Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Archbishop Paul Etienne

Christ In The Eucharist – Christ In The Church

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” With these words, St. Pope John Paul II began his last Encyclical on the Life of the Eucharist in Relationship to the Church.  This simple statement has so many implications for our lives. To fully understand this teaching, we must begin with a proper understanding of the Eucharist.  As Church, we believe that the Eucharist is the true presence of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, body, soul, and divinity.  Think about that … Jesus Christ is present through his Church – in the Eucharist. In every Mass, the […]

USCCB June 2017 Meeting, Archbishop-Elect Charles Thompson

Monday of this Week, I arrived in Indianapolis for the June 2017 Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I was pleased that a good percentage of our time together was spent discussing pastoral issues of concern to many of our people across the United States. Another highlight was our Mass together on Wednesday evening, June 14 at the Indianapolis Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.  This past year, Pope Francis asked that every Episcopal Conference offer a Mass of Prayer & Penance for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse – and this […]

1ST Annual Archbishop’s Golf Tournament A Success!

The First Annual Archbishop’s Golf Tournament is in the books!  Wednesday, over 80 golfers turned out in support of funding and Endowment for Seminary Education.  The tournament is one of two events in which the Archdiocese of Anchorage will try to raise a minimum level of funds to qualify for a matching grant from Catholic Extension Society.  The funds will be used to grow our endowment for Seminary Education. Many of the golfers mentioned how well the tournament was organized, especially for a first time endeavor.  They also mentioned that it was an exceptional turnout, […]

In Service Of The Lord; Sent!

In a recent conversation with a brother bishop, he said that just before Easter, someone fires a gun, and we (bishops) are on a mad dash from then until the end of June with all of the activities that fill the calendar this time of year.  That is a very good analogy! On Thursday before Memorial Day, I departed Anchorage for a very full schedule of stops and visits.  The first stop was a visit with family for the very special occasion of my niece’s wedding.  McKenzie was married to David Greenwood on the Saturday, […]

Significance of Bishop’s Insignia

Last night, I had the great blessing of presiding at Evening Prayer at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne. We prayed as Church, not only at the close of this Easter Season on the evening of Pentecost, but most especially for their new bishop, Steven Biegler, who will be ordained and installed in a ceremony today at 2:00pm. Part of yesterday evening’s ceremony included the blessing of the ‘episcopal insignia’ which will be worn by the new bishop.  These are pictured left and are the Bishop’s staff, or crozier, ring, and mitre. In order to understand […]

Called To Discipleship & Witnesses

During the month of June, we will conclude another Easter Season with the celebration of Pentecost, followed by some major Solemnities: Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi (The Body & Blood of The Lord); the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, and Saints Peter & Paul. That is quite a line-up for any month of the year! These great liturgical celebrations speak to us of the importance in our lives of discipleship (following Jesus) and witness (being heralds of the Gospel). Jesus shares his life with us not only that we may […]

World Communication Day And The Holy Spirit

The Easter Season is drawing near its completion with the celebration of Pentecost just two weeks away (Sunday, June 4).  Pentecost Sunday is typically dedicated as World Communication Day, thus linking it to the great commission of Jesus to the Apostles: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News.”  (Mark 16:15). There is no greater message to communicate than the Good News of Jesus Christ! Every year, the Holy Father issues a message to mark the occasion of the World Day of Communication.  Here is what Pope Francis said in this year’s Message: […]

The Warmth & Hospitality Of Cordova

As I prepare to set out again today for two more confirmations this weekend, I want to wrap up my thoughts from this week’s visit to Cordova.  Though my brief 24 hours visit to Cordova was overcast, cool and rainy, the true warmth of the place came through. Once again, Laurie Evans-Dineen travelled with me for this trip.  Fr. Tom Killeen, the pastor, picked us up at the airport and was as generous and attentive as could be throughout our stay.  We took several drives to see as much country as possible, as well as […]

Visit To St. Joseph Parish, Cordova, Alaska

The town of Cordova sits on the Orca Inlet in the Southeast corner of Prince William Sound.  Native Alaskans were here for a long time, but the present-day city began around 1906 with the building of the  Copper River and Northwestern Railroad.  Cordova became the railroad terminus and ocean shipping port for copper ore from the Kennecott Mine up the Copper River. The first trainload of ore was loaded onto the steamship Northwestern, bound for a smelter in Tacoma, Washington, in April 1911. The copper mines operated until 1938.  After that, the fishing industry took off. […]

A Home For The Archbishop

When I arrived in Anchorage last November, there was no permanent residence for the Archbishop.  My predecessor lived in various residences during his tenure, and as he prepared to retire, a decision was consciously made to let the ‘new guy’ find a place of his own choosing. While I appreciate the opportunity to select my new residence, it has made the transition more challenging than it would have been otherwise. For several decades, the Archdiocese of Anchorage has owned two four-plexes known as the Guadalupe Arms Apartments, which have housed numerous priests and religious over […]

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