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Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

13 Nov
November 13, 2015

There is an interesting lecture coming up next week sponsored by The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. For all details, images and more go to their website at

— Thursday, November 19, the 2015 Collins Lecture, “The Gospel of Conquest: Native Americans, Christianity and the Doctrine of Discovery.”

The 2015 Collins Lecture “The Gospel of Conquest” will explore the history of the Doctrine of Discovery—the 15th century basis for European Christian claims to the Americas—and examine its continued influence on relations among church, tribe and state. Native American scholars and spiritual guides will lead us on a journey—rich in ceremony, music, story and shared meals—into the heart of our sacred connection to the ancestral stewards of this land, calling us to reflect and to move forward with hope into future action for the common good. 

Registration: The all day seminar is sold out, but there is still space for the evening lecture. Register securely online for the evening lecture now! To attend the evening lecture only, the cost is $25 general, $15 students, and no cost for Native Americans. Scholarships available; call (503) 221-1054.

Register securely online now.

Schedule: Seminar from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Lecture from 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland. There is limited parking in lots located on NW 19th Ave., between NW Davis and Everett Streets, and south of the cathedral on NW 19th Ave. For a map and public transit information, visit


Interfaith Dialogue – You’re Invited!

26 Oct
October 26, 2015

The following is taken from the flier announcing a talk with Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, PhD on Tuesday November 17th in the auditorium at Mary’s Woods at 2:30pm.

One of the most significant meetings in the USA during 2015.

The first 1893 Parliament of World Religions met in Chicago to consider together ways Religions of the World could address the issues of the day. Since then the Parliament has met every few years in Cape Towne, Barcelona, Melbourne, and other major cities.

This 2015 Parliament at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City addressed such issues as:

  • Contributions of NGOs at the UN
  • Action on Climate Change
  • Widening Wealth Gap
  • Hate Speech, Violence, War
  • Dignity and Human Rights of Women
  • Proposals of Indigenous People Throughout the World
  • Emerging Leadership

Speakers were outstanding! The Dalai Lama had to be flown home because of illness, but he sent a video. Karen Armstrong and so many women speakers left us awestruck. Many speakers said of the encyclical: “Pope Francis wrote it to all of us.”

Numerous daily worship services were offered at 7:00 a.m. The Sikhs provided free daily LANGAR, a vegetarian lunch for all attendees who wished to join them. Catholics were transported by bus to Cathedral of the Madeleine for Saturday Vigil at 5:00.

Sister Cecilia Ranger attended; she will share this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Mary’s Woods Auditorium, November 17, Tuesday, 2:30 pm


08 Oct
October 8, 2015

Our school year has begun, rich and full with hope and possibilities. New and returning students are welcomed with joy. They pursue educations that will have a positive impact on this world.

This week we celebrated the birthday of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. From them we received our beloved university.

Yet there is also the wisp of sadness and grief. There is a school 170 miles south of us, Umpqua Community College, where profound, senseless tragedy occurred. The awe and power of Nature struck most recently in South Carolina. Violence continues abroad through bombings in Iraq, the persecution of refugees, and the senseless destruction of a Doctors Without Borders medical center in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Lives of entire communities, world-wide, are changed forever, every day.

This week as I sat in the Meditation Room in Marian Hall I turned to the words of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. The following quote is framed on the south wall:

“Since we tread along the same way let us extend our hand to one another to help surmount the difficulties which present themselves”

I can think of no better words at this time. What words have come to you at the beginning of this new school year?

Do you believe? Why or Why Not?

“Some of the most reverent people I know decline to call themselves religious. For them, religion connotes belief. It means being able to say what you believe about God and why. It also means being able to hold your own in a debate with someone who believes otherwise. They, meanwhile, are not sure what they believe. They do not want to debate anyone. The longer they stand before the holy of holies, the less adequate their formulations of faith seem to them. Angels reach down and shut their mouths”    Barbara Taylor Brown “An Altar in the World”

Catholic Social Teaching

16 Jul
July 16, 2014

Summer Blessings,

I’ve been asked by several people to update the information I posted a while back regarding Catholic Social Teaching.

The underlying theme in all Catholic Social Teaching is the dignity of the human person — as given to us by God. In Genesis we are told: 1) all creation is good; 2) humans are made in the image and likeness of God. This is the source of our dignity–we are valued, loved, and honored by God simply because we exist.

Our call is to act in ways that honor and promote dignity.

The best source of documents on Catholic Social Teaching comes from the Catholic Charities office in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  Here is the link:  Catholic Social Teachings


Keep cool and enjoy the sunshine!


Baccalaureate Mass

27 May
May 27, 2014

If you are graduating, or just want to support our graduating class, you are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m.

The Mass will be held in St. Anne’s chapel. Fr. John Kerns, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church will be the presider.

All graduates, family, and friends are welcome to attend — you do not need to be Catholic to participate.

Graduates wishing to participate in the academic procession should wear their academic garb and gather at outside of Clark Commons at 6:45 p.m.



