Daily Archives: July 2014

Catholic youth: Record number of teens take part in annual conference Alaska youth challenged by ancient faith Record number of teens attend AK Catholic Youth Conference

CatholicAnchor.org At a time when sociologists find traditional forms of faith weakening among U.S. young people and increasing numbers claiming no religion, an estimated 350 Alaskan teens descended on Anchorage for four days of intense Catholic immersion. The 14th annual Alaska Catholic Youth Conference in Anchorage took place June 2-5 at Lumen Christi High School…

Roraff: Final year before priesthood underway

CatholicAnchor.org Families, friends, clergy and religious packed into Holy Family Cathedral on June 6 as seminarian Arthur Roraff, 46, was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz. The occasion marked a pivotal point in Deacon Roraff’s journey of becoming a priest for the Anchorage Archdiocese. During his homily, Archbishop Schwietz reflected on…

Faith can’t help but inform politics, governor tells teens

CatholicAnchor.org Alaska Governor Sean Parnell spent the better part of an hour fielding questions about his Christian faith from Catholic teens during last month’s Alaska Catholic Youth Conference (ACYC) in Anchorage. Invited by Alaska’s Catholic bishops to participate at this year’s ACYC, Parnell accepted and spoke candidly about how faith and political leadership have shaped…

Training aims to expand outreach to parishioners with disabilities

CatholicAnchor.org In an effort to better serve parishioners with developmental disabilities, national trainers from Chicago will be in Anchorage in July to assist parishes in launching SPRED ministries (Special Religious Development) in local parishes. SPRED establishes faith formation groups in participating parishes with the aim of integrating those with developmental disabilities into the larger life…

Scholarships aim to boost Catholic education

CatholicAnchor.org In an effort to promote Catholic education, three Anchorage youth were awarded scholarships for winning essays on the theme: “Jesus loves us; How do we spread that love?” The Catholic Daughters of the Americas court in Anchorage organizes the annual student essay scholarship. This year the Daughters partnered with the Knights of Columbus council…

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