Father Oliver Lee Hightower 1935–2013

Pastor and decorated Army chaplain was a master of languages DUPONT Father Oliver Lee Hightower, a longtime educator, Army chaplain and pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood, died May 7. He was 77.

Lecturer points to shifting church demographics

Election of first pope from Western Hemisphere an indication of population trend SEATTLEBy Savio Pham Father Peter C. Phan identified two significant trends in contemporary Christianity in a lecture at Seattle University on Thursday, April 18: the growth in Pentecostal churches and the shift in the world’s Christian population from…

Mystagogia: 'You've only just begun'

Neophytes learn that their entry into full communion with the church is the beginning of new journey SEATTLEBy Jennifer Sokol The Easter Vigil is the culmination of a dream for participants in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

New educational model a boon for St. Therese

Individualized online instruction is helping transform struggling school SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum By the fall of 2011, St. Therese School was clearly in trouble. Enrollment had shrunk to just 124 students, and the school’s future was uncertain.

Making college a reality for foster youth

Donors to Seattle University’s Fostering Scholars program help cover educational, living expenses SEATTLEBy Jean Parietti Karla Garcia will soon receive her master’s degree in social work, a rare achievement for someone who spent years in the foster care system.

Making the transition

Catholic school eighth-graders get ready for the move to high school with special projects, events By Jean Parietti Eighth-graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Seattle have spent all school year working on the Juan Diego Graduation Project, an individual in-depth study of a social issue.

Honored principal seeks to ‘build up the body of Christ’

Vince McGovern helped turn around a struggling Our Lady of the Lake School SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum Catholic education is in Vince McGovern’s blood. Several of the Philadelphia native’s family members teach or work in Catholic schools, and he attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through graduate school at Seattle University.

A surprise papal blessing

Seattle sisters became ‘rock stars’ at school after meeting Pope Francis SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum Ken Pretti assumed he and his family would be shut out of the seating area for Pope Francis’ first general audience March 27. After all, they’d arrived at St. Peter’s Square without tickets.

CYO camp enrollment rebounds

Focus on Catholic identity, accessibility and facilities improvement is helping re-establish camping as ‘important element of the archdiocese,’ director says By Kevin Birnbaum After a decade of declining enrollments, things are looking up for the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization summer camps.