Home For Christmas; Rev. Steven C. Moore (1949 – 2017) Rest In Peace

Rev. Steven Moore, a somewhat iconic priest of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, ‘made it home for Christmas’ today, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

In the coming days, there will no doubt be numerous tributes paid to this incredible man and priest.

Fr. Moore was battling cancer when I arrived in Anchorage last November. In fact, a phone call to him while he was undergoing intense radiation treatment on his nose, in Seattle was the first thing I did when I arrived in Anchorage last November.  It has been humbling and inspiring to accompany him in this journey the past 13 months.

Sunday night, he was admitted to the hospital.  I had a number of visits with him over the past few days. His intellect and humor remained in tact until the end.

When he learned that his system was shutting down, he made it very clear he wanted to return to his residence.  He wanted no extraordinary treatments, and he wanted to return to the comfort of his home.

According to character, he was giving orders right up to the end!

I’m pleased I had the opportunity to express to him the deep and sincere appreciation of the entire Archdiocese for his extraordinary life and ministry.  We celebrated the sacraments of reconciliation and anointing of the sick, and prayed together for his speedy journey ‘home.’

The only other thing I can share with you now is that he loved all of you very much!  Please join me in prayer for the repose of his soul and the comfort of his family and friends who will miss him much.

Below are some of the highlights of his life, studies, and assignments.




Born May 16, 1949 in Redmond, Oregon, to George and Adele Moore; siblings Linda and Michael

Education: St. Paul Seminary/College in Waukeesha, Wisconsin
St. Thomas College, Kenmore, Washington—graduated 1972, BA in English Lit
St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Washington, 1972-1976, MA in Theology
Postgraduate–American College, Louvain, Belgium, 1991-1992
Catholic University of America, 2004-2006, JCL degree

Ordained June 12, 1976 in St. Edwards Church, Seattle, WA, by Most Reverend Robert Whelan, SJ for the Diocese of Fairbanks.

Positions held:

Chaplain and teacher at Monroe HS, 1976-1979
Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1979-1980

Arrived in Anchorage June 15, 1980
Incardinated to the Archdiocese of Anchorage September 27, 1984
Associate Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1980-1982
Secretary for Parochial Affairs, in residence at St. Benedict, 1982-1984
Vicar General, 1984-2003
Director of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, ?-1985
College of Consultors, 1985
Parish Priest, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Our Lady of the Angels, Holy Family Parish, Holy Rosary, 1988

Finance Officer for the Archdiocese and Moderator of the Curia, 1989
Sabbatical, Louvain, 1991-1992
Pastor, St. Patrick, 1992-2004
JCL degree, Catholic University of America, 2004-2006
Pastor, St. Benedict, 2007-2011
Vicar General, 2008-2010
Associate Publisher of the Catholic Anchor (Archdiocesan Newspaper), 2009-present
Parochial Administrator, St. Andrew, 2010
CFO, Archdiocese, 2011-2013
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2015-2016
Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2016-2017

Medical Retirement, 2017

Also served as Canonical Pastor—St. Christopher By the Sea,

Member of the Archdiocesan Council, Defender of the Bond, Ecclesiastical Notary, Aide to Archbishop Hurley during his final years.

Member of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre (1988)

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Peggy Bergsrud • 9 months ago

Father Moore was also the Canonical Pastor for St. Anthony's after Monsignor Cowgill died.. He was also The Founding Director of Clare House, working with the city and getting grant funding for the original location at (then) Loussac Manor in their community center and negotiating the bunk beds for that original shelter. He was also the little known Founder of Four A's (Alaskan Aids Assistance association) May he rest is peace. We have lost a great priest.

Sarah • 9 months ago

Thank you God for this leader of souls.

Michael Hawker • 9 months ago

Rest In Peace Father Moore. You are one of the good guys. You are one of my most influential spiritual and intellectual mentors. I sincerely believe you have passed something significant on to me as I embark on my Ministry. RIP Father, RIP.

Angela • 9 months ago

How this saddens my heart. Fr. Moore, may your soul be now joyous being in the presence with the Lord. I will miss you.

Leo desso • 9 months ago

My condolence to Fr. Moore's family and to the Archdiocese of Anchorage in the passing of Fr. Steve. Moore. It was a privilege indeed to have Fr. Moore as my brother priest. He indeed has done well in his priestly ministry there for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. May He rest in peace. God Bless Fr. Leo Desso

Kathie King Hood • 9 months ago

May the bright Star of the North lead you home to bring joy with your hearty laugh to the birth of the Christ Child this Christmas Morn... so many are there to welcome you and see all the hard decisions you had to make in your journey here on earth were for their own good and that of the love of God. Rest in Peace with in the palm of God. Kathie and Jim Hood Mercer Island WA

Ann Carey • 9 months ago

What a good man & faithful servant. Thank you Father Steve.... gentle tears roll down my cheeks at this news.... You knew us... the families of Anchorage....no words... just gratitude!

Denise Gamble • 9 months ago

There was a time or two we may have disagreed but I always knew he had my back in the 16 years I was privileged to barely know this icon of a man and priest. You will be missed-thank you for touching my life.


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