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  • A decade ago, Bob and Marge Finch moved from a 2,400-square-foot family home to an 1,800-square-foot one-level house. Recently they relocated into a 1,500-square-foot senior apartment.
  • ASHLAND — The church hall at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here gets steady use: Sunday coffee and rolls, Knights of Columbus breakfasts, RCIA, adult faith formation, committee meetings, first Communion receptions, dinners, luncheons.

  • Vytas Babusis reaches up to examine a young hazelnut cluster — the sweet, buttery orbs maturing under pale-green, papery husks.

    “We are in a hurry to have the answers all at once,” said Babusis, gently releasing the nut bundle. “But sometimes we need to step back and watch and listen to nature.”

  • GRANTS PASS — A 95-year-old Marine Corps veteran from St. Anne Parish here is one of the poster boys for a Knights of Columbus series on the World War II generation.

     

     

  • EUGENE — Cathleen and Joe Karcher, members of St. Paul Parish here, have been recognized by Northwest Christian University for ethical leadership and commitment to the community.

    The Karchers in May received the 2018 Exemplary Ethical Leadership Award from the school’s Center for Leadership and Ethics

  • Scores of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary took to Portland’s streets Saturday, July 7, in support of immigrants and refugees legally seeking asylum in the United States.
  • The Archdiocese of Portland’s Catholic Schools Department has released a major plan that aims to sustain schools and extend a Catholic education to more families. Part of the strategy is a reinvigorated fund for tuition aid.

    The retooled Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation of Oregon will seek gifts from individuals, estates, organizations and businesses who believe more children should have access to the values and success Catholic schools offer.

  • Early Saturday mornings when Mark Turner was a young boy, his father and two brothers would pile into a Chevy pickup and head for the Oregon woods. While his dad cut down trees to support the family, the boys ran through pine-needle-padded hills, scrambled up rocks, dipped their toes into cool creeks and constructed forts from nature’s bounty.

  • Krista Farnham has been named chief executive for Providence Portland Medical Center. Previously, she served as the hospital’s chief operating officer.

    The medical center, near All Saints Parish, has 483 beds, more than 3,100 employees and 1,200 medical staff members. In addition to leading Providence Portland, Farnham will oversee Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

     

     

  • An England-born priest who helps the Archdiocese of Portland live up to canon law has completed an iconic American legal process. Father John Boyle, adjutant judicial vicar for the archdiocese, became a United States citizen June 12. “I see my future as being here,” says Father Boyle, whose family has Irish roots. “There is a sense of wanting to be one of the people whom I am called to serve and share their values."

  • SPRINGFIELD — Joe Mark, a healthcare executive with 35 years of leadership experience, has been hired as interim chief executive for PeaceHealth Oregon Network.

    Mark has held a variety of hospital leadership roles, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer and vice president. He most recently served as interim senior vice president and area manager for two Kaiser Foundation hospitals in California. He is a director with WolfCreek Partners Group, a firm specializing in leadership development and organizational change.

     

     

  • A Catholic Charities-sponsored village of tiny houses in North Portland likely will remain for another six months or so.

    Kenton Village, a grouping of 14 pods for homeless women, opened a year ago on city-owned property near North Columbia Boulevard. It began as a pilot project slated to expire this month. But plans by Transition Projects to build low-cost housing on the site are delayed, leaving the village more time — if neighbors vote to keep it.

  • One night in a small town in Mexico, armed men arrived at Maria’s house. Pregnant and with her young daughter asleep in the next room, she wasn’t sure if she should rush to get her 2-year-old or run for her life.

    An “armed man started yelling at me,” she says in an asylum application. “Another man of the group yelled to the first man not to kill me because I was pregnant.”

  • SALEM — The Sacred Liturgy Conference June 27-30, sponsored by Schola Cantus Angelorum, will conclude with a procession to the Oregon State Capitol with the faithful carrying a statue of Mary, saying the rosary and chanting Marian hymns. It will be the second major Catholic procession in public following up on the June 3 Corpus Christi celebration, which took an estimated 1,000 worshippers from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland through the Pearl District to the North Park Blocks.
  • V Encuentro regional meeting: ‘Inspired to share our love’
    In an unremarkable-looking conference room at a hotel in downtown Portland — a city known for its dearth of traditional religious practice — a gathering of Catholics from five states did the remarkable: Through discussion and prayer, and even a conga line, they united hard work and joy-infused faith to produce concrete ideas that will serve the spiritual life of Hispanics in the United States for years to come.
  • New summer faith formation focuses on discipleship
    The Archdiocese of Portland has begun a pilot project for a new kind of summer faith formation. Totus Tuus, an alternative to vacation Bible schools, snares the witness power of young adult Catholics. College students and seminarians will share the Gospel and other Catholic teaching with children and teens.
  • Catholic Charities dedicates housing complex in Molalla
    MOLALLA — Catholic Charities of Oregon and Caritas Housing Initiatives recently dedicated new affordable housing. Originally known as Rondel Court, Molalla Gardens Apartments here went through a major renovation, with 17 new apartments, a new community room, a children’s play structure and gardens for residents.
  • Catholic Youth Organization chaperones, DJ make annual dance great

    A Friday last month marked the start of a great migration. Centered on the banks of the Willamette River at historic Oaks Park, hundreds could be seen moving in formation to musical rhythm.

