Before retiring, Archbishop Schwietz to celebrate Mass with young people

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With retirement just a few days away, outgoing Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz has invited youth and young adults to join him for a Mass in which he can give thanks for the many years of ministry with these generations and their leaders.

The Mass will take place Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage.

“This will be an opportunity for Archbishop Schwietz to demonstrate his deep gratitude, but it is also an opportunity for youth, young adults and their leaders to show their thanks to him,” said Matthew Beck, director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the archdiocese.

“In many ways, Archbishop Schwietz has been a champion in Catholic youth ministry,” Beck said in an email about the upcoming Mass. “He has traveled with youth, young adults, and youth ministers to World Youth Day, the National Catholic Youth Conference, Teens Encounter Christ retreats and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry.”

Archbishop Schwietz has also participated in many youth retreats in the archdiocese, confirmed countless Alaska teens, and helped launch the Alaska Catholic Youth Conference (ACYC).

“I’ll never forget the first ACYC when he was sitting on a curb at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton enjoying a BBQ lunch on a paper plate with a bunch of teens,” Beck recalled, “He is the only bishop that many teens in Alaska have ever known, and the teens love him.”

The upcoming Mass for youth and young adults is open to the public and will include a simple reception following the liturgy.

Clergy who would like to participate should contact John Fleming at 248-2000 to arrange for vesting.

The liturgy will be the regular Sunday Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe and will include the installation rite for Vincentian Father Andy Bellisario, which Archbishop Schwietz thought would be interesting for young people to witness.

For more information, contact Matthew Beck at 297-7734.


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