Welcome Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

September 04, 2019

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It’s a new beginning; it’s a grateful farewell.

The Archdiocese of Seattle welcomes Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, who has been appointed by Pope Francis on September 3, 2019, following Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s retirement. The Fulcrum Foundation is grateful for Archbishop Sartain’s leadership over the past nine years and his formidable support of Fulcrum and the 73 Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

Archbishop Etienne joined the archdiocese in giving a grateful send-off to Archbishop Sartain, writing, “I wish to thank Archbishop Sartain for his many kindnesses to me in my three months of service with him.”

Appointed coadjutor archbishop in April 2019, Archbishop Etienne comes to the position with an open heart and a wealth of leadership experience. He served as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Anchorage and Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne before his appointment in Seattle.

Archbishop Etienne shares his vision for the Archdiocese of Seattle in a letter to the Catholic community.

The school principals experienced the joy of the first Mass of the school year celebrated by Archbishop Etienne at the annual Kickstart Retreat in August. He shared his commitment to continuing the strong legacy of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

The Fulcrum Foundation enthusiastically welcomes Archbishop Etienne and looks forward to working with him as we continue to strengthen Catholic schools and the communities we serve.