    Many Portland area residents, like MaryAnn and Bryan Stewart, have been gathering in this same spot for more than a decade to witness the event.

    Salmon? Canadian geese?

    Nope. Catholic Youth Organization dancers.

     

     

  • Catholics rally at the Washington County Court House
    More than 40 people gathered at the Washington County Court House Monday morning to express their concern about children being separated from their families by immigration agents at the U.S. border. The court house was chosen as a site because ICE agents have been active there targeting Latino-appearing people. The vigil coincided with a weekly Monday 9 a.m. vigil that originated because of that ICE activity.
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Salem fueled by self-giving
    SALEM — On a damp winter morning, a white-haired homeless man stumbled into the offices of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was soaked to his skinny core. Staff and volunteers quickly handed the shivering elder hot coffee and a plate of food. Everyone hustled to replace his dank garments with clean, dry clothes. Soon, he was outfitted, except for dry shoes. They did not have his size.
  • UPDATED: Sentinel, El Centinela take home 22 awards
    GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — For the second year in a row, the Catholic Sentinel has been named the best newspaper in its category by the Catholic Press Association. The general excellence honor was one of the 22 awards won by the Sentinel and its sister paper El Centinela Friday night during the annual Catholic Media Conference.
  • Portland Archdiocese’s anti-porn efforts continue

    A committee from the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center meets regularly to develop strategies that counter pornography use in western Oregon.

    The Addressing Pornography Team will continue to focus on training priests, deacons, teachers, campus ministers and lay ministers — workers who in turn will teach and advise youths and families on the dangers of pornography.

  • Oregon Knights of Columbus hold annual convention
    LEBANON — Nearly 200 men and their families gathered at Boulder Falls Events Center this spring to pray, conduct business and learn to be better fathers, community leaders and Catholics during the 110th annual Oregon Knights of Columbus convention. The theme was “Knights United.”
  • The Irish had their day as Portland’s despised immigrants
    A May 15 talk on an early Catholic Sentinel editor made one thing clear: Immigrants in Portland have been getting walloped for a long time.
  • Prayer at the office

    The people who ask you to bring life to prayer, and prayer to life, are now praying more at work.

    Staff at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center can gather for daily morning devotions and Mass in their offices on East Burnside Street. 

     

     

  • Citizenship: ‘A dream come true’ for Salem Catholic
    Eleazar Cervantes sat amid excited immigrants last month at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. It was the annual citizenship ceremony linked with Portland’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.
  •    Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women convene to build faith, recognize those who live out their beliefs

    Archbishop Alexander Sample reminded members of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women that the Eucharist is the center of life for Catholics.

    The archbishop gave the homily during Mass at the ACCW’s April 21 convention at the Grotto in Northeast Portland. Backed by arrangements of spring flowers as he stood near the altar of the Chapel of Mary, the archbishop explained the importance of Sunday Mass and adoring Jesus in the tabernacle.

     

     

  • Friar on preaching tour in area
    A young Franciscan friar named Casey Cole is preaching at St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie through June 14.

  • Oregon’s junior senator brings attention to children's plight
    Sen. Jeff Merkley said the suffering he found at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol Processing Center was horrific. The center, operated by the Department of Homeland Security, is where people seeking asylum are processed when they first arrive, and where many families are being separated.
  • Couple will share how they emerged from a marriage that was a wreck

    Catholic couple John and Sandy Shepherd will be presenting a marriage talk with Father Eric Andersen Sunday, June 16, 6-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace retreat house in Beaverton.

    “When a man and woman fall in love, they naturally look forward to spending their lives together in marriage and living happily ever after,” said John

     

     

  • FLORENCE — PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center has been awarded a federal Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant. This grant, almost $600,000 over three years, will expand help for children with behavior problems.

    The project aims to establish two centers – one in a Florence school and one in a Mapleton school. Specific locations will be released at a later date.

     

     

  • Session aims to usher joy-filled relationship
    “Cognatio,” which means connection, is a workshop for couples wanting to build a relationship. Guest speakers Katherine Calvert and Rodrigo Baena offer advice for spouses. Participants will learn how forgiveness and flexibility play a role in creating a sense of connection that is passionate, safe and secure.
  • The Sisters of Reparation invite the faithful to join them for adoration and Mass on Sunday, June 10, at 2120 SE 24th Ave., Portland. Adoration and guided prayer begin at 2 p.m. Mass is at 3 p.m. with Father Piotr Dzikowski, pastor, St. Stanislaus Parish. Refreshments follow the liturgy.
  • PeaceHealth breaks ground on family guest house

    SPRINGFIELD — Every year, thousands of patients from small towns and farms arrive at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend needing specialized care not available where they live.

