Today, Fr. Andrew Lee, KMS was officially installed as Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Anchorage.
In his comments at the end of Mass, Fr. recalled when he first came to the Archdiocese four years ago, with both fear and excitement. Now he is grateful for the warm reception he received and he is enthusiastic about the parish’s future.
When Fr. Lee first went to Holy Cross, Sr. Loretta Luecke of the Most Precious Blood was the Parish Life Coordinator, and had been serving in that capacity since 2002. She was well respected for her ministry and the many ways she orchestrated so much of the life of the parish. As with most parishes, Holy Cross had limited space for the needed offices, ministries, educational programs and storage. For years, Sister was known to say, all she wanted was a ‘shed’ where she could store things.
After a lengthy period of time planning an addition to the parish, they kicked off a fund raising campaign this past winter. Sister Loretta died in May. Construction began in July on a simple addition to the parish hall which would provide space for a conference room and ample storage. Today, we blessed the new addition, with strong, grateful memories of Sr. Loretta.
A simple phrase was inscribed above the storage room: “Sr. Loretta’s Shed.” A nice tribute to a fine woman religious!
Many thanks to Michael Broek for the pictures. Enjoy!