In 1915, only a few years after Alaska became a territory of the United States, a small parish was built on the corner of 5th Avenue and H Street in Anchorage. Now, after a a century of service in the City of Lights and Flowers, Holy Family Cathedral will celebrate its “Centennial Mass” on September 15 at 7pm. Following the Mass, guests are invited to a reception in the Holy Family Center which will include photos and historical items from the parish’s archives.
Although staffed by a number of Jesuit priests in its earliest days, Dominican Friars have served at the Cathedral for 40 years, ministering to over 750 families in the parish boundaries, as well as the many tourists who come to visit the parish while shopping downtown. Today the Cathedral is known for its beautiful liturgies, scholarly lectures, socials, concerts and service to the homeless throughout the city.
In the coming months, as its centennial year comes to a close, the community will host a number of other activities, including the installation of a new set of stained glass windows. To learn more, read this week’s bulletin and visit the Holy Family Cathedral website.