20 December 2009

Overview: Province of Alaska

The province of Alaska has Anchorage as the metropolitan with Fairbanks and Juneau as Suffragans.

Archbishop Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I. (69) recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of being named a bishop. It seems likely that he will remain in his current post.

Bishop Donald Joseph Kettler (65) has been serving as Bishop of Fairbanks for over 7 years. He is the diocese's 8th ordinary and none of them were transferred. If Bishop Kettler were to be the first it would likely be in the next year or two. But there is no indication that he'll break the trend.

The diocese of Juneau received Bishop Edward James Burns as its new bishop in early 2009.

With the possible exception of Fairbanks, this province is not likely to see any changes in its hierarchy in the next year or two.
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