In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Saint Padre Pio’s death, some of his relics are traveling to Fairbanks in May. The visit is part of a nation-wide tour of dioceses across North and South America.
Deacon Van Tuyl has a deep appreciation for area priests who hold a chaplaincy card, which is issued through the state Department of Corrections, but he knows that the existing network of deacons and lay ministers are crucial to serving the incarcerated.
This video by Charlie Ess shows the unique life of a Catholic deacon in Alaska. Deacon Harry Moore serves at St. Michael Church in Palmer, Alaska, but every summer he boards a commercial fishing boat to catch salmon in Bristol Bay.
“I don’t want anyone to think that I and I alone am setting the future for our church. That would be very arrogant,” Archbishop Etienne said in explaining the purpose of the gatherings. “I want to hear from you who are the church. It has to do with the sense of the faithful.”
The aim of the gatherings is to journey into Middle earth in order to discover the Catholic beauty that Tolkien interwove into his famous trilogy. Tolkien considered the book to be a great way to prepare people for the Gospel. He once said of the work: “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.”
There are two types of people in this world — those suffering and those who will.
Through person-to-person contact participants were able to engage in dialogue and find out whether someone considers himself a Catholic and feels welcomed by the local faith community. These conversations provided insights into the lives of those on the margins of the church, and allowed participants to further reflect on their own involvement in the faith and to build leadership skills.
Young adults, ages 18-35, are invited to an evening gathering with Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne and national speaker Jen Messing, who will lead a conversation about Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.”
Clyde and Mary Lovel have been selected to represent the state of Alaska in the search for having one of the longest lasting marriages in North America. Couples nominated across the U.S. and Canada had each been married at least 60 years.
Let’s not give up hope, but continue to live our lives with love and peace in our heart and with eyes open to the people around us.