Archbishop Paul Etienne, originally from Tell City, has recently been hand picked by Pope Francis as the co-a-jut-or archbishop of Seattle, Washington.
A coadjutor archbishop is one that will eventually take over for another archbishop, which means Etienne will work alongside Seattle’s Archbishop J. Peter Sartain until Sartain retires. This is when Etienne will take over.
Etienne has been a major figure in the Catholic church since his appointment as bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2009 and appointment of Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska in 2016.
Archbishop Etienne at one time was the pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Tell City and a graduate of Tell City. He says he is excited about the transition to Seattle but is sad to leave the people of Anchorage. He says he is truly grateful for his time there.