On the eve of Her feast day…

Tomorrow - October 6th - is the celebrated feast day of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, foundress of the Holy Sisters of Jesus and Mary, who in turn founded our beloved university. We remember her especially on this day. I found this quote in my spiritual reading this morning which I share with all of you as one of many kernels of hope in this new school [...]

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The end of May brings us to Memorial Day, a day we remember the men and women who sacrificed life for the sake of our freedom. Sacrifice is not a popular word or concept [...]

Mary’s month

    Our Lady of Marylhurst May is traditionally the month in which Catholics honor Mary the mother of Jesus. Does this mean Catholics worship Mary? That we think [...]

Care of the Earth

"God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good" (Genesis 1:31). This week we celebrate our earth. We remind ourselves to be aware of future generations and to [...]

Tulip Gazing

Each year I am amazed by the beauty of spring in the Pacific Northwest. Even on the days when the sun hides behind clouds, even on days when the wind and rain practically blow [...]

Happy Easter

I've been reading a lot about the importance of narrative and how narrative shapes our identity as individuals and as cultures.  Narratives may be based on real events or [...]

My Church~ on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day

Pope Francis I
My Church~ On the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day Photo credit: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters New York Times The question is asked in so many of the quarters of my life.  [...]

What’s in a Name

On Wednesday, we learned that we have a new pope, Francis. The media discussed a bit about the significance of the name Francis, but I think it needs more unpacking. So, with [...]

Blessing for Our Work

Creator of the universe, of all that is beautiful and good, help each of us to create deep within our being an inner space, a place: Where the work we do will not overshadow [...]

MacDonald Center

As you can see from our home page we’ve spent the last few weeks sharing our abundance with those in need. Currently we are talking to the MacDonald Center about how best [...]

We’ve been busy these past weeks

Many thanks need to go out to our university community. Since mid-January we have collected dozens of gloves which were donated to a local shelter to assist those who [...]