News & upcoming events across the archdiocese


The following is a news round up and upcoming events across the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.

Presidential scholarship award

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is seeking applications for the 2017 Presidential Scholars program. Each state may nominate up to 10 male and female high school seniors respectively — including those in private or home schools. Scholars, chosen on the basis of outstanding scholarship, artistic achievement, leadership and community service, will receive a medallion at an expenses-paid ceremony in Washington, D.C. Applications are due by Nov. 1. To learn more, visit or call Sharon Fisher at (907) 465-6523.

U.S. Senate Youth Program

The U.S. Senate Youth Program is seeking two high school upperclassmen to represent Alaska in its March 2017 program. These delegates will have outstanding leadership qualities and a strong commitment to public service. They generally rank in the top 1 percent of their states academically and must be enrolled in a public or private school. Each delegate receives a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about the Senate. Applications are due Nov. 1. Learn more by calling Bjorn Wolter at (907) 465-6542 or by going online to         

Catholic Press student awards

The Catholic Press Association (CPA) is accepting entries for the 2017 CPA Student Awards. Entries in news and feature writing, graphic art, photography, Catholicism and video journalism will be evaluated. If you have any question about the CPA Student Awards or the Catholic Press Association, email Elise Freed-Brown at

40 Days for Life is back in Anchorage

Anchorage has joined the worldwide pro-life campaign “40 Days For Life.” Twice a year, pro-life advocates gather outside abortion facilities around the world to peacefully stand vigil, pray for unborn babies and help mothers choose life for their children. This year’s vigil takes place outside Planned Parenthood’s facility on Lake Otis Parkway. The last 40 Days for Life campaign included 120,000 participants spread over 270 locations. “40 Days For Life is an excellent way to get involved in the pro-life ministry if you’ve never done it before,” said Alaska Right to Life spokesman Patrick Martin. To learn more, visit or call Patrick Martin at (907) 232-2211.

Pro-life movie to show in Alaska

The Alaska premiere of “Voiceless,” a pro-life fictional drama, plays Oct. 19 in Wasilla at The Valley Cinema and Oct. 20 in the Regal Cinemas at Tikahtnu Commons in Anchorage. Alaska Right to Life is covering admission for both showings, but space is limited. Opportunities to learn more about and support Alaska Right to Life will be offered after the movie. For an update on showtimes, visit

Br. Francis Shelter honoring founders

On Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m., Catholic Social Services will honor the cofounders of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage, while also acknowledging the work done there this year and celebrating the namesake — Saint Francis of Assisi. There will be extra parking at 3rd Avenue and Post Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring and donate wool socks for Brother Francis guests. The event is open to the public.

Rosary Rally in Anchorage

Holy Family Cathedral invites all to the 2016 Rosary Rally at the cathedral’s outdoor grotto on Oct.1 at 9:45 a.m. Dominican Father Steven Maekawa, the new pastor of Holy Family Cathedral, will be this year’s speaker. For more information, contact the Legion of Mary at 243-8168.

Help for marriages

Spouses seeking healing and hope in their marriage are encouraged to attend Retrouvaille (“rediscovery”), a program designed to save marriages. While distinctively Catholic, Retrouvaille is open to all married couples regardless of religious affiliation. The two-part program begins with a weekend retreat at the Holy Spirit Center Oct. 21-23. A follow-up series of presentations can be scheduled at the discretion of the participants. The cost is $150. More information can be found online at or by calling (907) 863-8000.

Youth evangelist headed to Alaska

Frank Mercadante of Cultivation Ministries will speak on the evangelization of today’s youth. He will be in Soldotna (Oct. 11), Anchorage (Oct. 12), Eagle River (Oct. 14), and Palmer (Oct. 16). The youth ministry developer will also host, “Positively Dangerous,” a daylong youth rally at Lumen Christi High School on Oct. 15. This will be a day filled with prayer, music, games, inspirational talks, and fellowship. Registration forms are found on the Anchorage Archdiocese website at Forms must be turned into a local parish youth ministry coordinator by Oct. 9. For more information, contact Matthew Beck at (907) 297-7734.

St. Francis Awards Dinner Oct. 13

The annual St. Francis Stewardship Awards Recognition Dinner is Oct. 13, 6 p.m., at the Lunney Center of Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage. The event honors Alaskans who serve the church in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. For more information or to register, call 297-3885 or email

Winter youth retreat in Wasilla

Registration is open for “Glory Bound,” a three-day retreat for middle school youth (grades 6-8) at St. Therese Camp in the Mat-Su Valley. The Dec. 28-30 retreat will include Mass, confession, eucharistic adoration and a host of winter activities. Early registration is $89 (before Dec. 1) and $95 otherwise. To register, visit and click on the event site at the top of the page. For more information, call Camp Director Rudy Poglitsh at (907) 232-2066.

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