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  1. Vocations


    In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.” So, in general terms, your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life. Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him. The difference is how each one does this.

    Individual vocations vary between being single, married, consecrated, religious order, deacon or a priest. However, we usually use “Vocation” to mean a call to the consecrated, religious, diaconal or priestly life. In the one life God gave you to live, you have one overriding purpose, to fulfill the will of God, because this is the key to your true destiny, eternal happiness.

    God gives each one of us a particular mission in life. As we grow and life progresses, he makes it known to us, usually in indirect ways, more as an invitation than an imposition. Discovering and ultimately following your vocation gives the greatest glory and praise to our Creator. It is what we were meant to do. “Take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). The Archdiocese of Anchorage provides the opportunity for those looking to explore a vocation to the priesthood through the House of Discernment, the diaconate through the Deacon Formation Program, or religious life with the various religious orders who serve in the Archdiocese.

    Quick Links:

    Current Seminarians

    The Seminarian Circle

    Marriage and Family Life


    For further information about a call to a vocation as a priest, contact:
    Fr. Arthur Roraff, Director of Vocations
    907-297-7704 or send a message using our Archdiocesan contact form

    For further information on the Permanent Diaconate, you may contact:
    Deacon Mick Fornelli, Director of Deacon Ministry
    907-297-7770 or send a message using our Archdiocesan contact form

    If you are interested in information regarding the upcoming diaconate formation program, please contact:
    Deacon Dave Van Tuyl, Director of Deacon Formation
    907-748-2866 or send a message using our Archdiocesan contact form

    For further information about marriage in the church, contact your local parish.

    Becoming a Priest

    Priest: A priest is a man who has received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which confers on him certain powers of Christ, principally the power to consecrate bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, and the power to forgive sin in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. When he does these things he acts in the Person of Christ.

    A diocesan priest is one who is called to serve in a particular diocese. The Archbishop has been placed by Christ as the head of our archdiocese and the diocesan priest serves in obedience to and collaboration with him, serving mostly in parishes. They administer the sacraments, they are responsible for the instruction of their people, they are close to them in their lives and trials, they counsel, forgive and serve constantly, heroically and patiently.

    A religious priest is a member of a religious community who has received the Sacrament of Orders. He is under the authority of his own superiors, and he serves the local diocese through the works of his order or congregation located there. However, he is not limited to serving in one diocese but can be assigned elsewhere by his superiors. Everywhere he serves he does so with the permission of the local bishop. Some religious priests serve in parishes, but the majority have more specialized apostolates, such as education, retreats, communications, etc.

    For further information about a call to a vocation as a priest, contact:
    Fr. Arthur Roraff, Director of Vocations
    907-297-7704 or send a message using our Archdiocesan contact form

    Becoming a Deacon

    Permanent Deacon: There are two stages of preparation before ordination to the Permanent Diaconate. The aspirant path (usually one year) and the candidate path; it usually lasts 5 years. Application takes place through the diocesan diaconate formation office. Once accepted by the bishop, aspirant level of formation begins. It’s a time to discern the capacity and readiness for candidacy through prayer, study, spiritual direction, interviews with the formation director and continued parish life.

    The candidacy path is marked by continued discernment of God’s call and preparation for ordination through the means already mentioned, with a more focused approach.

    According to the Canon Law, candidates for the permanent diaconate must be at least 25 years old, if unmarried, and at least 35 years old, if married (in this case, he also needs his wife’s consent). If an unmarried man is ordained to the diaconate, he commits himself to the life of celibacy; married men commit themselves to the same, should their wife pass away before them.

    For further information on the Permanent Diaconate, you may contact:
    Deacon Mick Fornelli, Director of Deacon Ministry
    907-297-7770 or send a message using our Archdiocesan contact form

    Deacon Formation: The Archdiocese of Anchorage is in the planning stages for the commencement of a new formation class for permanent deacons. Discernment for the permanent diaconate is a five year process beginning with a year of aspirancy followed by four years in candidacy.

