Fr. Ken Sampson
Phone: 541-779-4661 Ext 103
Fr. Ken originally comes from Ronan, Montana but first moved to Oregon after college graduation in 1990. His degree was in business and he originally worked in sales and marketing but eventually shifted to international business and lived and worked in Japan. After a decade of work in this field, Fr. Ken underwent a time of spiritual conversion and eventually entered seminary at Mt. Angel in Oregon where he both studied and taught as a Discalced Carmelite Brother or OCD for the Western Province. In remained in religious life for five years, completing assignments in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona. Eventually, he graduated from Mt. Angel Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology and transferred from religious life to the Archdiocese of Portland as a diocesan priest. In this archdiocese, Fr. Ken has previously served as a transitional deacon and parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton and as pastor at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria and St. Frances De Sales Mission in Hammond. He arrived at Sacred Heart Parish in Medford and St. Joseph Mission in Jacksonville in 2013 and is presently serving out his 2nd and final term here as pastor. Fr. Ken especially enjoys retreat work and giving spiritual direction (both charisms of the Carmelite Order) and teaching the faith, especially through Sacred Scripture.