Father Lucas Laborde
Fr. Lucas Laborde was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. He has been a member of the Saint John Society, a society of apostolic life dedicated to the new evangelization, since its inception in 2001. Fr. Lucas holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy (UNSTA, Buenos Aires, Argentina), and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.). He led campus ministry at the Newman Center at Oregon State University from 2005 to 2010, and was the pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Portland, Oregon, from 2010 to 2018.
Deacon Chuck Amsberry
Deacon Chuck is the oldest of 8 children--all sons. They are cradle Catholics, blessed by the faith and love of their parents. Dcn. Chuck attended Mount Angel Seminary, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy and M. Divinity in Theology. He decided to not pursue ordination to the priesthood, but continued to work in Church ministry (save for 9 years when he worked as a professional librarian--he also has an MLS degree). Dcn. Chuck married his wife, Carol, on October 1, 1988, and they have three children: Francis, Anthony, and Clare. He was ordained a permanent deacon on October 16, 2004. He is blessed in his marriage, his family life, and his opportunity to serve the Lord in His Catholic Church.
Father Juan Pablo Segura
Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Juan Pablo Segura was born and raised in Córdoba, Argentina. He joined the Saint John Society in 2005. He received a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting from the Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina in 2007. He received a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology and a Master of Divinity from Mount Angel Seminary in Mount Angel, Oregon, in 2017. Fr. Juan Pablo was ordained a priest for the St. John Society on June 24, 2017, in Cura Brochero, Argentina. Since his ordination, he has been serving as parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish and director of the Newman Center at Portland State University.
Sr. Teresa Harrell SdM
A native of Portland, Oregon, Sr. Teresa entered the Catholic Church in 2002 in Corvallis, after having a powerful encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist. In 2006, she went on her first evangelization mission, in Los Galvanes, Mexico, where she experienced confirmation of the call to consecrate her life to the Lord as a missionary sister. She entered the Society of Mary in January 2008 in Córdoba, Argentina, and made her first consecration on December 8, 2010. Together with the other sisters in the Society of Mary, she has worked to evangelize high school students, adults, the marginalized, and especially college students in Corvallis, in Argentina, and now in Portland, where she has been campus minister at the PDX Newman Center since 2013. She has a B.S. in English from Corban University, earned an M.A. in English from Oregon State University, studied philosophy through the Centro de Estudios John Henry Newman in Argentina, and is currently working toward an M.A. in theology through Franciscan University.
Social Services Coordinator
After a successful career in the private sector, Denise followed her heart to serve our community. Since then, she has spent 15 years as a manager with both statewide and small nonprofits, including the nonprofit now called SOLVE. Denise graduated from the University of Portland. Before joining staff, she volunteered as a Monday soup chef. When not at St. Michael's, Denise works for her husband's architecture firm and lends a hand at the historic family farm in Clark County. She also enjoys keeping up with six nieces and nephews and playing her vintage piano.
Jerri came to Saint Michael's in December 2000, where she fell in love with the gardens and Michael the church cat. A transplant from northern Indiana, she appreciates the evergreen and ever-blooming nature of Portland. "I miss the thunderstorms, fireflies, and Eastern blue jays of Indiana," she says. "Yet, the mild year-round weather here suits me better. And I'd never see an eagle on my walk to the grocery store back home!"
Christina Self was born in California, but grew up in Portland. She graduated from Grant High School and earned a B.A. in Education and English from Lewis and Clark College. She has been playing the piano since the age of six. She learned to play the organ while at Lewis and Clark after discovering the amazing Casavant organ in the chapel. Christina began working as a church musician in 1985, and has worked at many different churches and denominations over the years. She became a member of Saint Michael's in 1993 and began working as a parish organist/pianist in 1996. Christina has been an elementary school teacher in Portland Public Schools since 1987. She currently teaches second grade at Glencoe Elementary in southeast Portland. Other interests include reading, gardening, and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their crazy dog, Stanley.