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Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
September 10, 2005
The Pastoral Center, Portland
Present: Archbishop John G. Vlazny, Fr. Dennis O’Donovan, and Members: Clint Bentz, Deacon
Harold Burke-Sivers, Mother Francine Cardew, Thom Faller, B.J. Finleybranch, Michelle
Forster, Sr. Ruth Frank, Fr. Don Gutmann, Ray Houghton, Rick Nelson, Pat Ridenour, and
Deacon An Vu
Staff Present: Todd Cooper & Fr. Chuck Lienert
Not Present: Jesus Bojorges, Bruce Heldt (E), Eloisa Hernandez (E),and F.J. Maloney (E),
Francisco Peña, Diane Peterson (E) and Fr. Dick Rossman (E)
The eighteenth meeting of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) was called to order at
10:05am by the council vice chair, Clint Bentz. Council chair, F.J. Maloney was absent. Pat
Ridenour led the opening prayer.
The minutes from the February 5, 2005 meeting of the APC were approved as written.
The agenda was reviewed and accepted.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT
Clint Bentz reported. Mike Scott, APC representative for the South Coast Vicariate sent
a letter of resignation to the archbishop. Family health issues have been preventing him from
being actively involved in the work of the council. In addition, Mike and his family are planning
to move to the Portland area from Coos Bay in the near future. Mike’s replacement on the
council will be Eleanor Myers from Our Lady of the Dunes Church in Florence. Eleanor was the
runner-up to Mike by one vote in the South Coast Vicariate elections at the 2003 Archdiocesan
Former council chair, Bob Lowry, has also resigned from his duties on the APC. Bob is
pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. In a written statement to council members, Bob explained
that after much prayer and discernment, he is entering a formation program with the Companions
of the Cross, an order of priests based primarily in Canada with a mission of evangelization
throughout North America. Bob gave careful consideration to the Archdiocese of Portland, but
decided to take his first step with the Companions. He promised to keep the council and its work
in his prayers. Bob was serving as a directly appointed member of the council.
A list of the meeting dates for 2006 was handed out. Meetings will be held on the
following dates in 2006: February 4, April 22, September 30 (changed from Sept. 23), and
December 2. The Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly will take place November 10-11, 2006. The
final meeting for 2005 is scheduled on December 3.
The Presbyteral Council has recommended to the archbishop that a common set of
funeral practices be established. Informational brochures in English and Spanish will be
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produced – one for families and another for funeral directors. The Sacramental Practices
Committee will begin discussion of Confirmation.
The Class Action letter which was sent to peoples’ homes has caused some confusion.
Members of the class will not be personally financially liable in the settlement of the sex abuse
Hurricane Katrina Relief
Catholics responded generously in giving donations for the victims of the recent
The goal of $3 million in pledges has been met for the Annual Appeal. Next year’s goal
will be $3.15 million. There is discussion of adding greater incentives for parishes in reaching
Da Vinci Code
Next year will see the release of a new movie based on the book “The Da Vinci Code.”
The popular work of fiction has been a source of much misinformation about the Catholic
Church. Pastors are looking at the release of the new movie as a “teaching moment”.
The archdiocese has thirteen new seminarians this year. Eleven are at Mt. Angel, one is
in an English language program at PSU and another is at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane.
Men from the diocesan missionary society in Argentina have established a community in
Corvallis. A priest and lay minister were sent to join the two other seminarians who were
already in the diocese. The group is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland. Mt. Angel
Seminary broke ground for its new academic center. The seminary will hold its annual benefit
dinner at the end of October.
Four men will be ordained as deacons on November 5, 2005. Those men receiving
ministries and candidacy will do so in the same ceremony. This will create one large group
rather than having separate events.
The Priests’ Convocation will begin on October 10 in Newport. The convocation has
traditionally been a good time for priestly fellowship and learning. All priests reported for their
new assignments on July 1.
Sexual Abuse Scandal
The archbishop has been assured by mediators that his staff and attorneys have been
representing the Church very nobly and professionally. The latest round of mediation has been
difficult. Cases which appear questionable make the mediation particularly challenging. A
major hearing on diocesan assets will be held on October 11. The archdiocese must file a
bankruptcy reorganization plan in mid November. An audit for compliance with the sexual
abuse charter will begin on October 31.
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Catholic Charities is developing a new center for housing at Powell & 28th Ave.
