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Portland Archdiocese: New office will integrate schools into evangelization mission

Oct 20, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Archdiocese of Portland has launched a new office focused on bringing diocesan schools more fully into the Church’s mission... Read more

Firefighters worked for hours to put out the fire at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 31, 2023.

Oregon Catholic Church fire determined to be arson; suspect arrested

Sep 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The Aug. 31 fire, which destroyed St. Joseph’s sanctuary, began in a garbage bin on the church property. Read more

The fire that devastated St. Joseph's sanctuary was primarily concentrated in the roof.

Fire devastates historic Oregon Catholic church: Sanctuary is lost

Aug 31, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

St. Joseph’s is one of the oldest parish communities in Oregon. It serves about 3,500 faithful and is a part... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample during Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Milwaukie, Oregon, in 2019.

Portland archbishop welcomes ‘Eucharistic Revival,’ emphasizes worthy reception of Communion

Jun 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon last week praised a new “Eucharistic Revival” initiative of the U.S.bishops that aims to... Read more

Dr. Saad Jazrawi, president of the Portland Catholic Physicians Guild, holds daughter Samar, age 7 months, during a dinner following the annual White Mass for Catholic health care workers in 2019. “If I combine my faith and my work, I’m a better Catholic and a better physician,” said Jazrawi.

Local Catholic association supports physicians in their vocation

Founded in the 1950s, the Portland Catholic Physicians Guild ‘allows men and women of faith to share with courage and... Read more

Bibles for Free truck in Portland, parked near the center of the recent protests. Courtesy of Alan Summerhill.jpg

Portland street evangelist: More Bibles ‘prayed with’ than burned at protests

Aug 14, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A Portland street evangelist whose Bibles were burned in an Aug. 1 street protest says although he is disappointed that... Read more

Scene in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland July 25, 2020.

Analysis: Was a stack of Bibles burned in Portland, or was it fake news?

Aug 12, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Dozens of news stories from Aug. 1 repeated a claim by a Malaysia-based journalist that “a stack” of Bibles had... Read more

A demonstrator tries to put out a fire that other demonstrators started outside a U.S. courthouse during a protest on July 31, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.

Protestors burn Bible during Portland protests 

Aug 3, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Protestors in Portland, Oregon burned a Bible in the street during a protest outside a federal courthouse in the early... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample.

Portland archdiocese will not cancel public Masses, after Oregon gov bans large gatherings

Mar 12, 2020

The Archdiocese of Portland will not cancel public Sunday Masses, after Oregon’s governor responded to the coronavirus pandemic by announcing... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland signs a memorandum of understanding with Young Life.

Why Catholic dioceses are teaming up with Young Life

Apr 6, 2018

By Perry West

Partnerships between dioceses and the ecumenical evangelization group Young Life aim to connect Catholic youths with their Catholic parishes.    Read more

Archbishop Alex Sample.

Portland archbishop celebrates marriage Mass after call for new family initiatives

Feb 5, 2018

On Saturday, Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon celebrated a Mass for marriage, after calling for new marriage initiatives in... Read more

Archbishop Sample consecrates the Portland archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima on June 28.

Portland archdiocese consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Jul 2, 2014

By Mary Farrow

Faithful from in and around Portland, Ore. filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample's... Read more