Father John Domin, 94, died June 5. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin with Archbishop Alexander K. Sample presiding.
Father Domin was born Dec. 14, 1922, to Edward Dominski and Delia Schroeder in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, one of seven children. He entered St. Francis Seminary in 1941 and completed his training at St. Edward Seminary in Seattle from 1944 to 1950, when he was ordained March 25, 1950, by Archbishop Howard for the Archdiocese of Portland. Father Domin was a priest for 67 years.
Father John dedicated his life to teaching and promoting the fine arts within his priestly ministry. His love of and vocation for the sacred arts began with his studies in creative design at San Damiano Studio in Chicago in 1948. He worked with Lloyd Reynolds, Oregon Calligrapher Laureate, at the Portland Art Museum School of Fine Arts (now PNCA) during the 1950s and ’60s, while teaching fine arts and creativity classes at Central Catholic High School. During those years he also studied during summers at the University of Washington and with Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Corita Kent in Los Angeles, internationally known throughout for her innovative printmaking, lithography and uniting Biblical themes with pop art. His extensive travels abroad focused upon sacred art and architecture.
Father Domin was chairman of the sacred arts commission for the Archdiocese of Portland from 1958 to 1988. During this time he engaged in the design process and remodeling of more than 100 churches and chapels throughout the archdiocese. Several won national recognition awards, including St. Joseph in Roseburg and St. Alice in Springfield. His influence on the artistic legacy of the archdiocese was deep and lasting.
He was pastor of St Monica Parish in Coos Bay and the founding pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Tualatin. He most recently served as chaplain at Maryville nursing home for almost 18 years, beginning in 1989. He retired in 2006.
Father Domin is survived by two sisters, Lucille and Rita, and one brother, Ervin.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sanctuary for Sacred Arts through the Archdiocese of Portland, 2838 E. Burnside St., Portland, 97214, Attention: Clergy Office.