    Firstly, the order of deacon is a ordained ministry. Graced by the Sacrament of Ordination, the deacon proclaims by his very life the Church’s call to serve the needs of others. Upon ordination, the deacon enters into new sets of relationship with his bishop, those with whom he ministers, the laity from whose ranks he comes and from whom he must be separated.

    As an ordained minister, he becomes for the community a unique sign and instrument of what Jesus Christ is for the Church, and of what the Church must be for the sake of Christ – a servant. It is this “service” which characterizes the ministry of deacon, a distinctive mark from the ancient days of the Church.

    More than 90 percent of permanent deacons throughout the world are married, and through marriage they bring the experience and mutual sacrificial love of marriage to the service of the Church. The love bond which deacon and wife have developed in their lifelong ministry to one another in the Sacrament of Marriage is the springboard of the married deacon’s ministry to the wider community he serves. This nurturing and deepening mutual sacrificial love within marriage is the most important way the wife of a deacon becomes involved in her husband’s public ministry in the Church.

    The deacon’s marital status becomes a factor which his bishop takes into account in providing ministerial appointments which are, in addition to being parish based ministries, social service based (hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, etc.) As well as most effective use of the special gifts that have been discerned during the deacon’s participation during the last three years of the formation process.

    Please click on the appropriate link for the Deacon Formation course schedule.

    If you are interested in information regarding the upcoming formation program, please contact:
    Deacon Dave Van Tuyl, Director of Deacon Formation
    907-748-2866 or send a message using our Archdiocesan contact form

    Religious Life

    Consecrated life is a way to live celibate here on earth. It refers to a state to which men and women takes public vows to the Evangelical Counsels (poverty, chastity, and obedience), ordinarily within the context of religious communities; monasteries, convents, friaries, etc. By taking these vows religious men and women strive follow the Jesus’ counsels in a more perfect way. As Our Lord expressly stated, they are counsels for those who desire to become “perfect” because they most closely mirror life in heaven.

    It is thus that the Church gives “preeminence” to the religious vocation, and recognizes it an act of supererogation, that is; exceeding the minimum necessary for salvation. It should also be noted that a diocesan priest, though he is celibate, does not take this triple cow to the Evangelical Counsels, and is therefore not consecrated in this sense.

    The Archdiocese of Anchorage has been blessed to have several religious communities ministering in our diocese.
    If you are interested in more information on any of these religious orders click on the name and it will take you to their website.

    Oblates of the Mary Immaculate (OMI) Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)
    Order of Preachers (Dominicans)(OP) Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP)
    Adrian Dominican Sisters (OP) Sisters of St. Paul de Chartes (SPC)
    Daughters of Charity (DC) Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (CPPS)
    Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ, Nigeria (IHM)
     • Little Sisters of Jesus (LSJ)

    Lay Ministers

    In a general sense, any Catholic Christian exercising a ministry is a minister. Since all the baptized are part of the universal priesthood, whenever they engage in their vocation to evangelize the world and to help those in need, they are ministers.

    In addition, the Catholic Church calls people to the responsible stewardship of their time and talent in support of the Church. This often takes the form of volunteering for a specific lay ministry, most of which are liturgical, catechetical, or involved in pastoral care and social justice.

    Liturgical lay ministries include lectors (Ministers of the Word) who proclaim scriptural passages during Mass, alter servers and acolytes who assist the presider at the altar, cantors and music ministers who lead the singing, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion who serve during Mass and/or who take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, and ushers or ministers of hospitality who direct the seating and procession of the assembly. Catechetical lay ministries include catechists (Kairos or CCD teachers in the parishes and teachers at Catholic schools), dismissal leaders (ministers who lead RCIA catechumens on Sundays), retreat leaders, youth group leaders, and Scout religious emblems counselors.

    Other lay ministries include those who work with charitable activities, pastoral care and outreach, or advocacy for social justice. For information on Lay Ministry, contact any one of the parishes located in the Archdiocese of Anchorage.

    Prayers for Priests, Deacons, & Vocations

    One of the greatest gifts someone can give is the gift of prayer. Below are links that offer specific prayers for priests, deacons and vocations to the ordained and religious life.
    Please consider adding some of these prayers to your daily prayer life.