Please pray and fast on September 28 for the victims of sexual abuse. That Day has been
established as the Archdiocesan Ember Day for this fall. The archbishop will lead prayer and
benediction at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie at 7 p.m. that evening.
The Year of the Eucharist
The archbishop is continuing to promote monthly Eucharistic adoration and benediction
in parishes. He hopes this practice will continue even after the formal conclusion of the Year of
the Eucharist. Benediction is a wonderful prayer opportunity for people, especially those who
cannot receive the Sacraments.
Synod of Bishops
Portland will be well-represented at the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October. Two
former archbishops of Portland will be official participants: Francis Cardinal George and
Archbishop William Levada.
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council
and of the document on ecumenism, Nostrae aetate. December 1 at the Cathedral there will be a
joint celebration of the document by the Catholic and Jewish communities.
Respect Life Sunday
The first Sunday in October is Respect Life Sunday. The archbishop is encouraging
priests to preach about life issues on that date.
Fr. Dennis O’Donovan reported. The Tucson bankruptcy case was settled quickly
because they were not dealing with the extent of the estate question, which has really
complicated things here in Portland. The recent decision in Spokane to include real-estate as part
of diocesan assets has caused consternation, but it does not bind the judge here. Oregon has
different trust laws. Spokane has appealed the decision. The current focus of the Archdiocese of
Portland has been the mediation. The committee of parishes continues its work. The class action
emphasizes that we all have a stake in the outcome. Regardless of the rulings however, there
will be no individual, personal liability as a result of the class action. The goal of the
archdiocese is to offer just compensation to victims while at the same time continuing the
mission of the Church.
Insurance companies have demanded incredible amounts of documents. The diocese in
turn is demanding any insurance related documents from parishes. A reorganization plan must
be filed by mid November. Part of the plan may include separate incorporation of parishes. Any
plan filed must be accepted by the court. How long will everything last? It depends upon the
success of the mediations and the rulings of the court. At this point, over 100 claims have been
mediated. The judge has indicated the possibility of establishing a universal claim amount.
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Vicariate representatives were given two minutes to summarize their vicariate meetings.
Clint Bentz Albany-Corvallis/Santiam
The Santiam Vicariate meeting was very positive. Faith formation discussion included
talk of family retreats, continuing Disciples in Mission small groups and opportunities for adult
education. With regard to youth & young adult ministry, someone asked about what happened
to the Chancellor’s Club. The vicariate likes the idea of highlighting certain liturgical feasts to
promote multicultural ministry. Multicultural ministry is an attitude – Are you my brother?
Are you my sister?
The Albany/Corvallis meeting also went well. The vicariate is well organized and even
has its own website: www.fivechurches.com. The vicariate feels that good public relations is
important – including use of T.V. commercials. Catholic radio is good in Portland, but there
are no repeaters down the valley. Faith formation should highlight service opportunities. The
Christian program, Young Life, could serve as an example for Catholic youth ministry.
Both Santiam and Albany/Corvallis wanted to have large, vicariate events with the
archbishop to celebrate being Catholic and as a public display of faith to send a message that
the Church is still strong.
Thom Faller Beaverton Suburban
All of the vicariate pastors were present, with about twenty-two members in all. The
pastoral plan had been sent out ahead of the meeting for review. The implementation
strategies were discussed and commented upon at the meeting. Each of the faith formation
recommendations was endorsed. Acknowledge the need for additional staff & provide the office
with needed resources. Focus on quality. Multicultural ministry is huge and the need is
obvious. APC recommendations seem to speak primarily to Hispanics, but should address all
cultures. Another vicariate meeting will be planned for the fall to discuss the APC results.
Michelle Forster Columbia County/Middle Coast/North Coast
Michelle represents three different vicariates. Faith formation ideas included vicariate
level retreats (sharing resources) and creating pamphlets on faith & adoration. Education from
the pulpit was seen as important as was use of the media to promote the Catholic faith. A
resource list of people who offer retreats would be helpful. International food festivals are a
good idea for multicultural ministry, as is offering petitions in different languages. Missions
and retreats and more involvement in each other’s liturgies & sharing of music can help build
multicultural connections. More than one youth convention each year was suggested as were
vicariate youth gatherings. Parent-based programs are important. The turnover in youth
ministry is a big concern. How can we keep our ministers to youth? Training & pay are
important. Life Teen is successful & has the element of entertainment which kids want.
