UPDATED JUNE 7, 10:36 AM
Archbishop Alexander Sample has announced the following assignments for priests in the Archdiocese of Portland. Assignments are effective July 1 unless noted otherwise.
Fr. Eric Andersen
New assignment: Pastor, St. Stephen in Portland
Previous assignment: Parochial vicar, St. Stephen in Portland
Born in 1967, he attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1990. He completed a master’s degree and a sacred theology bachelor’s degree at Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained in 2009 by Archbishop John Vlazny.
He has served at Our Lady of the Mountain in Ashland, Christ the King in Milwaukie, St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie, St. Cecilia in Beaverton, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Verboort, Sacred Heart in Medford, St. Mary in Eugene, Sacred Heart-St. Louis in Gervais and Holy Trinity in Bandon.
In 2015, he was named parochial vicar at St. Stephen, serving with Father John Boyle, who is also director of the Archdiocese of Portland Tribunal. Father Boyle will remain in residence at St. Stephen.
Fr. Ed Coleman
New assignment: Pastor, St. Michael in Oakridge, with St. Henry in Dexter as a mission
Previous assignment: Immaculate Conception in Stayton
Immaculate Conception in Stayton includes the mission parish of St. Catherine in Mill City. He also has pastored Our Lady of Lourdes in Jordan with the mission parish of St. Patrick in Lyons. He arrived in Stayton in 2011 from St. James Parish in Molalla and has served in a number of other parishes as well.
Fr. Theodore Lange
New assignment: Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Veneta and chaplain at Marist High School in Eugene
Previous assignment: Formation director, Mount Angel Seminary
Father Lange was born in Salem in 1978. He attended St. Joseph and Salem Heights elementary schools and graduated from Sprague High in 1996.
He attended Lane Community College and earned an associate’s degree in 1999. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2002, and earned a bachelor’s degree of arts in philosophy and literature in 2004. He moved on to the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City and attained a sacred theology bachelor’s degree from the Gregorian University in Rome in 2007.
His ministry has included work at St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie; Christ the King, Milwaukie; Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla.; St. Jude, Eugene; Our Lady of Fatima, Shady Cove; Our Lady of the Mountain, Ashland; Sacred Heart, Medford; and Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point.
In addition to help form seminarians at Mount Angel, he was designated in 2016 as a missionary of mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He gave talks around the region.
Fr. Luan Nguyen
New assignment: Pastor, Immaculate Conception in Stayton, Our Lady of Lourdes in Jordan and St. Catherine of Siena in Mill City
Previous assignment: Pastor, Star of the Sea in Brookings
Born in 1968 and ordained in 2008, he served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego and St. Joseph in Salem before being named administrator in Brookings. His title was changed to pastor in 2011.
Father Nguyen, 48, was born in Saigon. He harbored a calling to be a priest, but Vietnamese officials deterred seminaries. After he came to the United States at age 24, he obtained an electrical engineering degree from Portland State University and began work as a technician. He still perceived a call to priesthood and entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2000.
“I just want to help people establish a relationship with God,” he explained before his ordination. “Jesus has to be the center.”
Fr. Ted Prentice
New assignment: Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker in Portland
Previous assignment: Pastor, St. James in Molalla
Born in 1963, he was a former mechanical engineer who was ordained in May 2004.
Born in Portland in 1963, he is one of eight children. He attended Pope John XXIII Elementary School in North Portland and graduated from Portland's Benson Polytechnic High School in 1981.
He graduated from the University of Portland in 1985, then worked as a mechanical engineer in the Los Angeles area. At the same time, he served as a teaching assistant at a Catholic alternative high school.
He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 1998. His ministry training has included being an elder visitor at Mount St. Joseph in Portland, serving as pastoral minister to the Latino community at Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, and participating in clinical pastoral education at the Oregon State Hospital.
Father Prentice spent a summer at the Mexican American Cultural Center in a Spanish immersion program.
He served a year as pastoral intern at Christ the King Parish, Milwaukie, and was a deacon at St. Mary Parish, Mount Angel. He served as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Eugene, and pastor at Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria. He took a post at St. Anthony in Tigard before being named to Molalla in 2011.
