Month: October 2016

Wrapping Up In Cheyenne

Sorry for the long silence here this month.  One would think I would have lots of things to share, given the last post here!  However, before I allow myself to be captivated by the excitement that awaits in Anchorage, I wanted to make a graceful and grateful exit from Wyoming.  Today, I enter the final four day stretch leading to a runway where I will land in Anchorage Thursday evening. These past weeks have been full.  The packing process is well underway and the majority of correspondence and notes to file are nearing completion.  I made […]

Now What …

In the wake of last week’s appointment as Archbishop of Anchorage, people have some questions.  But first, I would simply like to say how much I enjoyed the 48 hour trip to Anchorage.  I had a peaceful premonition as the plane was on approach into Anchorage last Monday night: “I am going to be at home here.” I cannot tell you how much that helped to calm my heart. I cannot thank Archbishop Schwietz, OMI enough for his warm welcome and hospitality.  He exudes calm while at the same time reassuring me about the future.  […]

Introductory Remarks As Archbishop – Elect Etienne

Here are my comments from this morning’s press conference in Anchorage.  Once again, thanks to all for your love, prayers and support!             Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, really means it when he says that he wants bishops to travel to the peripheries to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s love to strangers. Pope Francis during his three and a half years as the Bishop of Rome is an example for us of the Joy of the Gospel, and he is renewing the joy of many disciples in service of the Church […]

Pope Francis Makes A Call; St. Francis, Pray For Us All!

This morning I write you from Anchorage, Alaska.  I arrived here last night for today’s announcement (Rome Noon) that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has named me the fourth Archbishop of Anchorage. There was still daylight as I flew in late yesterday, and I can tell you, this land is gorgeous! Beautiful!  Equally beautiful was the warm reception I received from Archbishop Schwietz.  We had a lovely visit, and ended (for me) a very long day by praying together in his Blessed Sacrament Chapel, giving thanks to God for his Providence and many blessings. In this […]

Feastday Today Of An Indiana Saint

Today is the feast day of a saint who has deep roots in Indiana, St. Mother Theodore Guerin.  Mother Theodore was invited to come to Indiana by the first Bishop of Vincennes, The Most Reverend Simon Brute, who also was from France.  Bishop Brute’s cause for sainthood was introduced several years ago.  He helped form the first generation of priests for this country, and was a spiritual director and friend to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  He was appointed Bishop of Vincennes in 1834 and died in 1839. Mother Theodore arrived in Terre Haute, Indiana after Bishop […]

A Farmer’s Wedding; Congratulations Dale & Brooke Gerringer

Farming is a dignified calling, and yields some marvelous correlations for marriage and family life.  Jennings County Indiana is populated with one family farm after another.  During two of my years as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I served as pastor for two small parishes in Jennings County, and the vast majority of parish families were farmers.  Yesterday I returned to this rural community to preside at a wedding for Dale Gerringer and Brooke Caudill. Dale is the youngest of three, having two older sisters.  Privileged to preside at the weddings of his two sisters, I completed […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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