Thank you, Father Armand!

Ric with Father Armand

This Christmas, we offer our great thanks and a sincere “God speed” to a truly inspiring member of our staff: the Reverend Armand Nigro, SJ, who steps down as KNOM’s spiritual advisor as of 2014.

We’ve felt blessed knowing that Father Armand – a devout, kind man with a long history of service in Alaska – has been supporting and praying for our mission and its communities for so many years.

Fr. Armand will remain in our hearts, and we’re happy to announce his new title of Spiritual Advisor Emeritus, as conferred upon him by KNOM’s board of directors and general manager Ric Schmidt (pictured) in October. Stay tuned (in a future Static) for details on our new spiritual advisor, Father Mark Hoelsken, SJ, who has served in this position before and was, from 1974 to 1978, a volunteer engineer at KNOM. He is a longtime friend of our mission and served communities in rural Alaska for many years. Welcome, Fr. Mark!

Father Armand Nigro

Father Armand Nigro, SJ.


  1. claudia and marty richardson on February 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    we knew fr. nigro in billings, montana where he flew out to teach us bible courses once a month. i was a new catholic and a fundamentalist so i needed alot of teaching. he and fr. charlie gorman taught me alot about loving everyone no matter what religion they were and i will always be thankful to both of them. god bless them both. love. claudia and marty richardson.

  2. Ann E Hastee on February 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Do you have articles that father Armand Nigro wrote?

    • David Dodman on February 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Hello, Ann! Unfortunately, no, Father Nigro isn’t an author for this website, and I don’t know of any articles that he composed.