A few decades older than the City of Portland, St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Parish was founded initially to serve the Italian speaking community in Portland. Located in downtown Portland and near the Willamette River, the parish has always been easily accessible by foot, car, trolley and now light rail trains. With urban development and the closure of St. Lawrence Parish, St. Michael's became the territorial parish for the University and South Waterfront Districts of the city. It is a parish of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, the second oldest archdiocese in the United States.
Rooted in a common baptism and nourished by the Gospel and Eucharist, this parish community is a rich and diverse one in terms of country of origin, education, age, economic condition, domicile in the metropolitan area, but united in choosing to worship at this centrally located parish.
By the grace of God, and each member's service, this parish serves the poor at our door with food and welcome. With eagerness, this parish welcomes students from Portland State University through its Newman Center. With care for the visitor and stranger, this parish welcomes visitors around the world who come to Portland for conventions, holidays and other reasons. With gratitude for nearly 120 years of Catholic life, this parish has a vision for the next century with its buildings and ministries being at the heart of secular and religious life in this part of Portland.
Father James Mayo, Pastor