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Alaska

Alaska, meaning "Great Land," is a land of mystery and beauty, one-fifth the size of the continental United States. Alaska is the northern-, western- and easternmost point in the United States. It's true! Mainland Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, 33,904 miles of shoreline. Diversity, as in all of Godís creation, is abundant in Alaska.
The largest state in the United States, Alaska is a sparsely populated land of immense natural beauty. Its Aleutian Islands extend into the Eastern Hemisphere. Alaskaís tremendous land mass is equal to one-fifth of the continental United States. Commonly called The Last Frontier or Land of the Midnight Sun, Alaska takes its name from an Aleut word meaning "great land" or "that which the sea breaks against." Alaska has three million lakes, over 3,000 rivers, 17 of the USA's 20 highest peaks, 15 national parks, preserves, and monuments, about 100,000 glaciers, 60 of which are within 50 miles of Anchorage. Portage Glacier, 45 miles south of downtown Anchorage, is one of Alaskaís most visited attractions.

Holy Family Cathedral
800 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Tel: 907-276-3455
http://www.holyfamilycathedral.org
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Anchorage
Anchorage was established as a tent city in 1913-14. In 1915 the railroad was almost finished and a town site of 347 acres was laid out. The lots of 50 feet by 140 feet were offered for sale at auction on July 10, 1915. Later that year, ground was broken for the first Catholic Church in Anchorage. The little church was adequate for 40 years.
In 1945, thanks to a $5,000 contribution, ground was broken for the present cathedral. On December 14, 1947, 200 people attended the first mass in the unfinished basement of the church.
In 1966 the Archdiocese of Anchorage was established. It encompasses 138,985 square miles, an area larger than many states in the US.

Sacred Heart Cathedral
2501 Airport Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
Phone: 907-474-9032
Web: http://www.sacredheartak.org
Diocese of Fairbanks
Fairbanks started with the discovery of gold in 1902. A year later it was incorporated and by 1905, it had a power plant, electricity and sewer service, a school, police, and a hospital
The first Catholic Church, the Immaculate Conception Church, was built in 1904. It later served as the cathedral for the 409,849 square mile diocese.
Ground was broken for the Sacred Heart Cathedral in May of 1962. I was dedicated on the feast of the Sacred Heart on June 17, 1966. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel was remodeled in 1998.

Cathedral of the Nativity
416 5th Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Tel: 907-586-1513
Web: http://juneaucathedral.org
Diocese of Juneau
The first Catholic Church in Juneau was built in 1885 at the site of the present cathedral.
It was replaced with a new church in 1910. It became a Cathedral in 1951 when the southern and southeastern parts of the Diocese were split off to become the Diocese of Juneau.


Shrine of St. Therese
21425 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
Tel: 907-780-6112
email: juneaushrine@live.com
Web: http://www.shrineofsainttherese.org
St. Therese of Lisieux, known as "the Little Flower of Jesus", died September 30, 1897 in the cloistered Carmelite convent at Lisieux. Many favors and blessings, even miracles over the years, have been attributed to her intercession.
Bishop Crimont, S.J, D.D., was from St. Therese's native France and he knew members of her family. He also knew of her devotion to the missions while she was living and he placed the entire Alaskan mission under her protection five years prior to her canonization.
When St. Therese of the Child Jesus was canonized on May 17, 1925, Bishop Crimont was in Rome. At that time, she was declared Queen and Patroness of Alaska. Bishop Crimont's devotion to St. Therese grew and he did much to encourage others to develop the same devotion.


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