Archdiocese of Seattle News Releases
2021 News Releases
Official Appointments Announced
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 – Official appointments announced in the Archdiocese of 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 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
August 11, 2021 – Today the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Ministerial Covenant Task Force publicized its recommendations to address the ministerial covenant signed by teachers, presidents and principals employed at archdiocesan Catholic schools.
August 5, 2021 – After a comprehensive nationwide search, the Archdiocese of Seattle announced its new Executive Director of Stewardship and Development today. Victor Javier Mitre Jr., a parishioner at St. Patrick Parish in Tacoma, stepped into the leadership role after the retirement of Deacon Pierce Murphy, who served in the role for four years
JULY 30, 2021 – Today the Archdiocese of Seattle announced final settlements totaling
$165,000 for two separate cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by Sister Dolores Crosby in the 1980s. Crosby, who died in 2007, was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
JULY 20, 2021 – Today, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Daniel H. Mueggenborg, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, as Bishop of Reno. The appointment was publicized by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop Mueggenborg will succeed Bishop Randolph R. Calvo, 69, who has been bishop of Reno since 2006.
JULY 6, 2021 – Today we wish to address our Native American brothers and sisters. While we recognize that each individual tribe in our own archdiocese and across the continent has had a differing experience with the Catholic Church, we wish to acknowledge the real pain that our Native American brothers and sisters are feeling at this time.
Official Appointments Announced
May 30, 2021 – Official appointments announced in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Launches Pastoral Planning
MAY 23, 2021 – Today, Pentecost Sunday, the Archdiocese of Seattle entered the next phase of pastoral planning by inviting all Catholics and Catholic ministries to participate. This phase of pastoral planning draws attention to Christ and the central mission of the Church, and introduces a set of focus areas and values for people to prayerfully reflect upon so as to discern how we can apply them to our lives and joyfully share Christ with the world today.
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Creates Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity Commission
MAY 6, 2021 – With the recent social unrest and increased divisiveness in our society, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne recognized the need to create an advisory group dedicated to racial justice. He formed a new Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity Commission to guide the Archdiocese of Seattle on issues and initiatives concerning intercultural competency and the sin of racism.
Official Appointments Announced
APRIL 30, 2021 – Official appointments announced in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Archdiocese of Seattle Shares Strategic Planning Decisions with Seattle Parishes
Archdiocese of Seattle Settles Four Cases from 1960s to 1980s
APRIL 16, 2021 – In the past month, the Archdiocese of Seattle reached final settlements totaling just over $1.3 million for four separate cases involving allegations of sexual abuse against three priests and a youth minister. These cases involve priests who were previously identified and are publicly listed on the List of Clergy and Religious Brothers and Sisters for Whom Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Establish or Determined to be Credible when it was originally published in January 2016.
Archdiocese of Seattle Continues Strategic Planning Efforts
MARCH 10, 2021 – The Archdiocese of Seattle’s Strategic Planning Committee, led by Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg, continues its efforts to strengthen the Church in Western Washington by building vibrant, sustainable Catholic communities that carry out the mission of the Church. The committee is supporting the active strategic planning efforts in the Pierce Deanery and is reviewing recommendations for changes from other geographic deaneries across the archdiocese.
Archdiocese of Seattle Invites Feedback to Draft Pastoral Plan
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.
Official Appointments Announced
FEBRUARY 2, 2021 - Official appointments announced in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
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.
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.
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.
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 Greater in 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.
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.
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Appoints Director of Young Adult Ministry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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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