Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
|Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Archidioecesis Portlandensis in Oregonia
|Territory||The Counties West of Wasco, Crook, and Klamath.|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Portland|
|Area||76,937 km2 (29,706 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Cathedral||Saint Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception|
|Patron saint||Immaculate Conception|
|Archbishop||Alexander King Sample|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Peter Leslie Smith|
|Vicar General||Peter Leslie Smith|
The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon (Archidioecesis Portlandensis in Oregonia) is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It encompasses the western part of the state of Oregon, from the summit of the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean. The Archbishop of Portland serves as the Ordinary of the archdiocese and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Portland whose suffragan dioceses cover the entire three states of Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The dioceses of the province include Baker (eastern Oregon), Boise (Idaho), Helena (western Montana), and Great Falls-Billings (eastern Montana).
As published in the 2013 "Oregon Catholic Directory," this archdiocese serves 412,725 Catholics (out of more than 3.3 million people). There are 150 diocesan priests, 144 religious priests, 79 permanent deacons, 388 women religious, and 78 religious brothers. The archdiocese has 124 parishes, 22 missions, 1 seminary, 40 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, and 2 Catholic colleges.
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The origins of the Catholic Church in the Oregon Country derive from a July 3, 1834, petition by French Prairie settlers to priests in Canada. In response to this petition, missionary priests, Rev. Francis Xavier Norbert Blanchet and Rev. Modeste Demers arrived at Fort Vancouver on November 24, 1838. The first Mass was celebrated on January 6, 1839 at St. Paul.
On December 1, 1843, the Vatican established the Vicariate Apostolic of the Oregon Territory with Rev. Msgr. Blanchet as its first Vicar Apostolic. A Vicar Apostolic is a bishop in a territory which has not yet been organized as a diocese. The following year, Rev. Pierre-Jean DeSmet, S.J., and fellow priests and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur arrived in Astoria from Belgium.
On July 24, 1846, Pope Pius IX divided the existing vicariate apostolic into three dioceses: Oregon City (Oregonopolitanus); Walla Walla (Valle Valliensis); and Vancouver Island (Insula Vancouver). That year St. Paul Church was erected.
On July 29, 1850, the Diocese of Oregon City was elevated to an archdiocese with Archbishop Blanchet continuing to serve as its first archbishop.
Rapid growth in the Pacific Northwest led to the loss of territory of the Archdiocese of Oregon City from which the Vatican created the Vicariate Apostolic of Idaho and Montana on March 3, 1868. In 1870, Catholic Sentinel was founded as the official newspaper of the archdiocese.
Following the death of Archbishop Alexander Christie, Edward Daniel Howard was appointed the fifth Archbishop of Oregon City on April 30, 1926. His installation took place at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland on August 26 of that year. On September 26, 1928, the name of the archdiocese was changed from Oregon City to Portland in Oregon, because there was another diocese called Portland (in Maine). During his tenure as archbishop, Howard created a chancery in the cathedral rectory, later transferring it to a separate building. He reorganized the St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Name Societies, fostered the growth of Catholic Charities, and removed the Catholic Sentinel from private ownership.
In 1931, Howard led a successful campaign to repeal local zoning ordinances that prohibited the building of churches and parochial schools. He convened the Fourth Provincial Council of the archdiocese in 1932, and held a synod for the clergy in 1935. In 1939, he founded Central Catholic High School in Portland and was named an Assistant at the Pontifical Throne by Pope Pius XII in 1939. He convened the Fifth Provincial Council of the Archdiocese in 1957, and attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.
The Archdiocese's sexual abuse scandal prompted the archbishop to file for Chapter 11 reorganization on July 6, 2004. Portland became the first Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy. Vlazny described his actions by saying, "This is not an effort to avoid responsibility. It is, in fact, the only way I can assure that other claimants can be offered fair compensation." In April 2007, the Archdiocese announced a settlement had been reached and the bankruptcy court had approved a financial plan of reorganization.
On January 29, 2013, Bishop Alexander Sample was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the new Archbishop of Portland, succeeding John George Vlazny, whose resignation was accepted at the same time.
Bishop of Oregon City
- François Norbert Blanchet (1846–1850)
Archbishops of Oregon City
- François Norbert Blanchet (1850–1880)
- Charles John Seghers (1880–1884)
- William Hickley Gross, C.Ss.R. (1885–1898)
- Alexander Christie (1899–1925)
- Edward Daniel Howard (1926–1928)
Archbishops of Portland in Oregon
- Edward Daniel Howard (1928–1966)
- Robert Joseph Dwyer (1966–1974)
- Cornelius Michael Power (1974–1986)
- William Joseph Levada (1986–1995)
- Francis George, OMI (1996–1997)
- John George Vlazny (1997–2013)
- Alexander King Sample (2013 – )
- Blanchet Catholic School, Salem
- Central Catholic High School, Portland
- De La Salle North Catholic High School, Portland
- Jesuit High School, Portland
- La Salle High School, Milwaukie
- Marist Catholic High School, Eugene
- Regis High School, Stayton
- St. Mary's Academy, Portland
- St. Mary's High School, Medford
- Valley Catholic School, Beaverton
- Catholic Church by country
- Catholic Church in the United States
- Ecclesiastical Province of Portland in Oregon
- Global organisation of the Catholic Church
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic religious communities in Oregon
- List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
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- "Statement from Most Rev. John G. Vlazny, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon". News release. Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. April 17, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
For more than seven years the Archdiocese of Portland has been confronted with claims of child abuse by some of our priests, mostly between 1940 and 1986. By July 6, 2004, we had reached settlements with 140 victims. But on that day we filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court in order to be able to continue the mission of the church and make an honest effort to compensate all remaining victims as fairly as possible. These have been difficult days for all of us and I am grateful to all our people who have continued to support the mission of the church and collaborate in the effort to resolve this crisis.
- "Pontifical Acts - 29 January". News.va. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland Official Site
- bankruptcy proceedings
- Catholic Sentinel - official newspaper
- Committee of Parishioners in Western Oregon, formed to participate in the Archdiocese's bankruptcy case
- October 2005 update on the status of Chapter 11 reorganization