Does every child come with objective worth?

CatholicAnchor.org I was watching a campaign stop of a Democratic presidential candidate, when a young man asked him a very simple and poignant question: “I was born September 8,1983. Did my life have worth September 7 the day before I was born?” The candidate said, “Yes,” but then he contradicted himself when he argued that…

Catholic Social Services: Impacting the lives of those in need

CatholicAnchor.org At Catholic Social Services we want to focus on lasting and permanent stability. We offer an array of services including fulfilling several basic needs for people in our community – like shelter and food. All our programs though are tied together by our impact on the community – that we transition adults and families…

The Gospel of Life and the Holy Rosary

CatholicAnchor.org “We need to bring the Gospel of life to the heart of every man and woman and to make it penetrate every part of society.” (Saint John Paul II, Evangelium vitae 80) On October 6th, the Church throughout the United States will observe Respect Life Sunday, an invitation to us to recommit ourselves during…

Lumen Christi Award nominee helps preserve the history of the archdiocese

CatholicAnchor.org For 50 years Peggy Bergsrud has been involved in ministry around the Archdiocese of Anchorage. She volunteered as a foster parent for Catholic Social Services in 1974, was involved in developing the second location of Brother Francis Shelter in an old municipal warehouse, worked with the late Fr. Steve Moore to develop the Clare…

Davidson steps down after 13 years as editor of the Anchor

CatholicAnchor.org After 13 years at the Catholic Anchor, Joel Davidson stepped down in September from his position as editor of the Anchorage Archdiocese’s newspaper. Davidson began working at the Anchor in 2006. Since that time the newspaper has won more than 100 combined awards at the Alaska Press Association and the Catholic Media Conference. The…

News & Notes

CatholicAnchor.org American Heritage Girls invites girls  to join local troop The American Heritage Girls troop at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River is inviting girls, ages five to 18, to join. The Christ-centered leadership and character development program will meet on Sept. 5, 4:30-6 p.m., in the narthex at St. Andrew’s for an ice cream…

Seven Alaskans to undergo first rite on way to becoming deacons

CatholicAnchor.org After two years of preparation and study, seven Alaskan men will undergo the rite of candidacy on Sept. 20 as part of their ongoing preparation to become permanent deacons in the Anchorage Archdiocese. Projected to be ordained in 2022, the men have three years of training left. Once ordained to the diaconate, they will…

GUEST COLUMN: Don’t let the world change you

CatholicAnchor.org By GEOFF KENNEDY The 1961 movie “Hoodlum Priest” ended with a scene of a protester opposing capital punishment as the state executed a young man for murder. A security guard asks the protester if he really intends to change the world with his vigil. “No,” the protester replies, “I just don’t want the world…

Anchorage teens trained to be ‘missionary disciples’

CatholicAnchor.org High school parishioners from St. Patrick Church in Anchorage took part in a Teens ACTS Retreat last month at St. Therese’s Camp in Wasilla. The Aug. 8-11 event included 10 teens from St. Patrick Church, along with an ACTS team from Texas which helped run the event. The Texas team included 13 teens and…

Only ‘brave-hearted faith’ can endure amid great trials

CatholicAnchor.org This has weighed heavy on me for a number of years as I look at the church: Our faith is too fragile and based too much on feelings. Feelings are sand. Faith in God’s promises is built on the rock. There are two versions of Christianity in the world today. There is the Christianity…

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