ANCHORAGE, Alaska One of the most well known and longest-serving Catholic priests in Anchorage has passed away.
The Archdiocese of Anchorage confirmed Friday evening that Father Steven Moore has died after a long battle with cancer.
In a written statement, Archbishop Paul Etienne said "Rev. Steven Moore, a somewhat iconic priest of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, ‘made it home for Christmas’ today, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer."
Father Moore served in many capacities for the Anchorage Archdiocese.
He was pastor for a number of parishes, most recently St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Archbishop Etienne wrote "When he learned that his system was shutting down, he made it very clear he wanted to return to his residence. He wanted no extraordinary treatments, and he wanted to return to the comfort of his home."
Father Patrick at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church said Father Moore passed away Friday afternoon in the church rectory, with his brother and sister at his side.
His sister, Linda Moore, in a written statement said "Grateful for his life, there will be a wake Thursday December 28, at 6:00 PM at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 2901 Huffman Rd, Anchorage. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30AM Friday December 29 at the Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3900 Wisconsin Street, also in Anchorage."
Linda Moore added, "Thank you for being with Father Moore, each other, and his family on this journey."
The Catholic Anchor Newspaper said Father Moore was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fairbanks in 1976. Shortly thereafter, he was permanently assigned to the Anchorage Archdiocese where he had served ever since.