Peace be with you! I’m Deacon Matthew, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. I was ordained as a transitional deacon on May 21, 2021 (pictured above). I’m currently finishing my eighth and last year of studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, CA.
Previously, I was – in reverse chronological order – a philosophy undergrad at Mount Angel College Seminary in Oregon, a Discalced Carmelite novice in San Jose, an insurance claims rep in a call center, a cynical pagan in a public high school, 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 of Portland, I have served at the parishes of Our Lady of the Mountain (Ashland), St. Mary (Eugene), 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), and participated in 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, Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony, Shakespeare, Tolkien, poetry (esp. Hopkins and the English Romantics), hiking, Baroque art, philosophy, pasta — and you!
May God bless you, and may what you read here be edifying. Please pray for me. If I can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact me using the link above.
In omnibus laudemus gloriae eius!