Father James Mayo was installed as pastor of Saint Michael's in July 2005. Assigned to Saint Michael's to help shepherd the parish as it sought to preserve the best of its near 120 years of parish life, and building new buildings to house it for the next century, Father Mayo was welcomed by a community of kind, generous, prayerful diverse, and thoughtful people.
Father Mayo is of Irish/German ancestry, born in Mississippi, but raised in Ashland, Oregon. He is a convert to the Roman Catholic Church from the Southern Baptist Church and is the oldest of five children. He did both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, and was ordained in 1976. He earned a B.A in Philosophy and B.A. in Medieval History, M. of Divinity and M.A in Scripture and graduate studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Father Mayo has served in city, suburban and country parishes. He also works in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese as a Judge.
Deacon Chuck is the oldest of 8 children - all sons. They are "cradle" Catholics, blessed by the faith and love of their parents. He attended Mt. Angel Seminary, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy and M. Divinity in Theology. He decided to not pursue ordination to priesthood, but has worked in Church ministry save for 9 years when working as a professional librarian. (He also earned a M.L.S. degree.) Deacon Chuck married his wife, Carol, on October 1, 1988 and they have three children: Francis, Anthony, and Clare. He was ordained a married (permanent) Deacon on October 16, 2004. He is blessed in his marriage, family life, and his opportunity to serve the Lord in His Catholic Church.
Sr. Teresa Harrell SdM, Campus Minister
A Portland, Oregon, native, Sr. Teresa entered the Catholic Church in 2002 in Corvallis, after having a powerful encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist. In 2006, she went on her first evangelization mission, in Los Galvanes, Mexico, where she experienced confirmation of the call to consecrate her life to the Lord as a missionary sister. She entered the Society of Mary in January, 2008, in Cordoba, Argentina, and made her first consecration on December 8, 2010. Together with the other sisters in the Society of Mary, she has worked in the evangelization of high school students, adults, the marginalized and especially college students in Corvallis, in Argentina, and now in Portland, where she has been campus minister at the PDX Newman Center since 2013. She has a B.S. in English from Corban University, an M.A. in English from Oregon State University, studied philosophy through the Centro de Estudios John Henry Newman in Argentina, and is currently working toward an M.A. in theology through Franciscan University.
Denise Smith, Social Services Coordinator
After a successful career in the private sector, Denise followed her heart to serve our community. Since then, she’s spent 15 years as a manager with both statewide and small nonprofits, including the nonprofit now called SOLVE. Denise graduated from the University of Portland.
Before joining staff, she volunteered as a Monday soup chef. When not at St. Michael's, Denise works for her husband's architecture firm and lends a hand at the historic family farm in Clark County. She also enjoys keeping up with six nieces and nephews and playing her vintage piano.
Jerri came to Saint Michael's in December 2000, falling in love with the gardens & Michael the church cat. A transplant from northern Indiana, she appreciates the evergreen and ever-blooming nature of Portland. "I miss the thunderstorms, fireflies, & Eastern blue jays of Indiana," she says. "Yet, the mild year-round weather here suits me better. And I'd never see an eagle on my walk to the grocery store back home!"
Christina Self was born in California, but grew up in Portland. She graduated from Grant High School and earned a B.A.from Lewis and Clark College in Education and English. She has been playing the piano since the age of six. She learned to play the organ while at Lewis & Clark when she discovered the amazing Casavant organ in the chapel. She began working as a church musician in 1985 and has held church musician jobs at many different churches and denominations over the years. She became a member of Saint Michael's in 1993 and began working as a parish organist/pianist in 1996. Christina has been an elementary school teacher in Portland Public Schools since 1987. She currently teaches second grade at Glencoe Elementary in southeast Portland. Other interests include reading, gardening, and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and crazy dog, Stanley.