St. Anne Parish History

Timeline of
St. Anne
Catholic Church

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Events from 2009-present

2009  After 12 distinguished years at St. Anne's, Msgr. Moys reached the age of retirement and simultaneously completed his second term as pastor at St. Anne's. At the request of the Archbishop, he agree to continue serving in active ministry and was assigned to St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. Fr. Ron was also reassigned. He was sent to Sacred Heart in Gervais. 

Replacing both Msgr. Moys and Fr. Ron Nelson, Frs. William Holtzinger and Paschal Ezurike arrived July 1, 2009, as pastor and parochial vicar respectively. Fr. William "Bill" was born and raised in Medford until his family moved to the Portland area when he was a young teen. He arrived to St. Anne's after completing seven years as pastor at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Forest Grove. Fr. Bill has a reputation as being a "geek priest" due to his great interest in science and technology. 

Fr. Paschal came to Grants Pass after serving one year at St. Anthony's in Tigard. He arrived in the U.S. in 2007 at the request of his bishop in Nigeria and was doing a year of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Oregon State Hospital. He was simultaneously serving at St. Joseph in Salem. On July 1, 2008, he was assigned for a year at St. Anthony's in Tigard just prior to arriving in Grants Pass with Fr. Bill. July 1, 2010, Fr. Paschal left for his next assignment at St. Philip Benizi in Oregon City as administrator.

Just prior to Fr. Bill's arrival, the quest for a new principal had begun after the departure of Jacqueline Henry-Ross.  The search concluded with Frankie Bytheway returning as a part-time principal and part-time teacher.  

2011 Following Fr. Paschal's departure, there was a gap of many months until Fr. Dominic Tumusiime, a professed religious and priest of the Apostles of Jesus. On February 1, 2011, Fr. Dominic arrived at St. Anne's as the next parochial vicar. He had been ordained a priest 15 years previous with experience in Ethiopia, Italy, and his home country of Uganda. On July 1, 2012, Fr. Dominic was reassigned as the administrator of St. Michael's Parish in Sandy, OR.

2012  On July 2, 2012, we received Fr. José Manuel Campos García, or Fr. Manuel for short. He is a native of Michoacan, Mexico and had been ordained to the priesthood just a few weeks prior on June 9. He is fluent in Spanish and English. He entered seminary in Mexico City in 2003 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2007. He completed his studies at Mount Angel Seminary and received his Masters of Divinity there. Hi previous training included a pastoral year at St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius.

2013  Fr. Bill brought together a "Core Building Committee" to evaluate the desire and need to remodel the church.  After three years of consultation with Tom Hall of S & B James Construction out of White City, the committee discerned that it was more cost effective to completely rebuild instead of remodel. 

2014  Frankie Bytheway retired at the end of the school year, concluding a long and successful career as a teacher and principal.  Her successor was Colleen Kotrba who was previously a part time teacher and previous to that was hired on as a Title I teacher for reading and math.  Only July 1, 2014, Fr. Joseph Hung Nguyen arrived, replacing Fr. José.  He was born on August 12, 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2012 by Archbishop Vlazny. Prior to his seminary studies, Fr. Nguyen received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Fr. Nguyen studied at Mt. Angel Seminary, St. Benedict. His first assignment was at St. Cecilia, Beaverton as Parochial Vicar. 

2015  The Core Building Committee had a master plan and church concept drawn up whereby the new church would be located in the SW corner of the property where the current offices and chapel were located. Offices and a youth center would need to be rebuilt off the south portion of the Parish Center.  The current church would be razed to teh ground and a green space for multi-use would be created.  This plan would cost an estimated $4.5 million.  With this plan, a feasibility study was conducted by Cosgriff Company out of Omaha, NE where it was revealed that an overwhelming number of parishioners would be in favor of rebuilding the church.  The company determined that the potential for fundraising was at the $2.5 million level--an amount well below the amount needed to complete the projected brought forward by the Core Building Committee.  

2016  Due to small numbers of students in the upper grades of the school, it was decided to become strictly an elementary school with an additional 3 year-old pre-school. Early in the year, the Core building Committee met again, this time with the Admin. Council and Tom Hall of S & B James.  The result was a more simple church with a similar footprint as the current church.  It would also not be moved to the Southwest corner, but remain the same place as the current one.  The estimated cost was just under $2.5 million.  The committee unanimously agreed to go forward with this plan.  So, a special financial steering committee was formed by Fr. Bill to seek out and interview companies to help the community with the subsequent capital campaign. Walsh & Associates based in Minnesota was selected. The campaign set a goal of $2.5 with a $3 million "challenge goal" which would create a Prudent Reserve/Operational Endowment Fund which would create a cushion for operational costs for the campus or any unforeseen maintenance problems. The campaign began in the fall and concluded in December.

Replacing Fr. Nguyen on July 1, 2016 was Fr. Tetzel Umingli who was ordained the month prior. He was born January 12, 1988 in Lagawe, Ifugao, Philippines. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2016 by Archbishop Sample. He completed his studies at Mt. Angel Seminary.