Month: June 2017

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 […]

In Gratitude For 25 Years Of Priesthood

25 years ago today, Pope Francis was ordained a bishop.  25 years ago today, I was ordained a priest.  Not bad company to keep! This past year I was thinking it would be nice to come back to Italy to celebrate my 25th anniversary.  Then, in October, Pope Francis named me Archbishop of Anchorage, which meant that I would indeed return to Rome for a special ceremony with the Holy Father on June 29 to receive the Pallium.  God can always put together a better plan than any of us! As I begin this anniversary […]

Pallium Pilgrims Are Gathered

With the Pallium Pilgrimage Group coming from several parts of the US, we  finally came together in one group Sunday afternoon. Rome is a city with a population of 3.5 million people, and if you count all those living in the metropolitan area, it is around 5 million people!  Rome and the Vatican, with all of their churches and monuments is a living history of Western civilization. The first stop of our pilgrimage was Tre Fontane, (Three Fountains) the traditional site where it is believed that St. Paul was martyred.  The tradition holds that three fountains […]

Nativity of John The Baptist – DFW Mass

Today the Church celebrates the Nativity of Saint John The Baptist.  Knowing that the group from Anchorage would spend last night (Friday) flying from Anchorage to Dallas, and tonight (Saturday) flying from Dallas to Rome, I knew we would want to find a place to celebrate Mass on this Solemn Feast. Today was a first for me, as we celebrated Mass at the DFW airport chapel.  I’m grateful to Fr. Bob Crisp, a priest of the Diocese of Dallas who met our group and got things set up for Mass.  Turns out, he was a […]

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 […]

Archdiocese Of Anchorage Celebrates Ordination of Rev. Robert Whitney

Priesthood Ordination Homily, June 23, 2017: Solemnity Of The Most Sacred Heart Of Jesus; Co-Cathedral, Anchorage Robert, to you and your family and friends, welcome! On behalf of this local Church, I express a profound sense of gratitude to your parents, Kerry & Randy, and family for the love and formation you received first from them – and for the gift they too make today in sharing you with God’s family, that you may serve the broader Church as a priest. The ordination ceremony of a priest is indeed a blessed moment in the life […]

Christ In The Eucharist – Christ In The Church

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” With these words, St. Pope John Paul II began his last Encyclical on the Life of the Eucharist in Relationship to the Church.  This simple statement has so many implications for our lives. To fully understand this teaching, we must begin with a proper understanding of the Eucharist.  As Church, we believe that the Eucharist is the true presence of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, body, soul, and divinity.  Think about that … Jesus Christ is present through his Church – in the Eucharist. In every Mass, the […]

USCCB June 2017 Meeting, Archbishop-Elect Charles Thompson

Monday of this Week, I arrived in Indianapolis for the June 2017 Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I was pleased that a good percentage of our time together was spent discussing pastoral issues of concern to many of our people across the United States. Another highlight was our Mass together on Wednesday evening, June 14 at the Indianapolis Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.  This past year, Pope Francis asked that every Episcopal Conference offer a Mass of Prayer & Penance for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse – and this […]

1ST Annual Archbishop’s Golf Tournament A Success!

The First Annual Archbishop’s Golf Tournament is in the books!  Wednesday, over 80 golfers turned out in support of funding and Endowment for Seminary Education.  The tournament is one of two events in which the Archdiocese of Anchorage will try to raise a minimum level of funds to qualify for a matching grant from Catholic Extension Society.  The funds will be used to grow our endowment for Seminary Education. Many of the golfers mentioned how well the tournament was organized, especially for a first time endeavor.  They also mentioned that it was an exceptional turnout, […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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