Join us Virtually! Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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supporting our seminarians since 1935

THE SEMINARY TEA COMMITTEE

Our Mission is to provide spiritual and financial support through educational opportunities

to seminarians who will serve in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

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Launching at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.

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Seminary Tea Committee

PO Box 25057

Portland, OR 97298

 

 

 

Dear Seminary Tea Community and Friends,

Since 1935, the Archbishop's Seminary Tea has been a joyful springtime tradition in our Archdiocese, providing a unique opportunity to gather as a community to meet the Archbishop and special guests from the Archdiocese and Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary.  Most importantly, the Tea is an annual fundraiser for the education of seminarians who are preparing to serve in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

Due to the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, for a second year we are unable to gather in person. To celebrate our 86th year and to continue the tradition of community and advancing our mission, the Seminary Tea Committee has been working hard to create a virtual program on Facebook that will launch at 3:00 p.m. on the planned 2021 Tea Day. Please plan to visit our Facebook page on Wednesday, April 14. To learn more, please click on the tea cup at the top of our website pages or go to the "Virtual Tea" tab in the menu bar.

While we will miss seeing you this year, we remain committed to our goal of raising the equivalent of at least one year’s tuition for one seminarian.  We are confident that with your support, we can still raise these critical funds.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Seminary Tea Committee in the amount of $35 (the cost of Tea admission) or more, via the Donation button below.

We are grateful to those of you who have already given generously to the 2021 Tea through donations, underwriting, and countless volunteer hours.  We appreciate your continued support of our mission and pray for the health and well-being of everyone in our community during this challenging time. And, we look forward to seeing you in person in 2022!

Blessings,

Toni Fisher

2021 Seminary Tea Committee Chair

A NOTE FROM OUR

2021 COMMITTEE CHAIR

A FEW WORDS FROM OUR PARTNERS IN FAITH

ARCHBISHOP

ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE

Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

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.

ABBOT JEREMY DRISCOLL, O.S.B.

ABBOT AND CHANCELLOR

Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary

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.

FR. JEFF EIRVIN

DIRECTOR OF VOCATIONS

Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

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.