Deacon Robert Whitney
St. Benedict Church and Lumen Christi High School
Ordained June 23, 2017
I was born in Anchorage to Randy Earl and Kerry Elizabeth (Connelly) Whitney. I also have a younger brother named Richard. I attended all of our Catholic schools in Anchorage (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lumen Christi, Holy Rosary), and graduated from Bartlett High School. Afterwards I attended the University of Idaho, Moscow, taking a Bachelor of Arts in the Classics. Following graduation from college I returned home to Anchorage, where I taught in both the Catholic and public school systems for one year, until I discerned a vocation to the priesthood. I attended The Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota and was ordained a priest on June 23rd of this year. I am currently serving at Saint Benedict’s Church and Lumen Christi High School. Thank you so very much for your generous support of my seminarian brothers and I. Please pray for us, and know of our prayers for you and your families.
The Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2019
The Christian life is a symphony of nature and grace. I was born on June 8th, 1992 and was baptized on June 28th of the same year. I was raised in a loving family with my father and mother and five siblings We attended the parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and my siblings and I attended the Catholic school, Holy Rosary Academy. 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 a thorough and sound education, exposure 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. To our benefactors: May the Most Blessed Trinity bless you abundantly!
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 the military as a dependent along with my four brothers 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, I enlisted in the Air Force and served on active duty as an aviator onboard 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 a vocation to the priesthood.
I am in my first year of Theology at The Pontifical North American College in Rome after having recently completed my philosophy studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in MN. During the summers I train as a Chaplain Candidate in the Air Force Reserve and assist in the ministry of the Chaplains taking care of our troops. I was blessed to celebrate the Easter Triduum at Saint Andrews Parish in Eagle River this year, and hope to assist at many more parishes in the years ahead. 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.
Saint John Vianney College Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Expected ordination date to the Priesthood: 2022
My name is Jake Brownlee, I am a twenty year old, third year seminarian. I am from St. Andrews parish and a graduate of Chugiak High School. During my time is high school, sports were my life and all I cared about. During my Junior year, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and the workings of the Holy Spirit, I felt the call to the priesthood. It was then I devoted my life to God and pursuing His will. I am here at seminary, because I believe it is God’s will that I serve Him and His Church as a priest.
This is my third year of seminary, where I am being formed by an excellent formation staff of priests into the man God wants me to be. Here I study philosophy. What was once a cross and a burden to bear, has now become a great blessing. I am learning the truths the Catholic faith holds so dearly. I begin every day with a holy hour where my relationship with God is strengthened and nourished through contemplative prayer and in the hands of Mary. Seminary is not easy; rather, it is a place where I am constantly pushed to become the more like Christ. Thank you for your thoughtful support!
I was born in Alaska in 1997 and spent the first seven years of my life moving around the country as my dad followed work as a wildlife biologist. When I was seven we moved back to Alaska and we have stayed in the Kenai area ever since. When I turned 16 I went to the Alaska Catholic Youth Conference (ACYC). This was a massive turning point in my life. Not only did I encounter a young, active church that was on fire for Jesus but I had a conversion and started to actually know Jesus.
I have a great love for Christ’s presence in the sacraments and a desire to bring Him to His people in our great state. My first year has been a terrific experience. I am very much at peace with where God has put me and am excited about continuing my journey towards the priesthood.