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Enjoy your Summer – See you in the Fall!

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation. We are very thankful that teachers, staff, and students are taking a well-deserved break. So: relax, have fun, and come back full of energy and excitement for the coming school year. At CSEF, we’ve just begun a new fiscal year. We distributed over $560,000 in tuition awards…

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Make Your Gift Your Legacy With Planned Giving

Are you interested in creating a lasting legacy for future generations of Catholic school students? Consider including the Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation of Oregon in your estate plan. With each passing year, CSEF has been able to share more award funds with a greater number of families than each preceding year. Your planned gift could…

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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 30th thru February 5th

  National Catholic Schools Week this year is recognized from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. This week long celebration is themed “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Catholic schools in Western Oregon celebrate this week with special Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Catholic school education intentionally focuses on…

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St. Wenceslaus Endowed Scholarship – 8th graders: Apply now!

Attention all 8th grade St. Wenceslaus parishioners attending Catholic HS next year. The Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation is accepting applications for the St. Wenceslaus Endowed Scholarship(s) made possible each year through the generosity of an anonymous St. Wenceslaus parishioner. If you are interested to apply, please go to https://cseforegon.org/scholarship/ Complete the application and essay and return it…

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CSEF Annual Appeal has raised almost $700,000. Help us get to a Million!

As of February 23rd, we have raised $695,000 in gifts and pledges so far in the 2021-2022 Annual Appeal, our first major fundraising campaign. We are more than half way to our goal, $1,000,000 by June 31st! We are asking you to continue to give generously in 2022 and share with friends about our work…

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Welcome to the New School Year!

As we celebrate the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, we remain dedicated to lessening the burden of tuition payments for families who need assistance. With your help, we are working to ensure that Catholic school education is accessible to all students who wish to attend. We are hopeful for new beginnings, faith-filled communities, and…

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The CSEF Difference

Every family who wants a Catholic school education for their child should have that opportunity. That simple vision is the reason for the Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation of Oregon (CSEF). We operate independently from the Archdiocese of Portland, supporting families by providing tuition assistance to students throughout Western Oregon, no matter which Catholic school they…

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Father Cunniff to match gifts up to $100,000 for his 100th Birthday

We’re delighted to announce that Father Vincent Cunniff, the oldest priest in the archdiocese of Portland, is celebrating his century of life with a fundraising challenge for Catholic school tuition assistance. Help us raise $100,000 by his 100th birthday and he will match your gifts! Father Cunniff has spent a remarkable career in service to…

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Covid-19 is killing Catholic schools — and hurting the minorities that attend them

By Kathleen Parker (Originally published in the The Washington Post on 6/12/20, reprinted by permission of the author) Among the many consequences of our covid-19 economy is the likely closing of dozens of Catholic schools that serve minority students in vulnerable, underserved communities. The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) estimates that at least 100 such…

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Covid Update

These are unique times! The ripple effects of the COVID 19 pandemic are being felt in nearly every facet of our lives.
I’d like to share with you what is happening in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Under the strength and steady leadership of the Department of Catholic Schools, our teachers continue to work full time to engage our elementary and high school students through on-line or distance learning.

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