Abp. Christie to Congregation of Holy Cross:

"Take over Columbia and make it the Notre Dame of the Pacific Northwest!"


University of Portland

Founded 1901

Portland Archbishop Alexander Christie purchased the buildings of the abandoned Methodist Episcopal Portland University. He soon invited the Congregation of Holy Cross to take charge of the new Columbia University. Its name was changed to the University of Portland in the 1930s.


University of Portland history


J.T. Covert, A point of pride: The University of Portland story