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:  Fr. Ted Prentice

Fr. Ted Prentice comes to St. Joseph the Worker from a varied and diverse background. Born in Portland, Oregon (1963) he was the middle of eight children. He attended Pope John XXIII Elementary School in North Portland and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1985 to 1998 he worked in this field in the Los Angeles area where he also served as a teaching assistant at a Catholic alternative high school. He traveled fairly extensively for his job and in doing so, attended mass at many Catholic parishes across the country. Wherever he went, he saw that people seemed to be comfortable and feel at home in their church. Thus inspired to a different calling, Fr. Ted entered Mt. Angel Seminary in 1998. As part of his ministerial training, he served as an elder visitor at Mount St. Joseph in Portland, a pastoral minister to the Latino community of Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, and participated in the clinical pastoral education at Oregon State Hospital. Fr. Ted also spent a summer at the Mexican American Cultural Center in the Spanish Immersion program. He served as a pastoral intern at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, and as a deacon at St. Mary’s Parish, Mt. Angel Oregon.

Fr. Ted was ordained in May, 2004. Since then, he has served as parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Parish in Eugene, pastor of Star of the Sea in Astoria, as parochial vicar at St. Anthony’s in Tigard, and most recently, served as pastor of St. James parish in Molalla.

We welcome Fr. Ted’s varied and diverse background, his delightful sense of humor, and his dedication to serving the people of God.

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.