Fruits of prior Appeal gifts…
In the last four years Deacon Victor Mena
spent time in parishes throughout the diocese
when he wasn’t at Mount Angel Seminary
preparing to become a priest.
His preparation will conclude
on June 29 at St. Francis of Assisi
Church in Bend when Bishop Cary
ordains him a priest forever.
Those who contributed
to the Bishop’s Appeal
made Victor’s seminary
2017 Bishop's Annual Appeal
Because of its fundamental importance to the health of our
diocese, seminary education receives significant funding from
the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. If we are to give proper training
to men who respond to God’s call to priesthood, your financial
support is vital.
This spring we will have five seminarians; next fall we
anticipate another to take Deacon Victor Mena’s place.
Marco Serna and Caleb Cunningham attend Mt.
Angel Seminary near Salem. Steve Garza is attending Pope John
XXIII Seminary in Boston, and Jose Luis Melendez is attending
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Mexico City.
Very Reverend Richard O. Fischer, Vicar General
Ongoing Formation of Clergy
In 2015 the Diocese initiated a program to enhance English
pronunciation for priests from abroad. That effort will be
further developed in 2017. At the 2016 Clergy Assembly two
nationally recognized trainers showed our clergy how to better
utilize parish resources and volunteers in parish
administration and personal finance.
Both programs were funded by the Bishop’s Annual
Priest Health & Retirement Fund
The Priest Health and Retirement Association of the Diocese of Baker
was established to provide monthly stipends and medical insurance for
priests who served the Church in
Eastern Oregon before their retirement.
But this account is still “underfunded”;
so priests count on the Bishop’s Annual
Appeal for financial support in their