The former presider’s chair (cathedra) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage now sits in the church’s narthex as a shrine to Saint Pope John Paul II who once used the chair during his historic 1981 visit to Anchorage.
Charlie Elder House is a residential home for homeless, teenage boys. In the home boys learn to live independently, achieve academic success, maintain positive relationships and contribute to the community.
But anxiety. Ah, anxiety can rob us of both the humor and the hope that makes this beautiful life bearable and resilient.
It was 1991 when Saint Pope John Paul II laid hands on Father Kermit Syren’s head and ordained him into the priesthood.
When Middle-Eastern Christians are beheaded for their faith, when men, women and children are killed in the streets of France, when ancient holy sites are reduced to rubble — something deep in the human heart cries for revenge.
When viewed as a whole, the church in Alaska seems at times wonderfully human, at other times, mysteriously divine — the heroic efforts and serendipitous fortunes of Providence Hospital after the Good Friday Earthquake seem good examples of both.
On August 15, Catholics will celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God.
Many Catholic parents, like Owens, home-school in order to cultivate the Catholic faith in their children. They believe children need time in the nurturing environment of home to develop the virtues necessary to become good citizens and most importantly, to reach heaven.
Spencer drew from the blessings she found in being adopted as she mad the choice for her unborn child to have two stable parents and a future she could not have provided as an unwed teen.
Increasingly, Mat-Su Valley parents are choosing Catholic schooling for their children, which means Our Lady of the Valley School in Wasilla is growing. Beginning with 22 students in 2012, enrollment has steadily risen and now stands at 73 and counting for the upcoming academic year.