Archdiocese of Seattle News Releases

2021 News Releases

Archdiocese of Seattle Appoints Chief Human Resources Officer

FEBRUARY 8, 2021 – Today, the Archdiocese of Seattle announced Arlene Seifert as its new Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Official Appointments Announced

FEBRUARY 2, 2021 -  Official appointments announced in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

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St. Paul School in South Seattle will Close June 2021

JANUARY 25, 2021 -  Today, St. Paul Catholic School in South Seattle publicly announced the difficult decision to close its K–8 program. After months of deliberation, this decision represents the consensus of the School Commission, regional Pastoral Council, Archdiocesan School Board and Archbishop Paul D. Etienne. 

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Archdiocese of Seattle Settles Three Abuse Cases from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s

JANUARY 7, 2021 - Over the past six months, the Archdiocese of Seattle reached final settlements totaling just over $2 million for three separate cases involving allegations of sexual abuse against four priests of the archdiocese. 

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2020 News Releases

The Washington State Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Care Support COVID-19 Vaccinations

DECEMBER 12, 2020 - The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) affirms that the recently announced COVID-19 vaccines are morally permissible. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) confirms the moral permissibility of the vaccines in this memorandum dated November 20, 2020 from the USCCB Committee on Doctrine. Together with the Catholic Health Care organizations and Catholic Charities of Washington state, we recommend the faithful get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves, loved ones, and the community. 

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Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Places Father William Harris on Leave

OCTOBER 24, 2020 -  Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has placed Father William Harris, the pastor of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greaterin Vancouver, Washington, on leave after receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, which was reported to have occurred more than 20 years ago.

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Archdiocese of Seattle Enters New Phase of Strategic Planning

OCTOBER 22, 2020 - The Archdiocese of Seattle’s Strategic Planning Committee, led by Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg, has completed its first phase of strategic planning, focused on the key factors that influence parish life. The team built upon previous planning efforts and research to develop new standards for a consistent assessment across the archdiocese. Strategic planning is entering a new phase where the committee will begin to share these findings with parishes.

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Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Appoints Director of Young Adult Ministry

OCTOBER 7, 2020 - Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has appointed Annie Bailey as the new Director of Young Adult Ministry. In this role, she will be responsible for engaging young adults in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

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Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Appoints Liaisons for Religious Life

SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 - Archbishop Paul D. Etienne has appointed Sister Sharon Park, O.P., and Sister Sharon Casey, O.P., to serve as liaisons to women in religious life in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

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Archdiocese Announces Members of Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools

AUGUST 13, 2020 - Today the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the members of its Special
Taskforce for Catholic Schools led by Father Ronald Nuzzi. Requested by Archbishop Paul. D. Etienne, this taskforce will spend the next year studying church teachings, examining best practices among Catholic educators, and developing a set of recommendations about the renewal of the Ministerial Covenant.

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Archdiocese Announces Fall Plans for Catholic Schools

AUGUST 6, 2020 - Archdiocesan Catholic schools will be following the guidance from Governor Inslee’s office and/or local public health authorities as a minimum standard. This localized approach ensures decisions are based on the most current health and safety information from each county, which is vital for the safety of our students, staff and the local community. At the same time, we are very supportive of our schools, which may
need to be more limiting to ensure safety. 

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Archdiocese Reaches Milestones in Pastoral Planning Process; Launches Survey and Names Members

JULY 8, 2020 - The Archdiocese of Seattle continues its pastoral planning process with the goal of ensuring all archdiocesan and parish ministries are serving the fundamental mission of the church, namely to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Focused on elevating the voice of the laity, the archdiocese launched its Catholic Survey and appointed members to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, achieving key milestones in the pastoral planning process.

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Archdiocese Appoints Father Ronald Nuzzi to Chair of Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools

JUNE 16, 2020 - Today the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the appointment of Father Ronald Nuzzi as chair of the Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools. With his leadership, the taskforce will study the Ministerial Covenant and develop a recommendation for Archbishop Paul D. Etienne regarding how the covenant can embrace the fullness of church teaching while honoring and appreciating the sense of the faithful. 

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Archbishop's Pastoral Letter "The Work of Redemption: Eucharistic Belief and Practice"

JUNE 1, 2020 - In my first year in the Archdiocese of Seattle, I have been able to celebrate Mass in dozens of our parishes and missions. Everywhere I have been, I have encountered vibrant, faith-filled communities of believers. Whether large or small, urban or rural, our parishes devote much care and attention to their liturgical celebrations. The reason for this is quite simple: “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” The Eucharist is central to our life as Church and as individual Christian believers. In a very real way, we cannot live without it. 

