prayer — and likely a trip to the food carts.
  • The power of mercy
    Charlotte Dorsey, a longtime volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society through Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland, works to see Christ in the people she helps. “And as we go out, we’re being Christ to others, at least the best we know how. I like thinking about that going on around the world.”
  • Family-owned funeral home averts institutional gloom

    ROY — They put the home back in funeral home.

    Aaron and Elizabeth Duyck operate Duyck & VanDeHey from their large house on Roy Road, a half-mile south of St. Francis Church here and hollering distance from the farm started by the Duyck family in 1907.



  • Archbishop blesses senior living site
    Archbishop Alexander Sample joined residents, team members and guests at Touchmark in the West Hills for a gala celebrating the opening of the retirement community. Archbishop Sample shared comments about the importance and benefit of living in community with others and offered a blessing for all who live, work and visit there.
  • Volunteers for Christmas Festival of Lights
    The Grotto is seeking volunteers for its 31st annual Christmas Festival of Lights, which runs Friday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 30.
  •  ‘God gave me a great arm’

    Fifty years ago, a Catholic kid from St. Patrick Parish in Northwest Portland took the baseball world by storm.

    Mickey Lolich, a child of the Croatian community that peopled Slabtown, pitched and won three games for the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series win over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. The left-handed 1954 graduate of Cathedral School and Lincoln High School threw on short rest, winning Game 7 over legendary St. Louis flamethrower Bob Gibson.

  • A look at the future of fighting homelessness in western Oregon

    A few years ago, a young man came to Catholic Charities Oregon desperate for help. He’d been living on the streets, was addicted to drugs and his girlfriend was pregnant.

    The agency, long on the frontlines fighting poverty and homelessness in the state, did what it’s done for the past 85 years: express Gospel-centered love through practical support.

  • The nation cherished its old soldiers
    Father J.M. O’Farrell gave Henry Keeley an eloquent sendoff. April 24, 1923, emerged as a classic damp morning outside St. Rose Church in Northeast Portland. In the aisle lay the flag-draped casket holding the mortal remains of Keeley, an 80-year-old veteran of the Civil War.