Paul D. Etienne

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Paul D. Etienne, born June 15, 1959 in Tell City, Indiana is a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. He attended Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY before going on to St. Thomas College in Minnesota. Father Etienne was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on June 27, 1992.[1] On October 19, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne in Wyoming.[2][3]

Etienne was born in Tell City, Indiana in 1959. He attended Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY before he went on to complete his studies at the University of St. Thomas St. Paul, Minnesota and obtained B.A. in Business Administration in 1986. After several years of work, he began his ecclesiastical studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the University Angelicum, where he obtained a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology in 1995. He was ordained a priest 27 June 1992 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

He served in the following positions: assistant pastor of the Saint Barnabas Parish, Indianapolis (1992–1993)' Director of Vocations (1995–1998), and pastor of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in New Albany (1998–2008). Since 2002, he's served at Saint John the Baptist Parish in New Albany, and pastor of the Saint Simon the Apostle Parish and Saint John the Evangelist in Indianapolis (2008–2009). He's also served as vice-rector of the Bishop Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis (from 2008), and pastor of the Saint Paul Parish at Tell City (from 2009). He was also Consultant and member of the archdiocesan council of priests.

Bishop Etienne succeeded Bishop David Ricken, who was transferred to the Diocese of Green Bay in July 2008.

Etienne noted when he received the appointment. Describing how heard he noted that: "[I]t was bizarre. I don’t know what else to say. [The papal nuncio] Archbishop Sambi called the office at the parish and it was my day off. We had to play phone tag. I was up at the [family] farm with a chain saw, working in the woods. And, when he called, I was just getting out of my pickup truck. I was in my Carhart jeans and in my work boots, and had nothing to take notes with. I was just sitting there in my truck listening to him tell me that I’ve just been named bishop. And he had to say ‘Cheyenne’ four times before I could understand what he was saying."

He was consecrated on December 9, 2009 and took possession of the see on the same day.


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Preceded by
David Laurin Ricken
Bishop of Cheyenne
Succeeded by