Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz is celebrating his 25th year since being named a bishop as well as his 75th birthday and has invited Catholics across the archdiocese to join him, July 3, for a Mass and public reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage.
The Mass will begin at 2 p.m. and reception will immediately follow. The public is invited to both events.
Representatives from most of the 33 parishes and missions spread throughout the 138,000 square mile archdiocese are anticipated to be on hand. Additionally, an archdiocesan choir has been formed for the event that celebrates the diversity of musicians and heritages present in archdiocese. Several bishops, archbishops and one cardinal have also traveled from around the world to celebrate Archbishop Schwietz’s milestone.
“I would be honored if you joined me in giving thanks to the Lord,” Archbishop Schwietz wrote to parishes across the archdiocese. “I have received many blessings since my ordination to the episcopacy and met many extraordinary people during my time in the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Please come and share this very special day with me. Thank you.”
Archbishop Schwietz was first ordained as the bishop for the Diocese of Duluth in 1990 and then sent to the Archdiocese of Anchorage in 2000.
Over the next year, the archdiocese will mark several other landmark moments in an ongoing celebration called “A Season of Blessings.” Upcoming events include celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage, which will occur this September. Later the archdiocese will mark the 50th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Anchorage in April 2016 as well as the 50th anniversary of Catholic Social Services in May 2016.
“This year marks the beginning of what the Archdiocese is calling A Season of Blessings,” Archbishop Schwietz explained. “We are indeed blessed with many events to celebrate in terms of jubilees and centennials.”
Details about other Season of Blessings events will be released shortly. For more information, contact Laurie Evans-Dinneen at the archdiocese at (907) 297-7789.