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  • Filmmaker aims to bring reality of sex trafficking to light
    George Elliot knows the power of a story to touch souls. He’s spent years as an actor, director and playwright. Now he’s on a mission to save lives.
  • Official announcement from the Archdiocese of Portland

    Archbishop Alexander Sample announces the following:

    Fr. Francisco Bringuela is now designated pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Independence. Fr. Martin Tavares-Hernandez is now designated pastor of St. Peter Parish, Newberg.

  • Priest reassignments 2019

    UPDATED JUNE 14, 10 A.M.

    The Archdiocese of Portland has announced clergy reassignments to take effect July 1, unless noted otherwise. In all, 22 priests are making a move. 

  • Annual conference aims to inspire, give educators tools to serve more students with special needs
    There were nationally known speakers at a conference last month on inclusive Catholic education. But Central Catholic junior River Sampson got to the heart of the gathering when he stepped up to the mic.
Local link to Irish history
    The Ancient Order of Hibernians honored Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain at a May meeting. Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, O'Scannlain is a first-generation Irish-American son of immigrant parents from Sligo and Derry. He told Hibernians how his father and grandfather fought for a united, independent Ireland.
  • Mount Angel confers degrees on 55
    ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Seminary’s graduating class of 2019 celebrated a baccalaureate Mass May 10 and commencement the following morning. Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California, gave the commencement address, speaking to more than 300 family and friends assembled in the abbey church.
  • ‘No one can do this alone’
    Father Dave Zegar, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland, and other community leaders held a press conference this morning to urge people to contact their legislators about Oregon House Bill 2508, also known as the Refugees Welcome Act.
  • St. Mary’s Academy student is 2019 Rose Festival queen
    St. Mary’s Academy senior Mya Brazile was crowned queen of the 2019 Portland Rose Festival Saturday, June 8, amid lively, loud cheers in Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • Community leaders honored by ecumenical group
    Oregon’s ecumenical organization this spring honored a group of community leaders for moral leadership, including several Catholics.
  • Eugene Catholic bookstore now shuttered

    EUGENE — A Catholic bookstore here has closed, leaving the Carmelite Sisters west of town as the sole purveyor of church goods in the area.

  • A man for others
    Jesuit High School’s head football coach, Ken Potter, wasn’t surprised to hear the news about former Jesuit star football player Keanon Lowe, now football and track coach and head of security at Parkrose High School. Lowe tackled a gunman in a Parkrose classroom May 17, probably saving lives. Lowe, who graduated from Jesuit in 2010, had responded to a routine call from the school office and ended up wrestling a shotgun away from the distraught 18-year-old.
  • Blazer, Archbishop Sample alums of same school
    Zach Collins, a 7-foot-tall Portland Trail Blazers center, is a product of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, the same diocesan-run school the future Archbishop Alexander Sample attended in the 1970s.
  • Knights cook up steaks, and relaxation, for seminarians
    MOUNT ANGEL — The Oregon Knights of Columbus state officers and past state deputies and their spouses have served pie and ice cream at Mount Angel Seminary for many years, usually during mid-terms in early December.
  • Rupp inducted into CYO Hall of Fame
    Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Portland last month inducted one of the nation’s great distance runners into the CYO Hall of Fame. Galen Rupp, an Olympic medalist, got a start in track and field with his CYO team at All Saints School in Northeast Portland, where his mother was the coach. When he was in eighth grade, he helped the All Saints team to a Meet of Champions title.
  • New home for Mater Dei Radio
    Oregon’s Catholic radio station is planning to expand its communications ministry from a new building atop Sylvan Hill in Southwest Portland.
  • Knights elect new leaders
    LEBANON — Ron Boyce of the Knights of Columbus council in Tigard was elected state deputy during the 111th annual Oregon Knights of Columbus convention held April 26-28 at the Boulder Falls Events Center here.
  • Veteran pastor and educator dies at age 89

    Father Ted Weber, longtime pastor and teacher in the Archdiocese of Portland, died May 31 at age 89. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Christ the King Parish Milwaukie. Interment will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery on Monday, June 10. Recalled by many in their youths as a Central Catholic High School disciplinarian, Father Weber usually revealed himself later as a kind and funny raconteur.

  • Victims hidden in our midst: An inside look at sex trafficking in Oregon
    She was the kind of kid who in daycare went around and tucked everybody in before she climbed into her own little bed.

