Articles by Effie Caldarola

Alaskans attend national youth conference to deepen Catholic faith

A group of enthusiastic Alaskan teens joined an estimated 20,000 youth from all across the United States for the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana Nov. 16-19. “This is the premier Catholic youth ministry event in the country that happens on a regular schedule,” said Matthew Beck, the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Anchorage Archdiocese. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

Archbishop Schwietz reflects on 50 years of priesthood — has successful heart surgery

Anchorage Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz has spent more than half of his 50 years of priestly ministry as a bishop and archbishop, first in Duluth, Minnesota, and then in Anchorage. But, at age 77 and anticipating his golden anniversary of ordination to the priesthood in December, he’s getting a chance to do once again what he truly loves in priestly ministry, being a pastor.

Alaskans honored for embodying spirit of St. Francis

The banquet honors individuals, couples and groups who are nominated by their fellow Catholics as exemplifying the spirit of Saint Francis, a spirit of humble service and stewardship. A panel of volunteers evaluates the nominations without knowing names or parishes. It’s never an easy task to choose the finalists, said Evans-Dineen, who called the 33 nominees wonderful and said “we wish we could have had 33 recipients.”

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