About Us

St. Joseph the Worker parish is a Roman Catholic community and we are blessed! We are called to share His blessing with our family, friends, and community. Our Parish life is centered on the Eucharist through which our parish activities flow. You are welcome here to continue building the family of God through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Meet our Pastor:

Amsberry, Father John

God has used Father John Amsberry to spread the saving message of the Gospel across the USA and beyond. After graduating at the top of his business class at Franciscan University, Fr. John went on to law school and earned his MBA. Then God captured his heart and called him to be a priest. Father John enrolled at Mt. Angel Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. Father John has shared the love of God in every state, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe and other countries through retreats, conferences and his writings. Currently the pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon. If you want Fr. John Amsberry for a speaking engagement or to preach a parish mission, he can be reached through his website at http://www.uareloved.com/. He is also on Facebook (frjohnamsberry) and Twitter (@frjohnamsberry.

Click on the link to the right "Meet our Staff" to see the rest of our staff.

St. Joseph the Worker Parish History

St. Joseph the Worker Parish was founded on land donated by the Kronenberg family. The original location of the church was on Powell Blvd. The Church was relocated to its present site in 1955. Fr. Schmitz was Pastor of all three churches in the area; St. Anne's, St. Joseph's and St. Therese. In the summer of 1957, an auditorium church with two classrooms was added to the original building. Fr. Carl Gimpl was assigned as assistant pastor. Fr. Donald Denman was appointed as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish with Fr. James Dieringer as his assistant.  To see how we have grown as a parish, click on the "Parish History" tab to the right.