Delicates Drive

27 Jan
January 27, 2014

January 11th was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Once again Marylhurst is joining forces with the Junior League of Portland to collect new underwear and bras for girls who have been rescued from human trafficking.

We invite you to contribute the cause by dropping off new underpants and/or new bras at the donation bins on campus. One bin is located just inside the door of Clark Commons; the second is located in the foyer of Marian Hall, near the Great Room.

The donations are then given to Janus Youth and SARC (Sexual Abuse Resource Center) two local agencies with ties to Marylhurst — so know you’ll be helping girls right here in the metro area.

All sizes of undergarments are needed. If you’d rather you can purchase a gift card (from Fred Meyer or Target) and it will be used to purchase underwear for the girls.

The drive continues until Monday, February 10th.



(Here’s a short video link to learn more about trafficking)

Fremont nuns honored for fighting human trafficking


Thinking about Service and Social Action

04 Nov
November 4, 2013

November is a time to give thanks for what we have and a time for us to reach out in service to one another.

There are many opportunities to engage in service in and around the Portland area. If you’re interested in finding a place to share your gifts and talents as a volunteer, please send me an email and we’ll set up a time to talk  .

For those of you living at a distance, I’d love to hear how you are engaged in service in your local area.

If you are concerned about the needs of homeless folks you can donate clothing to the Father’s Heart a local agency providing services to homeless men and women in Oregon City. A donation box is set up inside the main entrance to Clark Commons.

Finally, the Archdiocese of Portland has several events related to social action. Here’s the link to find more information:


On November 22nd there will be a walk in support of homeless persons, here is more information:


Friday, November 22: 4th Annual Walk of Awareness for Homelessness

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Open house and breakfast hosted by Sisters of the Road Café (133 NW 6th Ave, Portland). Breakfast prepared by Sisters staff and members of the homeless community

  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Walk from Sisters of the Road to Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Interfaith Convocation on Compassion and Justice at Pioneer Courthouse Square

For more information, contact Paul Schroeder, 503.913.7853   Flyer

Why You Want To Attend: The Catholic bishops believe decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. Catholic teaching supports the right to private property, but recognizes that communities and the government have an obligation to ensure the housing needs of all are met, especially poor and vulnerable people and their families. At a time of rising homelessness and when many workers’ wages are stagnant and living expenses are rising, it is important to ensure housing security.




Happy Founders Day!

21 Oct
October 21, 2013

Today’s blog was written by Sister Carole Strawn, snjm — University Communications, Thanks Carole!

Today is the day in 1859 when the first Holy Names Sisters arrived in Oregon from Quebec. The Chronicles tell us the Sisters were greeted with rain and the unpaved streets of Portland were rivers of mud. … but they stayed anyway!

Here are other facts of interest about October 21.

Today is also the day of groundbreaking for the “new” college at Marylhurst in 1929. Below is an excerpt from the Sisters Chronicles.

Oct. 21, 1929. The Blessing of the Site for Marylhurst College. 

Excerpted from the Catholic Sentinel: “Monday, October 21, marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters in Oregon. This date has always been kept by the Sisters of Oregon as Founders’ Day, and has been set apart for special commemoration. One of the happiest features this year was the blessing of the site and the turning of the ground for the new college buildings at Marylhurst.
The beauty of the spot was enhanced by the glories of the day. To the west, facing the campus, was the lovely wooded hill, rising behind the Pacific Highway; at the right and in the rear, a girdle of trees, rich in their autumn beauty; to the left, half hidden by trees, stood the Provincial House… Not far away, in other blessed ground, rested some of the first missionary Sisters.* Their 7,000-mile journey by land and sea to Oregon’s shores had ended on a day and under circumstances very different from these. The time, twilight, with a bleak, cold rain falling; their destination, along neglected habitation on the margin of the town. The brilliant sunshine of 1929 seemed to typify the earthly success and the heavenly reward which have come to their sacrifices and labors of 1859.

*NOTE: Four of the original 12 Sisters are buried in the Holy Names Cemetery near Villa Maria, so we have a direct connection back to Canada =:)

Teresa of Avila

16 Oct
October 16, 2013

Today is the Feast of Teresa of Avila.

Teresa was a 16th century Carmelite nun. She wrote several texts on prayer and because of her unique and profound insights she is one of only a few people named as “Doctor” of the Church. This past summer I was lucky enough to take a class on Teresa and John of the Cross. What I learned was both earth shaking and simple.

Teresa teaches people how to pray. Her spirituality is deeply rooted in the Incarnation of Christ. In the book of her life she states:

I am not asking you now that you think about Him

or that you draw out a lot of concepts

or make long and subtle reflections with your intellect.

For who can keep you from turning the eyes of your soul toward this Lord,

even if you do so just for a moment if you can’t do more?

You can look at very ugly things;

won’t you be able to look at the most beautiful thing imaginable? (Way of Perfection, 26.3)

There it is in a nutshell, if you want to pray, look at Jesus.

Often times we use a lot of energy talking about, talking about, prayer. Teresa reminds us that if we wish to pray we just need to put ourselves in the presence of God.