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  • 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. READ MORE>>
  • 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.

  • Malakai Salu of Central Catholic High School and Travis Spreen of Jesuit High School have been chosen as two of 16 football scholar-athletes in Oregon by the National Football Foundation.
  • Secular Franciscans celebrate growth
    EUGENE — The Eugene-based St. Francis Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order is holding a ceremony and celebration of reactivation. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at noon at St. Peter Church, 1150 Maxwell Rd. in Eugene. 
  • Dreams, justice, solidarity

    On Feb. 10, 50 people attended Dreams, Justice and Solidarity, an event at the Portland Commmunity College Rock Creek Campus. The powerful, engaging, community event was a collaborative effort of Jhoana Monroy-Espinosa and Petrona Dominguez from PCC Rock Creek and St. Juan Diego parishioners Mary Davidson and myself.

Rite of election
About 900 Oregonians stood up Feb. 17-18 to be recognized for their desire to become Catholic this Easter.
Marriage Mass
“My husband is a representation of what our faith is to me and I think that’s what I am for him.”
New chancellor
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.
Archdiocese of Portland Encuentro
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.
Welcoming our sister
After experiencing abortion at age 20, Elizabeth Peters had nightmares for years. Now she is happily married and expecting her third child. The Stayton mother has taken maternity photos for other women experiencing crisis pregnancy.
  • The Greatest Christmas Gift
    I have always been struck by a very simple dialog that takes place at the beginning of the Church’s liturgy for admitting a person to the Order of the Catechumens in preparation for adult baptism.
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