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Diocesan Magazine

Diocese of Fairbanks e-Magazine, November 2019

The Alaskan Shepherd



Arctic Footprints

Winter 2019

ACYC 2016

The Alaska Catholic Youth Conference will be held June 6-9 in Anchorage .

ACYC registration is open! If you register before May 1, there is a $25 discount! You are strongly encouraged to register through your parish because it is a two step process ( online and hard copy) ! Online registration only is INCOMPLETE!
Do it all at once with your parish youth minister !

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USCCB Media Teleconference

USCCB will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. Eastern, which will be streamed live at:

Participants will include:
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Helen Alvaré, JD, Professor of Law, The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Moderator: Norma Montenegro Flynn, USCCB Office of Public Affairs
Other experts who will not participate in the call but who can be reached for comments through their own media contact, are:
Kurt Martens, JCD, Professor of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America
John S. Grabowski, Ph.D., Professor of moral theology & ethics, The Catholic University of America.

Estate Planning Seminar with a Focus on Life Insurance


Please join Bishop Chad Zielinski and the Office of Stewardship and Development for a conversation about life insurance and estate planning


 Saturday, April 16th, from 2-5 PM, at the Kobuk Center.

Also attending will be local New York Life agents Linda and Erik Hulbert, who can share real-life stories about these subjects and what they may mean to people in our community.  Like many others, their family suffered an unexpected tragedy and was unprepared for it.  Since then, they have worked hard to help others plan ahead for difficult times.


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Monday, March 14th, Dr. Sarah Hennemann, a NFP only family practice physician, will be offering a class in the Marquette Method of natural family planning. The class will take place at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks beginning at 7:00 pm. The cost is $50/couple. Contact the staff at St. Nicholas Church at 488-2595 or visit the parish website ( to register online.

A Journey Through Lent


Led by Father Greg Vance, SJ

Mondays of Lent:  5:15pm-5:45pm

Holy Family Chapel

Please join us on this Lenten Pilgrimage, rooted in the journey of St. Ignatius as he sought a deeper experience of God’s presence and will; a more intimate relationship with

Jesus Christ.

We invite Catholic Schools of Fairbanks families, alum, faculty, and friends to join us.  

Learn more about and reconnect with the Jesuit roots of our schools.  

We gather to pray in gratitude to God who loves us into being; to pray for one another; to pray for our schools; to center our spirits during Lent. 

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An Interview with Bishop Chad Zielinski


 An interview with Bishop Chad Zielinski in Fairbanks, Alaska on his last day as a chaplain. Robert Hannon from the Diocese of Fairbanks conducted the interview and the student intern David Spindler did the production for the video. 




National Catholic Schools Week 2016

National Catholic Schools Week 2016

@ Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

February 1st – February 5th


Schedule of Events


Monday, Feb. 1st (Committed to Doing Justice)

In Our Community, Our Nation & World

PreK – 12 Prayer Chain in the gym @ 8:05am.

Bring granola bars, chips, cereal bars, fruit cups, jars of peanut butter & jelly to donate to SOAP (Street Outreach & Advocacy Program) for homeless youth. 


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Course: Mercy in the Early Christian Writings

The cost for the series of 6 classes is $30 with all proceeds earmarked to support the attendees for the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry in December 2016. All materials will be provided.

Classes will meet at the Chancery from 6:30 –8:30 PM
January 27th, Introduction to the New Testament
February 17th, An Understanding of Mercy through the Christian Lens
March 2nd, The Gospels
March 16th, The Pauline Texts
April 6th, Non-Canonical Writings
April 20th, Early Christian Texts


File: Christian_Mercy.pdf

The Pope Video – Inter-religious Dialogue


 In an exciting new venture, Pope Francis has initiated monthly prayer intentions on video. January 6, 2016 saw the first one released through the worldwide Apostleship of Prayer. We will be posting them on our website as they are released. 



The Face of Jesus

Dory Powell's voice occasionally drops to the merest whisper when she says things like, "I am merely an instrument of the Lord." It is the sort of expression that raises eyebrows if you don't know her and what she does.

She serves in Stephen Ministry, a group whose motto is St. Paul's exhortation: "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." The ecumenical Christian organization trains and sends ministers, one-on-one, to the dying, the sick and the frightened. They go to the homebound, to hospitals, to nursing homes and hospice centers. They may bear the Eucharist or only carry a spirit willing to pray and listen to those needing another soul.

In 1975, Lutheran Pastor Kenneth Haugk started Stephen Ministry in St. Louis, Mo. In 1997, Sister Marita Soucy, SSJ felt called to start a chapter in the Fairbanks Diocese. It remains the only Stephen Ministry in town, and the only one in Alaska attached to the Catholic Church. Dory was in the second class offered.

"I thought the training was very good," Dory explains, "and the more I did the ministry, the closer I felt to the Lord, and appreciated what people go through."

Dory calls herself a coal miner's daughter, raised in Scenery Hill, Pa., close to the West Virginia border. She had two models on what being a servant of God meant: her grandmother on her father's side and her grandfather on her mother's side. She remembers her grandfather read the Bible every morning with his coffee, and loved to walk around town. If anyone was sick, he would bring fruit to them.

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