Congregation Close-up: Iglesia Santa Cruz/Holy Cross, Gresham

Congregation Close-up: Iglesia Santa Cruz/Holy Cross, Gresham

a simmple cross made of medium brown wood with a sunflare design in lighter brown surrounding the center of the crossIn just over 50 years of existence, Iglesia Santa Cruz/Holy Cross, Gresham has gone through several significant transformations. The parish was initially established as Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Boring by Bishop Bigliardi in 1975, a diocesan mission to reach Clackamas County on the northeast edge of the diocese.

After a few years of meeting together, the Rev. Tom Davidson – a priest bilingual in English and Spanish – challenged the congregation: Did they want to be a social club, gathering for mass and coffee once a week, or did they want to have a purpose? He pointed out that there were several plant nurseries and fields in the area staffed by migrant laborers, most of whom were without a church. This began Holy Cross’s journey to becoming first a bilingual and bicultural church and now, in 2018, a predominantly Latino parish more well known as Iglesia Santa Cruz.

Hal Rosene, the senior warden, has been part of Iglesia Santa Cruz/Holy Cross since the beginning. He observes that the parish is “loving and hospitable; we consider ourselves family to one another. We hug each other during the Peace, we participate in potlucks together, we are there as support when sacramental services such as quinceañeras and First Communions are observed.”

In 2017, Iglesia Santa Cruz/Holy Cross moved from the original location in Boring to a sharing space with St. Aidan’s in Gresham, another major transition signifying the parish’s commitment to exploring non-traditional structures that will allow them to build a sustainable future of community and ministry.

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