  2. Vocations & Seminarians, Clergy & Diaconate

    Vocational Witness

    Ed Burke, a young adult from the Kenai, said yes to God’s call: “My time in seminary has been blessed with tons of opportunities to share the love and hope of Jesus with people. Teaching faith formation to elementary school kids, leading small groups in campus ministry, making friends with the homeless, and praying and offering help outside of abortion clinics are all ways that I’ve been able to touch people’s lives and hopefully let them encounter Christ.”

    Madison Hayes, an airman most recently stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, also said yes to Christ: “There is no authentic Christianity without an authentic conversion of heart. This is made manifest by deeds, by taking up my cross daily in acts of faith, hope, and charity. Throughout my time in seminary formation, I have been able to dedicate these years to allowing God to fashion me into a more authentic Christian for His Kingdom.”

    We are all called to be saints, no matter our vocation.

    Are you called to serve God through the priesthood or religious life? If not, how are you pursuing sainthood through your everyday life? How do you support others in their “Yes?”

    Read more: Vocations in the Archdiocese of Anchorage

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  3. Impact

    Celebrating Incredible Generosity

    Our faith comes alive as we share the Good News of the Resurrection: the story of a Suffering Servant who triumphed over death to bring us to life eternal. 

    We are not alone in our zeal to share this story: we are One Body, and we all partake in the One Bread. We give what little we have, and know that the seed of faith is sown in the hearts of those we serve. 

    We pray that through sacrifice of our lives and our gifts, the sweat from our brow may become the fruits of our labor, shared with everyone at the banquet of heaven. 

    May God bless you abundantly for your generous support of the 2020 One Bread, One Body Annual Catholic Appeal and its many ministries.

    Read more: Your Impact through the One Bread, One Body Annual Catholic Appeal

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  4. Marriage and Family Life

    Catholic Wedding

    Quick Links

    Catholic Engaged Encounter

    Couples for Christ

    Worldwide Marriage Encounter

    Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial


    Natural Family Planning

    Respect for Life

    Walking with Moms in Need

    You may also be interested in our Social Ministries.

    Ministry Contacts

    To contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life, please use our Archdiocesan Contact Form (under “Directory,” select Deacon Mick Fornelli). Your message will be forwarded to the proper point of contact.

    • Director of Marriage & Family Life: Deacon Mick Fornelli
      • Archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry: Bonnie Bezousek
      • Couples for Christ: Fr. Luz Flores
      • Engaged Encounter: Chris & Jennifer Robertson
      • Engaged Encounter (Español): Deacon Gabriel Ruiz
      • NFP: Rachel Fogal and Judy McCarthy
      • Project Rachel: Deacon Kurt Adler or
      • Retrouvaille: Gregory & Kathleen Fast
      • Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Deacon Bill & Sherry Tunilla

    News & Resources

    The USCCB provides two blogs, ForYourMarriage and PorTuMatrimonio, for ongoing enrichment for couples. In addition, a five-night Date Night Series is available from Witness to Love.

    What is Marriage?

    Love is our origin. Love is our constant calling. Love is our fulfillment in heaven. Everything the Catholic Church teaches about marriage begins with this proclamation.”³

    Marriage is both a natural institution and a sacred union because it is rooted in the divine plan of creation¹

    Marriage is the matrimonial covenant, by which a man and woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life…cc 1055

    In addition, the Catholic Church teaches that the valid marriage between two baptized Christians is also a sacrament – a saving reality and a symbol of Christ’s love for his church (see Ephesians 5:25-33)¹

    The Vocation of Marriage

    All Christians in whatever state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity. When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a Christian vocation it is saying that the couple’s relationship is more than simply their choice to enter a union which is a social and legal institution. In addition to these things, marriage involves a call from God and a response from two people who promise to build, with the help of divine grace, a lifelong, intimate and sacramental partnership of live and life.¹

    Permanency, exclusivity, and faithfulness are essential to marriage because they foster and protect the two equal purposes of marriage: growth in mutual love between the spouses and the generation and education of children.¹

