Bishop Paul D. Etienne

Bishop Paul D. Etienne

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  • Installation Mass Homily, Archdiocese of Anchorage

    Installation Homily; Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe November 9, 2016; Archdiocese of Anchorage Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL Good afternoon! Thank you for coming here to pray with us today! I wish to thank today Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and representative of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I know you have been travelling quite a bit this week with ordination and installation of other bishops, and we wish to welcome you to Alaska. I wish today also to welcome Archbishop-Emeritus, Roger Schwietz. How do you like the sound […]

  • Homily At Holy Family Cathedral During Evening Prayer, November 8, 2016

    November 8, 2016; Anchorage, Alaska Holy Family Cathedral, Evening Prayer 1 Dedication of Saint John Lateran Homily; Archbishop – elect Paul D. Etienne Ephesians 2: 19-22 Good evening! Thank you all for being here for this moment of prayer. I wish to welcome in a special way His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and representative of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I also wish to give a warm welcome to this Cathedral tonight to Archbishop Schwietz. Archbishop, our reading this evening makes appropriate reference to the fact that we […]

  • Wrapping Up In Cheyenne

    Sorry for the long silence here this month.  One would think I would have lots of things to share, given the last post here!  However, before I allow myself to be captivated by the excitement that awaits in Anchorage, I wanted to make a graceful and grateful exit from Wyoming.  Today, I enter the final four day stretch leading to a runway where I will land in Anchorage Thursday evening. These past weeks have been full.  The packing process is well underway and the majority of correspondence and notes to file are nearing completion.  I made […]

  • Now What …

    In the wake of last week’s appointment as Archbishop of Anchorage, people have some questions.  But first, I would simply like to say how much I enjoyed the 48 hour trip to Anchorage.  I had a peaceful premonition as the plane was on approach into Anchorage last Monday night: “I am going to be at home here.” I cannot tell you how much that helped to calm my heart. I cannot thank Archbishop Schwietz, OMI enough for his warm welcome and hospitality.  He exudes calm while at the same time reassuring me about the future.  […]

  • Introductory Remarks As Archbishop – Elect Etienne

    Here are my comments from this morning’s press conference in Anchorage.  Once again, thanks to all for your love, prayers and support!             Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, really means it when he says that he wants bishops to travel to the peripheries to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s love to strangers. Pope Francis during his three and a half years as the Bishop of Rome is an example for us of the Joy of the Gospel, and he is renewing the joy of many disciples in service of the Church […]

  • Pope Francis Makes A Call; St. Francis, Pray For Us All!

    This morning I write you from Anchorage, Alaska.  I arrived here last night for today’s announcement (Rome Noon) that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has named me the fourth Archbishop of Anchorage. There was still daylight as I flew in late yesterday, and I can tell you, this land is gorgeous! Beautiful!  Equally beautiful was the warm reception I received from Archbishop Schwietz.  We had a lovely visit, and ended (for me) a very long day by praying together in his Blessed Sacrament Chapel, giving thanks to God for his Providence and many blessings. In this […]

  • Feastday Today Of An Indiana Saint

    Today is the feast day of a saint who has deep roots in Indiana, St. Mother Theodore Guerin.  Mother Theodore was invited to come to Indiana by the first Bishop of Vincennes, The Most Reverend Simon Brute, who also was from France.  Bishop Brute’s cause for sainthood was introduced several years ago.  He helped form the first generation of priests for this country, and was a spiritual director and friend to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  He was appointed Bishop of Vincennes in 1834 and died in 1839. Mother Theodore arrived in Terre Haute, Indiana after Bishop […]

  • A Farmer’s Wedding; Congratulations Dale & Brooke Gerringer

    Farming is a dignified calling, and yields some marvelous correlations for marriage and family life.  Jennings County Indiana is populated with one family farm after another.  During two of my years as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I served as pastor for two small parishes in Jennings County, and the vast majority of parish families were farmers.  Yesterday I returned to this rural community to preside at a wedding for Dale Gerringer and Brooke Caudill. Dale is the youngest of three, having two older sisters.  Privileged to preside at the weddings of his two sisters, I completed […]

  • Catholics Don’t Know What They Are Missing

    I am back in Southern Indiana for a wedding this weekend.  I celebrated Mass this morning at my home parish, St. Paul, in Tell City.  There is always something comforting in going home, and even more nourishing in the celebration of daily Mass.  I always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the church where I received all my Sacraments, even where I was ordained a priest. However, I wonder where God’s People are today? Much of the current data from research tells us that more and more young people are drifting away from the […]

  • 40 Days For Life In Wyoming

    Hopefully you are aware of a nation-wide pro-life effort that has been underway for quite some time known as 40 Days for Life.  For the first time this year, there is a 40 Days For Life in Wyoming, and runs from yesterday, September 28 – November 6.  You can find out more information about this effort to peacefully and publicly pray at the link provided above.  Simply go to the website, click on the tab at the top of the page entitled Locations and then find Wyoming on the map and click on the Casper site for […]

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