History

In the beginning was St. Anthony’s Parish.  As the Catholic Community of Anchorage continued to grow, Archbishop Ryan recognized the need for a new parish on the east side of town.  On October 4, 1971, the community of St. Patrick’s Parish (also known as “St. Chester’s of the Valley”) celebrated their first Mass in the gym at Chester Valley Elementary School.  Msgr. Francis Murphy served as St. Patrick’s first pastor.

In the winter of 1973/74 the parish office building was completed. Weekend Masses were celebrated at “St. Chester’s” while Holy Days and daily Masses were celebrated in the Tara Lounge. 

In 1977 work on the Church/Parish Hall began on land donated by Arnold Muldoon who had the original homestead east of what is now Muldoon Road.  On December 24, 1977, Midnight Mass was celebrated in the new building.  With the doors not yet installed, it was a very cold experience!  In March of 1978 the Church/Hall was dedicated by Archbishop Hurley.

The decade of the 1980’s began with the completion of the Parish rectory. 

From 1981 - 1987, the parish pastoral staff had many changes and additions including Deacons: 
  • 1981 - Ken Donohue and Felix Maguire were ordained. 
  • 1987 - Stan Stoneking was ordained. 
Fr. Richard Tero became the second pastor of St. Patrick’s in July 1984. As the parish grew into the 1990’s, fund raising for the construction of a permanent Church building began in earnest.  September of 1992 saw the arrival of Fr. Steven Moore as St. Patrick’s third pastor.  On May 5, 1996, Archbishop Hurley dedicated the new Church.

Shortly after the beginning of the new millennium, in January 2002, Fr. Scott Medlock was named as the parish administrator of St. Patrick’s.  Soon after, Deacon Felix Maguire joined the pastoral staff.  In June of 2009, Deacon Jon Hermon and Deacon Mick Fornelli were ordained and, subsequently, assigned to St. Patrick's.

With the grace of God, St. Patrick’s Parish community continues to grow and become an ever more vibrant part of the Anchorage Archdiocesan witness to the presence of Christ in our world.

Photo: The Dedication of St. Patrick's "New" Church, May 5,1996