The goal of the parish-based events is to foster a “a formal process of discerning and defining our mission as the local church of the Archdiocese of Anchorage,” Archbishop Etienne wrote Feb. 22 on his blog. “First and foremost, I invite all of you to please pray during this time that we may be sensitive and alert to where the Holy Spirit is leading us, and that we may humbly follow and boldly accomplish what God is asking of us.”
The St. Vincent de Paul Society based out of Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage was highlighted on Alaska Public Radio this week.
The bishops of Alaska released a pastoral letter on Feb. 14 affirming Catholic teaching on human dignity, sanctity of human life, marriage, religious freedom, chastity, and sexual orientation and gender identity.
Captain Nicholas Reid is a Catholic priest and Air Force chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where he was recently transferred. Here he talks about his coming-of-age on a military base in the Bible Belt, his vocation to the Catholic priesthood, and his military chaplaincy.
Over the years, I have noticed that the crowds that attend Mass on Ash Wednesday rival any other day of the year, including Easter and Christmas. This tells us there is something attractive about being called to renew our relationship with God, about the penitential nature of the day and season that is fundamentally about conversion.
Included in the book is the story of a 15-day trip with a close friend, Father Peter Harman, who had been pastor at the cathedral in Springfield where Wilkins is a parishioner. During their Gates of the Arctic trek, the priest would celebrate Mass in the stark wilderness.
For some women, an abortion begins a lifetime of shame, regret and unresolved pain. This is especially true for women (and men) of faith. On Jan. 11, priests, deacons and lay Catholics gathered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage to learn how to better reach out to those wounded by abortion and its aftermath.
Archbishop Etienne celebrates the love, faith and fidelity of his parents, Paul and Kay, while affirming the dignity of human life, the centrality of strong families and the beauty of dying with a heart full of faith.
Applicants should submit a 250 to 300-word essay on the topic: “How can I best serve God at camp?”
No one enjoys talking about the suicide epidemic facing young people in the United States today, but that’s exactly what Catholic psychotherapist Roy Petitfils did during a day with clergy, youth leaders and parish staffers last month in Anchorage.