    As a result of their baptism, all Christians are called to a life of holiness. This divine calling, or vocation, can be lived in marriage, or in the single life, or in the priesthood or religious life. No one vocation is superior to or inferior to another. Each one involves a specific kind of commitment that flows from one’s gifts and is further strengthened by God’s grace. All vocations make a unique contribution to the life and mission of the church.¹

    The family arises from marriage. Parents, children, and family members form what is called a domestic church. This is the primary unit of the Church – the place where the Church lives in the daily love, care, hospitality, sacrifice, forgiveness, prayer and faith of ordinary families.¹

    The Spirituality of Marriage

    Father, you have made the bond of marriage a holy mystery, a symbol of Christ’s love for his Church. With faith in you and in each other they pledge their love today. May their lives always bear witness to the reality of the love.” The Sacramentary: Liturgical Press, 1985 Marriage Rite, page 763

    The prayers of the rite stress that husband and wife are themselves the sacrament, the living signs of God’s love-first to each other and then to the world around them. The spirituality of marriage, the sense that God is part of it through good times and bad, is what makes Christian marriage truly sacramental.

    Love is, by its very nature, life-giving. It first gives life to a couple themselves, creating a we out of the raw materials of you and me. A couple’s love for one another spills over into relationships with in-laws and friends, coworkers and fellow parishioners.

    Marriage is a sign of Christ’s unbreakable love for his people.”²

    Spirituality is a way to live out one’s religious beliefs. A spirituality of marriage, therefore, is a way to help husbands and wives live out the vocation of marriage in light of faith. Catholic marriage has a distinctive spirituality that is sacramental, communitarian and missionary.”²

    Marriage is sacramental because it is a sign of Christ’s unbreakable love for His people. It is communitarian because it creates and deepens a permanent partnership of life and love. It is missionary because in Catholic marriage couples are called to share with others the good news of their relationship in Christ.”²

    A spirituality of marriage shows how couples reveal Christ, build community, and reach out to others in love.”²

    ² Marital Spirituality by Joann Heaney-Hunter Ph.D. St. John’s University (NY)
    ³ RCL Catechist Manual, Catechumenate Year A

    Marriage Preparation Guidelines

    Pastors hold primary responsibility for ensuring proper formation of couples for marriage. Pastors may seek assistance from parochial vicars, deacons or trained layperson.

    A minimum six-month preparation period is required. Consult your parish priest at least six months prior to your anticipated date. (it is strongly discouraged to schedule a reception before consulting with your parish priest.)

    Marriage preparation is a process for determining the couple’s readiness for marriage and should include the following;

    • Discussion and completion of pre-marital documents and assessment tools, ie Focus, Prepare and Enrich
    • Attendance of an Engaged Encounter Weekend or other method for addressing focus areas determined from assessment tool and church teaching.
    • Resolving marriage impediments such as addressing any and all previous marriages or unions.
    • Acquiring necessary permissions or dispensations when a Catholic is marrying someone of a different religious tradition
    • Preparing documents necessary when a marriage is being prepared in one diocese and celebrated in another or when the celebrating minister is from another diocese.
    • Catechesis regarding the Sacrament, Theology and Teachings of a Catholic Marriage
    • Gathering all pertinent sacramental certificates, such as baptismal, confirmation, etc…

    Marriage preparation will be parish-based whenever possible. Couples preparing for marriage within the parish have a greater opportunity to develop stronger ties with a local faith community.

    If a couple are seeking a Catholic Marriage and are already civilly married to each other, preparation is still required as the catholic marriage is considered a new consent.

