Alaska’s largest hospital, which advertises itself as a “Catholic” institution, has gone all in with promoting and celebrating transgenderism, bisexuality, cross sex hormones and LGBTQ “Pride Month.”

A June 3 post on Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Facebook page states, “Happy Pride Month! At Providence Alaska, we believe that health for a better world means everyone can access the care and support they need and deserve. We stand with all of our LGBTQIA+ caregivers and allies during Pride month and every month. Diversity makes our family of organizations stronger.”

For Providence this means offering powerful cross-sex hormones to alter the appearance of Alaskans who want to physically resemble the opposite sex.

The hospital website boasts that it not only actively recruits an LGBTQI workforce, but also trains doctors and medical workers to embrace the idea of providing cross-sex hormones for those who identify as transgender. This type of treatment commonly results in permanent sterilization and increases the risk of stroke and blood clotting in men who wish to appear as women. Children and teens who undergo hormonal treatments fail to biologically mature. They can also suffer from seizures, bone deterioration, heart failure and permanent damage to reproductive organs.

In addition to providing cross-sex hormones, the hospital advertises services that help gender-confused people behave in ways that correspond with their personal gender identity.

Despite flaunting Catholic teaching, Providence continues to be in good standing with the local Catholic hierarchy.

One of the most radical LGBTQ organizations in Alaska, Identity, Inc., features Providence on its website as a health provider that provides specific LGBTQ medical services. Identity, is the leading LGBTQ activist group in the state, helping to organize and coordinate drag queen story hours, Pride Parades, LGBTQ youth clubs, gender fluid proms and much more. The group’s website highlights three doctors at Providence who deal in LGBTQ health. This includes two pediatric endocrinologists who specialize in hormone treatments for young children.

Originally founded by the Sisters of Providence, the hospital has historic ties to the Catholic faith, and still maintains a chapel and a large statue of Christ outside its main entrance. Over the past several decades, however, Providence has deviated far from its religious roots.

A statue of Christ stands at the entrance of Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Promoting the most radical elements of the LGBTQ agenda is just one way Providence has strayed from Catholic ethical principles for healthcare. Since 2011 it has been home to the Alaska Women’s Health Center, which refers women for abortions and provides contraceptive pills known to cause early abortion. These services are in direct violation of the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic hospitals as established by U.S. Catholic bishops. The ERDs give specific instructions to hospitals on how to operate in harmony with Catholic moral and ethical teachings, which Providence claims to follow.

According to the Ethical and Religious Directives, “If it is discovered that a Catholic health care institution might be wrongly cooperating with immoral procedures, the local diocesan bishop should be informed immediately,” and “the leaders of the institution should resolve the situation as soon as reasonably possible.”

Despite flaunting Catholic teaching, Providence continues to be in good standing with the local Catholic hierarchy. It still maintains a Catholic Chapel on campus with daily Mass performed by a Catholic priest. This is done with full approval from Archbishop Andrew Bellisario, the head of the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau.


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Alaska’s premier ‘Catholic’ hospital flaunts church teaching, backs LGBTQ ‘Pride’

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Veronica Lambertsen says:

    We’re launching spiritual warfare campaign over the events planned for this weekend via prayer. While we will be meeting to pray on Friday, the events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 3 locations in Anchorage and are touted as ‘all ages’ and ‘family friendly’. We’ll be praying that the enemy’s plans are thwarted and ask Father God for shielding and protection over the children that will be subjected to the ideas that will be promoted.

    Matthew 18:18-20
    “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in Heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

    Please join us for peaceful prayer time at the Fairview Lions Park on Friday, June 24 at 5:30pm. The park is located at 1201 8th Avenue (on 8th Avenue between Karluk and Medfra).

    If you have time to go to the other venues throughout the week, I ask that you go in 2s or 3s to invite God to those locations that His work may done.
    Writer’s Block is open 11am – 8pm (Wed-Sun) and Inlet Pubhouse is open mornings until 11am and reopens at 4:30p.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    The old adage, “Crap flows downhill” applies here. The Pope has been pushing woke ideology since he assumed the position. Conservative priests and cardinals are always on the defensive these days.

  • North to Alaska says:

    “Once, while approaching to receive Communion, I saw with my soul’s eyes more clearly than with my bodily eyes two devils whose appearance was abominable. It seems to me their horns were wrapped around the poor priests’s throat, and in the host that was going to be given to me I saw my Lord with the majesty I mentioned placed in the priest’s hands, which were clearly seen to be His offender’s; and I understood that that soul was in mortal sin. What would it be my Lord, to see Your beauty in the midst of such abominable figures? They were as though frightened and terrified in Your presence, for it seems they would have very eagerly fled had You allowed them. This vision caused me such great disturbance I don’t know how I was able to receive Communion, and I was left with a great fear, thinking that if the vision had been from God, His Majesty would not have permitted me to see the evil that was in that soul. The Lord Himself told me to pray for him and that He had permitted it so that I might understand the power of the words of consecration and how God does not fail to be present, however evil the priest who recites them, and that I might see His great goodness since He places Himself in those hands of His enemy, and all out of love for me and for everyone. I understood well how much more priests are obliged to be good than are others, how deplorable a thing it is to receive this most Blessed Sacrament unworthily, and how much the devil is lord over the soul in mortal sin. It did me a great deal of good and brought me deep understanding of what I owed God. May He be blessed forever and ever.

  • Joe Hartley says:

    29 years ago the head of the OB docs at Providence Hedrick Hanson, tried to talk my wife and me into aborting our baby because of data that revealed there was a risk of Down syndrome. When we informed Hanson we were Catholic and we would take our kid regardless of the risk, Hanson became indignant and defensive. So the point is that abortions have been pushed at Providence for the last 29 years at least.

    • Steve Peterson says:

      And don’t forget, they are all for gender reassignment too.
      The original “Sisters of Providence” would turn over in their graves.

  • Lisa Levang says:

    PROVIDENCE IS NOW OWNED BY MERK , we must find out if they are still giving REMDESIVIR the kidney killer drug.

  • Donna says:

    BISHOP BELLISARIO: where are you on this? May I please ask, if little old Holy Rosary Academy was so “disobedient” that you had to punish my two sons, aged 5 and 8, by removing their access to the sacraments in their own school’s consecrated chapel, then I’m sure you’ve got something SERIOUS up your sleeve to retaliate against Providence’s clear lack of obedience to the Catholic faith, right?



    Didn’t think so.

  • Morrigan says:

    What if LGBTQIA actually stands for Let’s Get Biden To Quit Immediately Already?
    Might be a good thing…