    “Our daughter was a girl with a big heart,” said Brian Owens, a Catholic and father of three (names have been changed at the family’s request).
  • Follow-up: Memories of E.H. Deery
    In March, the Sentinel wrote about Portland’s Ancient Order of Hibernians (“An ancient order: Portland’s great Irish past,” March 15, page 12). Included was a journalistic ditty about Edward Hugh Deery, a Hibernian pioneer who guided the organization in its heyday. We concluded the piece by saying we were puzzled that we could not find records of the great man’s death.
  • He remembers the Vanport flood
    On May 29, 1948, a teenage Dick Safranski and his pals from Assumption Parish rushed to the dikes along the swollen Columbia River. They hefted sandbags into a wall, protecting their North Portland neighborhood from floodwaters.
  • Church leaders fear damage wrought by porn
    Archbishop Alexander Sample soon will issue a pastoral letter on pornography. The archbishop is expected to call the use of pornography an epidemic that is hurting young people and families in western Oregon. But the letter will offer a hopeful view, offering a path to freedom from the addiction.
  • Couple leaves Oregon to avert deportation threat
    A well-known Northeast Portland Catholic married couple has moved to Canada because attorneys could not find a clear path to resolve the pair’s immigration status.

  • Tech helps loved ones find gravesites
    HAPPY VALLEY — Geo-mapping software can’t find heaven, but the technology is helping people zero in on the graves of loved ones who’ve probably gone there.
  • Parish, schools devastated at loss of sisters

    Members of Holy Cross Parish in North Portland prayed a special decade of the rosary and are taking up a collection for a family struck by tragedy May 22. Kaylee Moreno Hernandez, a freshman at Central Catholic, and her sister Ana Edith Moreno Hernandez, a college student and member of the parish youth group, died in a morning rush hour crash on North Greeley Avenue.

  • Galen Rupp, embracing family life, plans to be an Olympian again
    One of the best American distance runners in history is a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton who now spends his time changing diapers and making lunches.

  • Deacon turns down gift
    NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Deacon Patrick Moynihan, president of the Haitian Project, has rejected a $100,000 donation from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, saying the businessman has yet to accept responsibility for his actions and denounce the abusive prostitution industry. 
WATCH: Mercy march on Beaverton’s avenues
    BEAVERTON — More than 300 Catholic faithful flowed alongside one of Beaverton’s main thoroughfares April 28 in a march celebrating divine mercy.
  • University of Portland runner finishes well at Boston
    Scott Fauble, a 2015 graduate of the University of Portland and a distance runner, was the top U.S. finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon.
  • Help when your child is mentally fragile
    Parents often struggle when dealing with a child suffering a mental health disorder. Coping with kids who display anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or attention deficit disorder may result in considerable stress and frustration. Effectively supporting these children is frequently difficult.
  • Restaurant event to benefit Catholic ministry
    EUGENE — Buying burgers at a Carl’s Jr. in Eugene May 16 will help people move out of poverty. The fast-food restaurant at 3032 Gateway St. will donate all its proceeds that day to the ministries of Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
  • They turned castoffs into gifts
    After its 1869 founding at St. Mary Cathedral and decades of visiting the poor, Portland’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul began new ventures after 1926.
  • Mary’s Woods resident steps up for Notre Dame

    LAKE OSWEGO — Leo Conkle, a resident of Mary’s Woods retirement community, is challenging his fellow residents and the wider community to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in France.

  • Residents moving into new Mary’s Woods neighborhood
    LAKE OSWEGO — It’s been 18 years since the Sisters of the Holy Names used dozens of acres of property south of Lake Oswego to build a village for seniors.  
Since 1942, the Catholic Charities appeal has sought to fulfill the needs of the times
    The annual collection for Catholic Charities of Oregon has its roots in the Second World War.

    Begun just months after Pearl Harbor, the initial campaign took as its 1942 theme, “Charity Begins at Home.”

  • True to his teams: Archbishop Sample has retained loyalty to the sports franchises of his youth

    Archbishops rarely get a Sunday off. But if he finds a chance, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample will tune in to watch his beloved Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

    “I’m a die-hard fan,” he says. “You don’t lose it.”

  • WATCH: Mass under the skyscrapers

    In the shadow of Portland skyscrapers, more than 700 worshippers gathered May 5 to celebrate the Eucharist. The annual Mariachi Mass at Waterfront Park temporarily turns a site of reveling into a spiritual powerhouse.

  • Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference focuses on saints
    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, marking 94 years since its founding in the Archdiocese of Portland, held its biannual conference at The Grotto in Northeast Portland on April 13. The theme was “Saints as Role Models.”
  • Priests urge Providence to stop appealing pro-union vote
    A team of local priests is accompanying workers at Providence Portland Medical Center in asking hospital management to accept a vote in favor of unionization.
  • Fire safety on everyone’s mind after Notre Dame
    After the world watched 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris catch fire April 15, Catholics began looking to their own older churches.
  • Unbounded by walls of brick
    A healthy 37-year-old pregnant mother of two died of influenza at Providence Portland Medical Center this March.
  • WATCH: Prison ministry conference challenges Catholics to help transform criminal justice system, souls
    ST. BENEDICT — As a newly minted priest, the chrism oil practically still fresh on his hands, Archbishop Alexander Sample was assigned to prison ministry in Marquette, Michigan.

