Diocese of Fairbanks

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DIOCESE OF FAIRBANKS (Dioecesis de Fairbanks)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1894 as Apostolic Prefecture of Alaska
Elevated to Apostolic Vicariate of Alaska in 1916
Elevated to Diocese of Fairbanks in 1962

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Fairbanks

Official blazon


The North Star on a blue field over the mountains of Alaska refers to the geographical position of the diocese.

In the chief, between two red roses on a field of gold, is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, titular symbol of the Diocese of Fairbanks’ Cathedral. This commemorates the consecration of Alaska to the Sacred Heart by the late Archbishop Charles-Jean Seghers of Victoria, which then included the territory of Alaska, on Easter Sunday, 1874. The roses, representing St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of the Alaska Missions, recall her promise, "After my death I will let fall a shower of roses."

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Literature : Info from the Diocese of Fairbanks