Friday, June 17, 2016

Fulton Sheen:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

From Our Friend Austin Ruse of C-Fam at the U.N. :Homosexual Marriage Not a Right Says European Human Rights Court

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By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | June 16, 2016 
 
NEW YORK, June 17 (C-Fam) A unanimous decision of the European Court of Human Rights has once again said that homosexual marriage is not a human right under European law.

Almost one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Obergfell v. Hodges case, which imposed homosexual marriage on the entire United States, the European Court opted with caution, declining to impose homosexual marriage on the 47 nations that make up the Council of Europe.

The Chapin and Charpentier v. France decision is the latest in a succession of cases out of Finland, Italy, Austria, and France, where the Court shut the door to a Europe-wide human right to homosexual marriage, but perhaps not completely.

The European Court opted for a de-centralized approach. The issue of homosexual marriage is “subject to the national laws of the Contracting States,” the Court said, once again stating that there was no “European consensus” to overrule the plain meaning of the European Convention on human rights.

Article 12 of the Convention, which pertains to the right to marry and found a family, “cannot be interpreted as imposing an obligation on governments of the Contracting States to grant homosexual couples access to marriage,” the Court said, because it only “sanctions the traditional concept of marriage, that is the result of the union of a man and a woman.”

As in past decisions, the Court was less categorical and less deferential to European nations in its interpretation of the right to privacy and family life in Article 8 of the Convention.

The Court recognized that “States are still free (…) to restrict access to marriage to different-sex couples,” but it also reiterated that they must allow some form of “civil union” for homosexuals.
While it again recognized the margin of appreciation of states in designing homosexual civil union regimes, it alluded to the possibility that some countries might “go beyond its margin of appreciation in the choice of rights and obligations it established through civil unions.”

The Court let it be known that it would have been willing to flesh out what protections are required by article 8 for homosexual civil unions if any “indication” had been present that French civil union laws were not adequate.

This dictum leaves the door open to the creation of a de facto right to homosexual marriage through a European right to civil unions.

Even so, the ruling comes as a disappointment to homosexual activists, who have brought homosexual marriage cases to the European Court in recent years in the hope that the Court might overturn itself. This time round, after the Irish referendum last May, and on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last June, the unanimous ruling against a European right to homosexual marriage appeared like a particularly harsh denial, and a discouraging one.

The U.S. and European courts on occasion, and especially in decisions involving contentious issues involving homosexual relations, have tended to march in lockstep.

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’ sodomy statute in the case of Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, Justice Kennedy cited, among other sources of law, a decision of the European Court. But the European Court did not reciprocate the favor this time round, and declined to follow the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Loretto sisters summoned to Rome, raising questions on closure of apostolic visitation.

VOCAL: In 2008 we had and Apostolic Visitation by Mother Clare explained in this older post. Lent 2009 - Goodbye Father Cihak/Hello Mother Clare/40 Days of Prayer for Life and ACTION. 

You might notice the name Sr. Jeannine Gramick of New Ways Ministries who lead astray Catholics in the homosexual lifestyle.  In 2010, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), stated that the New Ways Ministry for homosexual Catholics does not present an authentic view of Catholic teaching. Rather, it confuses the faithful about the Church’s efforts to defend traditional marriage and to minister to homosexual persons.  

These Sisters of Loretto tend to spred falsehood and confusion. Oregon has confused women who consider themselves "woman-priests".  We have an Order of Sisters that are not approved by the Vatican.  We have a lot of work to do.  Come Holy Spirit.  Have Mercy.


Loretto sisters summoned to Rome, raising questions on closure of apostolic visitation.

 The Vatican's congregation for religious life has summoned to Rome the superior of one of the major orders of U.S. Catholic sisters, asking her to "report on some areas of concern" following the controversial six-year investigation of the country's communities of women religious.

The head of the Sisters of Loretto, a Kentucky-based community founded in the early 19th century to educate pioneer children but now known for strong stands on social justice issues, has been asked to explain alleged "ambiguity" in the order's adherence to church teaching and its way of living religious life.

While the summons from the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life is directed specifically at the Sisters of Loretto, it may raise questions for other U.S. women religious communities of apostolic life, who were subject to an unprecedented Vatican inquiry, known as an apostolic visitation, starting in 2008.

Although the congregation formally closed that visitation in December 2014 with the release of a report on the state of religious life in the U.S., it has in at least this instance used material gathered in the investigation to inquire into the life of the order.

