Raymond Philip Etteldorf

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The Most Reverend
Raymond P. Etteldorf
Church Catholic Church
See Titular See of Tyndaris
Appointed December 21, 1968
In office January 6, 1969 – March 15, 1986
Ordination December 8, 1937
Consecration January 6, 1969
by Pope Paul VI
Personal details
Born (1911-08-18)August 18, 1911
Ossian, Iowa
Died March 15, 1986(1986-03-15) (aged 74)

Raymond Philip Etteldorf (August 18, 1911 – March 15, 1986) was an Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church. Etteldorf was born in the Winneshiek County, Iowa community of Ossian. His grandfather Philipp Etteldorf (1827-1916) was a German immigrant from the village Schwarzenborn in the Eifel region. Bishop Etteldorf was a first cousin of the distinguished pediatrician James N. Etteldorf (1909-1997). Raymond Etteldorf was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque on December 8, 1937.

During his early career, he held various assignments in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. One of his assignments was at Saint Joseph's Prairie Church in Washington Township, about ten miles south of Dubuque. He served as the Secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See from 1967 to 1968.[1]

On December 21, 1968 Etteldorf was named the Titular Archbbishop of Tyndaris, and appointed as the Apostolic Delegate to New Zealand. Ettledorf was consecrated on January 6, 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Archbishops Sergio Pignedoli, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Ernesto Civardi, the Secretary of the Sacred Consistorial Congregation, acted as co-consecrators.[2] Etteldorf was then named as the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, or personal representative of the Pope, to Ethiopia on June 21, 1974. He held this posting until October 1982, when he was named an Official of State at the Vatican. Etteldorf remained in this assignment until his resignation on December 27, 1984.

Etteldorf died on March 15, 1986. Following his death, and in recognition of his accomplishments, Etteldorf was buried in the mortuary chapel of St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa.[3]


  1. ^ "Archbishops who are not Ordinaries of Sees". Gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Archbishop Raymond Philip Etteldorf". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Rev. Raymond P. Etteldorf". Find-A-Grave. Retrieved 2014-03-12.