Another image I have this time of year, especially when we hear of so many communities devastated by storms, is how people come together when a shared crisis occurs. Individuals and communities all over the country and the world have offered assistance and prayers to those suffering from destruction and loss. As Catholics we understand the need to offer relief to those in vulnerable situations. We try to give them hope that recovery is possible.
Men and women experiencing homelessness at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage are met with services to meet their unique needs and help them reach stability. Each person who walks through our doors leads a different life with different needs in finding self-sufficiency.
The other evening we went to dinner with our neighbors, followed by coffee and dessert at our house. My neighbor was in a nostalgic mood and reminisced about her grandmother, a Nebraska farm woman who led the rough subsistence lifestyle common in those day
The banquet honors individuals, couples and groups who are nominated by their fellow Catholics as exemplifying the spirit of Saint Francis, a spirit of humble service and stewardship. A panel of volunteers evaluates the nominations without knowing names or parishes. It’s never an easy task to choose the finalists, said Evans-Dineen, who called the 33 nominees wonderful and said “we wish we could have had 33 recipients.”
The following is a list of news and upcoming events from around the Anchorage Archdiocese.
Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne called on “Catholics and people of good will across the United States” to remember and support those who have suffered in the wake of hurricanes in Puerto Rico and surrounding islands. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Etienne issued a joint statement with Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, the chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.