The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) and their sponsored ministries are frequently showcased in regional media.

November 2018

St. Mary of Oregon Sisters featured on podcast

Catholic Sentinel – November 14, 2018
BEAVERTON — Last month, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon were featured on a live podcast called “Ask Sister,” hosted by A Nun’s Life Ministry. The ministry was founded in Michigan 12 years ago to encourage people to understand their life as a vocation by engaging questions about God, faith and the religious life.

Valley Catholic rallies to beat Cottage Grove and claim school’s first volleyball title
The Oregonian – November 5, 2018
Valley Catholic coach Becky Kemper acknowledged that midway through the fourth set of Saturday’s OSAA Class 4A volleyball championship match, she steeled herself to deliver “the speech.”

It’s one all coaches dread, and it starts, You know, second place is still a great finish to a season …

Fortunately for her, she never had to speak those words aloud, as the top-seeded Valiants fought back behind senior outside hitter Kayla Robbins to win that fourth set and went on to a five-set victory over No. 3 Cottage Grove at Forest Grove High School.

Valley Catholic wins fifth Oregonian Cup

Catholic Sentinel – November 4, 2018
BEAVERTON — Early last month, Valley Catholic kicked off the school year with an all-school Mass followed by a special presentation by Kyle Stanfield of the Oregon School Activities Association in honor of Valley Catholic’s fifth Oregonian Cup.

September 2018

From tending flowers to earning trophies: Highlights from Valley Catholic School

Catholic Sentinel – September 12, 2018
BEAVERTON — Located on the campus of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Valley Catholic is a close-knit community of students, families and educators. Valley Catholic School is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, and the four core values are “live valiantly, strive for excellence, honor the unique gifts of each person, and celebrate God and life.”

June 2018

Sisters of St. Mary get $1M from local donors
Portland Business Journal – June 19, 2018
A Beaverton group that provides skilled rehabilitative and intermediate care could benefit greatly from a local couple’s generosity. The donors, Elsie Franz Finley and the late Robert W. Franz, gave $1 million to Maryville after a friend of Elsie’s received care at the facility.  The donation is the largest individual gift in Maryville’s history and the second-largest individual gift to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and their sponsored ministries in the group’s 132-year history.

Valley Catholic eighth-graders graduate June 9
Catholic Sentinel – June 16, 2018
A graduation ceremony honoring the 84 graduates of Valley Catholic Middle School was held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in the Valiants Gym of the Valley Catholic Athletic Center.

Sisters’ values nurture excellence at Valley Catholic
Catholic Sentinel – June 15, 2018
As members of the class of 2018 walked into the school’s athletic center for their commencement ceremony, they saw these words emblazoned on a sign on the gymnasium wall: “Excellence in everything. Opportunity for everyone.” That vision is reflected in the diverse accomplishments of the graduating seniors in academics, athletics, activities and service.

CNBC reporter returns to Valley Catholic
Beaverton Valley Times – June 15, 2018
Seema Mody, who aspired to be a doctor, tells 2018 graduates ‘there is no straight path from where you are seated today to where you are going. That’s OK.’….Both in her public remarks and in a brief interview afterward, Mody spoke fondly about some of the teachers at Valley Catholic — all of whom are still on the staff — who inspired her.

Women religious of the archdiocese: At work in an imperfect world
Catholic Sentinel – June 11, 2018
St. Mary of Oregon Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen, president of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, has some serious questions about those stereotypes — whether they be images of cloistered nuns or teaching sisters. “Women religious ran hospitals far earlier than their lay counterparts,” she says. “We’re good leaders.” St. Mary of Oregon Sister Juanita Villarreal served as pastoral associate of San Martin de Porres Mission in Dayton, a leadership position that was not initially well received by the people….After six years, Sister Juanita had won the people’s hearts. Parishioners wept when she left.