B.J. Finleybranch Northeast Portland
Parishes were given a survey to aid discussion. For faith formation, lay witnesses were
stressed. Retreat resources should be developed, including identifying lay leaders and
providing better, low or no cost places for parish retreats. For youth & young adult (Y&YA)
ministry, bilingual coordinators are important and they should be knowledgeable about other
cultures. Theology on Tap and Life Teen should be promoted. Youth ministry training should
be provided and getting youth involved in the parish should be promoted. A multicultural
handbook should be made available as a resource. Parishes should provide Spanish language
classes. Each parish should develop a multicultural calendar of feasts and holidays to
recognize different ethnic groups in the parish. Parishes should utilize parishioners from
different cultures to provide sensitivity training.
Fr. Don Gutmann reported for the vicariate. Six of seven parishes were represented
and twenty-four people attended. Faith formation should be a combination of head knowledge
and heart conversion. Good promotion and publicity is important for the success of faith
formation programs. Best practices were shared. Faith formation is strong in the South Coast
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Vicariate. St. Monica’s has lectionary based small groups as a follow-up to Disciples in
Mission. 100 people participated in Lent of 2005. Bandon has a weekly dinner with religious
education and RCIA at which half of the parish attends. Florence has a quarterly,
intergenerational faith formation gathering that attracts over 100. Brookings has a bible study
and basic theology class. The vicariate urges better use of the media to promote the faith.
Volunteer training for Y&YA ministry is important. Many small parishes combine religious
education and youth ministry. Teams from the diocese could be trained to go to smaller
parishes to train youth ministry volunteers. Life Teen and youthful liturgies should be
promoted. Better use should be made of existing resources. In the South Coast Vicariate,
multicultural ministry primarily means Hispanic. English as a second language (ESL) classes
should be offered. Spanish language bulletin inserts could be used. There is not enough
Hispanic staff. Training of Hispanic leaders needs to happen. Personal invitation works best.
Should the South Coast Vicariate offer another Spanish Mass? Only one is currently offered –
in Coos Bay.
Rick Nelson Southern Oregon
The annual meeting was held at St. Rita’s Retreat Center on May 19. Another vicariate
meeting will take place next week. Brainstorming best practices is good. There is a large
number of Catholics who are Hispanic in the vicariate. A diocesan program for adult
catechesis in parishes would be helpful. The vicariate has discussed adding a youth
representative to its council. It also wants to support St. Rita’s Retreat Center. Perhaps a
promotional video could be made. Vocations development in parishes should take place.
There have been some shocking incidents of racism in some of the parishes. Illegal aliens are
not viewed as people by some and they are unwelcome. Education on Catholic social teaching
is needed. The question was posed: “Are we Catholics the happen to be Americans? Or are we
Americans that happen to be Catholic?” Most converts make better sense of the faith than
cradle Catholics. The Just Faith program is a good one.
Ray Houghton West Portland Suburban
The meeting was held at St. Anthony’s Parish in Tigard on June 22. It included reports
from each parish pastoral council chair, a review of the APC priorities and discussion on the
committee of parishes – bankruptcy issues. Vocations are an important issue for the vicariate.
Life Teen kicks off this weekend at Our Lady of the Lake. Prison ministry is moving forward in
the vicariate. The Leap of Faith youth program has been extremely successful. A vicariate
planning session will take place in November to give substance to the three pastoral priorities
in each of the parishes and determine how to implement them.
Pat Ridenour Yamhill County/Marion County
The Yamhill County Vicariate meeting lasted two hours. What can the archdiocese do
for us that we are not already doing for ourselves? If something is already working, don’t
meddle with it. The outlined faith formation initiatives are fine, but don’t put it back on the
parishes. What is the diocese going to do? The communications office should work together
with youth ministry to create good faith formation videos for youth. Use short videos about
difficult issues that can be used as an entrée into deeper discussion. Develop a list of resources
identifying good musicians, retreat leaders and speakers. Use radio and T.V. (like Fr. Mike).
Promote Theology on Tap for young adults and “coffee shop” discussions for high school kids.
A multicultural website would be a good tool. Have a counter to track if it is being used.
Resources are important, including materials and people. Questions were raised about what the
diocese is doing to reach out to fallen-away Catholics. More communication is desired from the
archbishop about the bankruptcy and the sex abuse scandal.
The Marion County Vicariate met in late April – too soon to review the APC proposals.