    The Celebration of Marriage – “The Wedding”

    In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, the priest or deacon, the two official witnesses, and the congregation all witness the exchange of consent by the couple who themselves are considered to be the ministers of the sacrament. 1

    • When planning the wedding ceremony, the couple should work with the preparing minister to ensure the ceremony reflects their love and commitment as a couple and in accordance to the Rite of Marriage of the Catholic Church;
    • Respect for cultural and family traditions is important in the planning of the wedding and should be done within the Rite of Marriage of the Catholic Church.
    • The Norm of this Archdiocese is to have a Catholic Wedding celebrated in a Catholic Church. If there are family and religious considerations that would warrant a request for the celebration to be held in a different setting or by a non-Catholic Minister, this must be discussed with the preparing minister as soon as possible in the planning.
    • A Catholic has the right to celebrate their marriage within Mass if desired, and no couple should be denied a Catholic wedding because of financial burdens.
    • The Catholic Church makes no provision for witnessing or recognizing the union between two individuals of the same sex.
    • When individuals or couples who have been previously married and divorced seek a new marriage, proper resolution of the prior marriage must be determined through the Archdiocesan marriage tribunal whether the individual is or was Catholic at the time of the marriage or if they had a Catholic Marriage or not.
    • A marriage license for the State of Alaska must be obtained prior to the church wedding and clergy who preside at weddings must make sure the paperwork for the State of Alaska is filed promptly.

    Read more about Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth from

  5. 2020 One Bread, One Body Annual Catholic Appeal

    We are Missionaries of Love and Hope:
    through Jesus, we are called
    to care for one another.

    The Annual Catholic Appeal supports these ministries:

    Contact Us:

    To make a credit card donation over the phone, or for payment processing questions, contact Sarah Anderson at (907) 297-7734 or You may also donate online here.

    If you have any questions about the Appeal, check out the FAQ’s page or contact Laurie Evans-Dinneen at (907) 297-7789 or

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    Office of Stewardship & Development
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    The One Bread, One Body 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal is sponsored by the Office of Stewardship & Development. Parish Promotional Resources are available here.

  6. Pope Francis Names the Most Reverend Paul Etienne as Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle

    WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Paul Etienne as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.  Archbishop Etienne was born June 15, 1959, in Tell City, Indiana. He attended the North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1992.

    Archbishop Etienne holds a bachelors and licentiate of theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. After ordination, he served in several Indianapolis parishes, and was director of vocations for the archdiocese. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named him bishop of Cheyenne where he was ordained as bishop on December 14, 2009. Archbishop Etienne was named Archbishop of Anchorage on October 4, 2016 by Pope Francis and was installed, November 9, 2016.

    Archbishop Etienne currently serves as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on National Collections.

    The Archdiocese of Seattle is comprised of 64,269 square miles and has a total population of 5,501,540 of which 863,000 or 15.7 percent, are Catholic.  The Most Reverend James Peter Sartain is the fifth and current Archbishop of Seattle.

    Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Etienne, Archdiocese of Seattle, Archdiocese of Anchorage, Archbishop James Peter Sartain

    Media Contact:
    Judy Keane
    Office of Public Affairs

    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 3211 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20017, USA

  7. Why Archbishop Etienne is Headed to Seattle, Washington

    The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, D.D., S.T.L.Catholic Anchor Editor’s note: The following press release was issued on April 29. It explains why Archbishop Etienne is headed to Seattle to eventually succeed Archbishop Peter Sartain as the new archbishop of Seattle.

    Archbishop Peter Sartain today welcomed the appointment of Archbishop Paul Etienne, currently archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, as coadjutor archbishop of Seattle. Archbishop Etienne was appointed by Pope Francis to eventually succeed Archbishop Sartain, who requested a coadjutor archbishop due to ongoing health challenges.

    “To say that I am delighted by the Holy Father’s choice would be an understatement,” said Archbishop Sartain, who was installed as the archbishop of Seattle in December 2010, in a letter to the people of the archdiocese. “Archbishop Etienne is a wonderful shepherd whose love for the Lord is expressed through a deep prayer life and devotion to the sacraments, as well as a contagious enthusiasm for the proclamation of the Gospel and service to those in need in the name of Jesus.”

    “I am excited about the transition to the Archdiocese of Seattle,” said Archbishop Etienne, who received news of this appointment earlier this month from the papal nuncio to the United States. “While I have experience as an archbishop, stepping into a much larger archdiocese will require me to learn new skills. I have great esteem for Archbishop Sartain and look forward to working with him to serve the Lord and preach the good news of the Gospel.

