In recent months, I’ve been prayerfully asking: “What kind of church is God calling us to be today?” I believe that much of the answer lies in the papacy of Pope Francis. As Saint Francis himself was called to “renew my church,” I believe we are being called to a renewal in our time by this pope. I’m all in!
Saint Catherine of Siena is the renowned 14th-century woman who played an eminent role in the history of the Catholic Church and in the life of Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne. On Dec. 12 Archbishop Etienne will share his own experience of how Saint Catherine influences his life and why she is still relevant and inspiring for people of the 21st century.
During November our liturgical celebrations draw attention to the culmination of our earthly pilgrimage to the kingdom of heaven. We do well to ponder regularly the source of our life in God, the reason for our being expressed in God’s will, and our destination as eternity with God.
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.
Many of our cultural challenges today will be solved only with a proper understanding of the human person. Christian anthropology is an appreciation of the truth that God creates every human person.