Fr. Justus Alaeto
New assignment: Administrator, Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings
Previous assignment: Parochial vicar, Sacred Heart Parish in Medford
Born in 1976 in Orlu, Nigeria, he graduated from high school in 1994 from St. Mary Seminary Umuowa in Orlu.
He attended the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul in Abuja, Nigeria, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2003.
He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Major Seminary in Ibadan, Nigeria, and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. After studying at Mount Angel Seminary, he transferred to Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, Wis., where he completed a master of divinity degree. In 2012, he was ordained by Archbishop John Vlazny.
His ministry has included work at St. Anthony in Tigard; Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis; All Saints in Portland; and St. Vincent de Paul, Salem. In 2012, he was named parochial vicar for Shepherd of the Valley Parish in Central Point and then moved on to Sacred Heart.
Fr. Aniceto Guiriba
New assignment: Administrator, St. James in Molalla
Previous assignment: Administrator, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Albany
Born in 1977, he was raised in Camalig, Albay, Philippines. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Bicol University College of Arts and Sciences in Daraga, Albay, in 1998. He attended St. Gregory the Great Minor Seminary in Tabaco City and the Divine Word Mission Seminary in Quezon City, receiving a diploma in philosophy in 2005. He then studied at the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2010 and was ordained in 2013.
His ministry has included assignments at St. Dominic Guzman Parish in Polangui, Albay; Our Lady of the Promised Land in Quezon City; Good Shepherd Sisters Home for Abused Young Women in Tagaytay City; at Mangyan Reservation Heritage site; Lunggani Najuan, Oriental Mindoro, and at Sacred Heart Parish, Kamunig, Quezon City — all in the Philippines. He served at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard before being named to Albany.
Father George Kuforiji
New assignment: Administrator, Holy Trinity in Bandon
Previous assignment: Parochial vicar, Holy Trinity in Bandon
Born in 1951 in Oshogbo, Nigeria, he attended elementary school at St. Benedict Catholic School there and graduated from St. Joseph College High School, Ondo, Nigeria in 1969. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1983. He then worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation. He entered seminary in 2010, and was installed as a lector and an acolyte in 2013. He studied theology at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. His ministry training included assignments at St. Vincent’s, Salem; St. Francis of Assisi, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, Washington. He was ordained by Archbishop Sample in 2015.
Msgr. Chuck Lienert
New assignment: Administrator, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Portland
Previous assignment: Retired
This will be a one-year term for the monsignor, who was ordained in 1968 and once served as vicar for clergy. He retired in 2012.
His early boyhood was at St. Clare Parish in Portland. Then the family moved to a farm near Oregon City. Young Chuck would mow the cemetery lawn and paint the school. He also spent a year in Germany as an exchange student.
He attended Central Catholic and then went to Mount Angel Seminary for college. A seminarian during the Second Vatican Council and the U.S. civil rights struggle, he saw the church as a power for making the world more just and compassionate.
He has led Immaculate Heart and St. Andrew parishes and has long experience in serving with African American Catholics. He has been active in the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, a coalition of faith groups and service organizations advocating for low-income people. He also served in Grants Pass and Cave Junction.
He previously served as priest-moderator at St. Francis Parish for a half dozen years.
Fr. Joseph Hung Nguyen
New assignment: Administrator, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cottage Grove
Previous assignment: Parochial vicar, Ascension in Portland
He was born in 1973, in Saigon, Vietnam. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2012 by Archbishop Vlazny. Prior to his seminary studies, Father Nguyen received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Father Nguyen studied at Mount Angel Seminary. His first assignment was at St. Cecilia, Beaverton as parochial vicar. He moved to the same role at St. Anne in Grants Pass before being named parochial vicar at Ascension last year.
Fr. Edwin Sanchez-Romero
New assignment: Administrator, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Albany
Previous assignment: Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph in Salem
Ordained in 2015 by Archbishop Sample, he was born in 1985 in Bogota, Colombia. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Pitalito, Huila, Colombia, graduating high school in 2002. He entered the Seminary Maria Immaculada where he studied philosophy. He attended St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2010. He continued his studies at St. Patrick Seminary.
