The chancery includes the Bishop's office, the administrative offices, and some ministry offices of the entire Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks.

Alaskan Shepherd

The intent of the Alaskan Shepherd office is two-fold:

First, to provide our benefactors (friends and supporters throughout the United States and around the world) with the 'living picture' of our missionary religious and lay people through the writing and editing of the Alaskan Shepherd Newsletter. The newsletter is meant to keep friends and benefactors of the missionary Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks informed about and interested in its people and its apostolic works, with articles that are historically accurate, interesting, and edifying in the literal and best sense of that word.

Second, the Alaskan Shepherd program seeks prayer and raises financial resources which help the diocese carry out its basic apostolic ministries.

Novenas and Prayers: Four special Novenas are among the prayers and intercessions our benefactors may offer: the Novena of Grace, Novena in honor of Our Lady Of The Arctic Snows for Families, the Novena in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Saint Therese Novena. (Saint Therese is the Patroness of the Alaskan Missions.) Please join us in praying these Novenas.

Giving and Items for Purchase: As a Missionary diocese, we rely on the kindness of our benefactors from around the world for the support of the majority of our parishes and programs.

Only a small number of parishes are able to support themselves financially. In addition to financial gifts of various sorts, we also make some small amount of income through the sale of books and items specific to the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks. If you would like to help support our missions, please donate.

Our ministries depend on the generosity of our donors! Thank you for your support and prayers, and know that you are in our prayers as well. God bless you.

Bishop's Office

As bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Bishop Chad Zielinski exercises his episcopal office to teach, to sanctify and to govern.

He oversees the preaching of the Gospel and Catholic education in all its forms. He is responsible for the proper administration and catechesis for the Sacraments. He acts as a judge for the diocesan tribunal. He assigns clergy and religious to their pastoral positions, oversees diocesan finances and as pastor cares for the spiritual needs of Catholics living within the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the diocese.


Chancellor's Office

The Bishop's Office is staffed by the Chief Operation Officer & Chancellor.

The Special Assistant to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks seeks to aid communications with the parishioners, priests, and administrators of the diocese and to effectively communicate with the public and press. Secondly, the Special Assistant plans and facilitates diocesan meetings to support the chancery ministers, administrators, directors and staff. Thirdly, the Special Assistant contributes to long-range strategic planning for the future of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks.

Persons seeking offical public information from the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks should contact this office.

"See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles" - Saint Ignatius of Antioch


Diocesan Facilities & Construction Office

Facilities & Construction Office has a small staff to cover a vast diocese with a mission of practicing a model of servant leadership. The Facilities & Construction office provides technical expertise and construction management ability to help plan, design, review, maintain, and repair diocesan facilities throughout northern and western Alaska.

The Facilities & Construction Office works with the parishes and other local entities on projects, from initial concept and needs assessments, through design team efforts and construction administration, to building dedication.


Finance Office

The Diocese of Fairbanks does commercial business as Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska, a corporation sole and religious non-profit corporation. The finance office provides, payroll, accounting, real estate, construction funding, budget planning, fund raising, investment and risk management services for the mission diocese of northern and western Alaska, the parishes, missions and programs within the territory of the diocese and various related entities, pursuant to various agreements.