A young man discerning his future wrote me to ask a question: “How do you know you are called to the priesthood.”
This wanting what’s trendy, what others want, is not necessarily an evil thing. But it’s insidious enough that we should be on guard against it. We should certainly be vigilant and aware of it.
For years, Catholic social teachings have taught us to empower those around us. One of the best reminders comes from 1 John 3:2. It says, “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
Father Michael Sidon, pastor of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage, departed Alaska last month for his new assignment as parochial administrator of the Byzantine Catholic parish of Saint Thomas the Apostle in Gilbert, Arizona.
Change is coming this fall to the Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University. Dr. Regina Boisclair, who has served as Newman Chair since 1997, is stepping down.
Nuns appreciated the chance to talk frankly about their daily lives, to share their thoughts and ideas about those perplexing but more liberating times, especially in regard to how their own religious communities might be re-structured.
In the garden level of a nondescript modest Alaska house, three African nuns joyously sing upbeat, soulful praise. Their white habits swish as they sway and shake maracas. The altar and tabernacle are flanked by statues depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
For centuries the close partnership among the Catholic family, the Catholic Church and the Catholic school has proven to be a remarkably effective model to ensure young people grow up in and continue with the faith.
Take strong Catholic roots, 100 tons of ice cream, blend them into a successful business model for more than two decades, and you’ve nailed the recipe for Alaska’s Rich Owens and one of the nation’s most prominent ice cream shops.
Most of you have heard about the recent news of one of our US Cardinals, Theodore McCarrick being removed from public ministry following a credible, substantiated accusation that he sexually abused a minor as a priest, and a subsequent allegation that he had abused another child for nearly two decades.