The parish group, begun around 2004 and led by her predecessor, does not hold formal meetings — another sign of its responsiveness to the reality of life in a single parent household.
The following text was published on Oct. 16 in response to written questions submitted via the Anchorage Archdiocese website on how the archdiocese works to protect vulnerable adults and children against sexual abuse.
Aging brings blessings and challenges. On Nov. 16 Father Michael Shields will deliver two talks in Anchorage titled, “Going into the Grey: Spirituality of Aging.”
Their frailty and age belie these dynamos of strength and endurance, living testimonies to a kind of faith that answered the call to bring the Gospel to the far reaches of Alaska.
The presentation in Anchorage will explore the following questions: What is Purgatory? Why does it exist? Why do we pray for the dead, and how do our prayers help them?
This meeting will more than likely be one of the most historic moments in the life of the church in this country. I ask for your prayers.
“He was intrinsically a homeless soul” with a burning desire for the hermetical life, Brother Quenon recalled. “This desire inspired men and women everywhere to seek the inner life of solitude.”
Editor’s note: Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne issued the following decree on Oct. 23.