Archbishop Vlazny dedicates new facility at Our Lady of the Lake parish

A great milestone in the history of Our Lady of the Lake was celebrated on Sunday as the parish dedicated its new center and education facility with a celebratory Mass.ARCHBISHOP JOHN VLAZNY

A huge crowd that completely filled the sanctuary and spread into the narthex and even outside the doors of the church was on hand to hear special speaker Archbishop John G. Vlazny of the Portland Diocese.

The Mass marked the conclusion of “Building in Faith,” Our Lady of the Lake’s monumental $15.6 million building effort that lasted 14 years.

“I hope your new building makes your mission all that more effective,” Vlazny said. “Your new building is a gift we can share with others in their everyday lives. The new building carries out our mission in a new concrete way. You’ve done something beautiful for God. Our Lady of the Lake now has renewed vigor to go about its mission.”

With humor and gratitude, Vlazny paid tribute to former OLL pastor Father Joseph McMahon, who guided the building effort during his entire tenure.

“In the spring of 1998, when I came to Portland, I confess I didn’t know Father Joe very well when I asked him to take over at Our Lady of the Lake,” Vlazny said. “I know he was the one who shepherded you on something so important. The Holy Spirit prompted me to send the right person to the right place.”

Now that McMahon has retired, new leadership will guide OLL in its new era. Father John W. Kerns is the pastor, while Father Charles Wood is the vicar.

“The stage is set,” Vlazny said. “Father John and Father Charles can now get on stage and throw a party.”

Following the conclusion of the service a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held at the new facility.

The celebratory Mass marked the conclusion of a project that will affect not just the Catholic community, but the Lake Oswego community at large. The occasion marked the transition from the beloved old buildings to the much-needed structures for education and parish business.

The new facility is a 55,000-square-foot, two-story building that houses the various parish ministries, including the school for grades kindergarten through eighth. The project has also improved the outdoor athletic spaces and the traffic flow around the property on A Avenue.

Many obstacles were overcome along the way, but the “Building in Faith” campaign has been a big success, raising $13.6 million to date.

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