Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage

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Archdiocese of Anchorage
Archidioecesis Ancoragiensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory Southern Alaska
Ecclesiastical province Anchorage
Statistics
Area 138,985 sq mi (359,970 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
460,000
33,800 (7.3%)
Parishes 23
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established January 22, 1966 (48 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Holy Family
Patron saint St. Joseph the Worker
St. Therese of Lisieux
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Roger Lawrence Schwietz, OMI
Emeritus Bishops Francis Thomas Hurley
Map
Archdiocese of Anchorage map.PNG
Website
www.archdioceseofanchorage.org

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.

History[edit]

The See of Anchorage was canonically erected on January 22, 1966 by Pope Paul VI. It took its territories from the Diocese of Juneau.[1][2] 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.

The Archdiocese played host to 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.

Ordinaries[edit]

High schools[edit]

Suffragan sees[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Anchorage". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Anchorage". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 

External links[edit]

The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage is the Cathedral of the Holy Family.

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