    Each week he’d visit those incarcerated for crimes that included robbery, murder and rape — “the big ones,” the archbishop recalled during an April 13 gathering at Mount Angel Abbey.

Tea tradition a ‘great gem’ in archdiocese
    “It’s like a big Catholic reunion,” observed former Mater Dei Radio host Dina Marie Hale, looking around a room dotted with fancy hats and floral prints, where clergy and religious mingled with the faithful over tiny sandwiches and intricately decorated cookies.
  • Advice on aging offered

    A panel of experts on the challenges of aging offered advice April 4 during a breakfast and Catholic networking session sponsored by Mater Dei Radio.

  • Immigrant leaders being trained
    HILLSBORO — Portland-area community organizers are attempting to harness the power of Catholic parishes. The goal is to prepare leaders from and for the region’s Hispanic immigrant community.
  • Bill would diminish death sentences
    SALEM — An Oregon Senate panel is considering proposed legislation that would narrow the number of crimes that trigger the possibility of the death penalty.
  • Zero Waste Woman
    The latest residents of Amanda Jewett’s modest Southeast Portland apartment are several hundred red worms who love to eat her garbage.
  • WATCH: 'We can only say yes'
    ST. HELENS — A cool breeze blew off the lower Columbia River at sundown April 20 as Roberto and Nathan Navarro kindled the Easter fire at St. Frederic Church here.
  • Archbishop Sample's prayer opens statehouse session
    SALEM — Rep. Jennifer Williamson, majority leader of the Oregon House of Representatives and a graduate of Valley Catholic High School, invited Archbishop Alexander Sample to lead the opening ceremony for the legislature April 2. 
  • WATCH: Good Friday walk reflects on modern suffering

    Many Christians apply the story of Good Friday to modern suffering and seek God’s help to create a better world. In downtown Beaverton, 150 people walked to sites for reflection and prayer, singing “Jesus Remember Me” and carrying a seven-foot-tall wooden cross along the path.

  • Holy Thursday foot washing a humbling experience
    Around the Archdiocese of Portland at many parishes tonight — the start of the Triduum — one of the most tender, moving gestures in the life of Christ was reenacted.

    Priests washed 12 individuals feet, calling to mind when Jesus did the same for his apostles in the upper room.
Walk for Life in Salem
    SALEM — The St. Michael the Archangel and St. Germaine pregnancy support centers and Salem Right to Life benefit from the Walk for Life, set for Saturday, May 18, in Salem
Engagement announced
    Sarah Ellen Kenney and Jeremy Michael Jarrett-Scott of Decatur, Georgia, will be married Sept. 28 at The Wimbish House in Atlanta. 
Catholic connection now needed for CCHD grants
    The Archdiocese of Portland will limit Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants to anti-poverty projects that have a demonstrable link with the Catholic Church.
  • New center geared for helping little Oregonians succeed
    SALEM — Teachers know it best. The whole educational enterprise is hindered from the get-go because kindergartners lack academic, social and emotional preparation for school. Disruption in the classroom is becoming a crisis.
  • Jesuit grad dies after fall from Fordham University Bell tower
    A former Jesuit student and Portland native died after falling from a bell tower at Fordham University in New York City early Sunday morning, April 14. Sydney Monfries was a senior at the Catholic college and weeks away from graduation. 
  • Catholic Sentinel editor named to board
    Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel managing editor, has been elected to serve on the board of the Catholic Press Association. The Chicago-based organization advocates for Catholic media and provides training for members. Langlois will represent publications and Catholic communicators in the western United States. 
  • Oregon may help offset federal cuts to refugee support
    To ensure their work continues, Catholic Charities of Oregon and other resettlement agencies and advocates for refugees are asking the state to help fill a funding gap created under the Trump administration.
Chicken Soup author trains nurses in self-care
    SPRINGFIELD — A nurse’s life and calling is about caring for others. But in order to care for others, nurses first must take good care of themselves. LeAnn Thieman, author of 14 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and a veteran nurse of 30 years, is bringing her “SelfCare for HealthCare” program to the nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
  • Providence Heart Institute has received a $75 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to support continued growth and innovation in cardiac services, including the development of a heart transplant program at Providence.
  • On top of the physical demands that come with caring for a spouse or partner, many emotions such as fear, sadness, anxiety and anger can result in mental and spiritual exhaustion. Presenter Nancie Potter offers advice from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Northeast Portland.
  • Catholic editor says two popes bookended her journey
    Rocío Rios Niño, the longtime edit