Month: August 2017

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 […]

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