Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Welcoming Bishop Liam Cary

Bishop Liam Cary, Bishop of the Baker Diocese
As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week today, we welcome our beloved Bishop Liam Cary as he celebrates Mass for our children in St Francis of Assisi new church.
Bishop Cary was born on August 21, 1947 at Portland Oregon, and moved with his family to Prineville in Central Oregon at a young age. He attended the Ochocho Elementary schools  and the Prineville Junior High School. He then entered the Baker Diocese Seminary attending at Mount Angel High School Seminary. He pursued his philosophy studies at Mount Angel and  theology studies at Menlo Park, (California.) Having left the Seminary in 1970, he worked for a number of years among the poor and migrants in Chicago, Salinas, (California) and Eugene (Oregon.)
He returned to the Seminary for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon in 1987, and followed his studies at the American Pontifical College and the Gregoriana University, both in Rome, attaining his licentiate in Moral Theology in 1992. He was ordained a priest on September 5, 1992 for the Archdiocese of Portland and has since served in these capacities: associate pastor at St. Joseph's in Salem (1992-1994,) member of the Educating for Chastity Task Force (1993-1997,) Director of Vocations (1994-1998,) Chaplain of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (1994-1997,) assistant pastor at St. Anne parish in Gresham (1997-1998) and again assistant pastor at St Luke Parish in Woodburn (1998.) 

Bishop Cary with Pope Benedict XVI in April 2012
He was made pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Medford (1998-2011.) He was also an administrator of Shepherd of the Valley parish in Central Point (2005.) He was also Archdiocesan Consultor and a member of the Presbyteral Council. Besides English and Spanish, he also knows Italian and Latin. 
He was consecrated Bishop of Baker on May 18, 2012 precisely at the church where he will celebrate Mass for our children today. He lives in Bend but travels all around our vast state to reach his people and his priests. Welcome Bishop Cary to your second home.

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