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23Spring2013WehavealltheselittlechurchesinthemiddleonowherewithplaquessayingtheywerebuiltbyCatholicExtension.saidArleneGibsondirectorodevelopmentintheDioceseoBakerOregon.Wehavepriestswhodrivehundredsomilestoservethem.IyoudontknowOregontherstthingtounderstandisthatthereiswesternOregonwhichincludesmorepopulatedareassuchasPortland.ThenthereisthevastareaeastotheCascadeRange.WesternOregonisservedbytheArchdioceseoPortlandandeasternOregoneastotheCascadesisservedbytheDioceseoBaker.Thediocesewasoriginallyoundedin1903inBakerCitybecauseitwasbelieveditwouldbeagreatmetropolis.In1987thechancerywasmovedtoBendinmorepopulatedcentralOregonbutitisstillcalledtheDioceseoBaker.TheDioceseoBakerencompasses67000squaremilesaboutthesizeoWisconsin.Itstotalpopulationis45000andonlysixpercentothispopulationisCatholic.ManypollsshowOregontobeoneotheleastreligiousandleastCatholicstatesinthecountry.WeareoneothesmallestdiocesesintermsopopulationbutoneothebiggestintermsosquaremilessaidGibson.DespitethechallengesthereaccordingtoGibsontheChurchisgrowingineasternOregon.Wehaveanewbishopwerecentlybuiltanewretreatcenterwenowhaveretreatsorteensalloverthedioceseandwejusthiredanewull-timeyouthdirectorshesaid.Inadditionwehaveourseminarians.VeryReverendRichardFischervicargeneralanddirectorovocationsinthedioceseisanativeson.HewasborninOntarioOregonandhasservedthedioceseornearly36years.Ivebeenotherplaces.IservedintheU.S.militaryhesaidbutIwouldntwanttoliveanywhereelse.Theressuchbeautyhereandpeoplecareabouteachother.BecauseothesparsenessopopulationpeoplelookorwaystoneighbortoeachotherandoropportunitiestobetogetherespeciallythroughtheChurch.About14yearsagoIdrovedowntoFieldsneartheNevadabordertosayMassonChristmasDay.TheydonthaveachurchtheresoIsaidMassinaschoolhousesaidFatherFischer.Therewereabout30peoplegatheredtherenotallothemCatholicbutstilltheywerethere.OnthewaybackIdroveor113milesanddidntseeoneothercarthewholeway.ThenewlyinstalledBishopoBakeralsoisanativeson.MostReverendLiamCarygrewupinPrinevillewhichisnotaromBend.BishopCaryalsohasadeeploveorthisareaandorthesmallbutdevoutgroupoCatholicsheserves.EverypersonhereisasimportantasanywhereelsesaidBishopCary.WeareintheYearoFaithandIlookateverythingthroughthatprism.Wehavethisincrediblerichgifoaiththatwasgiventous.Itisourmissiontospreadthataithnomatterwhereweare.LefttrightSt.MarysChurchinMaupinoregn.TheDicesefBakersnewretreatcenterinPwellButteoregn.St.AlphnsusChurchinDufuroregn.ThesechurchesareremindersothehardscrabblefaithofgenerationshereandthelegacyoCatholicExtension.oppsitepageTheinterirfSt.KateriTekakwithaMissinntheWarmSpringsIndianReservatinnearMadrasoregn.Thewdstructurefthechurchwasdesignedtmatchthenaturalenvirnmentfthehillsidewhereitisperched.