Loretto President Sr. Pearl McGivney announced her summoning to Rome in a short June 1 letter to her order's members. In her letter, a copy of which was obtained by GSR, McGivney says she has been asked to visit the Vatican Oct. 18 to report on five so-called "areas of concern."

Among the areas McGivney identifies, quoting from the Vatican congregation's original letter:

• "Your way of promoting the spiritual and community life of the congregation, in light of the Church's definition of apostolic religious life;

• "A certain ambiguity regarding the congregation's adherence to some areas of Church doctrine and morality;

• "Your Congregation's policy regarding members of the community who are known to hold positions of dissent from the Church's moral teaching or approved liturgical practice."

In a statement to GSR Thursday, McGivney said her community "engaged wholeheartedly in the Apostolic Visitation process, and through it, affirmed our Loretto charism and our lives together."

McGivney said her order was one of about 90 nationwide that were personally visited in 2010 as part of the investigation and that during that visit, four members of other congregations interviewed about 90 Loretto sisters.

"The visitors seemed warm and genuinely interested in our lives," stated the president. "They did not inquire about these 'areas of concern' with our elected leadership during this visitation, and we had no expectation that six years later we would find ourselves being asked to come to Rome to address any outstanding issues."

Yet, McGivney added: "We are glad to accept this opportunity for conversation."

"Loretto's constitutions express the manner in which the mission of Loretto is incorporated into the universal mission of the church," she continued. "As our constitutions state, 'Their approval by the Holy See unites the Loretto congregation and its individual members in responsible fidelity to papal authority.'"

"We are confident that our dialogue with the Vatican will be fruitful and bear this out," she stated.
It is unclear from McGivney's letter to her order what information the Vatican congregation may have received to trigger the follow up on the visitation. McGivney does not mention specific allegations against individual members of the order nor cite specific concerns about its way of life.

One of the order's members has however drawn the Vatican's interest several times in the past.
Sr. Jeannine Gramick  who was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame before joining the Loretto community in 2001  was first criticized by the Vatican's religious congregation in 1984 for cofounding New Ways Ministry, a Maryland-based group that advocates for LGBT Catholics.
New Ways Ministry
In 1999, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a public notification about Gramick's work.


According to McGivney's letter, the religious congregation did cite two specific concerns about the Loretto order's organization structure: its system of allowing laypeople to join the community as "co-members" and a recent revision of some of the articles of incorporation of the order's diverse institutions.

The congregation, according to the letter, raised a concern about "the identity and role of co-members, assuring the distinction between vowed religious life and laity, in particular but not limited to the participation of the co-members in governance structures and decision-making."

Like many U.S. religious orders, the Sisters of Loretto have sought to incorporate laypeople more deeply into their work as the community has experienced a drop in vowed membership following an historically anomalous period of high membership in the early 20th century.

The Sisters of Loretto's website describes their co-members as "women and men of many faith traditions who live the spirit and mission of Loretto through individual mutual commitment."

While the co-members do not take final vows like women religious, they "commit themselves to participation in the life and work of the Loretto Community and share their time, talent and treasure in support of Loretto and its mission."

McGivney says that the order's executive committee, a group of five elected leaders including herself, met at the end of May to discuss her summons and "discern next steps." The president says the order will arrange for regional meetings in coming months to discuss the matter and undertake communal discernment.

In her statement to GSR, the president said the letter from the religious congregation was dated Jan. 1 and signed by the congregation's prefect, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz. McGivney said she received the letter on April 15.

The wider apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious was launched by the Vatican's religious congregation in 2008 under the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. Likely the largest such investigation in church history, it involved inquiry into 341 female religious institutes in the U.S. that include some 50,000 women.

The visitation included a process of written questioning of religious superiors along with on-site visits. The inquiry was one of two investigations of U.S. women religious launched by different Vatican offices in recent years.

The other investigation was a doctrinal assessment of an umbrella group of the elected leaders of U.S. sisters known as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which was led by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That investigation was concluded in April 2015.
The Sisters of Loretto were founded by three women in 1812 as the Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross. They currently have communities in more than 30 U.S. states and several other countries, with their newest mission being founded in Pakistan in 2009.

They also maintain a non-governmental organization, the Loretto Community, which has consultative status with the United Nations in New York.

The order's website describes the landmark 1962-65 Second Vatican Council, widely known as Vatican II, as influencing the community's sense of its mission.

