S.E. Alaska Catholic Conference


Save the Date!

The 2nd Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference will be held September 28, 29 & 30th, 2018 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Juneau, Alaska.

Our theme is, Living and Sharing the Joy of the Gospel, from Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium. We had four delegates from our diocese attend the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando Florida July of 2017. Read about the Convocation here

Our conference prayer is taken from Pope Francis prayer at the end of his apostolic exhortation.  (EG) 288. 

The Star of the Sea Icon by Pavel Tikhomorov was commissioned by Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco and is used with permission. The image was selected for the joy, the blue of the sea, the image of the star of the new evangelization, the bark of Peter, the rosary, and best represented our theme and our diocese. 

Our speakers are Dr. Susan Timoney, Rev. Ricky Manalo, Matthew Beck, Sr. Lisa Laguna DC. Check the Speaker biographies can be found Below

Check the Conference schedule here 

Deacon Steve Olmstead, one of the four delegates to the Convocation, has been writing a column on the Joy of the Gospel Read the articles:

Finding Joy in the Gospel

A Decisive Direction

The Joy of the Gospel The Homily of our Lives

Proclamation of the Gospel – Part II “Personalizing the WORD”

Updates will be made as more details are confirmed.

For more information call Peggy Mattson 586-2227 x 31 or email development@dioceseofjuneau.org.
See you at the Conference.


Dr. Susan Timoney: Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Susan Timoney is the Secretary of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington where she is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the New Evangelization  and pastoral planning. Susan earned her doctorate at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Catholic University of America in the area of pastoral leadership development. Susan lectures nationally and internationally  on evangelization, lay leadership and Catholic spirituality. Susan served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Tanana and Fairbanks and called Alaska home from 1983-1987.

Rev. Ricky Manalo: Guest Musician and Speaker

Father Ricky Manalo is a presbyter in the Paulist order, which is dedicated to the ministry of evangelization, reconciliation and ecumenism. An accomplished musician, composer, lecturer and author, he specializes in ritual music, liturgical enculturation and spirituality. His compositions combine accessibility with challenge, continuity with variety and solemnity with joy.

Ricky has served as liturgical director of the Asian/Pacific Apostolate Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and as choir and liturgy director of the Washington Theological Union. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under John Corigliano and Ludmila Ulehla and received a bachelor of music in composition. He earned a master's in theology at the Washington Theological Union in Washingto D.C., with a concentration in word and worship. Recent projects include producing a collection of liturgical music from the Philippines and studying multilingual music in China. He currently is pursuing a doctorate in Asian-American liturgical studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 

Father Ricky's book Chanting on Our Behalf Pastoral Guide to Presidential Chanting and Musical Leadership is a standard text for seminarians, deacons, priests and bishops who want to improve their role in chanting litury. Also a gifted composer, Fr. Ricky Manalo has released three music collections with OCP, including the recent, This Holy Light


Matthew Beck : Speaker

Matthew Beck is the dad of three teenage daughters. Matthew and his wife, Teresa, will celebrate 25 years of marriage in November. Matthew currently serves as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. His background includes 2 years as a high school teacher, 21 years of fulltime parish ministry, and the completion of graduated degree in Pastoral Ministry at St. Mary’s

University of Minnesota. 

Matthew also authored Blessings & Prayers for New Parents and The Catholic Dad: Coaching Your Family for Liguori Publications. He and his family live in Palmer, Alaska, where they raise a variety of livestock on their hobby farm. His personal goal in life is to recognize God’s abounding grace, live a joy-filled life being constantly in awe of, challenged, and transformed by that grace, while helping others experience that same joy in their lives.   

Sr. Kathy Radich, OSF: Speaker 

Sr. Kathy Radich, OSF, is a Franciscan Sister currently ministering in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region of the Diocese of Fairbanks among the Yup'ik Eskimo people.  As the Coordinator of Rural Ministries she oversees planning, personnel, policies, and ministries in the 24 parishes of the region.

Sister Kathy's love of Alaska began  in the Diocese of Juneau where she served for six years as a mission sister in Skagway, Haines, Wrangell, Angoon, and Hobart Bay as well as in the Office of Ministries assisting to coordinate the annual Institute and youth ministry in the diocese.  After leaving the Diocese of Juneau, she earned her LCSW and did counseling for the Family Support and Counseling Center for Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Anchorage. When the Counseling Center closed Sister Kathy was invited to western Alaska where she now ministers.