Holy Family Cathedral
Holy Family Roman Catholic Cathedral, staffed by friars from the Western Dominican Province and located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, within walking distance of major downtown hotels, boasts a welcoming, multicultural community of prayerful and active Catholics. The parish was founded in 1915, and the Cathedral is built on an original townsite lot. The current building was completed in 1948 and survived the 1964 earthquake with little damage. The visit of Pope Saint John Paul II in 1981 is commemorated with a brass plaque in front and a photo in the Blessed Sacrament chapel. There is an outdoor Marian shrine available for prayer. We offer Masses and confessions every day. Our Sunday Mass schedule of 7 Masses includes a quiet Mass, three “organ” Masses in English, a Spanish Mass, and a Dominican Rite Mass in Latin. At the Cathedral, you will encounter visitors from around the world, especially during the summer tourist season. Our newly installed Bavarian stained glass windows, 125 years old and transplanted from a parish in Philadelphia, are a jewel of downtown Anchorage art. Our gift shop and book store, St. Paul’s Corner, is located at the corner of 5th Avenue and I Street. It includes “made in Alaska” rosaries and note cards, books and many beautiful religious items. Special events this summer include our annual Friars’ Fest held this year on Saturday, August 12, with ethnic foods, barbeque, non-stop entertainment, games, raffles and more. To view Mass and confession times, our Church “open hours,” and current bulletin, week’s events and newsletter, please visit our website. We welcome all visitors to share the beauty of our house of God and the dignity of our Masses.