Fr. Ted

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.  Email:

Caldwell Michael

Deacon Michael Caldwell has served as the deacon for St. Joseph the Worker parish since his ordination,  October 25, 2008. A deacon is a clergyman who assists the bishop and priests. He is ordained, not to the priesthood, but to service. He has a three-fold role of charity:  service to the community, to proclaim the word through the Gospel of Christ, and liturgy through service at Mass, baptism, marriage, prayer, funeral services and Liturgy of the Hours. Deacon Mike has been a parishioner at St. Joseph the Worker since 1984 when his wife, Linda, and he moved back into the Portland area after their marriage in 1980. They have 3 children; two (Robert and Sara) were baptized at St. Joseph the Worker and the oldest (Rian) was baptized at St. Patrick Church in Canby Oregon. Deacon Mike and Linda returned to St. Joseph the Worker because it is the home parish of Linda's family. You can find Deacon Mike at the Parish Center most mornings Monday through Thursday.  Email:

Boris Terri

Terri Fessler Boris is the parish Administrative Assistant.  Terri taught elementary school for 35 years, first at St. Ignatius in Portland, then for twenty-two years along the Central Oregon Coast, and finally eight years at St. Francis in Sherwood, Oregon.  She retired in 2013 and took the position as Care Minister here at St. Joseph the Worker. In 2017, Terri moved into the position of Administrative Assistant while still coordinating the Care Ministry.  Terri also volunteers in several areas in the church, including in the choir.  She has one daughter who currently lives in Davis, California.  Email:

 Keathley Cathy

Cathy Keathley started at the Business Manager in 2013. She has been a member of St. Joseph parish since 2002. As Business Manager, she is responsible for accounting and facilities management for the church and buildings on parish grounds. Cathy and her husband Todd have three children.  Email:

Nicholson Lorenzo

Lorenzo Nicholson is in charge of maintenance and grounds-keeping.  He assures the parish buildings and grounds are kept clean and welcoming.   He is an active member of most ministries to include Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent De Paul, and Peace and Justice.  He is a bright light for all who enter our parish.  Email:

Rathbone Janet

Janet Rathbone.  As Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Janet is responsible for coordinating EDGE (Middle School Ministry) and Life Teen (High School Ministry). In addition, Janet prepares high school students for Confirmation. During the summer, Janet organizes a number of summer trips for the youth.  Each summer teens have the opportunity to participate in a service-immersion trip or attend a Steubenville Youth Conference.  Middle and High School youth also attend Higher Calling Ropes Camp.  Janet has worked for St. Joseph the Worker since December 2007.  She allowed the Holy Spirit to move her to work with the youth of our parish.  Email:

Harris Kathy

Kathy Harris is the Music Director for St. Joseph the Worker. Kathy coordinates the music selections and leads the choir. She strives to create a worship music selection that deepens the liturgical experience, is balanced and inspiring, thus enhancing our worship service. She has held this position since 2006. Kathy has been a parishioner at St. Joseph's since 2003 and loves her job. Kathy has been classically trained in music and loves to sing.  She welcomes anyone who can sing a basic tune on key and/or if you play an instrument and can make a commitment to practicing with the choir to contact her to be a part of the Music Ministry. Email: