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  • Case management part of Blanchet’s ministry

    Trappist Brother Martin Gonzales learned that Brian Ward had moved to Blanchet Farm in Carlton in an attempt to manage alcoholism. The aged monk released his walker and grabbed Ward’s hands. “That is sacred ground up on that hill,” Brother Martin said.

  • Sixth-grade rally encourages youths to find their ‘greatest joy’
    A sushi-loving Benedictine brother, the “Jeopardy” tune, a recitation of the Suscipe prayer, treats and a talk on what matters most. It was a mix that elicited alternating moments of cacophonous enthusiasm and impressive silence as several hundred sixth-graders gathered in the school gym at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard for the 11th annual vocation rally March 15. A rally also was held March 14 at St. Joseph Parish in Salem.
  • Catholic-Young Life partnership deepens

    Officials from the Archdiocese of Portland attended a March 2 auction to benefit Young Life youth ministry, cementing a partnership between Catholics and other Christians in the effort to help young people encounter Jesus.

    The auction, held at Portland’s World Trade Center, drew 240 people and raised almost $130,000 for the ministry, which develops friendships with teens, helps them know Jesus, then urges them to attend church with their families.

  • Long-serving bishop has stood by his promise to put others first

    On March 2, 1978, Catholics packed Civic Auditorium in downtown Portland.

    Newspaper reporters and TV news crews buzzed around the venue. It was a big story: Two Oregon priests were being ordained auxiliary bishops, or assistants, on the same day. Pope Paul VI sent greetings via an ambassador. Trumpets blared, starting a long procession of churchmen in regalia.

  • Irish dancing project started 40 years ago
    To cultivate Irish culture in Oregon, two expatriates from the Emerald Isle started a folk dance class 40 years ago. Long before “Riverdance,” Mary Rose Kerg and Servite Brother Eugene Traynor knew the combination of enthusiastic movement, lilting music and Hibernian storytelling would be popular. Neither imagined it lasting four decades.
  • High schoolers mark one-month anniversary of Parkland shooting
    Catholic high school students in western Oregon joined with tens of thousands of students across the country March 14 to mark the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Some participated in the national walkout and called for political action, others lit candles and attended Mass; all prayed in a spirit of solidarity.
  • Green rain for a good cause
    In an annual St. Patrick’s Day act of charity, Kells Irish Pub in Portland swept the money patrons have flung onto the magically sticky ceiling of the establishment. The cash then was donated to Providence Child Center.
  • Couple’s bequest showed love

    SALEM — Winifred and Arthur Fromherz had a soft spot in their hearts for young mothers and their babies, so they made sure their commitment to supporting Father Taaffe Homes would continue after their deaths.

    Arthur died in 2004 and Winifred last year. Family members met with Jim Seymour, executive director of Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, to present a legacy gift from their parents to the homes and pregnancy support initiatives.

  • Veterans group makes donation of books on Catholic chaplains to Valley library
    BEAVERTON — The library at Valley Catholic School is a little bigger now, after a collection of books on Catholic chaplains who served the U.S. military was donated by the Catholic War Veterans organization.
  • Youths score skills, friendships at Central Catholic basketball camp
    Not long after the lockers are emptied of books, photos and old gum, and after the halls of Central Catholic High School grow quiet for the summer, the squeaks of rubber-soled sneakers and the repetitive thuds of dribbled basketballs fill the school gym. It’s the Portland high school’s basketball camps, which each June and July introduce students to the school and provide as many as 200 youths the opportunity to “increase their basketball IQ, have fun and build community,” said David Blue, Central Catholic head boys basketball coach. Blue and Sandy Dickerson, longtime Central Catholic head girls basketball coach, run the annual program.
  • St. Mary’s graduate dies on Mount Bachelor

    Nicole Panet-Raymond, a University of Oregon sophomore and graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, died March 2 on Mount Bachelor near Bend.

    Panet-Raymond was one of two people who died that Friday after they separately fell into holes at the base of trees. The 19-year-old was an avid skier and adventurer who hoped one day to practice international law.

  • De La Salle wins first state basketball title

    On Monday morning, two days after the most exciting game they’d ever played, members of the De La Salle North Catholic High School boys basketball team returned to school and a torrent of well-earned congratulations.

  • Rosary Bowl set for Oct. 6

    Rosary Bowl Northwest is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem. Father Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception will be the main speaker. He is author of “Champions of the Rosary.”

