Abbey Hosts Lenten Meditation Concert

Mount Angel Abbey will host a Lenten Meditation concert on Friday, February 12, at 3 p.m. in the Abbey Church. Organist Marcia Hauff will perform Marcel Dupre’s “The Stations of the Cross,” and her performance will be accompanied by Lenten readings.

ma-121713-508-2_fi“The Stations” are deeply moving, almost mystical compositions that depict Christ’s condemnation, suffering and death. Most of Dupre’s organ compositions range from moderately to extremely difficult, with some pieces requiring almost impossible technical demands on the performer. “The Stations” is no exception. The French composer was a genius at taking themes and spontaneously weaving whole symphonies around them, often with elaborate contrapuntal devices including fugues.

hauff-2_sOrganist Marcia Hauff holds a Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from Northwestern University in Chicago. She has performed in the United States and Germany, and taught piano, organ and harpsichord at Willamette University for 22 years. Hauff is the organist at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Ore., and also teaches organ and piano to monks and seminarians at Mount Angel Abbey.

While guests are on the hilltop, they are invited to walk the Abbey’s own Stations of the Cross path. The path begins at the foot of the hill and ascends to the grotto statue of Mary at the entrance to the Abbey, taking visitors up a winding road under tall Douglas fir trees. Each station houses a bas-relief sculpture, which early monks brought to the Abbey in 1883 from Munich, Germany.

For more information, contact Myrna Keough at or 503-845-3412.

15 Admitted to Candidacy at Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Sample

Fifteen men representing 11 dioceses were admitted to candidacy yesterday at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Alexander Sample and nine other bishops in the Mount Angel Abbey Church. The Rite of Candidacy is an important step in a seminarian’s formation where he declares his intention publicly to prepare to offer himself for ordination as a deacon and, later, as a priest.

John Kucera and Nathan McWeeney During Entrance Rite of the Mass of Candidacy

John Kucera and Nathan McWeeney during Entrance Rite of the Mass of Candidacy, photo courtesy Jose Morales

The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, preached about the rite and then, as it was the feast of St. John Paul II, spoke about how St. John Paul II was a great inspiration to him and how he may not be a priest or bishop if it were not for the saintly pope’s influence.

The Mass occurred at the start of the annual meeting of the Episcopal Council, comprised of the bishops, religious superiors and vocation directors who send seminarians to Mount Angel Seminary.

Concelebrating with Archbishop Sample were Most Rev. John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe (New Mexico); Most Rev. Liam Cary, Bishop of Baker (Oregon); Most Rev. Peter Christensen, Bishop of Boise (Idaho); Most Rev. Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu (Hawaii); Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange (California); Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento (California); Most Rev. Peter Brown, Bishop of Samoa – Pago Pago (American Samoa); Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego (California); and Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson (Arizona). Most Rev. Peter Smith, Auxiliary Bishop of Portland in Oregon, also participated in the meeting.

Episcopal Council, photo courtesy Ace Tui

Episcopal Council, photo courtesy Ace Tui

Also present were Rt. Rev. Gregory Duerr, OSB, Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey, Very Rev. Stephen Watson, OCD, Provincial Superior of the California-Arizona Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Rev. Ivan Pertiné, General Director of the Saint John Society, Very Rev. Daniel Barnett, Rector of Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, Washington, and many vocation directors of dioceses represented at Mount Angel Seminary.

The following seminarians were admitted to the Candidacy in yesterday’s Mass:
Andrés Miguel Emmanuelli Pérez, Diocese of Sacramento
Chad Stuart Green, Archdiocese of Seattle
Christopher Andrew Hoiland, Archdiocese of Seattle
John Thomas Kucera, Diocese of Boise
Nathan John McWeeney, Diocese of San Diego
Víctor Manuel Mena Martínez, Diocese of Baker
Henrry Christopher Mendez Fajardo, Diocese of Yakima
Phuong Van Nguyen, Diocese of Orange
Zani Muyani Pacanza, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Joseph Scott Paddock, Diocese of Helena
Germán Eluterio Ramos Plaza, Diocese of Sacramento
Andriel Louie Ruperto, Diocese of Fresno
Gonzalo Emanuel Siller Ramírez, Diocese of Fresno
Joseph Richard Walsh, Diocese of Reno
William Woollett Zondler II, Diocese of San Diego

Archbishop Sample and concelebrating bishops pose with Candidates following Mass of Candidacy

Archbishop Sample and concelebrating bishops pose with Candidates and other priests following Mass of Candidacy

Abbey welcomes additional postulants

postulants 2015

We are filled with joy as we welcome three more postulants to Mount Angel Abbey. For the last 80 years the monks of Mount Angel have knelt down each evening after their meal to pray the Litany of St. Joseph for vocations to our monastery. This year we are blessed with eight postulants; Br. Keegan Porter, 24 years old from San Diego, CA; Br. Dusty Osborne, 22 years old from Lewiston, ID; Br. Christopher Walch, 29 years old from Medford, OR; Br. Chase Shepard, 22 years old from Selah, WA; Br. Emmanuel Orozco, 27 years old from Santa Maria, CA; Br. Jesús Sanchez, 22 years old from Yuma, AZ; Br. George Wolcott, 19 years old from Moscow, ID; and Br. Michael Garza, 25 years old from Corinth, TX. Continue reading

Fr. John Paul’s Ordination

L-R: Bishop Peter Smith, Fr. John Paul and Abbot Gregory

L-R: Bishop Peter Smith, Fr. John Paul and Abbot Gregory

We thank the Lord for the gift of the priesthood! And congratulations Fr. John Paul Le, OSB, a monk and now a priest of Mount Angel Abbey on his day of ordination to the priesthood. The Pontifical Mass and Ordination was held in the Abbey Church on Friday, June 19th at 10:00 with Bishop Peter L. Smith, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon as the main presider.

Please pray for Fr. John Paul.

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