Valley Catholic graduates 84 from high school
Beaverton Valley Times – June 11, 2018
The 84 graduates of Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton got to hear from a 2003 graduate — Seema Mody, now a reporter for financial news channel CNBC — and from the three valedictorians in the Class of 2018. One of them was Matthew Ierardi, a son of Principal Doug Ierardi. “Now you might be thinking: The principal’s son is one of the valedictorian — that seems a little suspect. But I would like to remind you that my older sister was not a valedictorian of her class,” Matthew Ierardi said to laughter and applause Saturday, June 9. “And I thought that meant I was the favorite child.”

Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women convene to build faith, recognize those who live out their beliefs
Catholic Sentinel – June 10, 2018
Sister Michael Francine Duncan, spiritual director of the ACCW, gave a lively account of her journey to the convent of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon….With strong credentials in counseling and human resources, Sister Michael Francine now has a private counseling practice and is vocation director for her religious community.

May 2018

Summer spiritual life: It’s a natural at Camp Howard
Catholic Sentinel – May 31, 2018
Sister Krista von Borstel, executive director of Catholic Youth Organization/Camp Howard, says the spiritual mission is central and is enacted in many ways….Sister Krista, a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, is joined at camp by several community members — Sisters Michael Francine Duncan and Colleen Schmitt. Add that steady and kind presence to visits from the priests and seminarians, and it amounts to a strong witness for consecrated life.

MacNaughton, relay shine on state stage for Valley
Beaverton Valley Times – May 24, 2018
The two close friends shared a long embrace just beyond the medal stand, underneath the intermittent clouds crossing above Hayward Field. Kate MacNaughton had a banner day for the Valley Catholic girls track and field team, winning the 100-meter hurdles and taking second in the 300 high hurdles for the Valiants at the Class 4A state championship meet on Saturday. But the accomplishment MacNaughton took the most joy in involved her teammates, especially senior Tara Fuiten. Together, MacNaughton, Fuiten, Taylor Isaac and Callie Kawaguchi took second in the 4×400 relay to help Valley place fifth in the 4A standings with 43.5 points.

Valley Catholic wins dance title
Catholic Sentinel – May 10, 2018
With only three seniors and plenty of new faces, Valley Catholic’s Charisma Dance Team expected this to be a building year. Instead, they soared during a perfect season that ended with a state championship.

Golf Slideshow: 4A boys regionals
Columbia County Spotlight – May 8, 2018
The Scappoose and Valley Catholic boys golf teams have been among the state’s better teams all year. And so, playing under sunny skies in the Class 4A regional tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course on Monday, the Indians and Valiants took their best shots at proving it.

Baseball: Valiants upset Astoria
Daily Astorian – May 6, 2018
Valley Catholic held a 2-1 lead through four innings, then scored 11 runs over the fifth and sixth innings, on its way to a shocking 13-3 win over first-place Astoria in a Cowapa League baseball game Friday.

April 2018

St. Mary of Oregon sister named a ‘Woman of Influence’
Catholic Sentinel – April 23, 2018
The Portland Business Journal has named St. Mary of Oregon Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen as one of its 2018 Women of Influence. The awards honor the region’s most influential businesswomen from every industry and profession — but they’ve never before included a woman religious.

‘Awe, wonder and joy’: Catholic schools nurture girls in STEM
Catholic Sentinel – April 20, 2018
The widespread influence of women religious on Catholic education also benefits female students. Kalani Efstathiou, sixth- and eighth-grade math teacher at Valley Catholic School, said the Beaverton school’s founding by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1903 “is empowering to girls.” “The school was established by strong-willed women who are such powerful role models,” he said.

Boys golf: Seaside third at Banks Invite [Valiants win the tournament]
Daily Astorian – April 19, 2018
The Seaside boys golf team struggled on the back nine Wednesday at Quail Valley Golf Course, where the Gulls ultimately finished third in the Banks Invitational. Valley Catholic carded a 312 to win the tournament, ahead of Scappoose (336) and Seaside (346). Astoria was a distant fourth with a 380.

