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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 […]

Be A Servant Of Christ And His People

Pope Francis continues to inspire. As I walked across St. Peter’s Square today, I was stopped by some people. In a conversation with a gentleman who told me he is not Catholic, he said that it is his impression that Pope Francis is getting the attention of many more people than those who call themselves Catholic, and I would agree. During yesterday’s homily, the Holy Father continued to repeat a consistent message – we each must manifest Christ in our lives – in our actions – in our care for one another.  Those who claim […]

Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul – Blessing of Palliums

Each day of this pilgrimage has been packed from early till late, leaving only precious sleeping hours for blogging – thus the site has been quiet since our arrival on Sunday, other than a brief word of gratitude Tuesday for 25 years of priestly life and ministry. I continue to be impressed with the tenacity and good disposition of all our pilgrims (Team Pallium.  We have had 90+ degree heat each day we have been here, and we have done a great deal of walking.  Today’s Mass was outside also, but we were blessed with […]

Next Stop Rome – To Return With Pallium

Any bishop will tell you, days of ordaining new priests are about as good as it gets!  I’m very grateful for the opportunity to ordain a new priest for the Archdiocese of Anchorage today.  Congratulations, Rev. Robert Whitney! As if that were not good enough, in a few hours I depart Anchorage for Rome.  Mission Pallium.  You may ask, “What is a Pallium?”  It is a liturgical ‘collar’, a narrow band of wool, marked with black crosses, worn only by the Pope and Metropolitan Archbishops.  It is a highly significant piece of vesture symbolizing the […]

World Communication Day And The Holy Spirit

The Easter Season is drawing near its completion with the celebration of Pentecost just two weeks away (Sunday, June 4).  Pentecost Sunday is typically dedicated as World Communication Day, thus linking it to the great commission of Jesus to the Apostles: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News.”  (Mark 16:15). There is no greater message to communicate than the Good News of Jesus Christ! Every year, the Holy Father issues a message to mark the occasion of the World Day of Communication.  Here is what Pope Francis said in this year’s Message: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pope Francis Calls For Peace In Urbi et Orbi Address

Recalling that Christmas is a season, not just a single day, each of us are called to live the hope and promise of peace that are born with the Savior.  With that in mind, here is the Urbi et Orbi (To the City & the World) address of Pope Francis given Christmas Day at noon from the balcony of St. Peter in Rome: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once more experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child […]

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