S.E. Alaska Catholic Conference


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Travel scholarships are available for those traveling from parishes outside of Juneau. Contact Deacon Mike Monagle for more information. Reimbursement form  

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, CSP, Matthew Beck, Sr. Mary Peter Diaz, D.C., Sr. Lisa Laguna, D.C. and Sr. Kathy Radich, OSF. The speaker biographies can be found below


Conference talk descriptions and schedule


This year's conference theme song by Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP




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”

The Joy of the Gospel: The social dimension

The Joy of the Gospel: The social dimension part II

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 a Professor of Pastoral Studies Catholic University of America. Susan earned her doctorate at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. 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. Mary Peter Diaz, D.C.: Speaker 

La Hermana Mary Peter Díaz, entró en la congregación de las Hijas de la Caridad (Daughters of Charity) en 1964. Fue profesora en el norte y el sur de California en las esculas de las Hijas de la Caridad (Daughters of Charity).

En 1984 fue la directora de educación religiosa en su parroquia de Los Ángeles, la cual era 95% hispana. El programa de catequesis tenia más de 500 niños con más de 100 catequistas. 

En 2007 la Hermana Mary Peter fue enviada a Alaska a trabajar con la comunidad hispana de Anchorage. Actualmente, la Hermana Mary Peter es la directora de la Extensiónes de los Ministerios Hispano y Nativo bajo la Arquidiócesis de Anchorage. 

Sister Mary Peter Diaz, DC, entered the Daughters of Charity in 1964.  She taught in Northern and Southern California at the Daughters’ schools.  In 1984 she was the Director of Religious Education at her home parish in Los Angeles which was 95% Hispanic.  The catechetical program had over 500 children with more then 100 catechists.  In 2007 Sister was missioned to Alaska to work with the Hispanic Community in Anchorage.  She is the Director of Outreach Ministries (Hispanic, Native and Other Ministries) for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. 

Sr. Lisa Laguna, D.C.: Speaker 

Sister Lisa Laguna, D.C. has been a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul since 2003. 

Sister Lisa has degrees in Philosophy and Education. She served as an educator in the inner-city of Los Angeles for many years – teaching middle school Language Arts and working in administration. 

For the last nine years, Sister Lisa has ministered as the Vocation Director for the Daughters of Charity -  Province of the West. She also serves as the National Advisor of the Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) – an international branch of the Vincentian Family with over 100,000 members worldwide, 500 members in the United States and about 40 members right here in the State of Alaska.

Sister Lisa spends her time journeying with women in discernment, mentoring new vocation directors, and directing retreats for teens, young adults, youth ministers and people in discernment. She gives workshops to teachers, youth ministers and catechists on “Giving Young People Tools for Discernment.”

Sister Lisa also serves on the National Board for the National Religious Vocation Conference.

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.