The multicultural ministry subcommittee provided the following input: “How will the
recommendations be evaluated for success?” Input should be from the bottom up, not just the
top down. The multicultural handbook would be a good tool. Language classes are important for
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success, both for priests as well as non-English speaking Catholics. St. Mary’s in Mt. Angel has
a three year pastoral plan into which it will incorporate the pastoral priorities.
LUNCH – 12:05pm to 1:00pm
PEACE AND JUSTICE REPORT
David Carrier, Director of the Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of
Portland, reported to the council. David outlined four education and faith formation programs
that are being promoted through his office. These included Journey to Justice, Communities of
Salt and Light, JustFaith and The Footsteps of Jesus (see APPENDIX A). For parishes not
actively involved in social justice activity, the Communities of Salt and Light program is perhaps
the best. The Footsteps program has more of an educational focus, whereas JustFaith and
Journey to Justice place emphasis on a conversion of heart toward the poor. Journey to Justice
incorporates small groups and develops a community to do social justice work. It helps a parish
create a social justice mission. One of the most effective means of promoting social justice has
been putting Catholics in touch with their brothers and sisters in need. Wherever personal stories
of hardship and injustice can be shared, Catholics are often moved to take action.
The Church is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document Gaudium et
spes. This Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World declares that the Church is
at the service of humanity and is an agent in promoting the dignity of the human person, life and
solidarity with the poor. Social Justice is part of our identity as Catholics – not just something
we do. If social justice activities are not a part of parish life, there is something missing.
David referenced a recent letter sent out by Archbishop Vlazny. In the letter, the
archbishop invites parishes to develop the Catholic Social Mission by taking part in educational
and faith formation programs such as those being promoted by the Office of Justice and Peace.
Learning about the principles of social justice and putting those principles into action is a critical
element of the Church’s evangelizing mission.
Upcoming events sponsored by the Office of Justice and Peace include the Tobin lecture
in October, an Advent retreat to develop a social justice spirituality and the Peace Together
conference in Lent. Archdiocesan Pastoral Council members were asked to promote these
activities and opportunities in their parishes and vicariates.
During the discussion period following the report, council members encouraged the J&P
Office to network with the permanent deacons. It was also recommended that the office look for
ways to appeal to more traditional Catholics. The social justice work of the Church is often
associated with those who are identified as liberal and this can serve as a deterrent for those who
otherwise may want to get involved. Social Justice that operates within the realm of faith and
rises above the level of mere politics will appeal to a wider group.
PASTORAL PRIORITY SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
Faith Formation at All Levels
Thom Faller reported for Diane Peterson. There were only minor adjustments to the
Faith Formation Subcommittee proposals.
After a review of the proposals, brief discussion by the council highlighted two points.
Regarding the adoration proposal, increased and sustainable adoration in parishes is the goal.
Regarding the retreat proposal, not only priests and deacons, but also religious and other lay
persons should be identified who are qualified to lead retreats.
The following ideas were accepted and recommended:
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1. Focus on the Sunday Eucharist as the primary means of faith formation at all
levels. Encourage “teaching homilies” on specific Sundays (e.g. teach about
the Eucharist on the feast of Corpus Christi, or about the sacrament of
reconciliation on a Sunday in Lent). Provide resources for and encourage
pastors to explain certain parts of the Mass during the liturgy or to offer
“teaching Masses” that help the faithful better understand the celebration.
2. Provide resources for and encourage parishes to form or continue small faith-
sharing groups (similar to Disciples in Mission groups) that are centered on the
3. Encourage and assist parishes in the promotion of spending personal time with
Jesus in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass. Provide such
opportunities at the parish & vicariate level. Encourage the establishment of
perpetual adoration chapels where possible.
4. Provide resources for and encourage parishes to offer retreats that are centered
on encountering Christ. Identify priests, deacons and lay people who are
qualified to lead retreats (e.g. Fr. Chun). Provide a list of retreat centers;
include inexpensive options.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Ray Houghton reported. The proposals to support Theology on Tap and Life Teen
remain unchanged. Several convictions held by the subcommittee led to the development of the
other proposals. A baseline of information is needed to assess the current state of youth
programs in parishes. Diocesan field visitation to help parishes is critical to the health and
establishment of good youth ministry. A healthy “fun factor” is often missing from Catholic
youth ministry. The most successful programs and events tend to be those which mix good fun
with good spirituality. Parent participation in youth ministry must increase! If we do not reach
the parent, we will not reach the child either. In order to get parents involved, sound the horn
that kids are at risk. Would an endowment or grant be possible to increase youth ministry staff?
