In late November the diocese’s two newest priests from Nigeria hosted a lunch and presentation to familiarize clergy and chancery staff with their native country’s food and customs. Fr. Yakubu Zirra Aiden and Fr. Alphonsus Afina arrived in September from the Diocese of Maiduguri, and will serve our diocese for at least three years.
Lunch consisted of traditional Nigerian foods prepared by Frs. Aiden and Alphonsus, such as rice pilaf, skinless fried chicken, and rice with honey beans (similar to black-eyed peas). The priests also gave a nod to their new Alaskan home by serving their Nigerian Red Sauce with moose meat; the tomato-based stew is traditionally made with beef and chicken.
In November, I had the joy of returning to Mt. Angel Abbey and Seminary in Benedict, Oregon, where two of our four seminarians are being formed. Between meeting with a dozen other bishops and diocesan vocations directors, I led the seminarians in a Day of Recollection on November 2, All Souls Day. I offered Mass that morning, then gave two presentations that reminded them we are “Called to be Disciples of Christ.”
The entire day, we kept silent. We ate our meals in silence, prayed in silence, and walked the beautiful hilltop that overlooks the Willamette Valley in silence. The beauty of Mount Angel Abbey, the bells ringing five times a day for the monks to gather as they pray for the world, led me to more deeply contemplate the call to discipleship. I could see why Mount Angel’s founding monks from Switzerland settled on this site in 1882—they chose a tranquil environment where they could drink in the silence that has been there for centuries.
I’ve spent the past few weeks traveling through Alaska. In the words of the Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, our state is truly “charged with the grandeur of God.” As we take in the beauty so present in Alaska, we should recognize that it all flows from our Creator, who calls us to safeguard, steward, and share what He has created with each other.
In Laudato Si (“Praise Be to You”), Pope Francis proclaims that every human person is part of God’s created order and that we’re called to live out an integral ecology that includes respect for the human person and responsible stewardship of our common earthly home. This began when our first parents were gifted withcreation and it continues today when God makes sacred each human life at conception. Just like our natural world, which proclaims the glory of God, every cell in a growing child reflects the image and likeness ofGod, and is charged with beauty anxious to enter our world to announce His presence.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017* | 9AM-3 PM | RAVEN LANDING Continuing The JOURNEY Sr. Karen Martin, OSB, a Benedictine Sister, and Peggy Frank, OPA, an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Order of Preachers, will facilitate the Voices of Hope Prayer Group on Tuesday, 9/19, and an Evening of Reflection on Thursday, 9/21, both at Sacred Heart Cathedral from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Additionally, they will present a Retreat, entitled "Continuing the Journey" at Raven Landing, Saturday, 9/23, from 9am to 3pm. All are invited to share in this Journey! Lunch will be available for $15. Continue with us and as we celebrate at the 4:30 pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, followed by a shared meal and fellowship in the social hall.
INFO/RSVP* ANN HAGESTEAD 388-2501 email@example.com BUILDING 2 | MULTIPURPOSE ROOM | 1222 COWLES STREET Sr. Karen Martin, OSB Peggy Frank, OPA Sr. Karen and Peggy are both former parishioners of SHC. Sr. Karen served in music ministry as our pianist and Peggy as cantor. Peggy also led the Voices of Hope Prayer group.
We, the Catholic bishops of Alaska, remain united in heart and mind with our brother bishops across this nation in condemning the Administration’s decision today to suspend DACA. At the same time, we stand in strong solidarity with the 800,000 people and their families who have been protected under this provision, and who have called this their country for the primary part of their lives. We as a nation are better than this, and Congress must now act to correct this inhumane disrespect of our brothers and sisters in the one family of God.
Subject: Transfer of Fr. Frederick Bayler to Diocese of Dallas
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I received a letter from Fr. Frederick Bayler requesting to be transferred to a diocese in his home state of Texas to be closer to his son and grandchildren. Bishop Edward Burns, Bishop of Dallas, has agreed to assign Fr. Fred to a parish within his diocese. This announcement was made at the weekend Masses, 12-13 August, at the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Holy Mary of Guadalupe and St. Theresa. Fr. Fred will report to the Diocese of Dallas on 1 October 2017, therefore, his last Sunday in your parish will be 17 September 2017. I am most thankful to Fr. Fred for his eight years of dedicated ministry to our mission work in Northern Alaska, and the Diocese of Fairbanks.
Bishop Elect Andrew Bellisario Diocese of Juneau Street #300 Juneau, AK 99801
Dear Bishop Elect Andrew Bellisario & the Faithful of the Diocese of Juneau,
It is with great joy that we share in the good news of the Holy Father's announcement of the appointment of Fr. Andrew Bellisario as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau. The Diocese of Juneau is abundantly blessed with a great man of God who truly serves with a missionary spirit and a heart of Christ the Good Shepherd.
Bishop Elect Bellisario, your varied ministerial experience as a Vincentian Missionary is a wonderful preparation for your future labors in the Diocese of Juneau. As you continue to live the spirituality of the Vincentians, may the words from the International Rule of the Mission of the Congregation [Vincentians] always be in your heart and mind: "grow more perfect in love by expressing compassionate and tender love to the poor and one another (Par 2.2)."
Please be most assured of my prayers and those of the entire Diocese of Fairbanks as you prepare for Episcopal Ordination. Thanks for your "yes" to Christ and His Church in the Diocese of Juneau. You will receive countless blessings in your service to the good people of God in Juneau.
Sincerely in Christ,
†Most Reverend Chad W. Zielinski Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska Diocese of Fairbanks