Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau

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Diocese of Juneau
Dioecesis Junellensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau.svg
Country  United States
Territory Southeastern Alaska Alaska
Ecclesiastical province Anchorage
Metropolitan Anchorage
Area 37,566 sq mi (97,300 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
10,220 (13.4%)
Parishes 11
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established June 23, 1951
Cathedral Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron saint St. Therese of Lisieux
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Andrew Eugene Bellisario (Bishop-Designate)
Metropolitan Archbishop Paul D. Etienne
Diocese of Juneau map.PNG
The Cathedral of the Nativity, Juneau

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau (Latin: Dioecesis Junellensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the northwestern United States, comprising the southeastern part of the state of Alaska. It is led by a prelate bishop which serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the City of Juneau. The diocese of Juneau is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Anchorage.


The See of Juneau was canonically erected on June 23, 1951 and took its territory from the former Apostolic Vicariate of Alaska.

In 2007, the Juneau diocese became vacant when the previous bishop, Most Reverend Michael W. Warfel, was appointed bishop of Great Falls-Billings.

On 19 January 2009, it was announced that now-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had named Monsignor Edward J. Burns, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as Bishop of Juneau. He was installed on 5 April 2009. In December 2016, Bishop Burns was named by Pope Francis as Bishop of Dallas, he was installed in Dallas in February 2017.[1][2]

The Bishop-Designate is Andrew Eugene Bellisario. He was appointed by Pope Francis on July 11, 2017.


The list of bishops and their years of service:

  1. Robert Dermot O'Flanagan (1951-1968)
  2. Francis Thomas Hurley (1971-1976)
  3. Michael Hughes Kenny (1979-1995)
  4. Michael William Warfel (1996-2007)
  5. Edward James Burns (2009–2017)
  6. Andrew Eugene Bellisario (Bishop-Designate July 11, 2017)

Parishes, missions and shrines[edit]

  • Sacred Heart, Hoonah
  • Holy Family, Gustavus (Mission)
  • Sacred Heart, Haines
  • The Cathedral of the Nativity, Juneau
  • St Paul the Apostle, Juneau
  • Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau (Shrine and Mission)
  • Holy Name Parish, Ketchikan
  • Holy Family, Metlakatla (Mission)
  • Body of Christ, Pelican (Mission)
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Petersburg
  • St John by the Sea, Klawock (Prince of Wales Island)
  • St Gregory of Nazianzen, Sitka
  • St Therese, Skagway
  • St Francis Chapel, Tenakee Springs (Mission)
  • St Rose of Lima, Wrangell (The oldest established Parish in Alaska)
  • St Ann, Yakutat


The Diocese of Juneau publishes a monthly newspaper, Southeast Alaska Catholic, from the Diocese Communications office. The online edition is updated weekly.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

The Diocese was somewhat popularised and gained notoriety thanks to The Young Pope TV series, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, when storyline Pontiff, Pope Pius XIII., repeatedly sent his enemies and opponents from the Curia to an 'exile' to "Ketchikan, Alaska", due to its distance from the Vatican and freezing weather. Although Ketchikan does not hold a seat to a Roman Catholic diocese on its own, it is a parish of the Diocese of Juneau.[1]

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Coordinates: 58°18′13″N 134°24′29″W / 58.30361°N 134.40806°W / 58.30361; -134.40806