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  • Conscience: Not what you think it is

    If a Catholic cites conscience in dissenting from the laws of nature, from ancient communal wisdom, or from clear church teaching, that usually involves a faulty understanding of conscience. That was the main idea Nov. 4 during more than five hours of talks and questions at Holy Rosary Parish in Northeast Portland.

  • When life slows down, generosity can be a pick-me-up
    After caring for his wife through her long bout with cancer, Frank Nagel found himself alone in his house with not much to do. Seven years later, the 89-year-old has volunteered thousands of hours to Providence Portland Medical Center and become a generous donor as well to Catholic causes.
  • Centennial to be marked in Clatskanie
    CLATSKANIE — St. John the Baptist Mission here is marking its centennial with a Mass set for Sunday, Dec. 3, at 11:15 a.m. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at the Eucharist in the amiable small-town church, with a reception after.
  • WATCH: Seminary tells its story; donors respond

    A dark wall isn’t usually encouraging. But when 140 black-clad students from Mount Angel Seminary stood shoulder-to-shoulder to sing on Nov. 5, the crowd at the Oregon Convention Center was thrilled.

  • WATCH: The new face of environmentalism

    One is a Republican, a retired Army colonel. The other is a political independent who has worked as a broadcast journalist and development director. Both are staunchly Catholic and both represent a new look for the environmental movement.

  • Catholic man who died defending others honored
    Rick Best, the Milwaukie Catholic who was stabbed to death last May when he defended girls from an Islamophobic attacker, has been named a Spirit of Portland Award winner.
  • Thankful for home: a formerly homeless family's story
    Saraia Crespin, age “almost 8,” is helping her mother cook their Thanksgiving meal this year in their own home. The holiday at home means a lot to Saraia because she’s experienced homelessness.
  • In 1920s, KKK focused on political influence
    ST. PAUL — The version of the Ku Klux Klan that rose in the 1920s across the United States was less about night raids and more about controlling civic authority, a historian told a gathering of the Oregon Catholic Historical Society. 
  • New Grotto chief: Come find God
    The new executive director of the Grotto is a retired Marine Corps colonel who wants people of all faiths to come to the Northeast Portland Catholic sanctuary to find God.
  • WATCH: Still a house of compassion
    “At 16, being locked up was not my choice by any means, but it certainly turned out to the best thing in the world for me,” said Kathy Caselton, who lived at Villa St. Rose from 1963 to 1965. She is now a successful artist in Albany.
  • St. Vincent’s children’s ER: gone to the dog?
    There’s a furry addition to the expanded Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Children’s Emergency Room.
  • Annual pressure applied to Planned Parenthood
    Hundreds of pro-life advocates, most of them Catholic, lined a major Portland street Oct. 29 to stand peacefully for the unborn. The annual Life Chain protest, which includes mostly prayer, took place outside Planned Parenthood on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
  • Joe Weston: Ensure the future of Catholic schools
    Joe Weston refuses to let his hard-earned money just sit around. Portland’s plain-talking property management guru works overtime to make sure lots and lots of his cash goes to causes he believes in — Catholic schools prominent among them.
  • Schools, seminarians, senior priests: The needs are great

    At a certain point in life, people begin to consider what provisions they will make for after they are gone. The church must also be cared for, and according to several individuals at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center, one way to care for the church even after death is planned giving.

  • Called to be stewards of the life and mission of their church
    For Hispanics immigrants, the Catholic Church is a home away from home. All that they receive from the church is vital for their life in the United States. And so, it makes sense that each Hispanic Catholic is called to give back to the church, assisting its mission and helping others.
  • Veterans flourish at Marylhurst University
    Lisa Payan, a former gunner with the Army military police, sought spiritual groundedness. Cody Mills had worked on Black Hawk helicopters but hoped to heal others through music. And Ian Beaty, who serves in the Army National Guard, wanted a master’s degree program that could accommodate a potential deployment.

    Each of the military veterans discovered, with a touch of surprise, a place to fulfill their goals at a small Catholic school located 10 miles south of Portland.

     

  • A pilgrimage across the archdiocese

    MONROE — Tom Goracke had attended the same small town parish his entire life — more than 50 years. He and his wife Brenda were married there. Their children were baptized there and confirmed there. But time came when he started to question what it meant to be Catholic. And that was the catalyst for what eventually became a pilgrimage for the couple to visit every parish in the archdiocese.

