Archbishop Schwietz will need surgery following minor heart attack

Recently retired Anchorage Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz will need to undergo surgery following a minor heart attack on April 28. The 76-year-old prelate is recovering well after being released from the hospital April 30, but he needs to have his aortic valve replaced.

Lumen Christi grads a ‘generous community-minded group’

The class at Lumen Christi, a 7-12th grade school, which is a ministry of St. Benedict Church, included 11 Catholics, one Lutheran and one Armenian Orthodox. Principal Brian Ross said his students were a particularly generous and community-minded group, contributing a notable number of service hours, far above the school requirement.

Lumen grads urged to deliberately choose faith – make it their own

As the 13 graduates from Anchorage’s Lumen Christi High School enter a new phase in their faith, they are urged to keep focus on the final words of Jesus to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. This was the message of Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne during his baccalaureate Mass homily May 10 at St. Benedict Church.

Archbishop to seniors: Continually turn to God as you begin adulthood

Ask not: “What do I want to do with my life?” Rather, ask God: “What do you want me to do for you?”

This was Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne’s message as he celebrated Mass for the graduates of Holy Rosary Academy on May 16 at Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage.

Palmer woman off to Ethiopia mission, prayers appreciated

How do you go about preparing for a Catholic mission trip to Ethiopia? I was posed this question a few months ago during an initial conference call with the Catholic Relief Services’ outreach, “Called to Witness 2017 Ethiopia.” The question gave me pause.

Upcoming presentation on “Art and Spirituality of the Icon”

Dominican Father Brendan McAnerney will give a talk titled “ Art and Spirituality of the Icon” on Wednesday, May 17 at the Holy Family Education Center in Anchorage. Father McAnerney has training and faculties to celebrate Mass both in the ordinary form of the liturgy as well as in the Melkite-Greek tradition.

Five men training for Dominican priesthood headed to Alaska

In what is believed to be the “first time ever,” five men training to become priests for the Western Dominican Province will head to Alaska with a Dominican priest to make a special tour of the state. For more than 40 years, the Western Dominicans have staffed Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage.

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