    The day, which is free to all, includes confessions, adoration, a rosary, Mass, talks and displays.

  • When fixing a child’s smile can save her life
    Dr. Scott Brown, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist, has a practice in Portland, spends much of his time every year thousands of miles away: volunteering at Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone and furthering the work of the nonprofit he founded, Surg+Restore, to train medical professionals there.
  • Catholic Charities of Oregon: A network of ministries

    Catholic Charities of Oregon was created by Archbishop Cornelius Power in 1933 to serve as an umbrella organization for the growing number of ministries flowing from the Catholic community in response to the difficult years of the Great Depression.

    Today, Catholic Charities is the umbrella for five agencies: Catholic Community Services of Portland, which formed in 1933 and merged with Catholic Charities in 1994; Catholic Youth Organization (founded in 1945); Catholic Community Services of Lane County (1954); Caritas Housing (1991); and El Programa Hispano Católico (2015). These agencies collectively impact almost 80,000 Oregonians every year in every community in western Oregon.

  • Churches, state team up to energize child welfare

    Oregon’s Catholic and Evangelical leaders are discussing a partnership to fix the state’s foster care shortage.

  • ACCW hears about Honduran mission

    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women heard about caring for Honduran children’s teeth at their Jan. 15 session.

    During a lunch meeting at St. Henry Parish in Gresham, the group listened to Mary Elliott, an Oregon dental worker who volunteered with Medical Teams International in Honduras. 

  • Somalian refugee and his family find security and sense of belonging in U.S.

    Born in conflict-ridden Somalia, Abdullahi Abdullahi spent the first 12 years of his life uncertain of what the next day would bring.

    “Where I was born in Somalia, there’s a lot of war there,” said Abdullahi. “So, every day you go to school or go to the market expecting that you will not come back home. We would be happy if you came home safe.”

  • Blanchet House welcomes new board members

    Portland civic leaders Janie (Marsh) Gullickson, Alisa Sinnott and Diane Whidden have joined the board of Blanchet House.

    The 66-year-old nonprofit is dedicated to feeding homeless people and offering sober living programs to men in Portland and Yamhill County. There are now 15 members of the Blanchet House board, including four women.

  • Doggone cute: Your puppies

    When Catholic Sentinel columnist Heather Renshaw wrote last year about her new puppy and made the zany claim that the creature is “the cutest little puppy ever,” we heard from readers. Some filed competing claims of greatness on behalf of their own Yorkies, Maltipoos and Shih Tzus. 

    So, we naturally asked you to send us photos of your furry wonders of God’s creation. Here is the result, 13 canines that  glorify divine handiwork. 

  • Tri-faith conversation tackles politics, preaching and anxiety
    Msgr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of St. Mary Cathedral, described this year’s topic for the tri-faith conversation, Feb. 6, as being “preaching in a time of Trump and Francis.” The official title said much the same: “Preaching in an anxious time.”
  • Kenton Women’s Village: A bridge from homelessness to hope
    Debbie Haskett rocks back and forth in a microsuede armchair, glancing out the balcony window at passing traffic from her new one-bedroom apartment in St. Johns. After four years of living on the streets, she finally has a place to call home. 
  • Sandwich generation faces growing responsibilities

    The responsibilities and burdens of middle-aged Americans are mounting, creating varying levels of financial and emotional stress. Nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child, according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. Baby Boomers are aging out of the demographic, so in recent years the number of people in the sandwich generation has not grown drastically. But pressures on the middle-agers have increased as young people find financial security increasingly difficult. 

  • NEWBERG — Providence Newberg Health Foundation, a part of Providence Health & Services, recently received a $252,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, to purchase a new 3-D mammography machine.

    “Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer and advanced technology such as this will help save lives,” says Lori Bergen, chief executive, Providence Newberg Medical Center.

  • Martha and Mary House provides older women affordable housing, community
    When Portland resident Judy Arneson lost her duplex apartment of 10 years because of a rent increase, she came to Catholic Charities’ Housing Transitions program for help. With their assistance, she was able to find a place to live. But then a major car repair forced her to make a life-altering choice: pay rent or get her car back. Saving her Social Security check to pay for the repairs, Arneson put all of her possessions in storage and began living in her small car.
  • Immigrant youths express fears, determination through art

    “I want my dad to stay with me.”

