Paul D. Etienne

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The Most Reverend
Paul D. Etienne
Archbishop of Anchorage
Archdiocese Anchorage
Appointed October 4, 2016
Installed November 9, 2016
Predecessor Roger Lawrence Schwietz
Ordination June 22, 1992
Consecration December 9, 2009
by Charles J. Chaput, Daniel M. Buechlein, David L. Ricken
Personal details
Born (1959-06-15) June 15, 1959 (age 57)
Tell City, Indiana
Previous post Bishop of Cheyenne
Motto Veritas in Caritae
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Styles of
Paul Dennis Etienne
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Paul Dennis Etienne (born June 15, 1959) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the eighth Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming. On October 4, 2016, he was appointed as the fourth Archbishop of Anchorage.


Early life and education[edit]

Etienne was born June 15, 1959, in Tell City, Indiana. He attended Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky before completing his studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He 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 Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, where he obtained a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1995.[1]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Etienne was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on June 27, 1992.[2] Father Etienne 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). Beginning 2002, he 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 also served as vice-rector of the Bishop Simon Bruté 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 of Cheyenne, Wyoming[edit]

Bishop Etienne succeeded Bishop David L. Ricken, who was named the Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay on July 9, 2008.

On October 19, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne in Wyoming.[2][3]

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."[verify]

He was consecrated as bishop on December 9, 2009, and took possession of the see on the same day.[4]

Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska[edit]

On October 4, 2016, he was appointed Archbishop of Anchorage, succeeding Roger Lawrence Schwietz.

See also[edit]


Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Roger Lawrence Schwietz
Archbishop of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David L. Ricken
Bishop of Cheyenne
Succeeded by
Steven Biegler