"Through the teachings and insights of Vatican II, we gained a new understanding of our vocation," it states. "Just as frontier living shaped the lives of our early sisters, so a global society shapes ours."
"Like our early sisters who called themselves Friends of Mary, we too stand at the Foot of the Cross as we strive to bring the healing spirit of God into our world and commit ourselves to improving the conditions of those who suffer from injustice, oppression, and deprivation of dignity," it continues.

[Joshua J. McElwee is NCR Vatican correspondent. His email address is jmcelwee@ncronline.org. Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.]

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

FYI: A Pro-Life Friend to the North. Another Oregon Right to Life Success

It is amazing how Jesus Christ has worked in the life of  Esther Hurni-Ripplinger.  Esther's trust in the Lord and her strong convictions as she is living out her Catholic faith will do Washington proud and save many souls.





ESTHER HURNI-RIPPLINGER NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PICTURED WITH ABBY JOHNSON

Dan and I are delighted to introduce Esther Hurni-Ripplinger to be designated as Executive Director of Human Life of Washington effective August 1, 2016.

Esther has the broad skill-set required for this position, legislative, media, and business acumen. She also has extensive pro-life experience including five years at Oregon Right to Life, between 2002-2007.
Hurni-Ripplinger recently served two legislative sessions as support staff for pro-life champion, Senator Mike Padden, Chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee in Olympia.

As Session Aide, Esther Hurni-Ripplinger seamlessly coordinated several special projects. In addition, for one election cycle she performed a short-term contract for the Family Policy Institute of Washington.

In the interim, she maintained several clients as an independent business development consultant. Esther not only drew from her experience as a lighting store owner with her husband, and previously as a manufacturer’s representative, but also from her Master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing.

Before a move to the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation, Ripplinger assisted the political director at Oregon Right to Life. She coordinated numerous events, including a workshop to prepare candidates for how to respond to the media regarding the life issue.
In her free time, she perceived the need for a pro-life broadcast, and responded by getting certified to produce and host a syndicated pro-life talk show, which featured interviews with expert guests. Specials included a live-studio audience with a gubernatorial candidate, entirely in Spanish and a teen-led edition. (She is fluent in both Spanish and French, and is now learning German.) It ran weekly for four years under her direction, and another six under her successor.

Ripplinger launched an unprecedented effort in Oregon to gather women who sought healing from the trauma of their abortions.  Many of whom felt called to share their testimonies, which organically formed a speaker’s bureau. Ripplinger coordinated speaking tours to state affiliates of Oregon Right to Life, and developed the church liaison project, which increased mobilization.
 She was a frequent presenter at National Right to Life conventions, and represented Oregon for its American Victims of Abortion (AVA) division. She collaborated with a mental health care professional and team, for the development of an ecumenical program to equip pastors to confidently address the life issue.

Esther knows first-hand the trauma of abortion and the difficult road to post-abortion healing. Her personal testimony of the trauma of abortion is on record in Oregon’s House Judiciary Committee advocating a Women’s Right to Know bill, and it is also included in an Amicus Brief in a winning case at the U.S. Supreme Court. 
She also has fought to protect the end-of-life. Both she and her son had been pressured by the medical community to “pull the plug” on her severely ill husband, who has since recovered. Her personal testimony involving end-of-life matters was featured on the Life Talk NW program, on Sacred Heart Radio heard throughout Washington State.
 
“It is a profound honor to represent those who cannot speak for themselves, to continue the good work of Human Life of Washington, and to work with those across this great state who are working hard to build a culture of life. I would be remiss without mentioning my personal experience with the trauma of abortion for which I found healing. Additionally,  I defied medical suggestions to "pull the plug" on my severely ill husband who has now recovered. As a cancer survivor too, my intimate grasp of "patient care" in the midst of a culture of death compels me to advocate for LIFE, our first right. I ask for your help and look forward to working with all people of goodwill for the dignity and care everyone deserves” said Ripplinger.

For those who would like to welcome Esther, you can email her at esther.humanlife@gmail.com

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 New Archdpdx Priest Assignments Announced






Fr. Don Gutmann
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Fr. Mike Walker
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The Archbishop is pleased to announce following assignments:


PASTORS


Fr. Don Gutmann 

New Assignment: Pastor, St. Clare-Portland

Previous Assignment: Pastor, St. Peter-Newberg

Fr. Don Gutmann was born on April 10, 1958 in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1991 by Cardinal Levada. Fr. Gutmann studied at Catholic University Theological College, Washington, D.C. and Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. He first served as a Parochial Vicar for St. Joseph the Worker, Portland. Following this assignment, he served as a Parochial Vicar for Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego and then at St. Mary, Corvallis. Fr. Gutmann was then assigned to St. Mary, Our Lady of the Dunes, Florence as Pastor. He served at St. John the Apostle, Reedsport as Administrator and the most recently at St. Peter, Newberg as Pastor.