    “At the same time, I have mixed emotions for leaving behind a church I’ve given my life and heart to for the past few years,” added Archbishop Etienne. “I am sad to say goodbye to the wonderful people in the Archdiocese of Anchorage who have been so welcoming. I am truly grateful for their love and support.”

    A coadjutor archbishop is appointed by the pope to eventually succeed the current archbishop. He works alongside the current archbishop to become familiar with the archdiocese that he will eventually oversee. This week leaders in the Archdiocese of Seattle welcome Archbishop Etienne for tours and introductions to the people and ministries of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. He will officially join the archdiocese as coadjutor archbishop on June 7, 2019, at a “Rite of Reception” Mass in St. James Cathedral.

    “Archbishop Etienne and I will finalize the date later this year on which he will formally succeed me as Archbishop of Seattle,” said Archbishop Sartain. “In the meantime, we both look forward to working together to serve the Lord.”


    Since 2012, Archbishop Sartain has experienced a succession of spinal issues, leading to three separate surgeries. While his surgeries were successful, Archbishop Sartain’s back condition has continued to be painful and to negatively impact his energy and stamina.

    “About eighteen months ago, I began praying for the Lord’s guidance regarding the possibility of asking the Holy Father to appoint a Coadjutor Archbishop,” said Archbishop Sartain. “In late September, I wrote Pope Francis and requested the appointment of a Coadjutor Archbishop, with a view toward retiring much sooner than expected because of my health. Pope Francis graciously responded positively to my request.”


    Archbishop Paul D. Etienne was born to a large Catholic family in Tell City, Indiana. He is one of six children and has two brothers who are Catholic priests, as well as sister who is a Benedictine nun.

    He is currently the fourth archbishop for the Archdiocese of Anchorage where he was installed November 9, 2016, after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for seven years.

    Archbishop Etienne studied at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky; the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in 1995.

    On June 27, 1992, he was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where he served as pastor of several parishes, vocation director and vice-rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary.

    On October 19, 2009, he was appointed the bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne by Pope Benedict XVI. He served there until October 4, 2016, when he was appointed archbishop of Anchorage by Pope Francis.

    You can read more about Archbishop Etienne on his blog:


    The Archdiocese of Seattle encompasses all of Western Washington, stretching from the Canadian to the Oregon border and from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. There are 169 parishes, missions and pastoral centers in the archdiocese, with more than 500 weekly Masses in eight languages. The archdiocese is led by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who is supported by two auxiliary bishops, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo and Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg. For more information about the Archdiocese of Seattle, visit


  8. Seminarians

    Kevin KlumpDeacon Kevin Klump

    Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2020

    The Christian life is a symphony of nature and grace. I was born June 8th, 1992 and was baptized on June 28th on the memorial of St. Irenaeus of Lyons. I was raised in a loving family with my father and mother and five siblings. We attended the parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. 

    I attended Holy Rosary Academy for most of my youth and later attended Service High School. Some of my joys of youth were fishing and camping with family as well as ice hockey with good friends. We often attended Blessed Sacrament Monastery for the Sacred Liturgy. My life was thus rooted in a deep experience of fatherhood, motherhood, and fraternity: the basic structure of the Church truly is the family!

    Also, through my education, expoosure to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, adoration of the Holy Eucharist, and the Holy Rosary, my soul has been filled to its depths by the Almighty and Blessed Trinity, Who has made us for Divine communion. Seminary has nurtured this love of man and of God.

    By the grace of Christ, I have been ordained to the diaconate and, God willing, will be ordained to the priesthood next year. May the Most Blessed Trinity bless you abundantly!


    Madison Hayes

    Theology III

    The Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy

    Expected ordination date to the Priesthood:2021

    Co-Sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services

    I was raised in a military family of seven in Kaiserslautern, Germany. After graduating high school, I attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and was awarded a B.A. in Business Management and Communications. Shortly after university studies, and after working for two years in the business world, I enlisted in the Air Force and served on active duty as an aviator on board the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. It was while I was stationed in Alaska, in between flying and fishing, that I discerned my vocation to the priesthood.

