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Click here to download the Order of Celebration for the Mass of Reception (PDF)

June 7, 2019: An historic day for the Archdiocese of Seattle as we welcome our new Coadjutor Archbishop, Paul D. Etienne. As Coadjutor, Archbishop Etienne will work alongside Archbishop Sartain and take over as Archbishop of Seattle when Archbishop Sartain retires. At left is Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio (representative of Pope Francis to the United States). At right is Archbishop Etienne.

Members of the Archdiocesan Samoan Community provided a festive prelude to the Mass.

Archbishop Sartain presided at the Mass of Reception for his new Coadjutor.

At the beginning of the liturgy, Archbishop Pierre read the Apostolic Mandate, the letter from Pope Francis officially appointing Archbishop Etienne as Coadjutor Archishop of Seattle.

A warm expression of gratitude for the witness and leadership of Archbishop Sartain.

Archbishop Pierre presented Pope Francis' apostolic mandate to Archbishop Etienne....

...who then showed it to the entire assembly.

Some things never change! The official letter is in Latin, handwritten on vellum.

Archbishop Etienne preached on the Gospel of John:  "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
"Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Click here to read Archbishop Etienne's homily.

Members of the Native American community presented the gifts.

In the hymn of praise we sang, "Watch o'er thy Church, O Lord, in mercy; save it from evil,
guard it still!"

After Archbishop Sartain's remarks at the end of the Mass, a fraternal embrace
between "Peter" and "Paul"!

Rain before Mass, sunshine (and wind) after Mass!

The concelebrating bishops with the altar servers. A thousand thanks to the many, many staff and volunteers who prepared and participated in this welcome for our new Coadjutor Archbishop.

Welcome to Seattle, Archbishop Etienne!  Ad multos annos!


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