Please enjoy the videos and photos from the 2012 Annual Portland Seminary Benefit Dinner held at the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday, November 4.
We honor and thank our heroes, Mount Angel Seminarians and the benefactors who support them.
Seminary Benefit Dinner chair, Stephen Zimmer and his wife Liz share a toast with President-Rector Fr. Joseph Betschart.
Seminarians processed into the dining room to the tune of 'Men in Black' - wearing dark glasses and hamming it up. Left to right - Brian Bergeron, Diocese of Helena; John Marshall, Archdiocese of Portland; Art Sanchez, Diocese of Tucson; Frank Villanueva, Diocese of Honolulu; Carlos Orozco, Archdiocese of Seattle; and Emmanuelle Del Castillo, Diocese of Honolulu.
Fr. Joseph Betschart, President-Rector, salutes the processing seminarians with his 'Men in Black' dark glasses.
Emcee for the evening, Bert Mello - Diocese of Fresno, spoke eloquently of his return to the church and the healing of God's grace.
Abbey Foundation of Oregon President, Lynn Jones, and her husband Dan greet Abbot Gregory Duerr, OSB.
Jodi Kilcup, Development Director, thanks Abbey Foundation Board member and the evening's Dinner Chair, Stephen Zimmer, for his leadership and support. The mosaic was created by Abbey Procurator, Fr. Martin Grassel, OSB.
Long time a supporter of the Abbey and Seminary, Archbishop John Vlazny, poses with some of the Seminarians and family.
The evening ended with the guests joining the Seminarians in singing 'In Christ Alone' before the departure of the Men in Black - once again wearing their dark glasses.