Fr. Karl Schray
New assignment: Administrator, All Souls in Myrtle Creek
Previous assignment: Retired
He retired in 2015, not long after marking 50 years as a priest. He most recently served at Holy Redeemer Parish in North Bend and traveled to Europe. Father Schray served at a handful of Portland-area parishes including St. Charles, St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie, Blessed Sacrament, Christ the King in Milwaukie and Assumption. He also served at St. Joseph in Salem, Holy Name in Coquille and St. Anne in Grants Pass.
Father Schray taught at North Catholic High School and La Salle Catholic Preparatory. He was also a supporter of the Young Ladies Institute in the archdiocese.
The library at St. Anne School is named after Father Schray, who helped open the school during his time in Grants Pass.
Father Schray was known for his many hours ministering to the sick, and his celebration of the Mass every other week for prisoners at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution.
Fr. Suresh Amalraj
Fr. Suresh Amalraj
New assignment: Parochial vicar, Immaculate Conception in Stayton, Our Lady of Lourdes in Jordan and St. Catherine of Siena in Mill City
Previous assignment: Rector of St. Augustine Minor Seminary and vocation promoter, Diocese of Tiruchirapalli, India
Born in Melapudur, India, he was ordained in 1978 for the Diocese of Tiruchirapalli. He holds master’s degrees in theology, education and Sanskrit. He holds a doctorate in comparative religions.
He says his main joy in recent years has been looking after the formation of seminarians and visiting parishes around the diocese.
Fr. Arjie Garcia
New assignment: Parochial vicar, Shepherd of the Valley in Central Point
Previous assignment: Parochial vicar, St. Anthony in Tigard
Born in 1985 in the Philippines, he is the oldest of four children. He graduated from a Catholic high school in 2002 and studied secondary education.
Father Garcia believes his road to ordination began at a high school retreat. The sister facilitating the retreat suggested the students think about something they’d done as a child, and to take that moment, meditate on it, and imagine a possible future around it.
“The times when I’d play-acted being a priest was what came to me,” says Father Garcia.
He was accepted into the diocesan seminary in Cebu, where he was recommended to study philosophy. He began studying for the Archdiocese of Portland at Mount Angel Seminary in 2010. He completed a pastoral year at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland. He was ordained by Archbishop Sample last year and was assigned to Tigard.
Father Hans Mueller
New assignment: Parochial vicar, Ascension Parish in Portland
Previous assignment: Seminary in Rome
The assignment is for the summer only, as Father Mueller, ordained on June 3, will return to Rome for studies.
Born and raised in Salem, he went to public high school and then Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After college, he joined Reach Youth Ministry, travelling to parishes and giving retreats for mid-high and high school teens. He was coordinator of youth ministry at St. Anne in Grants Pass when he discerned a call to priesthood.
He began seminary at Mount Angel in 2010 and in 2012 was sent to Rome to study at the Gregorian University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology. He was ordained a deacon in 2015, served for a year at St. Mary Parish in Eugene, and returned to Rome for a final year of formation.
Fr. Zani Pacanza
New assignment: Parochial vicar, St. James in McMinnville
Previous assignment: Deacon year at St. Juan Diego in Portland
He grew up as a sacristan and altar server in Manila, Philippines then obtained a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1999.
From 1999 to 2002, he was a writer, reporter and segment producer for several news and public affairs programs of the ABS-CBN Broadcast Network. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a communications trainer for customer service call center companies in Manila.
Throughout school and his professional life, he has been an active member of different church groups, including Youth for Mary and Christ, U.P. Student Catholic Action and Singles for Christ.
He entered Christ the King Mission Seminary in 2008. In 2011, he transferred to Mount Angel Seminary as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland.
