Monday, July 5, 2010

Catholic Seminarian Visits Holy Rosary Mission

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor Holy Rosary Mission

Arthur Roraff, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, is currently visiting Holy Rosary Mission. He arrived Wednesday, June 30 and plans to stay until July 9th. Arthur is currently in Pre-theology at the Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota. God willing, he well be ordained a Catholic Priest in five years.

After being in Kodiak for a few days, Arthur flew back to Anchorage and then headed for Holy Rosary in Dillingham, Alaska. After leaving here, Fr. Tom Lilly, our vocation director, has him slated to visit the rest of the archdiocese including parishes in the Matsu Valley and Anchorage.

About the second day Arther was here the weather cleared enough to fly around to check out the Bristol Bay area. We flew from Dillingham in our Cherokee to Manakotak, Clarks Point, Ekuk, New Stuyahok, and back to Dillingham.

On Sunday, July 4th, in very marginal weather (ceilings were down to 500 feet), we flew to Saint Theresa located between King Salmon and Naknek. Below Arthur prepares the readings for the 9:00 AM Mass. We had to leave Dillingham at 7:00 AM that morning to make it on time. King Salmon is 64 air miles from Dillingham.

Arthur told me that when people asked him about being a priest in Alaska the first two things they always ask are, “Do you fly?” Do you fish.” He got a big dose of both.

Shortly after arriving, Arthur and I decided to go fishing. First we had to clean the net.

We also had to pull a large tree off the ropes. The ropes are used to pull out the subsistence net. It was well worth the effort. We definitely were did not get skunked. After the tree is cleared away, Arthur pulls out the net.

Now that the net is out all that remains is for the Red salmon to start hitting the net.

And it did not take long to get over 15 salmon. Here, Arthur has his hands full. They definintely do not teach this at the Saint Paul Seminary.

Here are a couple pictures of Arthur and I holding up our catch, part of which we cooked up fresh that evening for dinner.

And wouldn't you know it. Who did we see walking the streets of Dillingham being filmed for her TV show? None other than Sara Palin. We teased Arthur about Sara stalking him because it seemed that everywhere we went, there was Sara Palin!

Driving around, Arthur spotted a couple of interesting boats with intersting names. Talk about fuel for jokes and laughter!! First we saw MY WIFE.

Then, Arthur took a picture of Ryan and I pointing at YOUR WIFE.

In preparation for our youth retreat (13 youth arrived from Anchorage for a community service retreat), Arthur helps Ryan (one of the youth) load a Rota Tiller into the back of our truck. Ron Bowers of Dillingham generously donated it. The tiller will be used to re-do the lawn at the Dillingham public library.

Please pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and always "Fly safe out there!"

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