Bethel, Alaska, in the Diocese of Fairbanks, is the largest of all 600 Bush villages. Bethel is a “hub” for planes in and out of the region, serving 56 villages. It’s a hub because the only way to get in and out of Bethel and the rest of the Bush country is by boat or p
The sheer size of Alaska is hard to wrap your head around, especially when you think of serving the Catholics spread throughout the state. One estimate is that the Diocese of Juneau stretches 700 miles, roughly the size of Florida. The Archdiocese of Anchorage is about
Never give up. That is the attitude of Catholics in rural Virginia. Last week, I met with communities where Catholic Extension has provided support and others in which we are exploring ways to provide new support. These people are worth getting to know.