supporting our seminarians since 1935
Our Mission is to provide spiritual and financial support through educational opportunities
to seminarians who will serve in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.
The Seminary Tea Committee is 84 years strong! We are 250 Catholic women providing spiritual and financial support for seminarians who, after completing their rigorous education and training, take their vows to serve as priests in our local communities.
Since 1935, committee members have honored our mission and tradition by supporting our fundraising efforts and attending our annual tea. These works of charity, along with the generous support of our benefactors and guests, brought forth an annual gift last year of $63,000 for seminary education, which is outstanding!
We are thrilled to be a part of an organization with such a grand tradition. Having raised all of our children in parochial schools, K-12th and beyond, we value holy and capable priests. Priests that capture the attention of our children and young families are the future of our Catholic faith and are the strength of our collective Church.
We invite you to join us in supporting our mission by attending the 84th Annual Archbishop’s Seminary Tea on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Portland Golf Club, or by making a gift through our secure donation page. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tickets, member dues, donations and underwriting are fully tax deductible. Please consider the Seminary Tea Committee in your charitable giving this year! Together, we will raise the bar for seminary education.
May God’s light surround you and guide you always and may our work be blessed in abundance as we embark on our 2019 Seminary Tea.
Ramona Harrington and Becky Lang, 2019 Chairs
Photo compliment of Kelly Mooney photography
The Archbishop's Seminary Tea was founded in 1935 by a group of Catholic women in the Archdiocese of Portland to provide financial assistance for seminarians preparing to serve in the Archdiocese.
We have been blessed for over eighty years with the generous gifts of time and talent of the Seminary Tea Committee.
Since 1889, the community of Mount Angel Abbey has operated Mount Angel Seminary to form priests for the Archdiocese of Portland and dioceses throughout the western United States. It's the Abbey's primary work and a natural fit with our Benedictine life and spirituality. But we can't do it on our own.
Here in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the women of the Seminary Tea Committee have been supporting seminarians for the Archdiocese of Portland for more than 80 years. Through their prayers and fundraisers, these dedicated and devout women have made it possible for hundreds of men to follow God's call to priestly service.
I am truly grateful for their partnership and look forward to continuing to share with them the work of priestly formation for years to come. I pray that God will bless and reward them for their consistent, selfless generosity in furthering the work of priestly vocations for the local church.
I would like to express my gratitude for all that you do for the local Church here in the Archdiocese of Portland. Your support of me and the Office of Vocations in the efforts of promoting vocations to the priesthood is a tremendous blessing to our archdiocese. It is wonderful to witness your joy in working with the local church.
You have a long tradition of supporting our Portland seminarians. The Seminary Tea is always a highlight of the year as we are able to come together as a group and build each other up in Christ. The Tea is better and better each year. Our seminarians enjoy visiting with the Seminary Tea Committee Members, especially their Partners in Faith.
The Seminary Tea Committee’s generous monetary donations towards seminarian education is greatly appreciated and needed. The Archdiocese of Portland has between 25-30 men in formation every year – Praise the Lord! The cost is $45,000 per year for a seminarian and the average seminarian is in formation for 6 years, or $270,000. Your investment ensures that our seminarians will be well formed and as prepared as possible for their priestly ministry in our local parishes and schools.
In addition to your financial support through the tea, you do so much more and constantly seek out ways to do more! Your support through prayers means a great deal to me and our seminarians. The Partners in Faith has grown into a robust prayer program. Knowing that each of our seminarians has a dedicated individual praying for them is a beautiful gift. You also add the motherly touch in providing the dinners for the monthly discernment evenings. The food is delicious!
Know that I am extremely grateful for your continued support. I look forward to working with you as we continue to foster a culture of vocations in the Archdiocese of Portland.