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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Archidioecesis Portlandensis in Oregonia
Country United States
Territory The Counties West of Wasco, Crook, and Klamath.
Ecclesiastical province Province of Portland
Metropolitan Portland, Oregon
Area 76,937 km2 (29,706 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
415,000[1] (12.7%)
Parishes 124
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
  • December 1, 1843 (as Vicariate Apostolic of Oregon Territory)
  • July 24, 1846 (Elevated to Diocese of Oregon City)
  • July 29, 1850 (Elevated to Archdiocese)
Cathedral Saint Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Secular priests 158
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Alexander King Sample
Auxiliary Bishops Peter Leslie Smith
Vicar General Peter Leslie Smith
Emeritus Bishops

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.


  • History 1
    • 19th century 1.1
    • 20th century 1.2
    • 21st century 1.3
  • Bishops 2
    • Ordinaries 2.1
      • Bishop of Oregon City 2.1.1
      • Archbishops of Oregon City 2.1.2
      • Archbishops of Portland in Oregon 2.1.3
    • Auxiliary bishops 2.2
  • High schools 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


19th century

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 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.

St. Boniface Church was erected in Sublimity, Oregon in 1889.

20th century

St Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Further territory was lost when the Diocese of Baker City was created on June 19, 1903. St. Mary's Church in Mount Angel was erected in 1912.

Following the death of Archbishop St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Name Societies, fostered the growth of Catholic Charities, and removed the Catholic Sentinel from private ownership.[3]

In 1931, Howard led a successful campaign to repeal local zoning ordinances that prohibited the building of churches and parochial schools.[3] He convened the Fourth Provincial Council of the archdiocese in 1932, and held a synod for the clergy in 1935.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3]

21st century


  • 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

External links

  1. ^ a b "Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon".  
  2. ^ a b "Archbishop Edward Daniel Howard".  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Archbishop Edward Daniel Howard".  
  4. ^ Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  5. ^ "Portland Archdiocese ends bankruptcy with $75 million settlement". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  6. ^ a b Goodstein, Laurie (July 7, 2004). "Oregon Archdiocese Files for Bankruptcy Protection".  
  7. ^ Stammer, Larry B. (July 7, 2004). "Oregon Diocese 1st to File Bankruptcy".  
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Pontifical Acts - 29 January". 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 


See also

High schools

Auxiliary bishops

Archbishops of Portland in Oregon

Archbishops of Oregon City

Bishop of Oregon City


From 1843 to 1846, the Oregon Country was an apostolic vicariate, led by Francis Norbert Blanchet. Once established as a diocese and later an archdiocese, it was led by the following:


[9] On January 29, 2013, bishop


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