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.