Gemma Gaudio’s faith and lifelong immersion in her Alaska Native culture and Yup’ik heritage is an inspiration to Native people throughout the state, and a model of stewardship to the Catholic community.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m., the 18th annual Anchorage interdenominational prayer service marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade takes place at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on 9th Street and Cordova. Leading pro-life leaders in Alaska will join Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne for this gathering.
Holy Cross Father LeRoy Clementich, known affectionately to most as “Father Clem,” will have his last column published for the Catholic Anchor in February, bringing an 18-year run to an end.
Catholic psychotherapist Roy Petitfils is headed to Alaska in January for a week of public presentations to parents, teens and young adults. His upcoming talks reflect insights from his counseling practice. His focus is namely on helping adults understand, reach and influence teens, and helping teens to understand themselves.
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!
Here are photos of the Christmas Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska on Dec 24, 2017. Photos are by Ron Nicholl.