Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Archbishop Paul Etienne

Alaska Bishops Respond To Executive Order

I am pleased to share with you the following statement released by the Bishops of Alaska regarding the recent Executive Order temporarily banning refugees from entry into the United States.  I am grateful to my brother bishops for their collaborative spirit and fraternal witness to the Gospel in support of the one human family of God. Last Friday, January 27, President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES. We, the Catholic Bishops of Alaska, find the recent Executive Order troubling in that it violates our longstanding […]

Young People, Faith & Vocational Discernment

In October, 2018, the Church will hold in Rome the next General Assembly of Bishops, known as a SYNOD.  As you may recall, the last two Synods were focused on marriage and family life in the Church, and how we as Church can better accompany them.  The resulting document of those two Synods was issued last Spring by Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love.  The next Synod will discuss Young People, Faith & Vocational Discernment. Today, in Rome, Pope Francis released the preparation documents for this important reflection within the life of […]

Winter Break; Southern Sun

The last few months have certainly held their share of excitement!  To top it all off, I had the pleasure last week of leading the Bishops of Region XII on their annual retreat at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center south of Seattle, Washington. The Church in the US is divided into fifteen regions, one of those regions includes all of the Easter Rite Churches, the others are various areas of the country.  Region XII consists of the arch/dioceses within Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  I was invited to be the retreat director before any […]

“Go And Search Diligently For The Child”

For the past week, I have been in the Palisades, south of Seattle, Washington, giving a retreat to a group of bishops.  We just wrapped up with the celebration of Mass for the Solemnity of Epiphany.  It has been a lot of work, but as is the case with God, there is always a grace and reward to those willing to make a gift of themselves for others. Below is the homily for the ocassion:   One of the graces of this week – and there have been many – has been the ability to […]

New Year’s Greetings!

As 2016 draws to a close, I hope you are able to give thanks for the many ways God has been present and active in your life this year.  In order to plan for a new year, it is helpful to take stock of my awareness of God’s presence and action in this past year.  I’ll readily admit, I’m often so consumed with meeting the demands of the ‘present’ that I can tend to lose sight at times of what God is doing and how God has been answering all of my prayers. January 1st […]

“Rise, Take the child and his mother …”

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Twice in today’s Gospel (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23) the angle of the Lord appears to Joseph and tells him: “Rise, take the child and his mother …” and Joseph quickly and obediently carries out the instruction. I find it interesting that on this feast day, my own attention is drawn to the importance of parents being obedient to God’s instruction.  I am also captivated by the sensitivity of Joseph to the instruction of the Lord and the immediate manner in which he […]

Hope In The Lord – At All Times

On this 5th day of Christmas, our Christmas story continues with Mary and Joseph taking the infant Jesus to the temple for his dedication.  I spent some time this morning meditating upon the great hope of Simeon.  He is a hero in many ways, and a great model for us. Simeon always hoped in God’s promise that he would see the Messiah.   Surely he had days when tempted to lose this hope, tempted to fall into despair and allow his heart and mind to desire other things than this vision. But he prevailed – […]

Welcome Christ, Welcome Truth, Welcome Life

Even at his birth, the life of Christ is threatened.  The truth is not always welcome.  The Kingdom of God does threaten worldly kingdoms, but not by  force of arms, but with the power of love; not by oppression, but with freedom. Today’s Feast of the Holy Innocents illustrates the impact one person can have, for good or evil.  Herod, wrapped up in his own power and worldly interests rejected the Truth and destroyed the lives of many.  Christ, with the power of divine love, comes to change and save the lives of all who […]

St. John The Evangelist: Our Christmas Continues

Today the church celebrates the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist.  St. John was referred to in John’s Gospel as the ‘beloved disciple.’  It seems clear that John knew a great friendship with Christ, one that entailed a beautiful intimacy.  For me, this is what today’s feast calls me to – closer friendship and intimacy with Jesus. The opening of John’s Gospel gives us some great teaching for further reflection during this season of Christmas.  I wish to invite you today to spend time reading and praying with the opening fourteen verses of the […]

Christmas Masses: What A Blessing!

With another celebration of the Nativity of the Lord now in the books, the Christmas season continues.  The evening began with a 6:00 Mass at Brother Francis Homeless Shelter.  St. Patrick parish was kind enough once again this year to share some of their musicians for the Mass, and they did a lovely job.  Other than around 20 people who came specifically to celebrate their Christmas Mass in this setting, the rest of the congregation was made up of clients who would spend the night in the shelter. I had the opportunity to greet many […]

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