Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fr. Paul Etienne...Bishop-Elect of Cheyenne, WY

The following is a press release from the Diocese of Cheyenne. The entire Etienne Family wants to thank everyone for your prayers, support and congrats over the last few days. It has been an overwhelming experience. Bishop-elect Paul feels a deep sense of peace and is excited about serving God's people in the Diocese of Cheyenne. My family will be traveling to Cheyenne for this amazing celebration which will be December 9th. Please keep us in your prayers as we promise to do the same for you!

The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, is named the new Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne.

Cheyenne, Wyoming. October 19, 2009 – The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, today announced the appointment of the Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne.

Bishop-elect Etienne will take possession of this Diocese at a special ceremony in early December.

Bishop-elect Etienne, 50, is pastor of St. Paul in Tell City, Indiana and St. Mark in St. Mark. Bishop-elect Etienne was born on June 15, 1959, as the second son to Paul and Kay (Voges) Etienne. Two of Bishop-elect Etienne’s brothers, Bernard and Zachary, are priests for the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana and one of his two sisters, Nicolette, is a Benedictine Sister with Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. Another brother, Richard, is married and lives in Newburg, Indiana, and another sister, Angela Kellems, is married and lives in Evansville, Indiana.

He graduated from Tell City High School. Before entering college he was Manager of Siebert’s Clothing Store in Tell City, Indiana. He attended Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky (1983-1984), and graduated from the University of St. Thomas / St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In 1986-1987 he served with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as Assistant Coordinator for Papal Visits for Pope John Paul II to the United States. From 1988-1992 he attended the North American College in Rome and received a STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Bishop-elect Etienne was ordained a priest on June 27, 1992 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. His first appointment was as Associate Pastor at St. Barnabas in Indianapolis and Associate Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. From 1994-1995 he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, receiving his STL (License in Spiritual Theology).

Following assignments and appointments:
1995-1998 Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Pastor, St. Anne, Jennings County; Pastor. St. Joseph, Jennings County
1998-2007 Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Indiana
2007-2009 Vice-Rector, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary, Indianapolis
2007-2008 Pastor, St. Simon, Indianapolis
2008-2009 Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Indianapolis

Other assignments include:
Spiritual Director, St. Meinrad School of Theology
Archdiocesan Review Board
Advisory Board, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary
Board of Consultors
Council of Priests
Vice-Postulator for the cause of Servant of God, Bishop Simon Bruté

Bishop-elect Etienne will become the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, succeeding the Most Reverend David L. Ricken who served the Diocese of Cheyenne from September 2001 to August 2008. Since August, Father Michael Carr of the Diocese of Cheyenne has been the Diocesan Administrator. He will continue in this capacity until the newly appointed Bishop is installed in early December.

Established in 1887, the Diocese of Cheyenne is home to over 53,000 Catholics. It has 36 parishes and 36 missions. There are 52 active priests, 17 retired priests, 22 deacons, and 15 sisters.


Sandy said...

The people at Our Lady of Perpetual Help are so happy for Bishop-elect Father Paul. We have been praying for him all week and look forward to his visit to our parish in November. We need more holy families to foster religious and priestly vocations. Thank you for sharing the news and keeping us posted. Many people are planning on traveling to Cheyenne for the installation ordination in December. Please come to the celebratory Mass at Our Lady on November 24 and share our Thanksgiving feast with the parish afterwards. We have much to be grateful for.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sister Nicolette,
Thanks for sharing your brother's bio. He has touched the lives of many. I'm sure our Lord is well pleased!

Kat said...

As a former parishioner of OLPH in New Albany, I was thrilled to hear of Fr. Paul's (oops, Bishop-elect Etienne's) appointment. I knew that he was not going to have the opportunity to be a parish priest always, because it was obvious that God was going ask for more from him. I had the blessed experience to see Fr. Paul for spiritual direction during a time when I was discerning religious life. My journey with God led me into a sacramental marriage instead of a convent, but I learned much about discernment from him. His prayerful leadership was a blessing in my life, and the life of the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In all things, he gave glory to God, and I believe his humility is an important trait that will serve him well as a Bishop. Thank you for sharing and posting about your brother, and thank YOU, Sister, for your gift of religious life to Christ and the Church.

Anonymous said...

Sr. Nicolette,

As a seminarian for the Diocese of Cheyenne, thank you for sharing your brother with us. Our whole diocese is truly excited to have him as our new Bishop.