The Holy Spirit Retreat Center, from its lofty perch amid the Chugach Mountain Range, has served as a spiritual oasis for thousands of visitors across more than 50 years.
The outreach will only see greater demands in the coming decades as Alaska is home to the fastest-growing 65-and-older population per capita in the country, according to state demographer Eddie Hunsinger.
When someone contacts the office of Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne, the person they likely reach first is Kim Bakic, the archbishop’s energetic and efficient executive administrative assistant.
Adoption and foster parenting have forever shaped the long and rich life of James “Jim” Humphrey. At 79 years and counting, the towering former farm boy lives his Catholic faith with the same fortitude and generous hospitality that defined his childhood on a Montana farm.
Greetings to all of the messed up and constantly arguing couples out there. You know who you are. We’re not talking to you guys who are constantly posting Instagram photos of your perfect marriage — of all the flowers he gets you every Friday and those declarations of love you share on your timelines, and the cute wacky photos you like to take jumping in the air holding hands — yes, you’re adorable but you can’t sit with us.
There were no survivors among the 19 passengers, and recovery was deemed unrealistic. The report on the 1952 crash was filed away as classified material. But to a large Catholic family in Kansas, the death of Daniel Blasi — one of 17 children — remained a deep well of sorrow, loss and mystery spanning 65 years.
Born and raised Catholic in Monroe, Michigan, Nathan Krawetzke has an older brother who is married and a younger sister. Thoughts about the priesthood first surfaced for Krawetzke in grade school, and calling persisted throughout his time at St. Mary Catholic Central High School and beyond. “I told no one about it,” he said. “I was afraid of what it would mean.”