Peace be with you! I’m Matthew, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. I’m currently on assignment as a seminarian in residence at St. Mary’s Parish in Eugene, OR, and just finished my sixth year of studies (Theology II) at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. Previously, I was (in reverse chronological order) studying philosophy for four-ish years at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, a Discalced Carmelite friar in San Jose, an insurance claims rep in a call center, a cynical pagan high school student, and a Methodist kid with no idea what beautiful plans God had in store for him. (For more on all of that, you can read my series “Quo Vadis” here.)
Within the Archdiocese, in addition to St. Mary (Eugene), I have served at the parishes of St. Joseph (Roseburg), St. Mary (Mt. Angel), St. Mary’s Cathedral (Portland), St. Stephen (Portland), St. Vincent de Paul (Salem), and St. Monica (Coos Bay on the beautiful Oregon Coast), as well as events including the Sacred Liturgy Conference, Rosary Bowl, Ignite Your Torch Northwest, and Steubenville Northwest.
I hope to be a good spiritual father to God’s holy people. I love the Traditional Latin Mass and Carmelite spirituality, as well as coffee, classical guitar, chant and Renaissance polyphony, poetry (esp. Hopkins and the English Romantics), hiking, Baroque art, philosophy, Italian food — and you! May God bless you, and may what you read here be edifying. I trust the Lord can use anything for good, even this blog! If I can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact me using the link above.
Ut in omnibus laudemus gloriae eius!