Fr. Mike Walker 

New Assignment Pastor, St. James-McMinnville; Good Shepherd-Sheridan; and St. Michael-Grand Ronde

Previous Assignment: Pastor, Shepherd of the Valley-Central Point

Fr. Mike Walker was  born April 26, 1966 in Anaheim, CA. He studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1999 by Archbishop Vlazny. His first assignment was at St. Mary, Corvallis as Parochial Vicar. He was then assigned to St. Monica, Coos Bay as Pastor. Fr. Walker most recently served at Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point and Our Lady of Fatima, Shady Cove as Pastor.


Fr. Chuck Wood


New Assignment: Pastor, St. Wenceslaus-Scappoose

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Lake-Lake Oswego

Fr. Chuck Wood was born on June 15, 1960 in Washington, D.C. He studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict and then went on to study at Notre Dame to receive his Master’s degree. Fr. Wood was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2000 by Archbishop Vlazny. His first assignment was at Sacred Heart, Portland as a Parochial Vicar. He also served at St. Henry, Gresham as a Parochial Vicar. Fr. Wood then served at St. Clare Parish as Pastor. Fr. Wood is a member of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise; part of a lay ecumenical community whose members share community and life resources. His most recent assignment was Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego as Parochial Vicar.

 
Fr. David Jaspers 


New Assignment: Pastor, Ascension-Portland

Previous Assignment: Pastor, St. Alice-Springfield

Fr. David Jaspers was born on April 5, 1977 in Forks, Washington. He studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2009 by Archbishop Vlazny. His first assignment was at St. Joseph, Salem as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Jaspers has most recently served at St. Alice, Springfield as Pastor.


ADMINISTRATORS

Fr. Elwin Schwab

New Assignment: Administrator, St. Charles – Portland

Previous Assignment: Moderator, St. Charles-Portland

Fr. Charles Schwab was born on July 31, 1934 in Portland, Oregon. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1960 by Archbishop Howard. He studied at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Edward and St. Thomas Seminaries in Kenmore, Washington His assignments include:
Associate Pastor for: Holy Cross, Portland, St. Mary, Eugene and St. Monica Coos Bay
Coordinator of Adult Education: Archdiocese of Portland
In Residence: Marylhurst Provincial House, Marylhurst and Blessed Sacrament, Portland
Pastor: Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, St. Frederic, St. Helens, and St. Anthony, Forest Grove.
Moderator: St. Mary, Vernonia
His most recent assignment was at St. Charles, Portland as Moderator.


Fr. Ben Innes, OFM 

New Assignment: Administrator, St. Mary, Star of the Sea-Astoria

Previous Assignment: Temporary Administrator, St. Mary, Star of the Sea-Astoria

Fr. Ben Innes, OFM was born on September 14, 1953 in Beloit Wisconsin. He was ordained for the Franciscan community in the St. Barbara Province in 1984. He previously worked as a director of a retreat center in Oceanside, California. Fr. Innes came to the Archdiocese of Portland in 2006 to work at St. Mary, Shaw. He served from 2009 to 2014 as pastor at Ascension, Portland. Fr. Innes has most recently served as Temporary Administrator for St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Astoria.


Fr. Joseph Barita, ALCP


New assignment: Administrator, Our Lady of Victory – Seaside, St. Peter the Fisherman- Arch Cape.

Previous Assignment in the Archdiocese: Pastor, St. Frederic – St. Helens (7/1/2010 to 6/30/2014)

Fr. Joseph Barita, ALCP was born on April 7, 1957 in Moshi, Tanzania. He was ordained for the Apostolic Life Community of Priests Holy Spirit Fathers in Moshi, Tanzania in 1988. He was first assigned in the Archdiocese of Portland as parochial vicar at St. Pius X in 2004. The following year he was assigned pastor of St. Birgitta in Portland and from 2010 until 2014 he served as pastor at St. Frederic in St. Helens. He returned to his home of Moshi, Tanzania in 2014 and will be back to the Archdiocese of Portland to start his assignment at Our Lady of Victory in Seaside, and the mission parish St. Peter the Fisherman in Arch Cape.


