Pope Francis Names the Most Reverend Paul Etienne as Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle

April 29, 2019 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Paul Etienne as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Etienne was born June 15, 1959, in Tell City, Indiana. He attended the North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1992. 

Archbishop Etienne holds a bachelors and licentiate of theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. After ordination, he served in several Indianapolis parishes, and was director of vocations for the archdiocese. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named him bishop of Cheyenne where he was ordained as bishop on December 14, 2009. Archbishop Etienne was named Archbishop of Anchorage on October 4, 2016 by Pope Francis and was installed, November 9, 2016.

Archbishop Etienne currently serves as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on National Collections.

The Archdiocese of Seattle is comprised of 64,269 square miles and has a total population of 5,501,540 of which 863,000 or 15.7 percent, are Catholic. The Most Reverend James Peter Sartain is the fifth and current Archbishop of Seattle.


Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Etienne, Archdiocese of Seattle, Archdiocese of Anchorage, Archbishop James Peter Sartain


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