Archdiocese of Anchorage

The Archdiocese of Anchorage is one of 170 dioceses (or geographic areas of responsibility) of the Catholic Church in the United States. The Archdiocese of Anchorage was established on February 9, 1966. Its 138,985 square miles encompasses the Third Judicial District of Alaska, known as Southcentral Alaska, an area larger than combining many states in the lower 48. The largest population base of the archdiocese, and all of Alaska, is in Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet, the northernmost point of the Pacific Ocean.

Our Mission:

The Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage is a people of many cultures, called by the love of Christ to proclaim the Gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and give witness through joyful lives of prayer and service.

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Geography and Demographic Factors

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains along the coast of Cook Inlet in the south-central part of the State. Named an All-America City in 2002, Anchorage is about the size of the State of Delaware and is home to 42 percent of Alaska’s population. The population of the Archdiocese of Anchorage is approximately 400,000, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the population of the entire state of Alaska. The general population of Anchorage is approximately 250,000. There are eight parishes in the Anchorage urban area. The other 13 parishes and missions are in the more rural parts of the archdiocese. Many are accessible only by airplane or boat since the road system in Alaska is very limited.

The estimated Catholic population in the archdiocese is 32,170, only 8% of the overall population. Over 11,000 registered families in our parishes and missions, and another estimated 2,500 families periodically attend but are not registered. The largest parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, located in south Anchorage, has approximately 1,500 families. Many of the smaller missions in the rural areas of the archdiocese have less than 20 families. Most parishes ranging in size from 60 to 900 families.

The climate in Southcentral Alaska is severe. While the summer months are pleasant, the nine months between September and May are cold, dark, and dangerous for travel. An extreme example is a fact that for many days each winter, air travel to St. Christopher by the Sea Mission in Unalaska, on the Aleutian Chain, at the cost of over $1,000 roundtrip and approximately a three-hour flight from Anchorage, is impossible because of wind, fog, or snow. It is not uncommon for those who travel there to be stuck on the ground for days at a time. Yet another example of the harsh climate is the drive from Anchorage to Holy Family Parish in Glennallen. This trip can only be made by a five-hour drive on a two-lane road through numerous mountain passes or by private aircraft since there is no scheduled air service to the community.

In short, outside of Anchorage, the archdiocese encompasses a vast, geographically challenging area with severe climate conditions and major cost barriers to effective ministry. Without the assistance of groups such as the Committee on the Home Missions, this ministry would be even more difficult.

History of the Archdiocese

Begun in 1966, by then-Archbishop Joseph Ryan, with a census of Anchorage and throughout Knik Arm, the Archdiocese of Anchorage was established for the some 38,000 baptized Catholics in the area from Valdez to Mt. McKinley from Big Lake to Dutch Harbor. An area twice the size of the state of Washington covers about one-third of the entire state of Alaska.

Under the guidance of Archbishop Roger Schwietz, the Archdiocese is proud to celebrate the dedication and ethnic diversity of its members as we approach our golden jubilee in 2016, with Catholics of many nationalities attending one of the 29 parishes and missionary parishes in the Archdiocese.

History Timeline


Archdiocese of Anchorage established

Fr. Joseph Ryan consecrated a bishop

Bishop Ryan installed as Archbishop and Holy Family Church becomes a Cathedral


Fr. Francis Hurley ordained a bishop

Eskimo Deacon Program inaugurated in Bethel


Holy Spirit Center was established


Bishop Hurley appointed Archbishop of Anchorage


Pope John Paul II visits Anchorage


Nativity of Jesus parish in Magadan, Russia was founded


Catholic Anchor began publication


Roger Schwietz, O.M.I. was installed as Archbishop of Anchorage

50th Anniversary Celebration

The Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage marked its 50th Anniversary, February 9, 2016. The diocese, which includes 29 parishes, was officially established on February 9, 1966. Catholic missionaries in Alaska date back to the 18th century, and today’s Archdiocese, which encompasses over 350,000 square miles covering from the Aleutian Islands chain to the Bering Sea to Cordova and Valdez.

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic Today?

The ancient story in John’s Gospel of the Samaritan woman who encounters Jesus at the well resonates with Catholics after two millennia. The woman was there to quench her thirst at the village’s water source. Yet she came alone, apart from other women of the village. In their encounter, Jesus saw in her a greater thirst than for mere water: he saw her need for living water, her need for community, her need to understand her vulnerability, and her need to be understood. Our own needs, and the needs of the world, are much like those of the Samaritan woman. We come desiring an encounter with Jesus. We come with a thirst for living water.

As Catholics, united by the Gospel and with a common faith and tradition, immersed in the sacramental waters of Baptism and the sacramental nature of the Church, we stand with others meeting Christ, forming community, seeking to understand and to be understood. Inspired by this encounter with Jesus, we go forth to tell the world Whom we have met.

Pope Francis, in quoting Psalm 96:1, “Sing the Lord a new song,” asked, “What is this new song? It does not consist of words. It is not a melody, it is the song of your life, it is allowing our life to be identified with that of Jesus, it is sharing his sentiments, thoughts, and actions. And the life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service.”

To be a Catholic in the 21st century is to sing the song of our life as we encounter Christ in the Church and the world. It is to embrace the world’s poverty and struggles and to delight in the world’s beauty and goodness. To be a Catholic is to find ourselves centered in Christ and enter the world ready to meet Christ in others and share Christ with others in a life of service. To be Catholic is to be called into the friendship and struggle of the community. The Church is our home, where we find living water, and from whence we bring living water to others. It is a daunting and exciting challenge, an all-encompassing commitment, and a life-changing encounter to sing the song of our lives as Catholics.

Office of Stewardship & Development

As Catholics, we are encouraged to share what we have with others, respect our neighbors as ourselves, and assist those less fortunate. We typically respond to this request and proceed to go about our daily lives until the subsequent request is heard. Most individuals do not realize that by sharing of ourselves and helping those around us, we are, in essence, practicing Christian stewardship.

In fact, “stewardship” reaches far beyond financial contributions and encourages Catholics to live their lives as disciples of Jesus. Equipped with this knowledge, we have the power to change how we understand and live out our lives, beginning a life-long process of sharing our gifts of time, talent, and treasure out of gratitude, not out of obligation. Living our baptismal promises becomes the motivational force behind our actions.

Other Catholic Resources

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