Archdiocese of Seattle

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February 27, 2020
From the Bishops of Washington State
Read their statement,

 Love One Another:
Practicing Civility for the Common Good

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain                  


Archdiocesan 2018-19 Annual Report

June 2019
Archbishop Sartain's statement on our new Archbishop

“To say that I am delighted by the Holy Father’s choice would be an understatement,” said Archbishop Sartain, who was installed as the archbishop of Seattle in December 2010, in a letter to the people of the archdiocese. “Archbishop Etienne is a wonderful shepherd whose love for the Lord is expressed through a deep prayer life and devotion to the sacraments, as well as contagious enthusiasm for the proclamation of the Gospel and service to those in need in the name of Jesus.”

“I am excited about the transition to the Archdiocese of Seattle,” said Archbishop Etienne (pronounced “AY-chin”), who received news of this appointment earlier this month from the papal nuncio to the United States. “While I have experience as an archbishop, stepping into a much larger archdiocese will require me to learn new skills. I have great esteem for Archbishop Sartain and look forward to working with him to serve the Lord and preach the good news of the Gospel.”

“At the same time, I have mixed emotions for leaving behind a church I’ve given my life and heart to for the past few years,” added Archbishop Etienne. “I am sad to say goodbye to the wonderful people in the Archdiocese of Anchorage who have been so welcoming. I am truly grateful for their love and support.”

A coadjutor archbishop is appointed by the pope to eventually succeed the current archbishop. He works alongside the current archbishop to become familiar with the archdiocese that he will eventually oversee. This week leaders in the Archdiocese of Seattle welcome Archbishop Etienne for tours and introductions to the people and ministries of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. He will officially join the archdiocese as coadjutor archbishop on June 7, 2019, at a “Rite of Reception” Mass in St. James Cathedral.

“Archbishop Etienne and I will finalize the date later this year on which he will formally succeed me as Archbishop of Seattle,” said Archbishop Sartain. “In the meantime we both look forward to working together to serve the Lord.”

The request for a coadjutor

Since 2012, Archbishop Sartain has experienced a succession of spinal issues, leading to three separate surgeries. While his surgeries were successful, Archbishop Sartain’s back condition has continued to be painful and to negatively impact his energy and stamina.

“About eighteen months ago, I began praying for the Lord’s guidance regarding the possibility of asking the Holy Father to appoint a coadjutor archbishop,” said Archbishop Sartain. “In late September, I wrote Pope Francis and requested the appointment of a coadjutor archbishop, with a view toward retiring much sooner than expected because of my health. Pope Francis graciously responded positively to my request.”

Archbishop Etienne

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne was born to a large Catholic family in Tell City, Indiana. He is one of six children and has two brothers who are Catholic priests, as well as sister who is a Benedictine nun.

He is currently the fourth archbishop for the Archdiocese of Anchorage where he was installed November 9, 2016, after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for seven years.

Archbishop Etienne studied at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky; the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in 1995.

On June 27, 1992, he was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, where he served as pastor of several parishes, vocation director and vice-rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary.

On October 19, 2009, he was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne by Pope Benedict XVI. He served there until October 4, 2016, when he was appointed Archbishop of Anchorage by Pope Francis.

You can read more from Archbishop Etienne on his blog:

Pope Francis Condems Food Waste

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis condemned food waste, saying throwing away food is like throwing away people. “Waste reveals an indifference toward things and toward those who go without,” he said May 18.

“To throw food away means to throw people away,” he told members and volunteers of the European Federation of Food Banks, including the Food Bank of Italy, which was marking its 30th anniversary.

He thanked the organizations for all they do in providing food to those who are hungry while fighting against food waste. “You take what is thrown into the vicious cycle of waste and insert it into the ‘virtuous circle’ of good use,” he said, saying their work is like what trees do — taking in pollution to give back oxygen to those in need. “It is scandalous today not to notice how precious food is” and how much of it ends up wasted, he said. “Wasting what is good is a nasty habit” that can creep in anywhere, even in charitable works, for example, when good intentions are blocked by bureaucracy or excessive administrative costs or when they “become forms of welfare that do not lead to authentic development.”

Charity today “requires intelligence, the capacity for planning and continuity,” and for people to care about each other, seeking to restore human dignity, the pope said. He told those involved in food banks that their work shows — with action and not words — that progress “advances each time we walk with those who are left behind.” “The economy has a profound need of this,” he said, lamenting how “the frenetic scramble for money is accompanied by an interior frailty,” disorientation and a loss of meaning. “What I care about is an economy that is more humane, that has a soul, and not a reckless machine that crushes human beings,” Pope Francis said.

Too many people are left without work, dignity or hope “and still others are oppressed by inhuman demands of production” that have a negative impact on the family and personal relationships. The pope said it pains him when he hears parents say they have little time in the day to play with their children because they go to work when the children are still asleep and get home when they are already in bed.

“This is inhuman: this vertigo of inhuman work.” “Instead of serving humanity,” he said, the economy “enslaves us, subjugates us to monetary mechanisms” that are increasingly difficult to control. “We need to encourage models of growth based on social equality, on the dignity of human persons, on families, on the future of young people, on respect for the environment,” he said. “Even if evil is at large in the world, with God’s help and the good will of so many like yourselves, the world can be a better place,” he said. 



Bishops’ Statement on the Environment 

Working to promote greater care for the environment, the Catholic Bishops of Washington State have released a statement on “Catholic Principles and Environmental Policy.” Released on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment, the statement draws upon the consistent teaching on environmental issues shared by leaders of the Catholic Church from Blessed Pope Paul VI to St. John Paul II to Pope Francis.


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