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St. Anne Parish History

Timeline of
St. Anne
Catholic Church

On the left you will find links associated with periods of history for St. Anne's and her missions. If you have any photos or important information that you think my be of help to these pages, please contact our office.

1979 St. Anne dedicated its new parish center in back of the church on Sunday, September 23, 1979.

1980 Archbishop Cornelius Power blessed the new St. Patrick of the Forest church, Cave Junction, on August 10, 1980. The new church, built at a cost of $160,000, seated 200 persons. It was built adjoining the parish hall on West River Street. Father Tom Whelan, OSA, and Father Ray Elam, OSA, took over pastoral duties at the Rogue River Catholic Mission, in the summer of 1980. They began conducting retreats in Rogue River for the Southern Oregon Catholic parishes.

1981 Father Remi (Ronald) Shibler, OSB, of Rogue River, was ordained a priest in the Benedictine Order in the Mt. Angel Abbey church by Archbishop Cornelius Power at St. Benedict, Oregon, on May 30, 1981. A week later, Father Remi celebrated Mass on Saturday evening, June 6th, in the Rogue River Catholic Community Church (Hope Presbyterian). He celebrated his first Mass at St. Anne church, the following day, June 7th.

1983 The new Southern Oregon archdiocesan retreat center, St. Rita of Cascia, was dedicated on Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1983. Father Tom Whelan, OSA, and Father Bill Ryan, OSA, were in charge of the retreat center. The retreat center, located in Gold Hill, cost $120,000, largely financed by contributions by the Catholic parishes of Southern Oregon.

1985 The St. Anne convent was closed in 1985.

1989 The Provolt mission was moved to the American Legion Hall in Williams in 1989. It is now called the Provolt-Williams Mission.