Tag: Pope Francis

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 […]

Day Of Prayer For Peace: Love Conquers All Things

Only Love Conquers All Things With tomorrow’s approach of the Day Of Prayer For Peace In Our Communities, I wish to share with you a recent article written for our Diocesan Newspaper.  Though the article was written before Archbishop Kurtz called for this day of prayer, it still seems to strike the right tone, and the message is in harmony with how to go about breaking down the barriers that divide us as a human family.  May God give us the grace to be builders of peace and unity. Please join me for Mass this Friday, […]

Year of Mercy: Holy Doors & Open Hearts

In this Year of Mercy, I know many people have had incredible experiences of receiving the Father’s Mercy and of profound encounters with Christ at deeper levels of their lives.  I hope you are taking advantage of this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here is just one story I wish to share with you. Someone recently made a visit to the Holy Door at the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Grand Teton National Park. When they arrived, the church was empty, and he had the place to himself. The lights were not on, so it was rather dark and […]

The Greatest Gift Of All; Our Salvation

Yesterday, a nice group of people gathered at the Miles Land Ranch southwest of Casper for the second annual Rural Life Mass and celebration.  I’m very grateful to the three ranch families that sponsored this year’s gathering; Jim & Peggy Price, Randy & Vernita Marton, and Roy & Kathleen Jarrard.  They did a super job from planning, preparation to welcoming all of our guests, and the clean up was well underway by the end of the day.  Their hospitality was incredible! All pics can be viewed here. I would judge from the number of cowboy hats […]

His Heart Was Moved With Pity

s I begin a time of vacation, I sit this evening with a bible, reviewing some of the recent Gospel readings from St. Matthew.  I stopped to reflect upon the words regarding Jesus: Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.  At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9: 35-36) It is good to think of Jesus.  It is beneficial […]

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