    Whether it’s a premature infant, a stroke victim or a trauma patient, chances are they'll be staying awhile — as will their loved ones.

     
  • WATCH: Catholics bring Christ to the streets

    Amid the blare of fire engine sirens, the pulse of rock music from car stereos and the curious looks of afternoon alfresco diners, Christ made his way through downtown Portland today.

  • WATCH: Ordinations recall church’s early years

    “There was a brotherly, fatherly joy in Archbishop Sample’s expression,” said Father Wood, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose,. “It was clear how blessed and happy he felt that these men had joined the priesthood.”

  • Priest reassignments announced

    Archbishop Alexander Sample has announced the following assignments for priests in the Archdiocese of Portland. Assignments are effective July 1 unless noted otherwise. More assignments will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

  • Summers can boost learning
    Just in time for what teachers call the “summer slide,” also known as “brain drain” or just a plain old summer learning loss, here’s a quiz to keep everyone on track: How much can a child fall behind in reading and math over the summer?
  • Summer spiritual life: It’s a natural at Camp Howard
    There’s only one summer camp in Oregon where women religious, priests, bishops and seminarians are on the scene. Camp Howard in the Mount Hood foothills is named after a former archbishop of Portland and has sustained a Catholic spiritual ministry for decades amid the campfires, hikes, zip lines, giant swing, laser tag, basketball, swimming and every other kind of fun.
  • Feeling welcome in classrooms ‘lasts a lifetime’
    Patrick Foraker’s kindergarten teacher at his California Catholic school wasn’t sure that including a student with Down syndrome was the best idea. Then one morning “What a Wonderful World” was playing in the classroom, and Patrick, who knows sign language, began to sign the song. Mrs. Sweet asked him to come up to the front of the room and share his skill with the class.
  • Health advocate honored

    EUGENE — PeaceHealth community health worker Ana-Maria Dudley has received an Excellence in Public Health Award in recognition of her work in south Lane County, including her support and advocacy for Cottage Grove’s Guatemalan community.

    The award is given annually by the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

     

  • CYO wrapup: Hoops, they did it again
    The Catholic Youth Organization third- through eighth-grade basketball program had a large number of participants this season, with more than 2,700 youths and around 300 teams. Oregon Episcopal School’s fifth- and sixth-graders joined CYO this year as a new club. CYO leaders said they are grateful for the partnership and for the energy and spirit the school brought to the program.
  • Portland comes together at the Hollywood Transit Center
    After the MAX train stabbings a year ago, the heavy concrete walls of the Hollywood Transit Center were awash in the pastel colors of chalk drawings and message of love and support. The spontaneous art was for the girls who had been harassed, the men who had protected them from a hate-filled stranger and for the community. Flowers were heaped in the center’s circle of grass for the heroes who were injured, two of them dying from their wounds.
  • WATCH: Remembering their sacrifices
    Jack Whalen asked that, after his death, the family gather at Mount Calvary Cemetery for Mass on Memorial Day. Whalen, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Portland and a Marine during the Second World War, died last year. His family kept the promise.
  • Imagining monarch butterflies at the Grotto
    Rosario Collet, a member of Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, was in her element while raking out mulch at the Grotto in Northeast Portland last autumn. “I love the gardens here and I want to help the butterflies and bees,” she said.
  • LifeWorks NW CEO knows recovery firsthand
    In 1981, Mary Monnat still told herself that she wanted to become a lawyer.
  • Priest ordination set for June 2

    Two men with science and technology backgrounds who entered the Catholic Church as young adults will be ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland.

    Deacon Brent Crowe grew up in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. He attended Applegate School and Hidden Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in general science from Oregon State University in 1991.



     

  • Oregon Catholics and Decoration Day, 1895-1925
    At the end of the 19th century and the first few decades of the 20th, Oregon Catholics regularly honored the war dead in late May by placing flowers on graves amid prayers uttered in Latin. What is now Memorial Day was called Decoration Day then, referring to the beautification of tombs for those who, as President Lincoln said, gave the “last full measure of devotion.”
  • SCAPPOOSE — The Catholic War Veterans’ annual Memorial Day service and lunch are set for Monday, May 28, at St. Wenceslaus Church and Cemetery, 51555 Old Portland Rd. here. Activities start at 10 a.m. with massing of colors.

    Ceremonies include the laying of the wreath by the Knights of Columbus, a three-volley salute by American Legion Post 42 with the Catholic War Veterans, “Taps” played by Boy Scouts and a flag folding ceremony carried out by the American Legion.

     

     

  • Working hard despite uncertainty
    At 19, Brandon Guzman is blessed with the resilience of youth and a strong work ethic. Since Catholic C