Deacon Pacanza’s pastoral ministry training has included assignments at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings, St. Edward Parish in Keizer, St. Rita Parish in Northeast Portland, St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland, St. Monica Parish in Coos Bay and St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel. He attended clinical pastoral education at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. In the summer of 2015, he also did Spanish immersion in Mexico City under the Global Education program of the Catholic University of America.
Fr. Henry Rufo
New assignment: Parochial vicar, Holy Redeemer in North Bend, Holy Name in Coquille and Sts. Anne and Michael in Myrtle Point
Previous assignment: On leave
He was born in Cebu City, The Philippines, in 1965, one of eight children. He graduated from Holy Rosary School of Pardo, Cebu City in 1982 and received a bachelor of science degree in commerce and accounting from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines in 1987. He also studied at the Cebu Institute of Technology and at the University of Urbaniana in Rome, Italy.
He entered Mount Angel Seminary in the fall of 1995 and was ordained a deacon in May 2000. His ministry training included assignments at St. Stephen in Portland, a pastoral year at St. John the Apostle in Oregon City and St. Anne in Grants Pass. He served as a deacon at St. Mary in Mount Angel.
He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2001 and served as a parochial vicar at St. Anne in Grants Pass and Sacred Heart in Medford. Has was pastor at St. Helen in Sweet Home and most recently was pastor of Nativity in Rainier and St. John the Baptist in Clatskanie.
Fr. Andrew Thomas
New assignment: Parochial vicar, Holy Trinity in Beaverton
Previous assignment: On leave
He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After teaching at Queen of Peace School in Salem for two years, he entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2000, earning a master of divinity degree in 2005.
His ministry formation assignments took place at St. Joseph in Salem, St. Henry in Gresham, St. Clare in Portland and St. Paul in Silverton. He completed clinical pastoral education at St. Luke Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
“I feel God has put me into different situations, and each one had its positive, wonderful experiences,” he said before his ordination in 2005.
He served as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart in Medford and Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego before being assigned as parish priest at Holy Trinity in Bandon in 2008. In 2010, he was named pastor of St. Mary Parish in Albany.
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Msgr. Gerard O’Connor
New assignment: Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Portland (Begins Sept. 1)
Previous assignment: Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet, Massachusetts
A priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, he also has been a scientist and high-tech marketer. He earned a doctorate in sacred liturgy is from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, the Benedictine university in Rome.
Msgr. O’Connor was born in Hull, Yorkshire, in England in 1964. He attended Marist College High School and then Kingston University in London where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in applied physics. After university he began in marketing for the personal computer industry. He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Fall River in 1996 and was sent to Rome for priestly studies at the North
American College. He was ordained in 2000 and was sent back to
Rome to work for the Holy See as an official of the Congregation of the Clergy.
He later served as parochial administrator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford and as an assistant priest at Our Lady
of Victory Parish in Centerville. He has been pastor in Acushnet since 2008.
He will be in residence at St. Rose of Lima in Portland.
Fr. Amalraj Rayappan
New assignment: Judge in the Department of the Tribunal and Canonical Services for the Archdiocese of Portland (Begins Sept. 1)
Previous assignment: Chancellor and judicial vicar for the Diocese of Tuticorin in India
Born in 1972 in Kadakulam, India, he attended Catholic primary and secondary education before beginning minor seminary in 1989. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Peter Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore and was ordained in 1999. He holds a doctorate in canon law from Urbaniana University in Rome and a diploma in jurisprudence from the Gregorian University in Rome.
He served in parishes from 1999 to 2008 and has held the chancellor’s position since 2012. He is fluent in English, good in Italian and Tamil is his mother language.
He will be in residence at St. Anthony in Tigard.
Pastor — He leads the parish as an extension of the ministry of the archbishop. Pastors are to teach, sanctify and govern for the good of souls in a certain geographical area. Pastors are to have ample experience as a priest, normally five years.
Administrator — He leads the parish in the absence of a pastor. Because he does not have as much experience as a pastor, or for some other reason, he will receive help from archdiocesan authorities and his powers will be limited in areas deemed appropriate by the bishop.
Parochial vicar — He shares in the pastoral care of the parish under direction of the pastor.