Prior to retiring, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz offered a Mass of thanksgiving for the youth of the archdiocese. More than 100 young people gathered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage on Nov. 6.
Following the Nov. 9 installation of Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne as the successor to retired Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz, the Catholic Anchor spoke to several Alaskans at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. Here’s the video of their responses.
That commitment resulted in the establishment of a unified Catholic school system, the founding of a new Catholic elementary school in the Mat-Su Valley, and a measure of financial stability for Kodiak’s struggling elementary school.
When Archbishop Schwietz began his ministry here in 2001, the Alaskan priesthood was quite literally dying out. We had an aging group of hardworking clergy, but there were scarcely any young men following in their footsteps. The priesthood was simply not on the radar and in many parishes and families it was not encouraged.
Before stepping aside on Nov. 9 for incoming Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne, retiring Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz took care of some unfinished business by installing three pastors at major parishes in the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage.
Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne is scheduled to participate in the following events and liturgies during the month of December.
The following events and liturgies are scheduled during Advent and Christmas in the Archdiocese of Anchorage.
The following is a translation from the Latin, of Pope Francis apostolic mandate appointing Archbishop Paul Etienne as the new archbishop of Anchorage. It was read aloud at the Nov. 9 installation Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral by the pope’s ambassador to the United States, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre.
“I am Bishop Etienne, your brother Paul. I come as the new archbishop of Anchorage, and I seek to enter this fine cathedral,” Archbishop Etienne announced. It was his formal entrance to the seat of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, a homecoming to the universal church as it is manifest in Anchorage.
Just days before retiring, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz found himself surrounded by young Catholics, a group he says deeply inspired him during his 15 years leading the archdiocese.