Louis L. Renner
Father Louis L. Renner, S.J., was ordained a priest in 1957. He spent the next five years in Europe studying French at the Sorbonne University, making his tertianship, and earning a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Munich. He then taught German and Latin at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 1965 to 1980, retiring from the university with Professor of German Emeritus status. From 1981 to 2002, while still residing in Fairbanks, he edited The Alaskan Shepherd. In June 2002--"missioned" to write a comprehensive history of the Catholic Church in Alaska--he joined the Gonzaga University Jesuit Community in Spokane, Washington, as "writer in residence." Alaskana Catholica is Father Renner's fifth book.