  • Myriad ministries
    The archdiocese is a lead sponsor for massive ministries like Catholic Charities and CYO/Camp Howard. Add prison ministry, catechist training and campus ministry to the list.
  • Hearing God’s call in public school

    ALOHA — While enrolled in a bustling public high school with 2,000 students, Carlos Garcia heard the call of God. Not that it was easy.

  • Permanent deacon ordained

    MEDFORD — Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith ordained Dennis Macey a permanent deacon Oct. 21 in Sacred Heart Church here. Macey, a Medford firefighter, began pondering his call when recovering from surgery. He obtained a master’s degree while continuing firefighting duties.

  • Vatican’s top astronomer speaks at seminary

    ST. BENEDICT — Science can be an act of worship. That was a key message from the director of the Vatican Observatory, who spoke to monks, seminarians and faculty Oct. 12 at Mount Angel Seminary.

  • New ACCW spiritual advisor, a woman religious, leads retreat
    Archbishop Alexander Sample recently approved the appointment of Sister Michael Francine Duncan of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon as spiritual advisor to the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. On Oct. 10, she led the women’s group in a retreat at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.
  • Struggle of black nuns examined
    The life of African-American women religious in the United States is the topic of a talk set for Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:15 p.m. in Franz Hall 120 at the University of Portland.
  • WATCH: Parish promotes vocations to priesthood, religious life
    BEAVERTON — Archbishop Alexander Sample lauded one western Oregon parish for “getting it” when it comes to fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life.
  • WATCH: Making better people
    At Mass, famed Oregon prep basketball coach Nick Robertson never prayed for wins. Instead, he asked God to help his players work hard. “I learned that if you play up to a certain level, you’ll be happy,” Robertson told a crowd of 750 during the annual Champions of Faith Benefit dinner for Catholic Youth Organization and Camp Howard.
  • Deacon ordination in Rome
    Deacon Peter Julia and Deacon Richard LeFaivre of the Archdiocese of Portland were among more than 40 men from the Pontifical North American College to enter the diaconate Sept. 28.
  • CC grad wins Chicago Marathon
    Central Catholic graduate Galen Rupp made history Oct. 5 when he became the first American to win the Chicago Marathon since 2002 — and the first American-born runner to win that race since 1982. His time was 2:09:20.
  • Seminarians benefit from staying physically active
    Nearly every afternoon, theology student Bonaventure Okoro tries to take a short nap after his classes are over for the day. Then he heads for the soccer field or the weight room, or he laces up his running shoes to get his daily dose of exercise.
  • Seminarian-Knights get support and give service
    When Anthony Shumway was growing up, he realized that all the men who were important to him — men like his father — were members of the Knights of Columbus. So, one week after he turned 18, he became a first degree knight himself. Now, not only is he a Fourth Degree knight, he’s also a student at Mount Angel Seminary and on the path to priesthood.
  • Not all seminary students are seminarians
    Brian Morin spent more than a decade sailing around the globe with the U.S. Navy. Now he’s intent on stability. And he’s learning from the masters — the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel.
  • Topic: Conscience

    Holy Rosary Church and the Dominican Priory in Northeast Portland has invited four philosophers for a discussion on the nature, role and scope of conscience.

  • Parish finding ways to encounter, accompany migrants

    Among Pope Francis’ favorite themes are accompaniment and encounter. One Portland parish is embracing the call.

  • Cowboy turns shepherd
    ST. BENEDICT — From a cattle ranch in the Rockies, Jason Pettigrew’s ride took an unusual turn – to the seminary. The seminarian from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, answered some questions about his call and his life.
  • Providence honors early advocate of immunotherapy
    More than 150 people gathered for the ceremony that honored the late Robert W. Franz, his decades-long support for the work at Providence Cancer Institute and lifetime gifts totaling $40 million.
  • Learning the language of science

    BENEDICT — Science is not a topic often associated with seminary studies. Yet, it’s taken as Gospel-truth in the secular world. And some say it’s a topic essential for pastors to understand in order to minister in modern times.

