Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz has announced several new assignments for long-standing priests in the Anchorage Archdiocese.
A July 23 letter to parishes explains that Father Steven Moore will become pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage, taking over for Father Vincent Blanco. Father Moore has held a number of key positions for the archdiocese. In recent years he has served as pastor of St. Benedict Church in Anchorage and a short time as vicar general for the archdiocese, a post he held for more than 20 years under Anchorage Archbishop Emeritus Francis Hurley. Father Moore was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fairbanks in 1976 and was later incardinated — or officially attached — to the Anchorage Archdiocese. Most recently he served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the archdiocese, a post he stepped down from in 2013.
Father Vincent Blanco will move from Our Lady of Guadalupe and become the new pastor at St. Anthony Church in Anchorage, taking over for Father Fred Bugarin. A native of the Philippines, Father Blanco has served the Anchorage Archdiocese since 2001 and as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe since 2005. Father Blanco was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Butuan, Philippines in 1990. In 2009, he was incardinated in the Anchorage Archdiocese.
Father Fred Bugarin will step down from St. Anthony’s to begin work as a traveling circuit team priest, celebrating Masses and providing other sacraments in remote areas of the archdiocese while also serving in the Native Ministry, Samoan Ministry and as the archdiocesan liaison to Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together (AFACT).
Father Bugarin is part of a small handful of priest ordained in Alaska. He immigrated to Alaska from the Philippines with his father in 1963 and attended Anchorage’s first Catholic junior high school before graduating from West High School in 1967.
In 1975 he was ordained to the priesthood by late Anchorage Archbishop Joseph T. Ryan. He has served in several parishes across the archdiocese including St. Benedict’s, Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla and St. Mary Church in Kodiak. He has spent more than a decade now as pastor of St. Anthony’s, a parish known for its ethnic and cultural diversity.
The new priestly assignments are effective as of October 1.