Graffiti can be seen on the outside of St. Andrew’s Church in Eagle River on Nov. 11.

For the third time in 18 months, St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River has been hit with vile graffiti that was spray painted on the outside of the parish.

The most recent attack occurred on Nov. 11, just before midnight. According to parish staff, vandals painted the front and side of the church with crude, four-foot-high phallic symbols, which are nearly identical to those painted on the building in two similar attacks last year.

Church surveillance videos show a person wearing a face covering, blue and gray jacket and hoodie with dark blue pants and black gloves. It also reveals a dark colored, 4-door sedan, which may have been used by the perpetrator.

Videos show the person calmly approaching the church with a white spray can in hand. After committing the crime, the person walks back to the parking lot.

An image from a security camera shows a person walking up to St. Andrew’s Church on Nov. 11 with spray can in hand.

The parish is asking area residents to share the images and videos, and to contact the church if they have any information. Additionally, people can leave  an anonymous tip at Anchorage Crime Stoppers, which pays $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an individual for a felony crime.

In 2022, the parish suffered two acts of vandalism. The first came one day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked, indicating that it was about to overturn Roe v. Wade. It was also the night before the church hosted a well-publicized talk on gender identity by Catholic speaker Jason Evert. On that occasion, nails were scattered across the parking lot.

In November of 2022, the vandal returned with more spray-painted phallic symbols.

Father Arthur Roraff, who serves as pastor of St. Andrew’s, said reports have been filed with the Anchorage Police Department, but there has been no resolution for any of the crimes.

The attacks on St. Andrew’s are part of a wider problem in Alaska and across the country. Last year, a prominent pro-life pregnancy center in Anchorage was vandalized with graffiti, a broken front door and nails placed upright in the cracks of the parking lot. That attack came during a national wave of damages suffered by pro-life centers and churches in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

Then, Ammo-Can Coffee, a popular coffeeshop among conservative-minded, faith-filled Alaskan patriots on the Kenai Peninsula, had the words “TRAITORS” sprayed on its outside windows in 2022.

The latest FBI statistics reveal that hate crimes targeting religious groups are at an all-time high. Nationally, there were 2,044 religiously motivated hate crimes reported across the U.S. in 2022, the most since the agency began keeping records in 1991.

Alaska had four religiously motivated hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2022. That is the most since at least 1993. All of the incidents in Alaska involved destruction of property, vandalism or larceny. Three occurred at houses of worship.

CatholicVote, a national Catholic advocacy group, launched an interactive map documenting attacks on Catholic churches since 2020.  According to the group, there have been at least 350 attacks against U.S. Catholic churches since the start of 2020. This includes arson, which damaged or destroyed historic churches; spray-painting and graffiti of satanic messages; rocks and bricks thrown through windows; and beheaded statues.


Those who have information on who committed the latest act of vandalism at St. Andrew Church can contact the parish at 907-694-2170 or

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Eagle River church tagged with lewd images for 3rd time in 18 months

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.


  • Steve P Peterson says:

    I fear those folks are going to need to get some security detail going on, even volunteers from the congregation taking turns.
    As for the motif: you can tell exactly what his agenda is. He’s a pervert with a spray can.

  • John J Otness says:

    One must ask if this guy was a victim of the Clergy.

    • John H Slone says:

      Even if he was this type of hate crime is not justified!! There are other means ranging from a simple lawsuit to membership in organizations that identify publicly the perpetrators!!

  • James Rogers says:

    As a vandal, this dude must be thrilled that you are providing free pub! The correct response is to clean the graffiti and not give it headlines.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    I’m not at all clear on why anyone would spray-paint that particular symbol on any surface, let alone a Catholic Church. I expect he gets some kind of jollies off the act of vandalism, but in the end, what has he accomplished? As an aside, does he thing Catholics don’t know about sex organs? Or is he stating that his are the only thing that matter in the world? Makes me wonder about his chosen orientation.

  • Toscano says:

    Vandals have their own inscrutable motives. We are free to speculate. Prolife Chicagoan Eric Scheidler was recently attacked with hot coffee while picketing. Because they caught the guy, the man repented and reformed. He discovered mercy from Scheidler, who as plaintiff asked the judge to be lenient. Who knows what great Grace may follow this man? — But only because he was CAUGHT.

  • Bemah says:

    This looks like a woman to me. Probably homosexual. Early 20’s… from the build. Sweater/jacket not masculine. Hands also do not look male.

  • oak says:

    Two thoughts, The preaching is spot on and that made someone mad or a kid was reprimanded or played with. Check the congregants first.