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  • Schools report shows more Catholics can be reached
    HILLSBORO — The population within the Archdiocese of Portland is growing and of those enrolled in first Communion preparation, only 16 percent are enrolled in Catholic schools archdiocese-wide. This comes from a recent archdiocesan schools strategy report.
  • Breaking ground in Grants Pass
    Dave Thomason, Bill Bailey, Alan Crews, Cleta Gallo, and Fr. William Holtzinger, pastor at St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass, pose for the groundbreaking of the new church Sept. 17.
  • Spelling Bee Champ
    Paige Rogers, a 13-year-old parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Albany, claimed victory at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship last month. The 8th-grader at Memorial Middle School in Albany competed against 21 other middle school students from across the state in a written test of 25 words, with only one tie-breaker.
  • Visitation dedicates new statue and bench
    VERBOORT — Father Michael Vuky dedicated a new statue of the Holy Family at Visitation Parish here in August. The statue was purchased after the December 2016 wind storm blew over the previous one, which was donated by Tom and Cindy Sagar.
  • Local man receives national award
    FOREST GROVE — William Daly, parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Parish here, was honored with the 2017 Board Service Award from the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators earlier this year.
  • ASTORIA — Father Ben Innes, pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish here and St. Francis de Sales Mission in Hammond, was called back to California by his Franciscan superiors for health reasons.
  • Homecoming attracts more than 800 worshippers
    All Saints Parish hosted an outdoor Mass and homecoming to honor the parish’s 100th anniversary. The celebration drew 850 guests Sept. 10.
  • Convent still occupied — by one
    VERBOORT — The convent at Visitation Parish, once home to the Vandecoevering sisters, is now weeknight lodging for Sister Alison Green. Like the three Vandcoeverings, she is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon and a teacher.
  • Valley Catholic inspires love of music for a lifetime
    BEAVERTON — No student is too young to build an appreciation for, and love of, music. That belief is at the heart of the music program at Valley Catholic School.
  • UP receives $300,000 National Science Foundation grant
    The University of Portland has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve teaching environments for undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Marist welcomes new faculty and staff
    EUGENE — Here are new staff at Marist High School:

    Molly Beick, math teacher, has 23 years teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. She holds a master’s in math from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an assistant volleyball coach at Marist.
  • Thankful to firefighters
    Laura La-France, art teacher at St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City, worked with students as they designed thank-you cards for firefighters working to save homes, animals, trees and landmarks at risk from the Eagle Creek fire.
  • Fr. Graham becomes pastor
    NORTH BEND ­— Once a case manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Father Jim Graham was ordained in 2012. Without spending any time as a parochial vicar, he was assigned by Archbishop John Vlazny to be parish administrator at Holy Name Parish in Coquille along with Sts. Ann and Michael Mission Parish in Myrtle Point.
  • St. Matthew’s fall festival
    HILLSBORO — For 80 years, the parish community at St. Matthew Parish here has been celebrating the season with a fall gathering. The 81st Annual Fall Festival will come to the parish Oct. 21-22.
  • Former NBA player speaks out on addiction
    EUGENE — Former NBA player and recovering addict Chris Herren addressed Marist High School students regarding the domino effect of substance abuse Sept. 22. Herren’s own drug use led to the premature end of a promising professional basketball career.
  • One of the region’s best youth golfers is a Buddhist who chose Central Catholic High School because of its high morals and commitment to community service.
  • Faculty work to produce leaders with consciences

    In “Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis called business “a noble vocation,” provided that businesspeople look beyond the bottom line to the common good. There’s nothing wrong with increasing goods in the world, the pope wrote, so long as we also make those goods more accessible to everyone. At University of Portland, ethics have become fuel in the education engine room, and no more so than in the Pamplin School of Business.

  • St. John Fisher welcomes new teachers
    David Jenney will join the faculty at St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland as seventh-grade homeroom teacher, and teach science for grades four to eight and math for seventh-graders.
  • Our Lady of the Lake animal blessing
    LAKE OSWEGO — Our Lady of the Lake Parish will hold its annual “awww!” animal blessing Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Positive energy at St. Thomas More
    St. Thomas More School in Southwest Portland launches the school year with a theme decided by this year’s eighth-grade class: “Inspire Positive Energy.” Each year, rising eighth-graders pick a theme that reflects a legacy they hope to leave.
  • New staff plus a focus on Mary at  St. Matthew in Hillsboro
    HILLSBORO — As more than 260 children return to campus at St. Matthew School here, they will be greeted by new additions to the staff for the 2017-18 year.
  • Talk of empathy at Marist
    EUGENE — Empathy and inclusion will be the message put forth by Johnny Lake in his talk at Marist Catholic High School Oct. 6.

    Lake holds a doctorate and is an associate professor of education in the teacher and counselor preparation programs at Northwest Christian University.
  • ‘Stars’ are aligning at St. Cecilia
    BEAVERTON — “Reach for the Stars” is St. Cecilia School’s theme for the 2017-18 school year.

