Book review: “River of Fire, My Spiritual Journey”

CatholicAnchor.org I don’t love driving on dark rural roads. But several years ago, when I worked for Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, I found myself chauffeuring guest speakers around one-traffic-light hamlets as we campaigned to convince citizens to support repeal of our death penalty. I remember, especially the evening Sister Helen Prejean was…

A new apologetics on human sexuality

CatholicAnchor.org When I was first ordained, I studied apologetics. It is equipping yourself with the best answers to questions of what and why you believe. Apologetics was practiced by St Paul and is best represented by the biblical passage of 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to…

Census participation matters; make sure you are counted

CatholicAnchor.org Just a short month ago, we celebrated the birth of our Lord, born in a manger in a town where his parents traveled to be counted. This counting, or census taking, has long been a part of our human experience. The only change over the centuries is that we don’t have to travel to…

BISHOPS SCHEDULE: Highlights for Juneau and Anchorage

January 7: Juneau – 6:00 p.m. Bishop’s Holy Hour at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by Benediction at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. January 13: Anchorage – 6:00 p.m. Bishop’s Holy Hour at Holy Family Cathedral followed by Benediction at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. January 22: Juneau –…

Parish profiles: Saint Mary’s

CatholicAnchor.org Kodiak is the first permanent European settlement in Alaska, dating back to the Russian settlement in 1784. In the 1800s, missionaries were able to serve it on rare occasions. With World War II and the establishment of a naval base, the population increased, and land was purchased for a church. The building of the…

Father Frank Reitter, a priest with a charism to serve

CatholicAnchor.org Going where others can’t or won’t go is a charism Father Frank Reitter, a former Marist priest, brought with him to the Archdiocese of Anchorage and his current parish, St. Mary’s in Kodiak. Going to where he is needed has been a recurring theme of Father Frank’s ministry. Early in his priesthood, he was…

Committing to hope in the new year

CatholicAnchor.org As we welcome 2020, there is, with all New Years, a sense of hope for good things to come. Many start the new year with a resolution in the hope of changing their lives for the better. Statistics show that a small number who report making resolutions say they have been able to keep…

News and Notes

Catholic Schools Week MassAll local Catholic schools and their supporters are invited to attend a Mass for Catholic schools Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. Silent RetreatThe annual silent retreat for men and women will be held the weekend of January 31, 2020, at Holy Spirit Center. The…

Holy Cross parish wins archdiocesan dodgeball tournament

CatholicAnchor.org An archdiocesan dodgeball tournament was originally planned for November 30, 2018. The games were canceled when the large earthquake occurred that day, causing frayed nerves and triggering the sprinklers in the gym that was going to host the event. Thirteen months later, the tournament finally took place at Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage….

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