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Mass Schedule & Information

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.

Sunday

8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Reconciliation

Saturday 4:00 p.m. until all are heard or by appointment.

Adoration

Alternate Mondays 6:00 p.m., Thursdays 6:00 p.m., First Fridays 6:00 p.m.

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St. Pat's Staff

Fr. Scott Medlock Pastor

Fr. Scott has served at St. Patrick’s since January of 2002. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 26,1996 as a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. He hopes to continue serving St. Patrick’s for many years to come.

Fr. Scott has a passion for celebrating the liturgy, for developing strong parish faith formation programs for all ages, and for providing parishioners with opportunities to serve those most in need in our community. He is a board member of Catholic Social Services, the broadest provider of social service programs in Alaska, and of Covenant House Alaska, a shelter with extensive wrap around services for homeless teens. He is a former board member of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and of Anchorage Project Access, an agency that facilitates pro bono medical care for low income people without medical insurance.

Fr. Scott loves to bike, in the mountains and on the road, and to climb mountains. With the advent of winter fat biking, he is able to bike year round in Anchorage. One of his “big adventures” was training for and completing the Fireweed 200 in July of 2010, a one day, two hundred mile road bike race from Sheep Mountain Lodge to Valdez.

Fr. Scott was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He was raised in the United Methodist Church. Fr. Scott, who grew up on a lake, swam competitively from an early age. His claim to fame is breaking a Florida state record in the 25 yard back stroke as an eight year old! As a teenager he also raced 16′ Hobie Cat sail boats. Scouting was a big part of Fr. Scott’s youth. He is an Eagle scout who served as a scoutmaster as a young adult.

While attending the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate (1973-77), Fr. Scott met his wife, Maria Elena. Maria Elena is a life-long devout Catholic. Fr. Scott began attending mass with his roommates and with Maria Elena as an undergraduate. He studied German, economics, and the classics in a Great Books program. Fr. Scott and Maria Elena received the Sacrament of Marriage on June 12, 1978 at Notre Dame’s Sacred Heart Basilica.

After working for three years as an account executive at Merrill Lynch in Orlando, Fr. Scott returned to Notre Dame to study law. He graduated with a J.D. in 1983. Although he is a member of the Maryland Bar and did some limited pro bono work representing the homeless, he never practiced law full time.

During law school, Fr. Scott began to discern God calling him to become an ordained minister. Immediately after graduating from law school, he entered seminary in the Duke Divinity School. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1986. He served as a United Methodist pastor for nine years.

Fr. Scott has always attended mass on a weekly basis with Maria Elena. His love for the Catholic faith, especially for the Eucharist, deepened over the years. In 1992, Archbishop Francis Hurley of Anchorage received Fr. Scott into the Church. Fr. Scott and Maria Elena moved their family to Anchorage that same summer. Saint John Paul II gave Archbishop Hurley permission to ordain Fr. Scott to the priesthood in 1996.

Fr. Scott and Maria Elena have three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Denver. Our oldest son, Aaron, and his wife, Maureen, have twins, Sean and Grace. They were born in September of 2014. Our number two son, Matthew, and his wife, Amy, have two beautiful girls, Emma and Lyla. They are in elementary school. Our daughter, Angela, married Mike Resman in August of 2016. Fr. Scott had the wonderful joy of witnessing the marriages of all three of his children!

Fr. Dan Hebert Parochial Vicar

I, Father Dan Hebert, was born to Joseph and Reva Hebert in Kankakee, Illinois on February 20, 1950. I am the oldest of 5 children. My parents were both in the medical field, Dad was a Pharmacist and my mother was a nurse. Both of my parents are deceased.

I graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in 1968 and entered the Brothers of Charity in 1969 and made profession of vows on February 20, 1971. On January 22, 1972 I was assigned to the Archdiocese of Anchorage and served under the first Archbishop, Joseph T. Ryan. As, Brother Joseph, I was missioned to set up religious education programs for the newly formed archdiocese.

In August of 1973 I began my studies for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Anchorage at Holy Trinity Seminary. My studies were at the University of Dallas where I received a BA degree in Philosophy and a Masters of Divinity in Theology. I was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Anchorage by Archbishop Francis T. Hurley on May 5, 1979.
Following ordination I was assigned to many parishes in the Archdiocese as a Parochial Vicar and as Pastor and for four years (1985-1990) I was assigned to the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Office.

My most rewarding part of ministry is working directly with people. I have a very out-going personality and I am drawn to help people. With the mixture of prayer and my sensitive nature I have a passion in doing spiritual direction. The sacramental aspect of the priesthood is what gives me life, namely, saying Mass, preaching, and performing baptisms/weddings/funerals. I can say without a doubt that being a Priest is what God has called me to be…”I love being a priest”.

At the present moment (2017) I am the Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Parish in Anchorage, Alaska doing parish ministry and spiritual direction. Also, I am Pastor of St. Christopher’s by the Sea Parish in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Dcn. Mick Fornelli Deacon

I am currently married to my wonderful wife Michelle and I have two sons. I was born in So. California where I went to grade school and high school where I was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Marianist Brothers. I enjoyed many years of playing baseball, when I was not at the beach surfing, including 2 years with the Minnesota Twins farm system. I am a graduate of the University of Washington-Michael Foster School of Business. Worked as a stuntman for two years at Disneyland and with an independent stuntman group performing through So. California.

My work experience began as I was employed at a finance company as Branch Manager. I left that industry to take a position in the banking industry where I served for 15 years in areas of Dealer Finance Credit, Commercial Credit, International Money Desk, and finally as Vice-President & Branch Manager. I left the banking world and accepted a position moving to the equipment rental industry where I served 12 years in roles starting as Regional Credit Manager and progressing to the role of Chief Operating Officer with the responsibility to handle mergers and acquisitions as well as employee integration. The time spent in this role allowed me to gain international business experience in developing and opening branch locations in Mexico and Canada.

