The beginning of 2015 affords us the opportunity to look back on the blessings of the past year and gear up for the challenges and hopes of the New Year. A couple of items quickly come to mind as I reflect on 2014.
This week's temporary closure of the Glory Hole emergency shelter and soup kitchen is a reminder of how precarious the lives of some of our friends, relatives and neighbors continue to be.
In recent years there has been a television news magazine entitled "What Would You Do?" It raises the question of how people respond to certain situations.
Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the United States, and suicide has had a particularly devastating impact on rural and village Alaska, where so many young people, most of whom are Alaska Native, take their lives each year.
...at 12:00 noon on the Capital steps to offer a voice for the voiceless and attend the Rally for Life.? Bishop Edward J. Burns is the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau and Southeast Alaska.
On Wednesday of this past week, I was walking home at the end of the workday and after attending to some errands downtown when I was stopped by a gentleman along Egan Highway just beyond the Hanger.
Among the many joyful customs associated with Christmas in our own country and around the world, I'm thinking this Christmas of Las Posadas.
It was 11:30 p.m. and I had just finished watching the evening news before going to bed when the telephone rang. At that time, I was stationed at Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, Pennsylvania.
...Catholic Church to witness and participate in the installation of the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Juneau. Bishop Edward J. Burns received the crosier, a sign of his pastoral office, from Archbishop Roger Schwietz of Anchorage shortly after the...
...call from Pope Francis for a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for the country being ravaged by civil war.Bishop Edward J. Burns directed parishes in the region to set aside time from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for public prayer. The timing coincides...
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