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Archbishop Paul Etienne

Betrayal Of Judas; Denial Of Peter Predicted

On this Tuesday of Holy Week, our Gospel comes from a scene at the Last Supper (John 13:21-38) in which Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray him.  The betrayer is revealed as Jesus shares a morsel of bread dipped in wine with Judas. It is interesting – and telling – that with the betrayal now known and on his way to turn Jesus over to those who will escort him to his passion and death, Jesus tells the remaining disciples: Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified […]

Bethany: Model Of Companionship With Jesus

As we continue our Holy Week Journey, we find Jesus in Bethany with his dear friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  (John 12: 1-9) The cenacle where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples is very near the temple.  From there, one simply crosses through the Kidron valley and up the hill to enter the Mount of Olives.  And from there, it is a simple stroll up and over that hill and down again to Bethany.  All of these sites lie within very close proximity to each other. This final visit of Jesus to Bethany […]

Palm Sunday: God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

As we listen again today to the Passion of Jesus, I’m reminded how much God’s ways are not our own.  Even Jesus, who throughout his earthly ministry was in intimate communion with the Father, experienced a certain ‘darkness’ in fulfilling the Father’s will in his Passion and Death, and thus exclaimed from the cross: “My God, why have you abandoned me?” I find comfort in these words of Jesus as perhaps each of us are called to do as we bear the cross and sufferings that are a part of our lives.  How often do […]

Are We Prepared To See Jesus In The Face Of The Suffering?

Here Is Pope Francis’ Homily For Today’s Palm Sunday Mass: Today’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet. It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time. We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of his disciples who acclaim him as king. Yet we also solemnly proclaim the Gospel account of his Passion. In this poignant contrast, our hearts experience in some small measure what Jesus himself must have felt in his own heart that day, as he rejoiced with his friends and wept over Jerusalem. For thirty-two years now, the joyful […]

Make Plans Now For A Holy Week!

Two years ago, I had the great experience of traveling to the Holy Land during the first two weeks of Easter.  The day before that pilgrimage ended, I celebrated Mass in one of the holiest sites of our faith, the Holy Sepulchre.  After spending weeks visiting the country side and villages where Jesus was born, raised, baptized, preached, performed miracles, was transfigured; following the path and places of his passion and crucifixion all culminated in this celebration of the precious gift he left us, the Eucharist, in the place where he rose from the dead. […]

Brother Francis Shelter: Healthcare & Homelessness

As a bishop, I get to participate in many different projects.  But, today, I witnessed something that is truly transformational for homeless people living in Anchorage.  It was also a moment that reveals the truth in what Pope Francis has been saying for over four years – when people and organizations come together to discuss the challenging needs of society, good things happen. For over a year, leaders at our Brother Francis Shelter have been working with representatives from Providence Health & Services Alaska, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Regional Hospital, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage […]

Chrism Mass: Hands For God’s Work & Backs For The Cross

Here is the homily form this year’s Chrism Mass in Anchorage.  You can skip to the bottom if you wish to view the slideshow. Good evening, and welcome! Just like parents are happiest when all the kids are home, nothing makes a bishop happier than a full house for a special celebration! Our readings for this evening’s Chrism Mass give us several titles for Jesus: Faithful Witness, Firstborn of the dead, and Ruler of the kings of the earth. Our celebration tonight calls to mind other titles as well, such as Eternal Priest, and Living […]

Visit To St. Andrew Kim Parish

What a wonderful visit today to our Korean parish, St. Andrew Kim.  From the minute I arrived I realized these people had a beautiful faith.  Their warmth and hospitality complimented by a beautiful celebration of the Eucharist made it a very special day.  Of course, it was topped off by a reception and Korean meal, with lots of photo ops with the new Archbishop. Below is my homily for the day.  You can scroll down to the slide show of some of the photos taken during the visit. On this 5th Sunday of Lent, the […]

The Great Commandment

In Today’s Gospel, (Mark 12) Jesus summarizes the Ten Commandments and tells us to love God with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself.  The Gospel values are timeless – and always applicable – including these days that we live in.  We have many neighbors who need our attention and love. On a personal level, that is quite simple.  We have only to make an act of the will and an act of charity to love our neighbor.  It is a simple choice.  On a communitarian level, it seems to have become […]

A Good Day For The Church

Before this day ends, I would like to share a few thoughts.   Since Monday evening, the priests of Alaska along with the bishops have gathered here in Anchorage for our annual convocation.  I am tremendously impressed with the selfless dedication of these men.  These priests serve an area twice the size of Texas, or 16% of the lower 48 states!  For example, for a priest in the Archdiocese of Anchorage who covers the parish in Dutch Harbor at the end of the Aleutian Island Chain, it is a three and a half hour plane […]

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