I’m going to affectionately call this the Archbishop Appreciation Mass, because it serves two purposes: for the Archbishop to thank us, the young people… but it also allows us to thank the Archbishop for his support throughout his service to the Archdiocese.

The Mass will take place on Sunday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. There will be a simple reception following Mass in the Lunney Center. Please join us in thanking our Archbishop!

From Matthew Beck, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:

“In many ways, Archbishop Schwietz has been a champion in Catholic Youth Ministry. He was a members of the bishop’s committee that wrote “Renewing the Vision” and he co-authored the introduction for that foundational document. He has traveled with youth, young adults, and youth ministers to World Youth Day, the National Catholic Youth Conference, Teens Encounter Christ Retreats, and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry. He has been a part of many youth retreats in the archdiocese and has confirmed many Alaskan teens. He began and loves the Alaska Catholic Youth Conference and attends it year-after-year. I’ll never forget the first ACYC when he was sitting on a curb at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton enjoying a BBQ lunch on a paper plate with a bunch of teens.  He is the only bishop that many teens in Alaska have ever known, and the teens love him.”

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