CatholicAnchor.org Father Vincent Blanco, known affectionately as “Father Vince,” has been the pastor of St. Anthony Church in Anchorage for the past four years. His kindness and zeal for the faith is accented through a vibrant sense of humor. “I’m the youngest of 12 children,” he said. “I have six sisters and five brothers, and…
St. Therese’s Camp in Wasilla is gearing up for another summer of canoeing, archery, field games, campfires and camaraderie — all within the context of celebrating a vibrant Catholic faith.
“Through the Eucharist, Jesus shares his divine life with us, offering the grace and possibility that we be transformed more fully into him, into another Christ, that we are equipped for his work of proclaiming the Gospel…”
Next month in Anchorage, Alaskans are invited to join in peaceful prayer outside the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on 4001 East Lake Otis Parkway. Those who cannot make it to the abortion clinic are encouraged to pray and fast.
“Over the years, World Youth Day has become a family pilgrimage with many parents joining their teens,” McMorrow observed. “World Youth Day is so important for our teens because it gives them a powerful faith experience before they head out into the world as young adults.
In developing his artistic style, he is continually inspired by the communion of saints and local Alaskan people of faith around him.
Speaking to Catholic school students, parents and educators, Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne said the primary purpose for attending a Catholic school is to be formed as a person of deep faith.
Educators from all five Catholic schools within the boundaries of the Anchorage Archdiocese attended an Aug. 15 training day focused on promoting faith-filled schools where students are safe from bullying and abuse. The day’s theme was “Called to Promote, Provide and Protect Faith-Filled Environments.”
Teens asked the bishops to be with them, to visit their parishes, classes, youth groups and schools. They asked the bishops to help them learn more deeply about their faith. Another youth asked the bishops to talk to them as adults, to challenge them, even with teachings that are difficult.
Eight seniors graduated from Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage last month. The Catholic Anchor asked the graduates to share their stories and memories, and reflect on the value of Catholic education.