News & Events around the Anchorage Archdiocese

Help for troubled marriages

Those seeking help for their marriage are welcome to attend the upcoming Retrouvaille weekend, Oct. 16-18, in Anchorage. For more information contact Gregory and Kathleen Fast at (907) 360-2227 or Also visit


Kenai church welcomes all to parish picnic

Our Lady of the Angels Church in Kenai extends an invitation to those interested in attending its parish picnic on Sunday, Aug. 23. The gathering to celebrate the life and history of the parish, will begin with prayer at 3 p.m. and activities will continue until 5 p.m. The parish is seeking photos to display at the event highlighting special occasions that took place at the church over the years. Those who have photos are asked to mail copies (no originals) to: Our Lady of the Angels, 225 S. Spruce St., Kenai, Alaska 99611 or email ladyoftheangels@gmail. Those who would like to send a video message, no longer than four minutes, may do so by posting it to the parish Facebook page or by emailing


Holy Family Cathedral reunions set for September

As part of the ongoing celebration of Holy Family Cathedral’s 100th anniversary, the parish will host a “family reunion BBQ” after all Masses on Sept. 13. Tickets are required for planning purposes but are provided for free. Donations, however, are welcomed.

To RSVP, email

Then on Tuesday, Sept. 15, the parish will hold a special Mass of Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. with a reception following in the Holy Family Center.

The cathedral is inviting all of its former pastors and some others who have served at the parish over the years. As of late July, the parish had confirmed Dominican Fathers Donald Bramble, Joseph Sergott, Augustine Hilander and Daniel Syverstad. Tentative guests are Fathers LaSalle Hallissey and Martin Diaz.


Centering prayer retreat Aug. 7-11

Holy Spirit Center will host a silent centering prayer retreat Aug. 7-11. The retreat will be led by Father William Sheehan, of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who has been providing centering prayer retreats nationally for more than 26 years. This track of the retreat will be in English and prior contemplative meditative experience is recommended. Included will be communal centering prayer, a Taize prayer service, lectio divina and quiet time.

A second track will be led in Spanish by Maru Ladron de Guevara, who has served many years with Father Thomas Keating and has extensive experience leading centering prayer retreats. The Spanish language track will be an introduction to centering prayer and does not require prior experience. For more information or to register, call Holy Spirit Center at (907) 346-2343.


4-week course on Book of Revelation

Dominican scholar Father Gregory Tatum, a professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, will join Dr. Regina Boisclair, Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University, in leading a four-week course exploring the Book of Revelation. Sessions will look at how the book has been misinterpreted and consider how best to understand apocalyptic literature. The course will take place at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. For more information email or call 564-8274.


Contemplatives in action

Starting on Saturday, Sept. 26 and continuing monthly for one year, the Secular Discalced Carmelites will meet in a group setting to discuss Holy Scripture and explore the work of the Trinity in Christian discipleship and the role contemplative prayer. To learn more, email

World Youth Day registration continues

In less than 16 months, a group of Alaskans will head to Kraków, Poland with millions of youth from around the world for the World Youth Day gathering with Pope Francis. Those interested in attending the July 25 to Aug. 1, 2016 gathering can learn more about the trip at an informational meeting on April 19, 3 p.m., at St. Benedict Church (in the Youth Center) in Anchorage. For more about the informational meeting, contact Theresa Austin or Bob McMorrow at or


Dominican scholar to speak on sin and reconciliation

On Aug. 17 Dominican Father Gregory Tatum, professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, will give a free public lecture titled: “Sin and Reconciliation with God in the Fourth Gospel.” The presentation will take place 7-8:30 p.m. at Alaska Pacific University at the Earl R. Browne Theater in Grant Hall.

According to a notice about the talk, Father Tatum will discuss how sin and its remedy are “curiously off-center” in the theology of the Gospel according to Saint John. ”Since these themes are central to the New Testament as a whole, it is worthwhile to elucidate the role they play in the salvation discourse of this Gospel,” the notice explains. The talk is open to the public. For more information email or call 564-8274.

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