Month: April 2017

Easter Octave Continues: Paradise Lost – Paradise Restored – By A Gardener

Today’s Mass offers us the resurrection account from John’s Gospel (20:11-18).  This account evokes a persistence on the part of the Magdalene to remain at the tomb.  She had visited earlier and found it empty, and ran to tell Simon Peter.  She obviously returned, and remained, even after Peter and ‘the Beloved Disciple’ had departed. This is an important lesson for us in our faith journey – to persist in our own desire to ‘see the Lord.’ John’s Gospel places the burial place of Jesus in a garden (John 19:41) which is significant.  The creation […]

Easter Sunday Mass At Covenant House, Alaska; Anchorage

There has been a long standing tradition within the Archdiocese of Anchorage that on Easter Sunday, the Archbishop celebrates Mass at Covenant House.  I happily continued that tradition yesterday morning, celebrating Mass with many of the staff, board members, benefactors, and others who came to join us.  We had an appropriately inspiring celebration of the Resurrection. You can find my homily for the occasion here. It was nice to stay for a brunch which followed Mass, and an opportunity to be with the youth presently staying at Covenant House. Covenant House moved into their present […]

“SWIECONKA”: A Treasured Polish Custom – Blessing Easter Baskets of Easter Food

Yesterday I had another first as the Archbishop of Anchorage – presiding over a prayer service of Polish tradition to bless the Easter baskets of foods to be eaten on Easter Sunday. I commended the families on maintaining their traditions, but especially of making good use of the Liturgical Seasons within their homes as a means of passing on the faith to the next generation. Some of my favorite memories from childhood revolved around the traditions my mother introduced to help us keep the Liturgical Seasons within our home.  I have vibrant memories of coloring […]

He Is Risen! Let Us Run With Peter & The Beloved Disciple In Search Of The Risen Christ

Happy Easter! On this Easter Sunday the Church hears the message proclaimed to Peter and the Beloved Disciple, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” (John 20:2) Most of us after living for a while know the experience of grief, of losing a loved one, a close friend, a core person of our support system.  This is how the apostles and close followers of Jesus were feeling – but even with a greater poignance.  They were just beginning to believe that he was the Son […]

Photos From Good Friday Service At Holy Family Cathedral, 2017

A very fitting celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Holy Cross at our Cathedral last night.  Most impressive was the Dominican tradition of chanting the Passion and the display of the Cross for veneration on the steps of the sanctuary.  This certainly added time to the service, but it was obvious it gave those participating a meaningful moment of reverencing the Holy Cross. Peace and blessing upon you during this Holy Saturday as we await the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection.  

Slide Show: Good Friday Faith Walk 2017, Anchorage

Here is another group of photos from this year’s Good Friday Faith Walk.  What a public witness of faith!  Thanks to all who helped coordinate and those who participated.  Blessed Holy Saturday to all.

Good Friday: True Identity Of Jesus Revealed Through Suffering; Our Suffering Identifies Us With Christ

With the tabernacles empty, several times today, I have sat down to pray with a crucifix and scriptures. Such prayer on Good Friday has been equally fruitful as praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament the other days of the year. For the sake of brevity, I will not go into much elaboration, as I wish to simply review several correlations in today’s Readings which highlight the significance of this salvation event. Isaiah says of the suffering servant: “so marred was his look beyond human semblance / and his appearance beyond that of the […]

Good Friday Faith Walk In Anchorage

Roughly 800 people from approximately 15 parishes and institutions walked from all over Anchorage today, converging on the Performing Arts Center in downtown, where we concluded by praying the last three stations together. After the recitation of the stations of the cross, we recited together Psalm 22, I offered a brief homily, prayed the Our Father (In YUP’IK) and closed with a prayer. I was quite impressed with the quality of the meditations for each of the stations.  There were two common themes in each; 1) we acknowledged our sins and admitted our guilt and […]

Photos From Holy Thursday Mass; Co-Cathedral, Anchorage

Hope your Triduum celebration is meaningful this year!  We begin our Faith Walk throughout Anchorage shortly, gathering downtown from many different parishes and starting points for final reflections upon the Way of the Cross. A Blessed Good Friday to one and all. Here are a select group of photos from last night’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

The Nature Of The Church: Express The Heart Of Jesus

Homily For Holy Thursday: Given At Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Cathedral, Anchorage “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” (Ecclesia De Eucharistia #1) With these words, St. John Paul II began his final Encyclical in 2003, in which he chose to write upon the mystery of the Eucharist and the life that we as Church draw from it. On this Holy Night when Jesus gathered with his disciples in the Upper Room to celebrate the First Eucharist, The Church was born.  This is the basis for our understanding that our life as Church is […]

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