Fr. Nazario Atukunda 


New Assignment: Administrator, St. Philip Neri – Portland

Previous Assisnment: St. Joseph, Salem as Parochial Vicar

Fr. Nazario Atukunda was born on July 27, 1967 in Kabale, Uganda. He was ordained for the Kabale Diocese in 1998 by Rt. Rev. Gay. Fr. Atukunda studied at St. Paul Seminary Kinyamasika, Uganda. Prior to his time at the Archdiocese of Portland, Fr. Atukunda served as the rector of St. Paul Seminary, Uganda and as a Judge for the Inter-Diocesan Tribunal, Kasese. He has a Canon Law degree from the Urban University, Rome. Fr. Atukunda came to the Archdiocese of Portland in 2014 with his first and most recent assignment at St. Joseph in Salem. He also serves in the Tribunal Office for the Archdiocese of Portland.


Fr. Ben Tapia Ortiz 

New Assignment: Administrator, Shepherd of the Valley-Central Point, Our Lady of Fatima -Shady Cove

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Henry-Gresham

Fr. Ben Tapia Ortiz was born May 8, 1982 in Baja California, Mexico. He completed his studies at St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2012 by Archbishop Vlazny. Fr. Tapia has served has a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart, Medford, St. Alexander, Cornelius, and St. Edward, North Plains. His most recent assignment was St. Henry, Gresham as Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Mark Bentz

New Assignment: Administrator, St. Alice – Springfield

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Cecilia-Beaverton

Fr. Mark Bentz was born on September 1, 1985 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. Fr. Bentz was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2013 by Archbishop Sample. He went on to study at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Following that, he studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. Fr. Bentz served at St. Pius X, Portland as Parochial Vicar. His most recent assignment was at St. Cecilia, Beaverton as Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Chrispine Otieno 


New Assignment: Administrator, Sacred Heart-St. Louis-Gervais

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart-St. Louis-Gervais

Fr. Chrispine Otieno was born on September 5, 1982 in Siaya County, Kenya. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2013 by Archbishop Sample. Fr. Otieno studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. His first assignment was at St. Mary, Eugene as Parochial Vicar. He was most recently assigned to Sacred Heart-St. Louis, Gervais as Parochial Vicar.

 
Fr. Francisco Bringuela


New Assignment: Administrator, St. Patrick – Independence

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar: St. Pius X, Portland

Fr. Francisco Bringuela was born on April 4, 1983 in Irosin Sorsogon, Philippines. He studied at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2014 by Archbishop Sample. His first and most recent assignment was at St. Pius X as Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Moises Leal Gonzalez 


New Assignment: Administrator, St. John-Yamhill, San Martin-Dayton

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Ascension-Portland

Fr. Moises Leal Gonzalez was born on August 12, 1973 in San Agustin Jalisco, Mexico. He studied at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2014 by Archbishop Sample. Fr. Gonzalez also work at St. Adalbert and San Rafael Archangel parishes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fr. Gonzalez’s first assignment and most recent assignment was at Ascension, Portland as Parochial Vicar


Fr. Basil Lawrence, OSB


New Assignment: Administrator, St. Paul-Silverton

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Paul-Silverton

Fr. Basil Lawrence, OSB was born on October 26, 1983 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was ordained for the Benedictine community at Mt. Angel Abbey on June 14, 2014 by Archbishop Alexander Sample. Following his ordination Fr. Lawrence lived in residence and assisted at St. Paul, Silverton from June 2015 until he was appointed parochial vicar there in January 2016.


Fr. Martin Tavares 


New Assignment: Administrator, St. Peter-Newberg

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart, Medford
Fr. Martin Tavares was born on May 19, 1967 in Arandas Jalisco, Mexico. He was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2014 by Archbishop Sample. Fr. Tavares studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. His first and most recent assignment was Sacred Heart, Medford as Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Manuel Becerra 


New Assignment: Administrator, St. Michael-Sandy, St. Aloysius-Estacada

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony-Tigard

Fr. Manuel Becerra was born on December 10, 1977 in Cucuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2015 by Archbishop Sample. Fr. Becerra studied at St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park. His first and most recent assignment was St. Anthony, Tigard as Parochial Vicar


PAROCHIAL VICARS

Fr. Henry Guillen-Vega 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Henry-Gresham

Previous Assignment: Administrator, St. Patrick-Independence

Fr. Henry Guillen-Vega was born on December 28, 1977 in Masaya, Nicaragua. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2010 by Archbishop Vlazny. His first assignment was at Sacred Heart, Medford as Parochial Vicar. He also served at St. Joseph, Salem, Our Lady of Lourdes, Scio and Immaculate Conception, Stayton as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Guillen-Vega’s most recent assignment was at St. Patrick, Independence as Administrator.


