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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the June 19, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

ST. BENEDICT – Bells rang out for the 125th commencement at Mount Angel Seminary as a procession entered the abbey church. Cardinal William Levada offered the commencement address, telling graduates, “the journey of faith lasts a lifetime. This is the journey worth shouting from the rooftops.”

In his reflections on faith, he said, “Faith is both God’s gift, and our response.”

“You should never presume the knowledge of the faith in those for whom you are responsible,” the cardinal said, “rather you should always seek ways to propose it with fresh insight.

“Today at Mount Angel we can only give thanks to God for these graduates, and encourage them in their task of proposing the faith to all those in their pastoral care.”

Cardinal Levada served as archbishop of Portland for nine years and also taught at Mount Angel.

“We are immensely proud of all our 184 seminarians and students who have heard the Lord calling them by name, and followed him as disciples,” said Msgr. Joseph Betschart, the seminary’s president-rector. “But in a particular way today, we are proud of, and grateful for, our graduating class.”

To the graduates, he said, “I offer our profound thanks for your willingness to give yourself to the Lord and follow him. Wherever your journey may lead you, you will always remain in our hearts. We will always be one in Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

Mount Angel Abbey, a community of male Benedictines, operates the seminary. Abbot Gregory Duerr is abbot of the monastery and also serves as seminary chancellor. Abbot Gregory bestowed the final blessing upon the graduates.

Mount Angel Seminary is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The school traces its roots to the pioneer monks who founded Mount Angel Abbey in 1882, and established the seminary in 1889.

It is the oldest and largest seminary in the Western United States, and the only seminary in the West that offers college, pre-theology and graduate theology programs.

Since its founding, the seminary has formed thousands of priests – and many Religious and laity – to serve the people of God in nearly 100 dioceses and Religious communities throughout the United States and around the world.

PORTLAND – On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and two days after Mother’s Day, Archbishop Alexander Sample announced that he will consecrate the Archdiocese of Portland to the Blessed Mother under the title of the “Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima.”

Inspired by Pope Francis, who consecrated the world to Our Lady of Fatima last October, the archbishop wishes to entrust anew the entire archdiocese to Mary’s maternal protection.

The consecration will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland Saturday, June 28, on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This consecration, along with a corresponding promotion of the First Saturday devotions, is part of a spiritual effort to help support marriages and families in the Archdiocese of Portland.

Diocese of Baker

PENDLETON – Late last year, the doors to the old St. Anthony Hospital closed and a new hospital opened here. Baker Diocese Bishop Liam Carey blessed and dedicated the new 25-bed critical access facility. It has been serving ever since.

During the ceremony, Franciscan Sister Esther Anderson shared stories about the history of the hospital and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia’s presence in Pendleton. One such tale: In 1901, Dr. F.W. Vincent gave Mother Mary Stanislaus with the Sisters of St. Francis, $250 to open the first hospital in Umatilla County. She supplemented those funds by putting donation canisters in bars throughout Pendleton. Response was so favorable that the hospital opened in 1902.

Throughout the years, four additions have been built on the 9-acre site. Constrained by a state highway on one side and railroad tracks on the other, the facility eventually had no more room for expansion so medical leaders opted to build a new hospital on 93 acres purchased in Pendleton’s Southgate area.

– Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press)

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