The oldest of eight children, a birth injury left Anne Leuenberger with a learning disability that prevented her from mastering reading and writing. Creating art that reflects her Alaska Native heritage served as a distraction from her struggles and a form of prayer.
The Knights of Columbus in Anchorage will hold its 17th annual interdenominational prayer service in remembrance of aborted babies and all harmed by legal abortion. The prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on 9th Street and Cordova.
Archbishop Paul Etienne will celebrate the annual Catholic school Mass on Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage. The archdiocese is home to four Catholic schools: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Holy Rosary Academy, Lumen Christi, and Our Lady of the Valley. The Mass is an opportunity to pray for the continued growth of Catholic education in Alaska.
Upon stepping down as archbishop of Anchorage on Nov. 9, Archbishop Roger Schwietz assumed full-time parish work at St. Andrew’s. His partner in ministry is Father Arthur Roraff, a man he ordained to the priesthood less than two years ago.
Terri Perez greets the doorway to her office most mornings by waking up huddled figures up and urging them along. She’s been hailed by the street widows, as she calls them, to intervene with suspected drug overdoses, and she has interrupted crude sexual encounters just by trying to cross the parking lot. Perez sat down with the Catholic Anchor to demystify life on the fringes of downtown.
“Not all my brother priests have the desire to jump out of airplanes in minus eight-degree weather,” he said. “They don’t even want to think about doing that. The fact that I’m at all attracted to it, you know, I got to go here, I’ve got to do it, because if not, I’m kind of holding out,” he explained.
I braced myself because I know many of my friends do amazingly good things and sometimes they ask for help. It’s a great blessing and example, but sometimes a challenge.
The most severe crimes demand drawing from within himself to treat hardened criminals with the same respect as any other citizen. That’s where his Catholic faith provides perspective. “Were it not for my faith,” Bowe said, “this would be a pretty bad job.”
The next meeting, Jan. 15, features a presentation and discussion titled: “Catholic response to gender identity issues.” The gathering runs 4-5:45 p.m. in Lumen Christi High School, room 109, in Anchorage
The State of Alaska sponsored a workshop, open to all state educators, instructing them how to assist students — elementary age and older — who wish to transition away from their biological sex and identify otherwise.