    “We are not giving up. We keep going.”

    The words of local first- and second-generation immigrant students are written across bold self-portraits, conveying fear and courage during a time of uncertainty.

    “Some are afraid they might lose a friend, an uncle or grandmother; one student has a dad in deportation proceedings,” said Kat Kelley, director of operations for the Pope Francis Center, an initiative of Oregon Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Portland.

  •  TPS decision denounced by Sisters of Providence
    The Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province (which encompasses Oregon), and Sisters of St. Dominic of Tacoma, Washington, have joined with women religious nationwide to denounce the decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans.  
  •  Catholic Charities' family support a venerable ministry
    “It is worthwhile to live as a family,” Pope Francis said in 2015 at the World Meeting of Families. “A society grows strong, grows in goodness, grows in beauty and truly grows if it is built on the foundation of the family.” Catholic Charities of Oregon has been playing its part, supporting families in a variety of ways for more than a generation. 
  • WATCH: ‘Part of a much larger church’

    About 900 Oregonians stood up Feb. 17-18 to be recognized for their desire to become Catholic this Easter. Among them was 48-year-old paper mill worker Gary Points, who attended Mass with his family for three decades before entering classes to prepare for baptism.

  • SALEM — With just five weeks, members of the Oregon legislature dove into the body’s first day of the legislative session Feb. 5.

    With shorter deadlines and fewer bills, there isn’t expected to be as much action as there is during a full-length legislative session. That doesn’t mean, however, that big legislative proposals aren’t in the works.

  • Couple purchases their own house with help from Catholic Charities’ Family Success Center

    April Ehrlich has never lived in the same spot for more than two years. “I grew up with lots of instability,” said the 30-year-old, whose single mother moved the family frequently. As an adult, Ehrlich’s nonprofit work kept housing in flux.

  • McMinnville couple celebrate half-century of marriage
    Dave Kraemer and Joanne (Pirkl) Kraemer of St. James Parish in McMinnville have marked 50 years of married life. Their wedding took place Jan. 27, 1968. 
  • For the first time, bands from two local Catholic high schools will play together at Disneyland
    Before they snap a selfie with Mickey and Minnie or whirl through Space Mountain, band students from Central Catholic and La Salle Prep will experience “the happiest place on earth” not as tourists but as performers.

  • Thanks to Catholic Charities, former refugee is college bound
    Peter Za, a senior at Cleveland High School in Southeast Portland, seems to have a permanent smile on his face. Embracing a role model status in his community, he laughed as two young residents nervously ran up to him and then around the lobby of his home at Catholic Charities’ Kateri Park, a film crew from Sallie Mae buzzing about nearby.
  • Award signals common mission

    In a sign of multicultural cooperation, a Latino church worker has received an award honoring the nation’s most revered African-American leader. 

    Each year, St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland recognizes Catholics who live out the ideals of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by working for social justice and nonviolence. 

  •  ‘The most beautiful year’: A love story of conversion, death, peace

    It’s a story that seems orchestrated by both Cupid and God. It includes death but is packed with life. 

    Bryce Coshow entered the Catholic Church at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Seaside March 31, 2013. Just nine months later, at age 59, he received a Catholic funeral. 

  • New chief at Providence Milwaukie
    Sherri Kulink has been named chief executive at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Previously, she served as chief operating officer for both Providence Milwaukie and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center.
  • Portion of Rice Bowl gifts funds local anti-hunger efforts
    The Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program, a longstanding Lenten donation effort, is set again for western Oregon Catholics. For decades, youngsters have saved and slipped coins into a small paper bowl, symbolic of the way many people in the world survive. Moms and dads tend to add bills, perhaps linking the donations to simple meals during Lent.

  • Tenants file suit

    Just after Christmas, the Community Alliance of Tenants held a posada for residents of The Melrose Apartments in North Portland. The traditional Latin American Catholic drama depicts Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging before Jesus is born. Several innkeepers in the play are portrayed as thoughtless, even greedy. The point got through.

  • Rosaries donated for veterans
    Bernard Offley, a retired First Class Sergeant in the U.S. Army who leads Catholic War Veterans of Oregon, has donated 100 rosaries to Father Charles Wood, a chaplain at the Portland Veterans Medical Center. Each rosary comes in a pouch containing directions on how to pray it, plus all mysteries and prayers.
  • UP concert to celebrate feisty, faithful women

    Many women of the Old and New Testament are not merely holy, they have chutzpa.

