Month: November 2016

Catholic Rural Life; Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, and I would like to draw your attention to one of my favorite organizations, Catholic Rural Life.  I’ve served as President of this national organization for the past three and a half years.  For the first time in our 93 year history, we are in the midst of a capital campaign.  I would like to encourage you to learn more about Catholic Rural Life and prayerfully consider becoming a member, and or helping us with a financial gift to reach our campaign goal. Below is an article that appeared in our […]

Privilege of Discipleship

Life is far from normal in these early days in Anchorage, but I am now getting out to the parishes to celebrate Mass and meet the people. Sunday, I had a delightful visit with an elderly man at St. Benedict parish prior to Mass.  He began by welcoming me to Alaska, and thanking me for saying ‘Yes’ to the appointment to be the new Archbishop.  Then he began talking about his retirement, and the many ways he had prepared for that moment.  Then, he told me what a privilege I have as a priest and […]

The Cause Of Our Thanksgiving

As this national day of giving thanks dawns, I reflect upon the first reading from St. Paul for today’s Mass of Thanksgiving. St. Paul gets to the heart of it when he says: I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:4) In a world that seems to be living at a more superficial level, it is good to be reminded of the Priority of God as the creator of all life and Jesus Christ our savior. In a world that knows much division, we […]

Greetings From Anchorage!

It has been a very exciting past two months!  As most of you know, my appointment to Anchorage began with a phone call I received on the evening of September 24th.  What ensued was a very quick transition from announcement (October 4) to installation (November 9.)  Some have indicated that probably represents some sort of world record.  I have yet to really ‘come up for air.’  Just for good measure, one of my dear friends who came for the installation ceremonies ended up getting quite ill during his visit, entering the hospital here on November […]

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 […]

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