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Photos From Pallium Imposition Mass

Enjoy the slide show of photos from last night’s Mass where Archbishop Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, imposed the Pallium.

Pallium Imposed – Poised At The Starting Gate

After ten months in office, there was a distinct sense during last night’s celebration of the Imposition of the Pallium by Apostolic Nuncio, +Christophe Pierre, that this date was chosen by our Blessed Mother.  On the Nativity of Mary, I received the gift of the Pallium in the presence of the bishops, priests and a church full of the faithful representing the Province of Alaska. Archbishop Pierre graciously accepted the invitation to give the homily during Mass, and gave a beautiful reflection on the importance of symbol in our faith, and in this case, the […]

Statement of Alaska Conference of Catholic Bishops On Today’s DACA Decision

A statement from the Alaska Catholic Bishops on the Administration’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Decision: We the Catholic bishops of Alaska remain united in heart and mind with our brother bishops across this nation in condemning the Administration’s decision today to suspend DACA. At the same time, we stand in strong solidarity with the 800,000 people and their families who have been protected under this provision, and who have called this their country for the primary part of their lives.  We as a nation are better than this, and Congress must now act to correct this […]

Native Alaskan Values At Work In Cook Inlet Housing Authority

On Wednesday of this week, I had the delightful opportunity to meet and visit with a very inspirational woman, Carol Gore.  Carol is the President / CEO of Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) in Anchorage. Carol shared with me her experience growing up as an Alaska Native of Aleut descent.  Her mom taught her that “everyone is essential and everyone matters”.  This philosophy applies directly to the work of CIHA and their community development approach is what makes their housing communities strong, thus helping to make Anchorage a better city, one person, one community at […]

Installation Of Pastor, Fr. Scott Garret, Holy Rosary, Dillingham

After spending a few days visiting the surrounding communities, Fr. Scott Garrett and I arrived back in Dillingham Saturday afternoon.  Yesterday, Sunday, we celebrated Mass with the parishioners of Holy Rosary in Dillingham.  Fr. Scott spent six years here as pastor, then was transferred to another parish and has returned to the people here in Bristol Bay once again. Now in his second year of this appointment, I had the privilege of installing him as pastor during yesterday’s Mass.  It is clear from conversations I had with numerous parishioners that they are very grateful to […]

Ministry In The Smaller Communities Of Alaska

On Wednesday, I flew to Dillingham to visit one of our priests, Fr. Scott Garrett (a Bruce Willis look-alike). Fr. Scott is pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Dillingham. He is also one of the few pilots among our priests. When he is not in Dillingham, he is flying out to one of the other communities or villages to visit the people and celebrate the sacraments. All of these towns lie along the coast of an area known as Bristol Bay.  Much of the local economy relies heavily upon the very short fishing […]

Members Of Church Belong To Something Far Greater Than Local Parish

During the June Pilgrimage to Rome, I was aware of many graces, not the least of which is the unity that we share as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This truth was represented in a small way by the group that travelled with me, from the various places of my life and ministry – Indiana, Wyoming, and Alaska; and in its fullness as the new Archbishops from around the world celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. The universality of the Church is a beautiful mystery and reality, one that calls us […]

Rest In God – Enjoying & Caring For Creation

In these recent days, I have been taking time for rest and relaxation.  For months, people have been encouraging me to take advantage of all that Alaska has to offer, and that is what I am doing in these days. As you hopefully know, one of the great wonders of Alaska is the salmon.  Last week, at the generosity of several good folks, I flew to Illiamna for a few days of fishing for Red Salmon on the New Halen River. While the veterans among us generally caught their limits, I on the other hand […]

Congratulations To Bishop Elect Andrew Bellisario – And To The Diocese Of Juneau!

At Rome Noon Today, Pope Francis named Fr. Andrew Bellisario, CM, Bishop of Juneau.  Fr. Andrew is presently serving as the pastor of the Co-Cathedral in Anchorage, Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. Fr. Andrew is just completing his first year as pastor at the Co-Cathedral.  He is a wonderful priest and a great administrator.  Mostly, he is warm-hearted, and with his Vincentian missionary spirit, will be a fine new Bishop for Juneau. I have had the opportunity to watch Fr. Andrew in action on numerous mornings when I attend Our Lady of Guadalupe for weekday […]

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