    The school says it already features star quality in faculty, instructional assistants, labs, learning centers, academic curriculums and co-curricular offerings — but is hoping to be even more starry.
  • Plenty of fresh signs at St. Clare
    St. Clare School in Southwest Portland is starting the year with a sense of renewal and reinvigoration. Three new teachers are on staff and the old gymnasium is due for renovation.
  • Run for Salem Schools
    Catholic schools in the Salem area organized the Bridge to Cross 5K and Family Fun Run to benefit St. Joseph, Queen of Peace, St. Vincent de Paul and Blanchet Catholic in Salem and Sacred Heart in Gervais.
  • Blue Mass honors first responders
    On the evening of Sept. 11, Cliff Jenson was sporting the traditional Knights of Columbus fourth degree uniform. This was much different garb than he spent 27 years wearing for the Portland Police Bureau. On the evening of Sept. 11, Cliff Jenson was sporting the traditional Knights of Columbus fourth degree uniform. This was much different garb than he spent 27 years wearing for the Portland Police Bureau. But Jenson wore the Knights’ regalia in honor of first responders he’d been serving alongside, physically and metaphorically, for so long, and he was wearing it as part of the first annual Blue Mass at St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland.
  • Marylhurst tops for adult learners in Pacific Northwest
    Marylhurst University ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest and No. 9 nationwide in the four-year colleges for adult learners category of the 2017 Washington Monthly magazine college rankings. Marylhurst is the only college in the Pacific Northwest to make the top 40 list in the category.
  • La Salle Prep embarks on schoolwide discussion of identity
    MILWAUKIE — Along with subjects such as English and math, La Salle Prep students will study another topic this year: identity.

    Through discussions and assignments, all 711 students will delve into the subject as part of a schoolwide reflection on identity. Throughout the year, they’ll ask questions such as: Who am I? How do relationships, experiences, culture, religion and environment shape what we believe and who we become? How do I respond to those different from me?
  • When students at Madeleine School in Northeast Portland returned from summer vacation, they found three new teachers and two new bathrooms to greet them. They also will spot visitors throughout the school as Madeleine welcomes its accreditation team this fall.
  • Strong STEM standards
    A focus on science, technology, engineering and math isn’t new. It dates back to Sputnik and the Cold War. But schools have been adopting the STEM educational method for more than a decade and it’s now widely practiced. So what have the schools in the Archdiocese of Portland been doing in this area?
  • Cleanup at historic Scappoose cemetery
    SCAPPOOSE — Kelly Kessi and Ben Deahl kneel before a disassembled stone bench next to a gravesite covered in plants. Deahl carefully uncovers the earth beneath the spot slated for one of the stone legs before placing the bench’s seat, ornamented with angels.
  • St. Agatha: Recycled play gear BRINGS A THRILL
    Students at St. Agatha School in Southeast Portland got a surprise when they hit the playground. A recycled play structure was installed during the summer.
  • Nativity has alumni on staff
    Dominique Forrest, a 2006 graduate, grew up in Beaverton with his mom and two older brothers. After school, he played football and so went home on MAX, where he finished much of his homework. Despite the tough commute, he loved the small class sizes. Sports teams were so small that he was able to play a lot of minutes. At Nativity, Forrest found confidence.
  • Science, tech offerings grow
    “We are going to start this class by thinking about how computer science touches all of our lives,” instructor Alison Anderson says to a full computer lab at Central Catholic High School.
  • Parish blesses new narthex
    SILVERTON — More than 100 people gathered at St. Paul Parish here as Archbishop Alexander Sample dedicated the church’s new narthex and celebrated the completion of the long-awaited project.
  • Unified schools begin first year together
    STAYTON — Regis St. Mary Catholic School here starts its first school year as one pre-K-12 school on two campuses.
  • Heading straight for the books
    It was an end-of-summer outing to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for Melanie DeBellis and her two youngsters, Rocco, age 7, and Marian, 4. A visit to the gift shop — just to check it out — was part of the day.
  • New theme, new teachers in Milwaukie
    MILWAUKIE — “At St. John the Baptist we are committed to helping to create leaders who are confident, compassionate and connected in faith and will put their service into action in our community,” says a statement from the Milwaukie school.
  • Key leaders return to Blanchet
    SALEM — Bob Weber has returned to Blanchet Catholic School as president/principal. He served at Blanchet before his seven years as president of Valley Catholic. Also returning to Blanchet this school year is Chuck Lee, who will take on the role of president emeritus and help with the development efforts. 
  • Milestone for Franciscan Montessori
    Franciscan Montessori Earth School is marking its 40th anniversary.

    The 2017-18 school year will be filled with celebrations that focus on the milestone.
  • 'Open to Growth’
    As Jesuit High School begins its 62nd year of “forming and transforming” the lives of young women and men who come to our school from throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area, we focus on the theme of “Open to Growth” from the “Profile of the Jesuit High School Graduate at Graduation” and take as our motto for the year the exhortation from Pope Francis that “we walk with a heart that does not close in on itself, but beats to the rhythm of a journey undertaken together.”
  • O’Hara refuses to skimp on art
    EUGENE — Every child is an artist.

    That’s the motto in the art room at O’Hara School. For more than a decade, O’Hara has maintained a full-time art program with all students receiving an hour of art instruction each week. Julie Fulton and Shauna Scott share teaching duties. Together, they have developed a curriculum that exposes O’Hara students to more than 30 artists as they move from preschool to eighth grade.