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Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, D.D., S.T.L.

"The real source of joy and happiness is found in the pursuit of holiness--in relationship with Jesus Christ."

~ Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, D.D., S.T.L.


The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, D.D., S.T.L., was named Archbishop of Seattle on September 3, 2019 by Pope Francis.  Previously, he was the fourth archbishop for the Archdiocese of Anchorage after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for seven years.

He was born in Tell City, Indiana as one of six children. He has two brothers who are Catholic priests, as well as a sister who is a Benedictine nun.

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.

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