Brian Donnelly and his father Edward Donnelly visit the 9/11 monument at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, N.Y., Sept. 11. Kevin Donnelly, Brian's brother and Edward's son, was one of 343 New York City firefighters killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. His grave is located in a section of the cemetery reserved for 9/11 victims. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Remembering some of the priests of September 11

By Bishop Edward J. Burns

As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, I still recall vividly the events of that day. I was serving in Washington DC as the executive director of the Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I walked from my car to the front door of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC, looked at the dome on the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and thought to myself that it was a beautiful day. It was to be a busy day because many bishops were coming in for the Administrative Committee of the Bishops’ Conference. The day started with a heightened level of activity due to the presence of the bishops.
But life’s routine changed without a moment’s notice, with the unfolding news that two planes had struck the World Trade Center, then the Pentagon and later, an airline crash in Pennsylvania. The bishops were informed of the attacks, and they released a statement. Cardinal McCarrick scheduled a noon Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The bishops and approximately 5,000 others were at the Mass that day. They joined their prayers to God with so many other people throughout the country and world for peace and for the victims and their families. More…


Being baptized as a Pastor

By Fr. Andy Sensenig OMI

One of the most joyful and beautiful aspects of being a priest for almost 19 years as well as being a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate for almost 25 years is administering the Sacrament of Baptism.

There is a joy of the parents, the steadfastness of the godparents, the pride of grandparents, and the watchfulness of the brothers, sisters and cousins of the child about to be baptized — who is at times at a loss as to what is going on, especially when the waters of baptism touch their head. More…

Christ is the reason for this school: Holy Name begins its 51st year

By Nicole Miller

Holy Name Catholic School recently began its 51st year of service in education to the people of Ketchikan. In order to prepare for another great school year, many hours of hard work were lovingly dedicated to various areas throughout our school.img_0498
One of our largest endeavors was the kick-off of our first ever “World Traveler Summer Camp,” consisting of a four week, all day opportunity, for the children of Ketchikan to learn and grow about various cultures, all from the comfort of the small Southeast island we call home. This well-attended and positive event is sure to become a HNCS tradition. More…

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – Sept. 1



FOCUS mission group opens their heart to SE Alaska residents

By Craig Johring

During the days of July 7-22, 2016 a group of 14 FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionaries traveled to Southeast Alaska to visit the communities of Juneau, Hoonah, and Excursion Inlet. (I arranged the logistics and hosted the group.)

We began the mission activities with an evening at the home of Bishop Edward Burns in Juneau. The next 9 days of the mission were spent in Juneau, reaching out to the homeless in the downtown area. The week ended with the FOCUS group taking a group of homeless individuals to visit the Shrine of St. Therese and to spend the day together. In addition, during the week the FOCUS group also held Kids’ (Bible) Clubs each day in two neighborhoods in Juneau. Each was attended by 10-20 children. More…