  • Last chance for farmers markets
    The days of harvest are here. Farmers markets across Portland are ending the year in a flourish to feed the spirit and the body.
  • WATCH: New life for ‘everyone’s church’
    Thousands upon thousands of Oregon Catholics have gone through it: After a big Mass at Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral, everyone slogs several blocks to the reception, held beneath hoops in the school gym. On rainy days, discouraged or frail worshippers simply go to their cars and drive. An $8 million capital campaign could change the picture.
  • CRS helping seminarians encounter the world
    Josué Jimenez, a student at Mount Angel Seminary, once thought of Catholic Relief Services only as the Rice Bowl people. Now he sees CRS as a way of life.
  • Archbishop Sample has received notification from the Congregation for Clergy in Rome that Ysrael Bien has been dismissed from the clerical state.

  • Rosary Bowl about salvation
    SALEM — October is the month of the rosary. On the first Saturday of October, year in and year out, western Oregon is host to a massive event to promote the praying of the rosary, Marian devotion, and through this, the strengthening of the family.
  • Progress against Parkinson’s

    Since St. John Paul II's death in 2005, researchers and clinicians have made advances in understanding and treatment of Parkinson's.

  • Workshop for immigrants set at school
    A workshop for parents at risk of becoming unavailable to care for their children — because of deportation — is set for 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at De La Salle North Catholic High School, 7528 N Fenwick in Portland.
  • From the editor

    This 244-page book offers information you can’t find elsewhere about pastoral center offices, parishes, clergy, religious, schools, helping agencies and Catholic organizations.

  • A day of Fatima
    One man’s T-shirt said it all: “Heaven is my city.” Hundreds of faithful spent Oct. 13 at the Grotto in Portland, praying fervently as a way to commemorate the centennial of a moment when heaven burst into the world spectacularly.
  • SPRINGFIELD — Volunteers have partnered with Catholic Community Services and FOOD for Lane County to establish a satellite food pantry in Thurston, a neighborhood in east Springfield.
  • Honors for football players
    Three young Catholic Youth Organization football players have earned regional and national recognition for their skill. 
  • A tornado that upended airplanes at the Aurora State Airport has not damaged St. Patrick Church in nearby Canby.
  • Volunteer spotlight: Ed Kluss, sports lover and stellar leader
    As a kid, Ed Kluss played basketball, football and baseball and spent countless hours outside, making up games at the park and running around with neighborhood pals. He was never the top athlete — he was on the smaller size — but those years on courts, fields and grassy park lawns were formative.
  • A new path to run
    They were a family on the run for their lives. Now when a Wasongolo child runs, it’s for joy and glory.
  • Find what social media can mean for you
    Afraid of missing out on social media? The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Northwest Portland is offering a workshop on how Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and the like can have a positive impact on life.
  • Net success: A life of faith and basketball

    Nick Robertson is quick to admit there are tougher professions than coaching. But the career does come with “real highs and lows,” said the legendary high school basketball coach. “You work crazy hours and can be beaten at the last second.”

  • Lecture on martyred nun

    In a lecture titled, “A Dangerous Woman: Faith, Politics, and the Assassination of Sr. Maura Clarke,” investigative journalist Eileen Markey chronicles the spiritual and political journey that led Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke to a Cold War martyrdom in El Salvador in 1980.

  • Religious vocation, teaching is a family affair for three Vandecoevering sisters
    Like any close sisters, the Vandecoevering trio interrupt each other, laugh at much-told family tales and wear matching clothes — which for many years have been black-and-white habits.
  • Phil Murphy guided CYO for three decades

    Catholic Youth Organization sports have existed in the Portland area since 1941, and CYO was registered as a nonprofit in 1946. Philip Murphy is credited with the early success of the programs, serving for 30 years as CYO director before retiring in 1978.

  • Nursing school graduates reunite

    EUGENE — The class of 1967 from Sacred Heart General Hospital School of Nursing patrolled the corridors again in early September. More than 20 women came for a reunion that convened veteran nurses, some of whom had not seen each other for 50 years. 

  • Flurry to finish
    CORBETT — Before summer sessions started at Camp Howard, a crack appeared in a beam holding up the dining hall. Engineers quickly supported the sagging timber. After all, hundreds of children eat in the lodge daily as part of their experience at Oregon’s Catholic summer camp.
  • Oregon senators hear from Dreamers
    A group of young Latino activists met this morning with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley at Catholic Charities offices in Southeast Portland. The young people shared their hopes and frustrations about the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and asked the Democratic senators what they were doing to promote passage of the bill, which expires in March.