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Fr. Don transferring to St. Clare parish

I received some big and unexpected news last week: I’ll be transferred to a different parish starting July 1st. I was thinking I’d stay here for a few more years, but God had other plans.

These last two months will probably go by very quickly. You know that I’ve really enjoyed serving here at St. Peter with all of you. This is a neat parish and I will miss you when I’m gone. I will take with me lots of good memories and a sense of pride in what we all have accomplished together these past eight years.

I will become the new pastor at St. Clare Parish and School in SW Portland. It is a parish that has suffered through some hard times the past several years and so the diocese wants to send a solid, stable priest there than can help them to rebuild.

I’m excited about the challenge, and as much as I’ll miss Newberg, I know that God has given me the skill set that is needed at St. Clare to help them become a vibrant parish again. Transitions are hard but I feel a deep peace about it, and I really believe that St. Clare’s is where God wants me for the next several years.

Let’s all be praying for the diocese as they select the next pastor to serve you here at St. Peter.

God bless you all.

~Fr. Don


  1. From a member at St. Clare’s- welcome. I remember years back when you were State Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus. I’m sure Newberg Council will miss you, but John Clare Council 15485 will be there to help you with the transition, and be your “Strong right arm” of the church to help out with the parish. We’ve had a rough start- the last pastor was not very supportive of the Knights- but we look forward to you coming.

    Ted Seeber- Past Charter Grand Knight 15845 and 3 Year Trustee.

  2. We at ST Clare are excited by this wonderful news ! Father Don got rave reviews from father McNamee at this mornings announcement at ST Clare mass.

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