Valiant softball makes strides, falls to Scappoose
Beaverton Valley Times – April 18, 2018
Valley Catholic shows signs of progress in five-inning defeat against the No. 11 Indians

Who are saints among us?
Catholic Sentinel – April 16, 2018
The names of saints appear in abundance throughout the country in hospitals, schools, churches and even in the names of cities like San Francisco. But who are the faces behind these often seen names? And why are they important?….Sister Catherine [Hertel of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon] stresses the importance of recognizing the saintly people surrounding us, to honor them, and to ask what brings meaning to their lives.

Boys golf: Valley Catholic posts win over Astoria
Daily Astorian – April 11, 2018
Valley Catholic carded a 319 team score Tuesday, to defeat Astoria in a Cowapa League boys golf match, hosted by the Fishermen at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Astoria finished with four golfers for a 382 team score. Valley Catholic’s Cole Schmidlin was medalist with a 74, and teammate Cole Heinsen scored 78.

Big fifth inning sparks Valley win over Seaside
Beaverton Valley Times – April 10, 2018
Valiant baseball team scores four runs with two outs in the fifth to overcome Seagulls at home.

March 2018

Dance Done Right
Portland Tribune & Beaverton Valley Times – March 22, 2018
Crews from Tigard and Valley Catholic high schools brought home top honors on Saturday, March 17, at the state dance and drill team competition. Valley Catholic beat out the competition in all the combined Class 1A to 4A divisions, beating out Gladstone and Crook County.

Boys golf: Valiants defeat Seaside on the golf course
Daily Astorian – March 22, 2018
The Seaside boys golf team was in action Wednesday, as Valley Catholic hosted the Gulls for a Cowapa League dual at Meriwether Golf Course. The Valiants scored a 20-stroke team victory, carding a 324 to Seaside’s 344. Valley Catholic’s top two golfers vied for medalist honors, with Cole Heinsen (38-36—74) topping teammate Andrew Plambeck (37-38—75) for the top spot.

Sixth-grade rally encourages youths to find their ‘greatest joy’
Catholic Sentinel – March 20, 2018
Hundreds of Catholic school students gather to learn about vocational discernment….the rally shows that being “brothers, sisters, priests, nuns — this is a good life,” said Sister Michael Francine Duncan, vocation director for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

High schoolers mark one-month anniversary of Parkland shooting
Catholic Sentinel – March 16, 2018
Catholic high school students in western Oregon joined with tens of thousands of students across the country March 14 to mark the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida….in Beaverton, Valley Catholic students met in silence on the athletic field as reflective music played. Students held photos of each of the victims and formed a heart at the center of the field. 

Veterans group makes donation of books on Catholic chaplains to Valley library
Catholic Sentinel – March 12, 2018
The library at Valley Catholic School is a little bigger now, after a collection of books on Catholic chaplains who served the U.S. military was donated by the Catholic War Veterans organization.

Remembering Sister Sharon Kirk, SSMO
OregonLive/My Beaverton – March 11, 2018
A Vigil Service and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on March 14 and 15 for Sister Sharon Kirk, SSMO, who died on March 11 at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse in Beaverton.

Banks star Dalton Renne injured as Valley Catholic earns 41-33 win in 4A semifinal
OregonLive – March 9, 2018
With a fellow player on the floor in pain, the Banks and Valley Catholic boys basketball teams put their 4A semifinal on the back burner and came together in prayer….The two teams met for the fourth time this season, and the Valiants evened the season series with the win. [Banks player Dalton Renne returned to the tournament on March 10 and was honored as a member of the OSAA 4A All-Tournament Team.]

Valley Catholic takes care of La Grande 62-39, earns 4A semifinal date with rival Banks
OregonLive – March 8, 2018
Daniel Pruitt scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Ben Robbins added 10 points, and No. 5 Valley Catholic downed No. 4 La Grande 62-39 on Thursday in a Class 4A boys basketball state quarterfinal at Forest Grove High School. The Valiants (21-6), who lost to Seaside in the 2017 final, will play top-seeded Banks in Friday’s first semifinal. The Cowapa League rivals split two meetings during the regular season.