    “They’re not just meek servants but have reserves of strength that don’t always get celebrated,” said Karen Eifler, co-director of the University of Portland’s Garaventa Center.

    Such women — from Mary, the Mother of God, to Miriam, the sister of Moses — will be the focus of an upcoming concert of sacred art songs. Hosted by the center and U.P.’s music department, Women of the Book is Thursday, Feb. 22, in the university’s Chapel of Christ the Teacher at 7:30 p.m. 

  • Fewer Americans choose marriage

    Odd Valentine’s Day message: Fewer people are getting married.

  • With 35 days to pass legislation, Oregon’s lawmakers get to work
    SALEM — With just five weeks, members of the Oregon legislature dove into the body’s first day of the legislative session Feb. 5.

    With shorter deadlines and fewer bills, there isn’t expected to be as much action as there is during a full-length legislative session. That doesn’t mean, however, that big legislative proposals aren’t in the works.
  • Can your marriage be saved?

    The marriage appeared severed. It was a mess of miscommunication, heartbreak and a broken vow. They’d contacted divorce lawyers and he’d moved out. Her friends encouraged her to dump him.

  • Lenten reflection to end the death penalty: ‘Do what Jesus would do’
    On the first Saturday evening of the Lenten season, Feb. 17, members of parishes in Marion and Polk counties are invited to a soup supper at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem. In addition to Lenten simplicity, the evening will examine Catholic teaching on the death penalty.
  • She yearns for a church that leads on nonviolence
    Here is Rose Marie Berger’s dream: When society is troubled by violence and seeks ways to build peace, people will look to the Catholic Church — and the church will have good answers.
  • WATCH: Faith in the food carts
    “Realizing the impact that you are making in other people through the foundation of faith and family really helps you to keep on going,” said Sablan, who works day-in and day-out so he and wife Marie can send their children to Catholic school.
  • WATCH: Archbishop to married couples: ‘You give me hope’
    “My husband is a representation of what our faith is to me and I think that’s what I am for him,” said Kate Brehm, standing beside husband Zach and holding their 18-month old son.
  • WATCH: New chancellor, a Franciscan sister, aims to serve by listening first
    The new chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland is a Franciscan sister who has worked as a no-nonsense prison guard and as an immigration attorney who wears her religious habit in court. But Sister Veronica Schueler is far from iron-fisted.
  •  St. Luke embraces the lives of the saints as role models through the house system
    WOODBURN — St. Luke School has adopted a house system to encourage a greater sense of family among students and teachers.
  • Valley Catholic students spread ‘Waves of Love’
    BEAVERTON — For most people, a day at the beach means fun in the sun. For students at Valley Catholic Middle School, it means a day of service.
  • St. Matthew students prepared for Catholic Schools Week
    HILLSBORO — The students, staff and families of St. Matthew School here prepared to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a combination of prayer, service projects and schoolwide fun. Beginning Jan. 28 and continuing through Feb. 3, the week includes a variety of events created to honor St. Matthew School and Catholic schools across the country.
  • St. John Fisher students use 3-D printer to create prosthetic hands
    Working with e-NABLE, St. John Fisher librarian Sundi Pierce and Merrit Holub, principal, have initiated a makerspace after-school club for seventh- and eighth-graders.
  • Kindergartners learn in delicious ways
    “Who’s ready to cook? If you’re ready, touch your tummy,” parent Emily Humm tells a group of eager future chefs standing at attention in the St. Clare School cafeteria. It is a perfect way to start a cold, windy Friday morning.
  • WATCH: Archdiocese’s Encuentro: Becoming missionary disciples

    SALEM — Scores of western Oregon Catholics came forward, dropping signed cards at the foot of a cross. They promised to live as missionary disciples who will go to neighborhoods, streets and marketplaces to share their personal encounter with Jesus.

  • St. Andrew Nativity School alumna gives back
    Chrisleine Temple, an alumna of the St. Andrew Nativity School class of 2011, wasn’t always sure it was the place for her. As someone who was not Catholic, Temple had reservations about attending a private, Jesuit school.
  • Parish funds held in trust separate from archdiocese
    If a parish in western Oregon has a big building project and wants to get started before all its pledged donations come in, it can apply for what’s called a bridge loan. To say the loans come from the Archdiocese of Portland is incorrect.