The Diocese of Juneau encompasses the southeast Alaska panhandle, a narrow strip of North America's mainland, plus the more than 1,000 islands of the Alexander Archipelago. The Diocese is roughly the size and shape of the State of Florida. Our priests serve the smallest population of any Latin Catholic diocese in the United States of America. As noted in the Diocese's Mission Statement Prayer, our several thousands of Catholics are "...scattered across the vast land and waters we call home." Haines and Skagway have highway access to and from Canada. Prince of Wales Island has a highway network among its several towns and villages connecting to the parish church at Klawock. All other parish and mission communities are accessible from elsewhere only by air or by sea.
A great advantage of serving in our small Catholic communities is the opportunity to know each parishioner or mission member by name. In the Diocese of Juneau, the Church's priests share deeply in the lives of the people whom they serve, in a manner simply not experienced by priests serving larger, urban or suburban populations. Some of our smallest parishes have fewer than 100 members, and several missions have less than a dozen. As stated in the "Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World," Gaudium et Spes, our priests truly get to know the "...joy and the hope, the grief and the anguish..." of people throughout southeast Alaska.
A Catholic man interested in becoming a seminarian for the Diocese of Juneau must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist), be active in his parish or mission community, be a citizen of the United States of America or a permanent legal resident in the U. S. A., and have earned at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Men who meet these qualifications are welcome to contact the Director of Vocations.
If you sense a call to serve God as a priest in the Diocese of Juneau, then please contact us at 907-586-2227.