News And Upcoming Events

Greetings Oregon and SW Washington Pastoral Musicians! 

Blessings to each of you as we begin the month of June. I hope this e-mail finds you doing well. In the June 2022 NPM Portland Oregon Chapter e-newsletter, please read more about 
  • 'Tested By Fire', the National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky (in-person or virtual)
  • Upcoming local Chapter Events in 2022
  • National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Membership
On a personal note, at the end of June I will conclude four years of serving as the Chapter Director for the NPM Portland Oregon Chapter. The Chapter Core Team met on Thursday afternoon, June 2, and I have agreed to serve one more year as Chapter Director until June 30, 2023. It is an honor to serve the local Chapter for the national organization. I have been a national NPM member for several decades and will continue to support the local and national organization as well as be a liturgy and music resource for local pastoral musicians. I am pleased to announce Ken Willett, the current chapter Communications Coordinator, will publish the chapter e-newsletter beginning July 1, 2022. 

As always, please contact myself or one of the NPM Portland Oregon Chapter Core Team (listed below) for ministry support, and your event ideas and topic suggestions.

Blessings to you and your parish music ministry.
Peace and Blessings,
Agnes Zueger
NPM Portland Oregon Chapter Director
503-639-4773 |

Your NPM (Portland) Oregon Chapter Executive Core Team: current positions and openings
Chapter Director: Agnes Zueger
Recording Secretary: Michael Pace and Nichlas Schaal
Treasurer: Wendy Hein
Communications Coordinator (Website, Social Media and Technology): Ken Willett
Prayer Coordinator: Tom La Voie
Program Coordinator: Laurel Freeborg and Michael Prendergast
Membership Coordinator: George Arrigotti with Virgil Funk (current) president-emeritus of NPM
OCP Liaison: Karl Rohde
Cultural Outreach and Inclusivity Coordinator: Hector Mendoza
Newsletter Editor: Agnes Zueger (current); Ken Willett, beginning July 1, 2022

We know that there are so many factors to consider for this year's convention: costs, time off, travel, and more. But this year's NPM Convention has more than one way to participate!

The 45th National Convention will be available as an in-person and virtual experience. The in-person convention is at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky from June 28-July 1, 2022. 

The Virtual Convention takes place the week after the in-person convention (July 5-7) and has a more condensed schedule to accommodate a pastoral musician participating from home. Not only that, the virtual convention is deeply discounted for those who cannot afford to participate in an in-person experience this year.

More information can be found at the links below:
2022 Convention: In-Person Information
2022 Convention: Virtual Information

NPM Portland Oregon Chapter Events 2022
for skill building, prayer and reflection.

Do you have a topic of interest for a Chapter event? Please contact a member of the NPM Chapter Core Team with your suggestions.

Please extend an invitation to all of the pastoral musicians, clergy and parish staff in your parish to attend. All are welcome.  
Future Chapter Events
September 2022 (date, time and location to be announced)
'Signs and Symbols' a Liturgy Training Publications Institute

October and November 2022  events to be announced

Community Events
... post your concerts and other parish events here ...

and news in the Church
     On Sunday, May 29, Pope Francis announced the appointment of twenty-one new cardinals to assist him in the governing of the Church.  They include Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego (the lone appointment from the United States).  Bishop McElroy responded that he was “stunned and surprised by the appointment.” He added, “My prayer is that in this ministry I might be of additional service to the God who has graced me on so many levels in my life.” Read more at

Congratulations to Cardinal Blasé Cupich (Archdiocese of Chicago) who has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve on the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The appointment was announced by the Holy See on June 1.   Other churchmen named include Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life (formerly of the Diocese of Dallas); the Bronx-born Archbishop Augustin Di Noia, an adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who had also served as secretary of the worship congregation from 2009 to 2012; and Bishop David Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, Ontario. Read more at

NPM National and Chapter Membership
Are you a member of NPM? Go to  to join or renew your membership with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) at the Basic, Standard or Premium level. And, continue to support your local Chapter. Please know the Portland Oregon Chapter will receive a 15% rebate check twice a year from the national office based on memberships in the diocese on the full price of your level of NPM National membership, for example:
    Basic membership: Chapter receives about $6
    Standard membership: Chapter receives about $17
    Premium membership: Chapter receives about $25

Did you know?
As a non-profit organization, our chapter can accept donations!

Consider donations from yourself, your parish, or any organizations you may belong to. Or consider asking for donations to our chapter as a fundraiser for special occasions.

Donations allow us to continue to provide educational opportunities for the pastoral musicians in our diocese.

Watch the Portland Oregon Chapter e-newsletter in the month of July for more information. 

Work Opportunities
... post your music ministry opportunity here ...
See the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon website for career/job opportunities: 

Submit future information for this newsletter by June 26 for the July 2022 e-newsletter. Thank you!
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