PASTOR

Father Andrew Lee   

Father Andrew Lee is from the Korean Missionary Society. It is a foreign mission group that was establised in 1975 for the purpose of contribution to world mission of the Church. Its members are about 75 priests doing missions in countries like China, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Mexico, Mozambique, and so on. Father Andrew, joined the Society in 2002 and was ordained in 2010.  After completing language courses in the Philippines and Canada, he came to Alaska in November 2012. Since then, he has served as a parochial vicar in the Matanuska Valley for about 3.5 yrs at Sacred Heart in Wasilla, Our Lady of the Lake in Big Lake, and St. Christopher’s in Willow. Father Andrew likes to watch movies, enjoys sports, and is trying to learn how to fish since he recently got a fishing rod. 

 

 DEACON

William F. Finnegan, JCL

 Deacon Bill and his wife, Diane, joined Holy Cross Parish in 1992. They were married in 1964 and have 4 children & 6 grandchildren. He was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 1981 in Memphis, TN. He received a degree in Canon Law from Catholic University in 1991. He and Diane spend part of the year in Arizona. He is also assigned to Holy Cross Parish in Mesa, AZ. Deacon Bill functions as a Judge in the Tribunals of Anchorage and Phoenix.

 

 

 

DEACON

Bill Tunilla

Deacon Bill was stationed in Anchorage in 1980, he met his wife Sherry and they were married in Sumter, South Carolina in 1986.  Bill retired from the US Air Force and the family joined Holy Cross Parish at the invitation of Fr. Ernie.  Over the years, Bill and Sherry have served the church in a variety of ways, acting as coordinators for the Altar Servers, RCIA, Baptism Preparation and Worldwide Marriage Encounter.   Bill is a Knight of Columbus 4th Degree and was recently ordained as a permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Anchorage on May 1st, 2015 at Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Bill and Sherry are blessed with 5 children, 3 grandchildren and Sherry’s Mom, Wanda.  

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

Theresa Austin

Theresa has been Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for Holy Cross Parish for 14 years. She is married and has three children. She enjoys singing, teaching, hanging out with the youth and watching her kids play hockey. She facilitates the youth nights on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, and runs Faith Formation on Wednesday nights at Hanshew, overseeing grades PreK-12 and adult classes. She is the Coordinator of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and the entire Confirmation Preparation Program. She started the Frassati Society for young adults in Alaska and is working toward that group growing in ministry and prayer. The Frassati Society for young adults meets every other Sunday evening for fellowship, service and prayer from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Theresa has been active in coordinating the Alaska Catholic Youth Conference and World Youth Day pilgrimages for youth in Alaska for several years now and will continue to do so with other Youth Ministers from throughout the state. 

PARISH SECRETARY

Diane Hlasny

Diane "Isty" Hlasny started as secretary for Holy Cross Parish this summer and is excited to start a new chapter in her life. She was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska, where she met her husband and was married 11 years ago. They moved to Anchorage in 2003 and she worked for Cook Inlet Native Head Start. Isty, her husband and three children, have been parishioners of Holy Cross since 2004. On January 12, 2014, Isty came into full communion with the Catholic church. In her free time, Isty loves to hike, camp, cook and entertain.

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Larissa Melnik

Larissa Melnik joined the music team at Holy Cross in 2011. She received her MA degree in Piano Education and Accompaniment in Russia and started working as an accompanist at a music college right after graduation. Although later in life, pursuing her passion for Literature and Choreography, she earned two more BA degrees, music turned out to be her primary vocation. She has worked in the field for 34 years.  She moved to Anchorage in the late nineties and became a proud US Citizen in 2013. She had been baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church in 1993. For the last 13 years she worked as a musician at First Presbyterian and First CME churches in Anchorage, and became the Director of Music Ministry at Holy Cross Parish on March 1, 2014. Larissa works as piano instructor most of her days. Her two daughters and two cats, reading, film, and nature are her inspirations.

MAINTENANCE

Marek Chlebowski