Is there a religious person who could serve as a resource for ministry to youth?
The council discussed the proposals. Regarding the promotion of Life Teen, it was noted
that it is only presented as an alternative to other possibilities and that not every parish is
expected to do it. Not every parish will have the necessary resources to establish the program.
Adding a Sunday evening Mass is hard on priests, but some have been willing to do it in order to
have the program. Dropping an earlier Mass time in order to add a later one is a healthy
It was also pointed out that kids today are extremely busy. The Church needs to go
where the kids are. Why not add a faith formation element to Catholic Youth Organization
sports programs? Would that be possible? The parents who are with their children might benefit
as well. The council liked this idea and so added it as a ninth proposal to what the subcommittee
After its discussion, the following ideas were endorsed by the council:
1. Promote and support Theology on Tap as a faith formation program for young adults.
Add leadership training and weekend retreats that integrate peace and justice work with
2. Promote Life Teen as an option for parish youth ministry programs where adequate
3. Promote fun faith programs like the Leap of Faith ropes course to bring youth together.
4. Investigate the recruitment of Religious men & women as resources for YYA ministry.
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5. Create a one-year YYA awareness campaign outlining “The Risk of our Catholic Youth
at the Crossroads.” Encourage parental involvement in faith formation of their children.
6. Research possibility of long term endowment to fund salaried Youth Training Director
assigned to geographical areas of highest priority.
7. Establish parish visitation & training program through the YYA Ministry Office in 2006.
8. Add reporting of YYA ministry parish metrics to Archdiocesan Annual Report.
9. Add a faith formation element to CYO sports events.
Pat Ridenour reported. Some of the elements in the subcommittee’s previous proposal
were changed. The subcommittee added the new idea of holding a symposium to define the
vision of multicultural ministry for the archdiocese. The additional proposals were grouped as
before into three major categories: Education, Language and Justice. Under education, the idea
of a multicultural handbook had evolved into the idea of the development of a website that would
serve as a living, multicultural resource for pastoral ministers.
Discussion by the council included talk about the importance of developing multicultural
leadership. This led to the addition of proposal number five below.
The following ideas were accepted and recommended:
1. Hold a conference or symposium to define the vision of multicultural ministry in the
archdiocese. Gather representatives from the different ethnic groups and consultative
bodies in the diocese and invite a qualified speaker to facilitate the process.
2. Establish a website that will serve as a multicultural resource, especially for pastoral
ministers. Include info on each ethnic group and its respective feast days, devotions,
traditions, images and history. Include links to other resource sites. Designate someone
to monitor and update the site. Site should be offered in different languages. A
committee should be formed to help develop the site and determine what info should be
3. The Pastoral Center should be a model of multicultural ministry. Priority should be given
to hiring bi-lingual employees at the archdiocese, especially in pastoral ministry
4. Provide language opportunities for English and non-English speakers. Offer language
classes for pastoral ministers where they serve. Encourage lay parishioners to teach
English as a second language (ESL) at parishes.
5. Identify, encourage and seek the help of the leaders in different cultural groups within
6. Through the Justice & Peace Office and Catholic Charities, create awareness in our faith
communities of the plight of fellow Catholics who are immigrants and are impoverished.
Arrange forums where people can share their stories. Supply info on current legislation
and its impact on people.
The meeting concluded with a prayer led by Thom Faller.
NEXT MEETING: Saturday December 3, 2005
from 10am to 3pm
at the Pastoral Center
(2838 E Burnside St, Portland)
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Office of Justice and Peace
Education and Faith Formation Programs
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Journey to Justice
Building Relationships of Solidarity with the Poor and Disadvantaged
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resolved in November 1970 to lay the groundwork for building
community and relationships of solidarity between the economically advantaged and those who are
disadvantaged. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development was created to implement that vision.
The Journey to Justice retreat prayerfully acknowledges the struggles of those who are poor, puts
human faces on poverty, breaks down myths and stereotypes, recognizes our obligation as disciples to
respond to those in need, opens hearts to the process of spiritual conversion, practice reconciliation, and
strategize effective ways to act compassionately and justly to the needs of the poor. Journey to Justice
aims to “effect a conversion of heart, a growth in compassion, and sensitivity to the needs of our
brothers and sisters in need.” The process strives to create relationships that reflect the biblical
principles of economic and social justice and educate the economically advantaged about the
circumstances that create poverty.