    I am entering my third year of Theology at The Pontifical North American College in Rome after having completed my philosophy studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota in 2017. During the summers I have trained as a Chaplain Candidate in the Air Force Reserve and assisted in the ministry of the Chaplains taking care of our troops in Alaska, Germany, and Japan. This summer I will be traveling around the Archdiocese of Anchorage on an Immersion Tour, visiting many parishes and schools in between helping out at ACYC and St. Therese’s Summer Camp. I look forward to meeting many of you as I continue my formation into the priesthood of Jesus Christ. I thank God for all of your generous support. As our benefactors, we will pray for you and your families as we continue our formation.

    Ed Burke

    College IV

    Saint John Vianney College Seminary, Saint Paul, MN

    Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2024

    I was born in Alaska in 1997 and have lived most of my life in Kenai. My family is Catholic, I am the oldest of 12 children, and was homeschooled K-12. Alaska is home for me and I thrive on hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting, and hiking. My mom instilled in me a great desire to be a saint and this desire to be a hero for Jesus made me really start thinking about priesthood when I was about 12 years old. I had served at the holy sacrifice of the Mass since I was small and the Mass was the highpoint of each week.  

    During high school God profoundly changed my life at ACYC and gave me a great desire to live radically for Him as a priest or religious. Eventually I visited St. John Vianney Seminary and the Lord made it clear that He wanted me there.  My three years there have been the best of my life. The liturgy, prayer life, brotherhood, and apostolic works have changed me and given me a much greater desire for the priesthood. I am very much at peace with where God has put me and am excited about continuing my journey towards the priesthood. 

    Please pray for me and my brother seminarians, that we will have a great love for Christ’s presence in the sacraments and a burning desire to bring Him to His people in the many sacrament starved parts of our great state. Know that you are in our grateful prayers.

  9. Prayer and Worship


    Prayer: “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing trail and joy.” (St. Therese of Lesieux, CCC, no. 2558)

    Worship: “It is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian Spirit”. (Sacred Constitution on the Liturgy)

    Psalms – go back to King David in the Old Testament The Psalter, or Book of Psalms, is the first book of the “Writings” (Kethubhim or Hagiographa), i.e. of the third section of the printed Hebrew Bible of today. Catholic Encyclopedia: Psalms

    Types of Prayer: (See United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, p.467-68)
    • Adoration
    • Petition
    • Intercession
    • Thanksgiving
    • Praise

    We pray and participate in the Mass
    • Liturgy of the Hours (
    • Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; a term broadly used to designate the practically uninterrupted adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Read more at Catholic Encyclopedia: The Blessed Eucharist as a Sacrament

    One of the most generally popular of Catholic services is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, known in France as Salut and in Germany as Segen. It is ordinarily an afternoon or evening devotion and consists in the singing of certain hymns, or litanies, or canticles, before the Blessed Sacrament, which is exposed upon the alter in a monstrance and is surrounded with lights.
    Read more at Catholic Encyclopedia: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

    How to Pray the Rosary
    Prayers and Devotions
    Daily Readings for Mass

    The Liturgical Year

    The Liturgical Year is the Church’s annual remembrance of the events of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is divided into the two major seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter/Pentecost with Ordinary Time occurring between them. Each season has a time of preparation and a time of celebration.

    Meaning behind the Liturgical Year
    The feasts of Jesus are arranged in historical sequence giving us an opportunity to relive the major events of his life in a prayerful and meditative manner. Jesus is Savior from the moment of his Incarnation. Therefore, we celebrate and experience his saving power in each of the events of the Church Year put before us. By including the events within a liturgical celebration, the Church helps make Christ’s saving power sacramentally available to us. What Jesus once did in Israel, he now does in the mysteries of the liturgy.
    Learn more about the Liturgical Year at

    Liturgical Ministers: The diversity of ministers is essential to the fruitful celebration of the Mass. All the faithful are summoned to a “full, conscious, and active participation that burns with faith, hope and charity, by reason of their Baptism. (Girm, 17-18)
    There are a variety of gifts given for the building up of the body of Christ.

