Office of Faith Formation and Catholic Schools

Lumen Christi High School Anchorage, Alaska

Why Catholic Schools?

We are often asked, by the many people we meet, why anyone would want to choose attending a Catholic School? The answer is quite simple and obvious. Based on a great deal of personal testimony and the very latest extensive research, that is often conducted by our Catholic School’s greatest critics, Catholic Schools have shown to be the most successful educational environment for not only academic excellence but for the formation of the very best in Catholic moral character.

Article: “The Catholic Schools We Need“, by the Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan for

Archdiocesean Catholic Schools

Browse our Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Directory here.

Four schools are members of the Archdiocese of Anchorage Catholic School System.

Our Catholic schools strive to offer each student unique experiences in a faith-based environment that develops outstanding citizens for our country and strong Christian leaders for the church. It is our desire that every student recognizes the importance of their personal role in making this world a better place for all of God’s people today and throughout the future.

Small student-to-teacher ratios provide individual attention for each child and offer the opportunity to challenge students to the excitement of learning and the achievement of their full potential. Strong academics, the development of personal faith and spiritual values, a variety of sports programs, extracurricular activities, and the encouragement to live out the gospel message through service to others, enables our students to make a great contribution to the entire community.

Director of Catholic Schools
Ms. Bonnie Bezousek

You are encouraged to learn more about these schools by calling to request information, asking for a personal tour or just visiting their websites. See our Catholic School Directory.

Youth Faith Formation

Learn more about K-12 Catholic Education at USCCB website
Archdiocese of Anchorage Religious Standards: k-12 grade
Promulgation letter from Archbishop Schwietz: February 14, 2011
Suggestions for Religious Text Books
Guidelines for Confirmation

Adult Faith Formation

Learn more about adult faith formation at USCCB website
Archdiocese of Anchorage Sacramental Catechetical Guidelines: August 15, 2008

Why Catholic?, a ministry of Renew International, is an adult faith formation process based on Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The program is organized around the four main pillars: Prayer, Life, Belief and the Sacraments. The program uses a series of four books that are broken down into 8 sessions, which (as with RENEW programs) then break off into small group discussions. The main goal is to establish Small Christian Communities within the parish. Please contact your local parish for dates and times.

Scripture and Leadership Training (SALT):
Developed by Seattle University, the program provides a holistic approach to studying both Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. It integrates scripture, spirituality and leadership training. Class sessions are offered in multiple parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Anchorage on a rotating yearly basis. Please contact Bonnie Bezousek, 907-297-7732 or email:

Little Rock Bible Study:
Small group bible sharing at the parish level; Learn more about Little Rock Bible Study

Cardinal Neuman Chair at Alaska Pacific University:
Over the years, Newman Chair community outreach has sponsored lectures and forum, including a yearlong public education project in 2007 called Engaging Muslims: Religion, Culture and Politics. Read more information about Cardinal Newman Chair at APU

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is an aid and a guide for individuals and small groups to deepen their faith. Learn more about U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults

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