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Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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Holy Orders

In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, high priest of the redemptive sacrifice, Teacher of Truth. This is what the Church means by saying that the priest, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, acts in persona Christi Capitis – CCC 1548


Holy Orders as a sacrament ensures the continuity of the other sacraments and develops a tangible, visible idea of the Church.  In order for vocations to the priesthood and religious life to grow, we need the whole parish, not just the called.  Every person is obligated to the spiritual work of mercy to “counsel the doubtful.”  When we see someone who would make a good priest or religious, we must encourage them as St. Paul exhorts, “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thes. 5:11).


If you are considering a vocation to the priesthood, contact Fr. Leo Walsh of St. Benedict’s.  He is the Archdiocese Vocation Director.


If you are considering the Diaconate, please contact Deacon Mick Fornelli at the Archdiocese of Anchorage Chancery Office.


If you are considering male religious life, please talk to our wonderful Dominican priests.  They will let you know about all the options and discern with you the path of vocation. For information on Dominican Formation, please click here.


If you are considering female religious life, you might have a call within a call.  Female religious life is split into contemplative and active elements with varying degrees of both.

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