    Liturgical Ministries exercised at Mass: Music Ministers, Cantors, Ministers of Liturgical Environment, Ushers and Greeters, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors (Please see following guidelines for the Archdiocese of Anchorage)
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    Lector: Is any lay minister that reads from the Lectionary.
    Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist: Assist the distribution of Holy Communion when there are not sufficient ordained ministers.
    Ushers and Greeters: Help people have a deep faith in Christ, a love for the Mass, and a place in the community. As an usher or a greeter, you welcome all who enter the church.
    Sacristan: You provide the legwork to help other people worship. Sacristans help prepare the celebration of the Eucharist.
    Ministers of the Liturgical Environment: Your work lends beauty to the house of God, and it inspires those who gather for worship.
    Cantors: You will serve Church worship by your ability to sing. Your ministry is an essential part of the Church’s worship. It will serve the flow of liturgical prayer. It will aid beauty and artistry to the way people pray.
    Minister of Music: You help the entire assembly fulfill its role. You lead the singing. You manage the length of the silence. You model participation by your prayers and attention.

    Stations of the Cross

    For Roman Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week, and especially Good Friday. This devotion is also known as the “Way of the Cross”, the “Via Circus”, and the “Via Dolorosa.” It commemorates 14 key events on the day of Christ’s crucifixion. The majority concern his final walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the Cross.

    Read more about the Stations of The Cross at

    The Stations of the Cross with Pope John Paul II

    The celebration of the Stations of the Cross is popular on the Fridays of Lent, and especially Good Friday. The Stations of the Cross used by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991 was different. On this day Pope John Paul II added a Fifteenth Station to the Way of the Cross, “Jesus Rises from the Dead”. Pope John Paul II, according to the long-standing tradition, led people gathered at the Roman Coliseum in the Stations of the Cross. But, on this remarkable occasion, Pope John Paul II changed the format. He altered the fourteen stations and adds a fifteenth.

    First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
    Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested
    Third Station: Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin
    Fourth Station: Jesus is denied by Peter
    Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate
    Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns
    Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross
    Eighth Station: Jesus is helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross
    Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
    Tenth Station: Jesus is crucified
    Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to Dismas, the Good Thief
    Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple
    Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
    Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb
    Fifteenth Station: Jesus Rises from the Dead

    Order a copy of The Stations of the Cross with Pope John Paul II
    Popular author Father Joseph Champlin adapts the Stations of the Cross from the ones used by Pope John Paul II at the Roman Colosseum on Good Friday, 1991. There are 15 stations, including the Resurrection. Based on the events in the Gospels, each station is accompanied by specific Gospel readings. Each of the prayer responses is taken from a portion of the Psalms. Father Champlin includes new stations, in addition to some of the traditional ones. Perfect for use with prayer groups. Paperback.

    Prayer Postures at Mass

    Praying with Body, Mind and Voice: In the celebration of Mass we raise our hearts and minds to God. We are creatures of body as well as spirit, so our prayer is not confined to our minds and hearts. It is expressed by our bodies as well. When our bodies are engaged in our prayer, we pray with our whole person. Using our entire being in prayer helps us to pray with greater attentiveness.

    During Mass we assume different postures—standing, kneeling, sitting—and we are also invited to make a variety of gestures. These postures and gestures are not merely ceremonial. They have pro-found meaning and, when done with understanding, can enhance our participation in the Mass. Read more about Praying with Body, Mind and Voice from

    United States Conference of Secular Institutes: Each Secular institute bears the unique charism of its founders and traditions, and each celebrates its “communion” by annual retreats, meetings, common daily prayer, and friendships that evolve quite naturally from living a similar life in God despite differences in profession or work in the world. A web of connectedness grows over time, linking the members to one another inextricably. For all consecrated seculars, the vocation undergirds all they undertake because it becomes the essence of what they are in God’s eye. Learn more about Secular Institutes from

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