During this time, I moved from California to Florida to Oregon to Alaska where I went to work for the Municipality of Anchorage in the Treasury Division. After three years with the Municipality, I was nominated for and was blessed to receive the Employee of the Year Award from the Municipality.

I entered formation for and was subsequently ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 2009. Upon ordination, I was appointed Director of Deacon Ministry and Formation by Archbishop Roger Schwietz and assigned to St. Patrick’s parish where I currently serve in my parochial assignment.

In addition to these two assignments, I co-ordinate the Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekends and serve as Chaplain at St. Elias Hospital and the Bro. Francis Homeless Shelter. Most recently Archbishop Etienne has sustained my current assignments and appointed me Chairman of the Archdiocese Liturgy Committee.

John Barrientes Young Adult Ministry

John was born and raised in San Antonio, TX by his mother, Amelia, along with two older siblings, Santos and Victoria. As a teenager, John refused to attend the high school youth ministry at his parish, but finally relented after months and months of constant pleas from his mother, aunt, and youth minister. Though peeling away from his television caused such pain and anguish, John found tremendous peace and joy meeting people who would become like family to him. God revealed His love through the men, women, and teens of the youth ministry who embraced John as a brother in Christ.

After several years at the University of Wisconsin, God called John to discern priesthood and religious life with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. With the Oblates, John earned an undergraduate degree at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. He then entered the Oblate novitiate for a year of retreat to strengthen his relationship with Christ and further discern religious life. John professed first vows with the Oblates and began to study theology at Oblate School of Theology. After four years in Oblate formation, John felt called to serve the Lord as a lay person and left the community.

He was hired here at St. Patrick in July of 2014 as coordinator of youth and young adult ministry. In 2015 he met his lovely fiancé, Tracey, at daily Mass at the parish (daily Mass will change your life). John and Tracey will be married on January 6, 2018! John and Tracey enjoy praying, hiking, reading, biking, climbing, WWE, and challenging each other to holiness.

Caroline Eddens Children’s Ministry

Caroline began working at St. Patrick’s in July 2016 as Pastoral Associate in the Children’s and Adult Ministries. She is married to Mike and they have been blessed with three children and grandchildren. When away from the parish, she enjoys spending time with the grand kid’s, photography, quilting, and being a student.

She has recently returned to college part time and is pursuing a BA in Theological Studies. She is involved with Prison Ministry serving at Hiland Mountain Correctional and where ever needed throughout Alaska. She feels extremely blessed to be at St. Patrick’s and looks forward to serving this community for as long as God desires her to be here.  

John Gagnon Business Manager

I have had the joy of working here at St. Patrick’s Parish since 1979. That was shortly after I moved to Alaska and just before Cyndi (Zartman) and I were married in 1980. We celebrated our wedding in the Deacons Hall back when it was our parish’s worship space. We were blessed with three wonderful daughters, two of whom live here in Anchorage and are members of St. Patrick’s. Cyndi and I are further blessed with two beautiful granddaughters who are also members of our faith community.

My work involves office management, bookkeeping, and maintenance here at the parish. I have had the honor and joy of working with many wonderful, Spirit filled people on the parish staff over many years. I have seen great growth here at St. Patrick’s, and I hope and pray that God will continue to bless our parish community.

Sally Nicholson Secretary

Sally A. Nicholson was born on July 29, 1947 in Spokane, Washington 
were she lived until she moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1976. She spends most of the vacations in Spokane, where most of her family resides. She is the second oldest of 8 children, has 3 children and 11 grandchildren. Sally currently lives in her 2 bedrooms home with her 13-year-old dog, McKenzie, but often has household guests.

Sally started working for the Department of Corrections Central Office in Juneau, Alaska in 1976, transferred to Anchorage in 1982 and worked 15 years coordinating the Community Work Service Program, and working with Probationers and Parolees to reintegrate them into the community. For the past 13 years Sally has worked as the Parish Secretary at St. Patrick’s which her duties include working with Deacon’s Outreach Program. Sally is motivated and receives energy when she sees positive change in herself and others. Sally believes all relationships lead us closer to God regardless if positive or negative, or involve conflict and misunderstandings.

Sally attended Spokane Community College, University of Alaska Juneau and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Sally has ministered, provided leadership, gained strength, growth and support from the following ministries:

• Cursillo (Short Course in Christ) (4 Years)
• Teens Encounter Christ (TEC)
• A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Community, Theology & Service)
 Retreatant, Team, & Spiritual Companion

20 years as a member of Christian Life Community which is a lay organization. Each local community is a part of the world community. CLC is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Members come from all walks of life, but share a common desire to respond more fully to God‘s call in their lives.

Catechist, Approximately 15 years, Primarily taught, co-taught or substituted grades K thru 6th. Locations:

• St. Paul’s, Juneau, AK.
• Our Lady of Guadalupe, Anchorage
• St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Rima Ostrom Office Assistant

Shortly after our move to Alaska in 2004, my husband John and I found a home here at St. Patrick’s. One day after Mass, one of the parishioners came up to me and asked me a simple question, “How would you like to help out with coffee and donuts after Mass?” Who knew that saying yes to helping with coffee and donuts would lead me to a life full of new friends, family, and a closer relationship with God.

I began volunteering with the Hospitality Committee, and through my husband John, became involved with various Knights of Columbus functions at the parish, and then eventually I found myself volunteering in the parish office. In 2012 I was officially hired on as an Office Assistant. My various duties include parish registration, donation recording, and hall events scheduling.

Working at St. Patrick’s has blessed me in so many ways. Who knew? God!