Reflecting the Good News of Christ

Archbishop Paul Etienne

Native Alaskan Values At Work In Cook Inlet Housing Authority

On Wednesday of this week, I had the delightful opportunity to meet and visit with a very inspirational woman, Carol Gore.  Carol is the President / CEO of Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) in Anchorage. Carol shared with me her experience growing up as an Alaska Native of Aleut descent.  Her mom taught her that “everyone is essential and everyone matters”.  This philosophy applies directly to the work of CIHA and their community development approach is what makes their housing communities strong, thus helping to make Anchorage a better city, one person, one community at […]

Installation Of Pastor, Fr. Scott Garret, Holy Rosary, Dillingham

After spending a few days visiting the surrounding communities, Fr. Scott Garrett and I arrived back in Dillingham Saturday afternoon.  Yesterday, Sunday, we celebrated Mass with the parishioners of Holy Rosary in Dillingham.  Fr. Scott spent six years here as pastor, then was transferred to another parish and has returned to the people here in Bristol Bay once again. Now in his second year of this appointment, I had the privilege of installing him as pastor during yesterday’s Mass.  It is clear from conversations I had with numerous parishioners that they are very grateful to […]

Ministry In The Smaller Communities Of Alaska

On Wednesday, I flew to Dillingham to visit one of our priests, Fr. Scott Garrett (a Bruce Willis look-alike). Fr. Scott is pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Dillingham. He is also one of the few pilots among our priests. When he is not in Dillingham, he is flying out to one of the other communities or villages to visit the people and celebrate the sacraments. All of these towns lie along the coast of an area known as Bristol Bay.  Much of the local economy relies heavily upon the very short fishing […]

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 […]

Congratulations To Bishop Elect Andrew Bellisario – And To The Diocese Of Juneau!

At Rome Noon Today, Pope Francis named Fr. Andrew Bellisario, CM, Bishop of Juneau.  Fr. Andrew is presently serving as the pastor of the Co-Cathedral in Anchorage, Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. Fr. Andrew is just completing his first year as pastor at the Co-Cathedral.  He is a wonderful priest and a great administrator.  Mostly, he is warm-hearted, and with his Vincentian missionary spirit, will be a fine new Bishop for Juneau. I have had the opportunity to watch Fr. Andrew in action on numerous mornings when I attend Our Lady of Guadalupe for weekday […]

Visit to Holy Family in Glennallen

This Sunday started early, with a 6:00 departure from home to make the 3 hour plus drive to Glennallen for a 10:00 Mass at Holy Family.  After a day of rain Saturday and last night, the early morning was quite fresh, clearing skies, but plenty of low clouds and patchy fog.  Everything was so green and clear.  The Alaska terrain still takes my breath away, while some parts of it are so exhilarating!  For instance, after the heavy rains yesterday, I drove along one river that came up next to the highway, and it was […]

Photo Tour Of Pallium Pilgrimage

With the Pallium pilgrims all now safely home, one final blog entry to share some memories of this grace-filled journey.  Anchorage is ten time zones from Rome, so you can only imagine the time it takes to travel home.  After an 11 hour and 30 minute flight from Rome to Dallas, then two hour flight from Dallas to Los Angeles, where we literally walked off that plane and on to the one that would carry us to Anchorage, another five hour flight got us into Anchorage shortly before Midnight last night. A good friend asked […]

Renewed In Faith For Mission; Pallium Pilgrimage Concluding

We are in the final hours of this Pallium Pilgrimage. From the very beginning it was clear that Our Lady and Our Lord had a divine hand in this visit to Rome.  We are blessed to celebrate three significant Solemenities or Feasts, including: Tuesday, the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – at the Shrine of the original Icon; Thursday, the Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul – at St. Peter’s Basilica, with the Successor of Peter, Pope Francis, Today, the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Feast day tomorrow, where miraculous image […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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