Alaska priests and bishops gather for fraternity, formation

By Father Leo Walsh CatholicAnchor.org From its humble beginnings as a gathering of priests from the Archdiocese of Anchorage at St. Bernard’s Parish in Talkeetna, the annual Statewide Priests’ Convocation has grown into a unique opportunity for prayer, priestly fraternity, and continuing education for the priests of Alaska. Each year, the priests and the bishops…

Sharing Christ’s mercy with others

CatholicAnchor.org Divine Mercy Sunday is the first Sunday after Easter. It was designated by St. John Paul II and officially became a feast day of mercy for the church. Two years ago, I decided we need to celebrate mercy concretely, not talk about it. For my first Divine Mercy Sunday, I went in search of…

Lumen Christi Catholic High School expands school offerings

By Brian Ross CatholicAnchor.org In speaking with Catholic families across the Archdiocese about our school, two of the most common concerns I hear from parents and students is that our sports offerings are too limited and that we don’t offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes like public schools do. We are pleased to announce that, within…

Seeing the human dignity of those suffering at the border

CatholicAnchor.org You might call it a memorial card, maybe a prayer card. I call it a holy card. It’s a picture of a little saint, Jakelin Caal Maquin, who was seven years old when she died after migrating to the U.S. from Guatemala. On the back of the picture is a prayer for children in…

Korean Missionary priest called to ‘work for God’

CatholicAnchor.org Father Michael Kim, KMS, pastor at St. Joseph parish in Cordova, celebrates ten years of ordination this July. However, his path to the priesthood was unexpected; “I never thought of becoming a priest when I was young,” he said. In fact, he didn’t become Catholic until he was 19 years old. While he was…

Catholic Schools Week celebrated with Mass, service and fun

CatholicAnchor.org Catholic Schools Week began with an all-schools Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral on Monday, January 27th. The schools in attendance filled nearly every pew, with only a few spaces in the back for family and community members. Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz celebrated the Mass, and members of the school communities participated in…

How the proposed alcohol tax can help social services

I am writing this from vacation, but I have been unable to “turn off” work while here. I know we all struggle with that. The thought holding me back that I cannot turn off is the proposed alcohol tax. In my work, I’m constantly reminded of our call to help others and live like Jesus,…

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