The Journey to Justice process includes one pre-session workshop, an immersion experience among
people in poverty, and one post-session workshop. During this experience, participants are led through
prayer, scripture, reflection, and Catholic social teaching, however the key portion of this retreat is
devoted to an encounter with the poor that is guided by a Catholic service agency such as Catholic
Charities, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, or St. Vincent de Paul. The encounter instructs us
about our own spiritual poverty and constructive ways we can establish relationships based on love and
compassion. The goals of Journey to Justice are a deepening of personal faith, understanding the
justice dimension of our faith, building relationships based on justice and compassion, and developing
leadership at the parish level.
Communities of Salt and Light
Implementing the Social Mission of the Parish
In Communities of Salt and Light the U.S. Bishops state, “We have written major pastoral letters on
peace and economic justice and issued pastoral statements on a number of important issues touching
human life and dignity. But until now, we have not addressed the crucial role of parishes in the Church’s
social ministry… We are convinced that the local parish is the most important ecclesial setting for sharing
and acting on our Catholic social heritage… We see the parish dimensions of social ministry not as an
added burden, but as part of what keeps a parish alive and makes it truly Catholic. Effective social
ministry helps the parish not only do more, but be more- more of a reflection of the gospel, more of a
worshiping and evangelizing people, more of a faithful community. It is an essential part of parish life.”
Communities of Salt and Light is a reflection guide, video, and parish resource manual that seeks to
strengthen the social mission of the parish by bringing together the principles of Catholic social teaching,
pastoral experience, and examples of parish level best practices. The workbook provides a general
framework that helps parishes assess and explore resources and practical ways they can create and
implement successful social justice ministry. The ideas and strategies suggested there can be
implemented by Parish Councils, religious educators, or parish Social Justice Committees.
Office of Justice and Peace - Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
2838 E Burnside St. - Portland, Oregon 97214
Phone 503-233-8361 Fax 503-234-2545
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Office of Justice and Peace
Education and Faith Formation Programs
please contact email@example.com for more information
A Formation Strategy for Promoting Parish Social Ministry
Developed by Just Faith Ministries in collaboration with Catholic Charities, Catholic Campaign for Human
Development, and Catholic Relief Services, JustFaith is a conversion-based learning process that seeks
to integrate personal spirituality and social ministry. The extended program of education and faith
formation provides an opportunity for Catholics to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated
by the Gospels, the Church’s historical witness, and Catholic social teaching. Participants are not only
exposed to a substantive and thorough course of study but also form community with other participants
and share a journey of faith and compassion that is both challenging and life-giving. The aim of
JustFaith is to empower participants to develop a passion and thirst for justice and to express this
passion in concrete acts of parish social ministry. JustFaith is a tool that has proven over and over again
to be an effective strategy for training and forming parishioners to be agents of social transformation. For
a complete description of the program, visit www.justfaith.org.
Just Faith programs are being offered as a multi-parish collaboration sponsored by the Archdiocesan
Office of Justice and Peace. Several groups have formed in Beaverton and Portland parishes beginning in
the Fall of 2005.
The Footsteps of Jesus
Catholic Social Teaching and the Social Mission of the Church
What is the Catholic Social Mission, and how is it relevant to my personal spiritual life? The U.S. Catholic
Bishops said: "We highlight one essential dimension of the lay vocation which is sometimes overlooked or
neglected: the social mission of Christians in the world. Every believer is called to serve 'the least of
these', to 'hunger and thirst for justice', to be a 'peacemaker.' Catholics are called by God to protect
human life, promote human dignity, to defend the poor, and to seek the common good. This social
mission of the Church belongs to all of us. It is an essential part of what it is to be a believer."
The Footsteps of Jesus is a four part workshop on Catholic social teaching that includes prayer,
scripture, study, and reflection on the relationship between the gospels, the Church’s social mission, and
our personal spirituality. Guest speakers from Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic
Campaign for Human Development, St. Vincent de Paul, and Maryknoll put all this in perspective by
telling true stories about their lives and work with the poor and vulnerable, and what it is like to practice
their faith by implementing the Church’s social mission. The purpose is to understand the seven key
themes of Catholic social teaching, learn about inspiring examples of how it is being implemented around
the world, and explore ways to put it into practice in our own lives and church community through works
of charity, justice, and peace. The program is offered as a one-day retreat or a four-session workshop.
Office of Justice and Peace - Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
2838 E Burnside St. - Portland, Oregon 97214
Phone 503-233-8361 Fax 503-234-2545