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Washington Bishops on Resuming Masses

MAY 27, 2020 - Today the governor announced directives for resuming public worship. Like the governor, we bishops remain focused on public health and working on behalf of the common good. We bishops across Washington state look forward to safely resuming public celebration of the Eucharist according to the strict protocols as outlined by each of our dioceses and the archdiocese. 

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Washington Bishops' Response to Suspension of Mass

MAY 22, 2020 - In response to President Trump’s statement today regarding church reopenings, the Bishops of Washington would like to provide a unified response. We want to let you know that the public celebration of Mass was suspended, not out of fear, but out of our deepest respect for human life and health. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be instruments of God’s protection for the vulnerable and the public common good. Our love of God and neighbor is always personal and not partisan. While we share the desire to bring people back to Mass as quickly as possible, we will wait to schedule our public worship when it is safe and we are prepared to do so.

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Launch of Nationwide Service to Report Sexual Misconduct Involving U.S. Bishops

MARCH 26, 2020 - In May 2019, Pope Francis released his apostolic letter Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”) to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church. Vos estis calls upon the metropolitan archbishops to undertake the responsibilities for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops that pertain to sexual abuse and related misconduct. In June 2019, one month after Pope Francis issued his order, the bishops of the United States convened for their general assembly in Baltimore and approved the implementation plan for carrying out the directives of the Holy Father here in the United States.

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The Archdiocese of Seattle Updates List of Credibly Accused Clergy and Religious

FEBRUARY 28, 2020 - – The Archdiocese of Seattle updated its list of credibly accused clergy and religious to include the addition of Father Mario Cruz. Father Cruz was from the Archdiocese of Manila and worked in the Archdiocese of Seattle at St. Mary Parish in Aberdeen from 1971 to 1972 and in Renton at St. Anthony Parish from 1972 to 1973. He is now deceased.

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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy Will Move to Fife

FEBRUARY 27, 2020 -Today the Archdiocese of Seattle announced that Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy will move from Tacoma to the St. Martin of Tours Parish campus in Fife starting with the 2020– 2021 academic year. Father Michael Radermacher and Father Anh Tran will serve as the school priests.

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Archbishop Emeritus Alexander J. Brunett Dies

JANUARY 31, 2020 - Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, who led the Archdiocese of Seattle
from 1997 to his retirement in 2010, died in the peace of the Lord today. He was 86. 

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Archdiocese of Seattle Settles 1980s Abuse Case

JANUARY 9, 2020 - The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached a final settlement for a case
involving allegations of sexual abuse that took place in the 1980s. 

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Bishops on Peace to Resolve Global Conflicts

JANUARY 8, 2020 -  The bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle support today’s joint statement from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the United States Catholic Conference and Archbishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, ...

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2019 News Releases

The Archdiocese of Seattle Settles 1960s Case For a Volunteer Coach

DECEMBER 31, 2019 - The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached a final settlement of $250,000 for a case involving allegations of sexual abuse by a volunteer CYO basketball coach. 

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The Archdiocese of Seattle Settles Christian Brother Abuse Case from 1962

DECEMBER 5, 2019 - The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached final settlement for a 1962 case involving a member of the Christian Brothers of Ireland. 

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Archdiocese Appoints Tim Hunt as new Executive Director of Planning and Mission Effectiveness

OCTOBER 10, 2019 -  Today, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne announced a new Executive Director of Planning and Mission Effectiveness role for the Archdiocese of Seattle. This new position will ensure all archdiocesan and parish ministries are serving the fundamental mission of the Church, namely to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. (Mark 16: 15; Matthew 28: 19-20) 

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The Archdiocese of Seattle Settles Abuse Cases from 1970s

OCTOBER 2, 2019 - The Archdiocese of Seattle recently reached final settlements for two separate cases involving allegations of sexual abuse that took place in the 1970s.

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Archbishop Paul D. Etienne succeeds Archbishop J. Peter Sartain as head of the Archdiocese of Seattle

SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 - Today, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, for reasons of health. Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, who was appointed coadjutor archbishop on April 29, succeeds him. Archbishop Etienne is the sixth archbishop of Seattle. 

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Pope Francis Named Coadjutor Archbishop for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle

APRIL 29, 2020 - Archbishop J. Peter Sartain today welcomed the appointment of Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, currently archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, as coadjutor archbishop of Seattle. Archbishop Etienne was appointed by Pope Francis to eventually succeed Archbishop Sartain, who requested a coadjutor archbishop due to ongoing health challenges.

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Walking & Witnessing with Immigrant Families - media alert

APRIL 29, 2019 - The Archdiocese of Seattle is hosting “Walking & Witnessing for Immigrant Families” – a two-week pilgrimage and prayer walk for people to show solidarity with migrants and refugees. The pilgrimage starts on April 29th and concludes on May 11th with an 11 am outdoor mass at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. 

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