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Mercy over Judgement

What would it look like for mercy to prevail over judgement? I have been spending some time reflecting on this question in light of the Year of Mercy and the Season of Advent when we prepare the way for the Lord, in our lives and in our world. At the Read more...
Words from Valerie

The Passing of a Mother

The following is from my personal blog Thursday 10/1/2015 Death dropped by this day. In the early morning hours my mother died. After a long life, (94+ years) death dropped in, a welcome visitor after years of diminished ability to speak, think or remember. In the days before, my siblings Read more...
Words from Valerie

Words from Valerie

I am just back from taking a couple of weeks off. I had some fun, did some camping, went on a road trip, got some yard work and canning done, survived the smoke and did a lot of reading and resting. I will write again for next week. I look forward Read more...



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The Dining Hall is located in the lower level inside the St. Francis Church.

Hot meals are served daily, Mon-Fri 5:00 PM; Sundays 3:30 PM. Here, 150-300 hot meals are served daily to those in need in dignity and peace.


words from pope francis

Laudato Si’ #146. In this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting their land are proposed. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift… Continue Reading

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St. Francis of Assisi is an urban parish in SE Portland. We are a welcoming congregation, with a special outreach to the poor and marginalized. We operate a Dining Hall, serving an average of 300 people an evening meal, six days a week. Our Dining Hall guests are treated with respect and served a hot meal in a Christian atmosphere of dignity and peace.

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