Fr. John Arcidiacono

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception, Stayton

Previous Assignment: Transfer from outside of the Archdiocese of Portland

Fr. John Arcidiacono was born August 23, 1976 in Ellensburg, Washington. He was ordained a priest for the Congregation of St. John in 2012. He completed two years of studies at Mt. Angel Seminary before completing his seminary studies at The Congregation of St. John, Private Institute of Philosophy and Theology. Since his priestly ordination Fr. Arcidiacono completed his MA in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary online program. He is currently an Assistant Chaplain at his local Catholic High School and also serves as a youth retreat coordinator for Congregation of St. John. His first assignment will be at Immaculate Conception, Stayton as a Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Joseph Hung Nguyen 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Ascension-Portland

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Anne-Grants Pass

Fr. Joseph Hung Nguyen was born on August 12, 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2012 by Archbishop Vlazny. Prior to his seminary studies, Fr. Nguyen received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Fr. Nguyen studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. His first assignment was at St. Cecilia, Beaverton as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Nguyen’s most recent assignment was St. Anne, Grants Pass as Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Moises Kumulmac 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart-Medford

Previous Assignment: Administrator, St. John, Yamhill and San Martin de Porres, Dayton (mission)

Fr. Moises Kumulmac was born on November 25, 1978 in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2012 by Archbishop Vlazny. He studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. Fr. Kumulmac has served at St. Alexander, Cornelius and St. Edward, North Plains as Parochial Vicar. He served at St. John, Yamhill Parish and San Martin de Porres, Dayton Mission as Administrator


Fr. Peter Nhat Hoang 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph-Salem

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Portland

Fr. Peter Nhat Hoang was born on October 17, 1994 in Saigon, Vietnam. He began his studies as Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict and then transferred to St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park to complete his studies. Fr. Hoang was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2013 by Archbishop Sample. He studied at St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park. His first assignment was at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.


Fr. Julio Cesar Torres Montejo

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. James-McMinnville

Previous Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony, Tigard

Fr. Julio Cesar Torres Montejo was born in Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2014 by Archbishop Sample. He began his studies at St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park and then transferred to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corner, Wisconsin. Fr. Montejo’s first assignment St. Joseph, Salem as Parochial Vicar. His most recent assignment was St. Anthony, Tigard as Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Gregg Bronsema 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of the Lake-Lake Oswego

Previous Assignment: Studying in Rome

Fr. Gregg Bronsema was born on November 11, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois. Fr. Bronsema received his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He went on to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2015 by Archbishop Sample. Fr. Bronsema returned to Rome following his ordination to complete his studies.


Fr. Timothy Furlow 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Portland

Previous Assignment: Studying in Rome

Fr. Timothy Furlow was born on December 27, 1982 in Portland, Oregon. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2015 by Archbishop Sample. Prior to his time in the seminary, Fr. Furlow moved to Azerbaijan to teach English. He began his studies at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict and then transferred to the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Fr. Furlow has been finishing his studies for the last year in Rome
 

Fr. Anthony Ahamefule 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Cecilia-Beaverton

Previous Assignment: Seminarian

Fr. Anthony Ahamefule was born August 23, 1984 in Kano State, Nigeria. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2016 by Archbishop Sample. He completed his studies at Mt. Angel Seminary. Fr. Ahamefule’s first assignment will be at St. Cecilia, Beaverton as a Parochial Vicar


Fr. Arjie Garcia 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony-Tigard

Previous Assignment: Seminarian

Fr. Arjie Garcia was born May 14, 1985 in Tuburan, Cebu, Philippines. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2016 by Archbishop Sample. He studied at Mt. Angel Seminary. Fr. Garcia’s first assignment will be at St. Anthony, Tigard as a Parochial Vicar.


Fr. Tetzel Umingli 

New Assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Anne-Grants Pass

Previous Assignment: Seminarian

Fr. Tetzel Umingli was born January 12, 1988 in Lagawe, Ifugao, Philippines. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2016 by Archbishop Sample. He completed his studies at Mt. Angel Seminary. Fr. Umingli’s first assignment will be at St. Anne, Grants Pass as a Parochial Vicar.



From the Catholic Sentinel

One or more additional assignments are forthcoming and will be shared as soon as they are finalized. The Archbishop wishes to express his profound gratitude to all priests in their pastoral ministries and he prays for everyone during this time of transition.