Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage

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Archdiocese of Anchorage

Archidioecesis Ancoragiensis
Holy Family Cathedral
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage.svg
Coat of arms
Country United States
TerritorySouthern Alaska Alaska
Ecclesiastical provinceAnchorage
Area138,985 sq mi (359,970 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
33,800 (7.3%)
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 22, 1966 (53 years ago)
CathedralHoly Family Cathedral
Co-cathedralOur Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral[1]
Patron saintSt. Joseph the Worker
St. Therese of Lisieux
Current leadership
ArchbishopSede vacante
Apostolic AdministratorAndrew Eugene Bellisario
Bishops emeritusRoger Lawrence Schwietz, OMI
Alaska state map indicating location of the Archdiocese of Anchorage map

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage (Latin: Archidioecesis Ancoragiensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the northwestern United States, comprising several boroughs and census areas in the state of Alaska. The Archdiocese is led by a prelate archbishop who serves as pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of the Holy Family in the Municipality of Anchorage.


The See of Anchorage was canonically erected on January 22, 1966 by Pope Paul VI. The archdiocese's territories came from the Diocese of Juneau.[2][3] Anchorage's large population and burgeoning community development warranted the creation of a new archdiocese in the city as opposed to elevating the already existing Diocese of Juneau to that rank.

The Archdiocese hosted visits from Pope John Paul II multiple times, most notably in 1981 when he celebrated Mass on the Anchorage Park Strip before 50,000 people.


The list of archbishops and their years of service:

  1. John Joseph Thomas Ryan (1966–1975), appointed the Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop for the Military Services
  2. Francis Thomas Hurley (1976–2001)
  3. Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (2001–2016) [4]
  4. Paul Dennis Etienne (2016–2019), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle[5]

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop[edit]

High schools[edit]


The Archdiocese of Anchorage publishes a monthly newspaper, Catholic Anchor, which has approximately 11,000 subscribers. It was established in April 1999.[6]

Suffragan sees[edit]

The ecclesiastical province of Anchorage comprises the state of Alaska and includes these suffragan dioceses.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Lady of Guadalupe becomes Anchorage's co-cathedral". Catholic Anchor. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Anchorage". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Anchorage". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  4. ^ Holy See Press Office. "Rinunce e nomine". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "The Catholic Anchor". Archdiocese of Anchorage. Retrieved 2015-01-05.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 61°13′11″N 149°52′44″W / 61.21972°N 149.87889°W / 61.21972; -149.87889