Loading
Indiana priest appointed to serve as bishop out West
Bishop-elect Paul D. Etienne
Bishop-elect Paul D. Etienne
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Today it was announced that an Indiana priest, Fr. Paul D. Etienne, will become the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Fr. Etiene, 50, who is currently a pastor in Tell City, Indiana will fill a see that has been vacant since July 2008.

Upon hearing of the appointment, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver praised the new bishop, whose diocese is within the Province of Denver.

“Bishop-elect Paul D. Etienne comes to the Diocese of Cheyenne with an outstanding record of zeal and pastoral leadership in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis,” the bishops said before noting that the bishop-elect's new diocese, which includes the entire state of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park is “a blend of great people and great beauty, great distances and huge potential.”

“The youth and energy that Bishop-elect Etienne brings to his new ministry will serve the Catholic community here in the Rocky Mountain West extraordinarily well,” the bishops wrote.

Etienne, 50, grew up as one of six children to parents who have been married over 50  years.  Two of his brothers are priests and his sister is a religious.  The Diocese of Cheyenne stated that Etienne graduated from the University of St. Thomas / St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. with a degree in Business Administration before studying at the North American College in Rome and receiving a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. 

Following his priestly ordination in 1992 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Fr. Etienne worked as an associate pastor and assistant vocation director before traveling to Rome to receive his License in Spiritual Theology.

Upon his return to the U.S., he served as the vocation director for the archdiocese, vice-rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis and as a parish priest.  He currently is serving as the pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Indianapolis.

The Denver prelates noted that Etienne's previous experiences, especially as “a former vocations director and seminary vice-rector,” have taught him “the importance of searching out and forming the next generation of priests.”  In addition, though his pastoral service, he “knows the demands of today’s parish life from experience, and the vital need to support his brother priests in their daily ministry.”

Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein reacted to Fr. Etienne's appointment today, stating that the “clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis are proud of Father Etienne.”

“Bishop-elect Etienne and all of the people of the Diocese of Cheyenne have our prayers. We are grateful for all that he has done for our archdiocese and we’ll miss him.”

In terms of geographical size, the Diocese of Cheyenne is one of the largest in the U.S. with over 97,500 square miles, covering the state of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. The western diocese is home to nearly 53,000 Catholics and 69 priests.

Bishop-elect Etienne will be installed as bishop on Wednesday, December 9, according to the Archdiocese of Denver.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
24

Liturgical Calendar

October 24, 2014

Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:54-59

Gospel
Date
10/24/14
10/23/14
10/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 4: 1-6
Gospel:: Lk 12: 54-59

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/24/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:54-59

Homily
Date
10/24/14
10/23/14
10/22/14