Parish Profile: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Bonnie BezousekThe North Star Catholic Located in the Turnagain neighborhood near the Anchorage International Airport, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrates its 50th anniversary as a parish faith community this year. Founded in 1970, the parish first met in the Turnagain Elementary School gym. Later they rented from the Turnagain United Methodist…

Parish Profile: Co-Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Cece LihouThe North Star Catholic There has been a continuous worshiping presence on the same block of Fifth Street in Juneau since 1885 when Fr. John Althoff built the first Catholic Church in the capital city. The Sisters of St. Ann arrived shortly after that, establishing a hospital and school. The present church of…

Archbishop Bellisario leads hour of prayer for healing and protection

By Dominique JohnsonThe North Star Catholic Once a month, Archbishop Andrew Bellisario, C.M., leads an hour of prayer to invite the faithful of the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau to pray together via livestream. During his November hour of prayer, the archbishop asked the people of the archdiocese to join to pray for healing and protection for…

Saints among us: Marlys Verba

By Anna SchultenThe North Star Catholic As 2020 draws to a close, we spend an Advent season preparing our hearts to receive Christ ever more fully this Christmas season. As Catholics, our lives do not exist in isolation: we come to faith and grow in relationship with God in the context of a Christian community….

Taking time to hear God’s call for your life during the season of Advent

By Annie Albrecht The North Star Catholic Back when 2020 was still fresh and new and full of hope, I wrote an article on marriage for Inside Passage, the newspaper of the former Diocese of Juneau. The thesis of that article can be summed up in a simple statement: your marriage matters to the world….

Celebrating the life of death penalty opponent Bill Pelke

On a cold November day, I noticed on Twitter Sister Helen Prejean, the Catholic death penalty opponent, announcing that her friend Bill Pelke had died in Anchorage, Alaska, where he had retired. He was shoveling snow when he suffered a heart attack. I had heard Bill speak years before and had tried to schedule a…

Archdiocesan seminarian Madison Hayes is ordained a deacon in Rome

By Dominique JohnsonThe North Star Catholic When he was 16 years old, Deacon Madison Hayes felt called to the priesthood while on a confirmation retreat. “The Lord spoke to me profoundly there and that call never went away,” Hayes said. Sixteen years later, Hayes was ordained a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau in St….

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, living out a lifestyle of service

By Annette AllevaThe North Star Catholic If you have ever attended an archdiocesan liturgical celebration at the cathedrals in Anchorage over the years, you have hopefully indulged in the reception offerings provided, for many years, by the women of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. However, this local chapter, or court, of the larger organization—which…

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