Kenneth Steiner

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Kenneth Donald Steiner
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Portland in Oregon
Titular Bishop of Avensa
Archdiocese Portland in Oregon
Appointed November 28, 1977
Installed March 2, 1978
Term ended November 25, 2011
Other posts Titular Bishop of Avensa
Ordination May 19, 1962
by Edward Howard
Consecration March 2, 1978
by Cornelius Michael Power, Elden Francis Curtiss, and Alfredo Méndez-Gonzalez
Personal details
Born (1936-11-25) November 25, 1936 (age 80)
David City, Nebraska
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Lawrence and Florine Steiner
Education St. Rose Grade School
Alma mater Mount Angel Seminary High School and College
Motto To serve and to unite
Styles of
Kenneth Donald Steiner
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Kenneth Donald Steiner (born November 25, 1936) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He is currently Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, having served from 1978 to November 2011.


Kenneth Steiner was born in David City, Nebraska, one of five children of Lawrence and Florine Steiner.[1] His father died when Kenneth was very young, and the family then moved to Oregon, where he attended St. Rose Grade School in Portland.[2] He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary High School and College in 1958, and studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas the Apostle Seminary in Kenmore.[3]

Steiner was ordained a priest by Archbishop Edward Howard on May 19, 1962.[4] His first assignment was as an associate pastor at St. Monica Church in Coos Bay, where he remained until 1967.[3] He then served at St. Mary's Cathedral (1967–1970) and St. Stephen Church (1970–1972), both in Portland.[3] In Portland, he also began a marriage preparation program and a ministry to divorced and separated Catholics.[2]

In 1972, Steiner was named pastor of Holy Name Church in Coquille with its missions in Myrtle Point and Powers.[5] He then served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Roy (1976–1978) and chairman of Priests' Personnel Committee (1976–1977).[5]

On November 28, 1977, Steiner was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Portland and Titular Bishop of Avensa by Pope Paul VI.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on March 2, 1978 from Archbishop Cornelius Power, with Bishops Elden Curtiss and Alfredo Méndez-Gonzalez, at the Portland Civic Auditorium.[4] In addition to his episcopal duties, he served as pastor of St. Mary Church in Corvallis (until 2000), Vicar for Clergy and Clergy Personnel Director (1978–1980), Vicar for Worship and Ministry (1979–1981), and chairman of the Priests' Retirement Facility Committee (1986–1993).[3]

Steiner served as archdiocesan administrator before the appointments of Archbishops Francis George (1996) and John George Vlazny (1997). He served as pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Milwaukie (2000–2002) before being named to St. Edward Church in North Plains.[5] He also serves as Vicar for Senior and Infirm priests and a member of the Resource Development Office.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Vlazny, John (2003-02-28). "Bishop Steiner has served archdiocese with faith and love". Catholic Sentinel. 
  2. ^ a b Hannum, Kristen (2003-02-28). "Archdiocese celebrates 25 years of bishop's service". Catholic Sentinel. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Auxiliary Bishop". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Kenneth Donald Steiner". [self-published source]
  5. ^ a b c "Archdiocese of Portland announces 2010 parish reassignments". Catholic Sentinel. 2010-06-24. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Portland in Oregon
Succeeded by