The Archdiocese of Anchorage stretches more than 1,000 miles in winter darkness from the Canadian border to the tip of the Aleutian chain. Steep ice-shrouded mountains, great glaciers and the bright northern ocean provide a spectacular background for the city parishes of Anchorage, the small-town parishes, and the tiny missions in villages and fishing camps accessible only by air or water. None of these remote missions have resident pastors; priests fly in once or twice a month to say Mass, hear confessions and provide what spiritual counseling they can. In their absence, pastoral administrators (deacons, religious sisters or laypeople) lead Sunday celebrations and officiate at weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
The Archdiocese of Anchorage has:
- 32,170 Catholics (8% of total population)
- 28 parishes and missions (17 without resident priest)
- 9 active priests
225 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501