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.

In this joyous season of Easter, may the light of the risen Jesus shine on each of you.  Go to our Easter season page for inspiration and resources.

Planning for the future

Partners in the Gospel is a strategic pastoral planning effort taking place across the Archdiocese of Seattle to re-invigorate and renew our local Catholic Church.

Upcoming events

Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA, USA

Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood

The Archdiocese of Seattle joyfully announces the Ordination to the Priesthood of Sylvester Chanda and John Paul Tomassi. ...

Quo Vadis Days
26 - 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Camp Hamilton
25405 Lake Fontal Rd, Monroe, WA, USA

Quo Vadis Days

Register now for th­is amazing 4-day camp for high school men grades 9-12 with priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Seattle! ...

Preaching on Vocations
8 - 9
All Day
Queen of Angels
209 West 11th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Preaching on Vocations

The Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle, Fr. Justin Ryan, will be preaching on vocations at the Masses at Queen of Angels in Port Angeles the weekend of July 8 & 9, 2023. ...

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From the Archdiocese

Archbishop Etienne Issues Joint Letter Urging G7 Leaders to Take Steps Toward Nuclear Disarmament

SEATTLE, May 16, 2023 – Archbishop Paul D. Etienne along with Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Archbishop Peter Michiaki Nakamura of Nagasaki, Japan and Bishop Alexis Mitsuru Shirahama, of Hiroshima, Japan, issued a joint letter to the G7 leaders urging for immediate action to prevent further proliferation of nuclear arms.

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Statement to Protect the Clergy-Penitent Privilege

SEATTLE, April 19, 2023 – The Catholic bishops urge legislators to reincorporate the clergy-penitent privilege as they consider HB 5280. Confession, or the sacrament of reconciliation, is an act of worship and part of our Catholic liturgy. When a priest celebrates the sacrament of reconciliation, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who seeks lost sheep

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Archdiocese of Seattle Adds Two Names to List of Credibly Accused

SEATTLE, March 31, 2023 – Today the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the addition of two new names - Sister Jerry Lyness, O.P and Father Thomas Phelan - to the official list of Clergy and Religious Brothers and Sisters for Whom Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to be Credible.

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The Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Everyone is invited to participate.

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