Relics of St. Padre Pio headed to Alaska

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Saint Padre Pio’s death, some of his relics are traveling to Fairbanks in May. The visit is part of a nation-wide tour of dioceses across North and South America.

Prison outreaches seek to enkindle spiritual awakening

Deacon Van Tuyl has a deep appreciation for area priests who hold a chaplaincy card, which is issued through the state Department of Corrections, but he knows that the existing network of deacons and lay ministers are crucial to serving the incarcerated.

‘Catholic Middle Earth’ gatherings in Anchorage

The aim of the gatherings is to journey into Middle earth in order to discover the Catholic beauty that Tolkien interwove into his famous trilogy. Tolkien considered the book to be a great way to prepare people for the Gospel. He once said of the work: “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.”

Outreach aims to reconnect Hispanics with Catholic roots

Through person-to-person contact participants were able to engage in dialogue and find out whether someone considers himself a Catholic and feels welcomed by the local faith community. These conversations provided insights into the lives of those on the margins of the church, and allowed participants to further reflect on their own involvement in the faith and to build leadership skills.

Mat-Su couple honored for 64-year marriage

Clyde and Mary Lovel have been selected to represent the state of Alaska in the search for having one of the longest lasting marriages in North America. Couples nominated across the U.S. and Canada had each been married at least 60 years.

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