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 events 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

Archbishop Etienne - Official Appointments

September 23, 2021 – The Most Rev. Paul D. Etienne, having carefully assessed the needs of the People of God in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and after careful consultation with the Christian Faithful and the Priest Personnel Board, makes the following pastoral appointments in accord with the 1983 Code of Canon Law effective as noted.

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Signing of the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition.

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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Upcoming events

Vocation Rally 2021
Date: October 16
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: St. Mary Magdalen

Join religious, seminarians, and priests for Mass presided by Bishop Elizondo, then listen to them speak about their vocations. Hosted by the Everett Serra Club.

Opening Mass of Pope Francis’ Synodal Process “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”
Date: October 17
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Join Archbishop Etienne at the Synodal Mass, which kicks off the first phase of the Synodal Process or "journey" initiated by Pope Francis this month.

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.