Welcome to the Catholic Church in Western Washington

Archbishop Etienne outside St. James Cathedral. February 22, 1999. Stephen Brashear Photography

From Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

Welcome!  We hope this website inspires you to learn about the Catholic faith or go deeper in your own relationship with Jesus. Learn about the Archdiocese of Seattle, our ministries, upcoming celebrations and more.

We are taking time now in our archdiocese to renew our relationship with Jesus as part of our new Pastoral Plan: "Knowing Jesus Christ, Embracing His Mission." Please join me in praying that the Lord will open the hearts of our people to receive Him, His Gospel, and His gift of salvation.

The Archdiocese launched a new Pastoral Plan. Everyone is invited to participate. 

Three ways to grow your faith this year

Be Fed

Join Archbishop Etienne as he shares insights and speaks with local young adults about real issues we face today and how Christ, present in the Eucharist, can truly nourish us.

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Year of St. Joseph

Pray with us in this Year of St. Joseph, established by Pope Francis, to follow St. Joseph's example and fully embrace God's will and strengthen our faith life.

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Year of the Family

Celebrate the Year of the Family, established by Pope Francis on the Feast of St. Joseph, to live the joy, beauty and love of family life through Christ.

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Faith in action

Explore what it means to be Catholic and how to start your faith journey.

Archdiocese in the news

Signing of the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition.

SEATTLE, September 23, 2021 – The Archdiocese of Seattle signed the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition, which calls political leaders to set meaningful targets to protect creation and affirm the Paris Agreement at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and UNClimate Change Conference (COP26).

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Archbishop explains religious exemption

September 14, 2021 - Some people have recently associated my actions in relation to the COVID pandemic with those of the state. While the state’s guidance and declarations do have direct implications for us as Church and as an employer, I want to be clear — my actions are to protect life as a shepherd ... 

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No Religious Exemption for Vaccine Mandates

As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced August 18 that all those who work in public and private schools, along with most state employees and health care workers, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, Seattle Archbishop Paul D. Etienne is making clear that Catholics do not have religious grounds for refusing the vaccine or seeking an exemption to the requirement.

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Upcoming events

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Date: October 23
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: St. Peter Catholic Church

FILCOPA (Filipino Council for Pastoral Affairs) in collaboration with The Archdiocese of Seattle invites ALL to A Day of Reflection - Simbang Gabi Retreat led by Reverend Alex Pablo. For…

Priesthood Sunday
Date: September 26
Location: All Parishes

Priesthood Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of…

Date: October 30
Time: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Join us for the 2021 virtual Cornerstone Catholic Conference to learn more about our faith and becoming disciples for life and justice.

Ways to give to and serve others to carry out the mission of the Church in Western Washington.

The Archdiocese of Seattle is committed to transparency regarding clergy abuse.