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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Angelicum Alumnus named new Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska
Pope Francis has named Bishop Paul Dennis Etienne, 57, to be the next archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, and accepted the resignation of Archbishop Roger Schwietz, 76, who submitted his resignation last year upon turning 75 as required by the church’s canon law.
Archbishop-elect Etienne has served as the bishop of Cheyenne Wyoming for the past seven years.
The new appointment was announced at noon in Rome on Oct. 4. Archbishop Schwietz will introduce Archbishop-elect Etienne at an 11 a.m. press conference this Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, in the Chancery Offices at 225 Cordova Street in Anchorage. The press is invited for the announcement.
The installation date for Archbishop-elect Etienne is yet to be announced, but Archbishop Schwietz will serve as apostolic administrator during the interim.
Archbishop-elect Etienne’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (1986) from the University of St. Thomas/St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He also has a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1992) from Gregorian University in Rome and a License in Spiritual Theology from the Angelicum (1995).