Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage
|Archdiocese of Anchorage
|Area||138,985 sq mi (359,970 km2)|
|(as of 2012)
|Established||January 22, 1966 (48 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Holy Family|
|Patron saint||St. Joseph the Worker
St. Therese of Lisieux
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Roger Lawrence Schwietz, OMI|
|Emeritus Bishops||Francis Thomas Hurley|
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. It is led by a prelate archbishop which serves as pastor of the mother church, 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. It took its territories from the Diocese of Juneau. Anchorage's large population and burgeoning community development rectified the creation of a new archdiocese in the city as opposed to elevating the already existing Diocese of Juneau to that rank.
- John Joseph Thomas Ryan (1966–1975)
- Francis Thomas Hurley (1976–2001)
- Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (2001–present)
The ecclesiastical province of Anchorage comprises the state of Alaska and includes these suffragan dioceses.