OSAA Basketball Championships: Westside Roundup
KUIK AM 1360 – March 8, 2018
Valley Catholic 60, La Grande 39…the Tigers are athletic and aggressive but had no answer for Valley Catholic’s size as the Valiants cruised past the Greater Oregon League champs, avenging a buzzer-beating play-in loss at La Grande two years ago.

Class 4A tourney is filled with tough teams
Coos Bay World – March 7, 2018
Marshfield [girls basketball] opens with Valley Catholic, a squad that enters with a 20-6 record and finished second in the generally tough Cowapa League….Seaside, Banks and Valley Catholic, the three Cowapa League powers, are the only boys teams to return to the tournament this year.

Valley boys basketball returns to 4A state tourney
Beaverton Valley Times – March 6, 2018
Valiant boys basketball team beats Cascade, continues to play hard, tough hoops

Valley Catholic upsets Madras, marches to 4A tourney
Beaverton Valley Times – March 6, 2018
Valiants go into hostile territory and take down White Buffalo on the road for playoff win.

February 2018

Valiant boys hoops crushes Crook County
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 28, 2018
Valley Catholic boys basketball cruises into the Class 4A second round on Saturday.

Valley weathers Gladstone’s storm, advances to second round
Beaverton Valley Times – Feb. 26, 2018
Valiant girls basketball teams gets huge games from Snook, Jones in first round win

“The Pirates of Penzance” at Valley Catholic
OregonLive/My Beaverton – Feb. 22, 2018
The Valley Catholic High School Theatre Department will present their spring production, “The Pirates of Penzance” on Feb. 23-25 and Mar. 2-4.

Weather forces early OSAA playoff freeze, cancellations
Tillamook Headlight Herald – Feb. 21, 2018
Originally, Tillamook and Valley Catholic were scheduled to play a playoff contest to determine the league’s third and fourth seeds for the state playoffs. The game was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. Now, with the Valley Catholic campus closed because of weather, the game has been cancelled. That puts the Cheesemakers in the league seeding as fourth, behind Banks, Seaside and Valley Catholic. Scappoose is fifth.

SSMO sister renews vows
Catholic Sentinel – Feb. 16, 2018
Sister Juanita Villarreal, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, renewed her vows Feb. 2 during the Mass of the Presentation of the Lord at St. Peter Parish [in Newberg]. The woman religious serves as the pastoral associate at the parish.

Cowapa League Basketball: Braves Boys suffer first loss of season [to Valley Catholic Valiants]
KUIK – Feb. 7, 2018
In 4A basketball, the Cowapa League still reigns supreme. The Cowapa is home of two of the last three state basketball champions and with a representative in the championship game the last three years and half of last season’s quarterfinal field hailed from the league. One thing the Cowapa League no longer has is an unbeaten team. The Banks Braves became the last 4A team to lose a game as the Valley Catholic Valiants outscored the Braves 19-3 in the final period to run away with a 55-42 win Tuesday night in Beaverton.

Girls basketball: Valley Catholic Valiants top Astoria
Daily Astorian – Feb. 4, 2018
In a back-and-forth game in Beaverton, Valley Catholic came out on top in a 54-45 win over Astoria, in a Cowapa League girls basketball game Friday.

Valley Catholic students spread ‘Waves of Love’
Catholic Sentinel – Feb. 1, 2018
For most people, a day at the beach means fun in the sun. For students at Valley Catholic Middle School, it means a day of service.

January 2018

CPR training slated for Washington Square
Beaverton Valley Times & The Times (Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood) – Jan. 29, 2018
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters, Tigard Police, Valley Catholic Middle School students and Legacy Health will join forces on Saturday, Feb. 3, to offer hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation training from noon to 3 p.m. in the event space below the food court in Washington Square Mall.

Schools address bullying with faith ideals
Catholic Sentinel – Jan. 17, 2018
Reports show bullying exists in both private and public schools. How are Catholic schools in Oregon fighting it?