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  • 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.
  • Priest's declaration got it started in 1810
    Each Sept. 16, about 10,000 people gather outside Portland’s Moda Center — home of the Trailblazers — to celebrate not basketball, but the independence of Mexico from Spain.
  • CYO/Camp Howard to George and Tammy Weivoda: Thank you
    As this year’s Champions of Faith Dinner co-chairs, George and Tammy Weivoda have recruited sponsors and will help host and present at the annual fundraising dinner Oct. 17.
  • Three become Holy Cross deacons
    NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Three men who served at Portland’s Holy Redeemer Parish during summers have professed final vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. The rite took place Sept. 15 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Morality and climate change to be explored
    Answering God’s call to heal creation is the subject of a Nov. 2 seminar and lecture sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, an interfaith group that includes the Archdiocese of Portland.
  • New fund helps children
    A new endowment established by Lucille and Gerard McAleese, owners of Kells Restaurant and Pub, will help support some of the region’s most vulnerable children.
  • Daughter of murder victims to speak
    A Portland Catholic woman whose mother and stepfather were murdered in 2006 is a strong advocate for repealing Oregon’s death penalty. Becky O’Neil McBrayer speaks Sunday, Oct. 8, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. John Fisher Parish,
  • Anti-death penalty talks postponed
    St. Joseph Sister Helen Prejean, foremost foe of the death penalty in the U.S., has postponed appearances slated for this month in Oregon
  • Memorial Mass held for oldest ACCW member

    Father Charles Zack celebrated Mass at St. Henry Church in Gresham this summer for Giny Jackson, a longtime member of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, who died at age 100 on June 3.

  • Blessing a place meant for grief and inspiration
    HAPPY VALLEY — Out in St. Peter’s garden at Gethsemani Cemetery, Charlotte Benfiet cleaned and polished her husband’s marble headstone. It bears her name as well, and a photo of the two on their 50th anniversary.
  • Family, faith and Medicare

    With Medicare and plenty of attentive adult children, the Luong household feels like a model of good eldercare — as do many Vietnamese households. Could American families learn from such immigrants?

  • There’s no place like home

    Elizabeth Gern, resident service coordinator at several of Catholic Charities’ affordable housing developments in Southeast Portland, frets on a Tuesday afternoon that she may have to drag one of the residents to see a visiting nurse the following morning.

  • A Catholic family’s ‘story of resilience’

    “All refugees have a story of resilience.” So Asukulu Songolo began the speech that won him second place in the original composition section for eighth graders at the Valley Catholic Middle School speech tournament last spring.



  • Help for troubled marriages

    The program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulty at all levels of marital distress, from disillusionment to deep misery.

  •   Portland philanthropist Joe Weston to be recognized nationally for his support of Catholic schools
    Portland real estate developer Joe Weston will receive the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Oct. 2.
    The national prize is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who in 1809 founded the Sisters of Charity in Maryland and had a lifelong dedication to teaching. 
  • The sisters are back
    BRIDAL VEIL — Flames licked within 15 feet of their convent driveway, but the building was untouched. For the second time in 26 years, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist averted a forest fire racing through the windy Columbia River Gorge.
  • Virtual concert organized by Oregon Catholic Press aids Harvey victims
    Portland-based Oregon Catholic Press organized a Sept. 1 livestreamed benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey. 
    With Catholic ensembles in Oregon, Louisiana and Florida, the hourlong event featured hymns and prayer. Ways to send donations to Catholic Charities flashed on the screen. 
  • The Tualatin Valley Vicariate Oct. 6-8 puts on its second annual Youth on Fire rally for teens and young adults. 
    Taking a page from political debate, the theme is “Fake News vs. the Good News: Discerning and Witnessing the Truth of the Gospel in the Secular World.”
    Set at St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove, Friday is for young adults, Saturday for middle schoolers and Sunday for high school students. 
  • Secular Franciscans mark 25 years of regional unity
    This summer, Secular Franciscans of the Pacific Northwest celebrated 25 years for their regional fraternity. A gathering of the order, made up of laity and diocesan priests who live and work in the world, took place at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.  
    The Secular Franciscan Order was founded by St. Francis in the 13th century. And it is an order, not a lay apostolate. St. Francis didn’t regard the group as lesser than the friars who gathered around him or the women who joined St. Clare, says Evelyn Brush, a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland and newly elected minister of the local fraternity of the Secular Franciscans.
  • Lake Oswego mom seeks pledges to pray for life during upcoming marathon
    Lindsay Caron has run in races and participated in triathlons for the past 15 years. The upcoming Portland Marathon Oct. 8 will be her fourth full marathon. And this year, she’s running for life.
    “I always run better when I run for a cause,” wrote the stay-at-home mom of two little boys in an email.
  •  Homes on former Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon land
    Almost a third of the massive South Hillsboro housing development will be built on ground once owned by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. 
    About 20,000 people are expected to live within the 1,400-acre project, the largest planned residential development in Oregon history. In the mix is a 476-acre farm donated by bequest to the religious community in 1957. 
  • BEAVERTON — Celebrating and fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be the theme of a Mass and dinner set for St. Cecilia Parish Saturday, Oct. 14. The 5 p.m. Mass that evening will have Archbishop Alexander Sample as main celebrant and senior priests of the archdiocese as concelebrants. Seminarians will be liturgical ministers and will greet parishioners after Mass. 
  • Holy Land pilgrimage set
    Newly ordained Father Zani Pacanza is serving at St. James Parish in McMinnville. That’s where he’ll stay until assigned elsewhere, but at the start of 2018, he leads an 11-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 
    The group will go to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum and Tel Aviv and visit holy sites including the Via Crucis, the site of the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the Dormition and the Church of the Nativity. 
  • Doyle literary remembrance slated
    Oregon’s Catholic writer Brian Doyle will be remembered by his literary pals at a celebration set for Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. Doyle, who died of brain cancer in May, was a Sentinel columnist, editor of Portland magazine and author of essays and novels. 
  • A 2012 survey by the American Association of Retired Persons found that 9 in 10 seniors intend to live in their current homes for the next five to 10 years. The same investigation revealed that among Americans 70 and older, only 43 percent find it very easy to live independently. 
  • SPRINGFIELD — Catholic Community Services now offers immigration legal services in Lane County. Help for lower-income immigrants hoping to normalize their status is available in English and Spanish. Lise Colgan, a worker at the Springfield Community Service Center, will meet with immigrants and send their cases to legal staff in Portland. 
  • ‘A full-circle moment’ for coach and former CYO player
    If Catholic Youth Organization programs are intended to cultivate a love of athletics, enduring friendships and sportsmanship, Julie Taylor and Colleen O’Bryant are proof they do just that. 
  • Providence Foundations of Oregon announced a $2 million gift from Columbia Sportswear President and CEO Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, to Providence Heart Institute. The money will aid research and analysis. 
    Tim Boyle’s father, Neal Boyle, died from a sudden heart attack in 1970 at age 47. 
  • Oregon team at National Black Catholic Congress
    Thousands of black Catholic adults, teens, religious and clergy gathered in Orlando, Florida, in early July for the National Black Catholic Congress.  
    One session explored unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Delegates, who filled the room so that many had to stand, heard the lessons learned and got a rundown on best practices. 
  • Former Central Catholic star says OSU’s goal is a bowl
    If Oregon State football is going to pick up where it left off last year, Ryan Nall needs to pick up where he left off.
    The former Central Catholic star ended last football season in legendary fashion, scoring four touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a 34-24 win over Oregon. The in-state rivalry game, nicknamed the “Civil War,” has been played every year since 1894. It was the B