On Wednesday, November 9, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States and representative of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis presided at the installation Mass for Archbishop Paul D. Etienne at Our Lady of Guadalupe, co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. In attendance were Catholic leaders, dignitaries, family members, and faithful from around the country.
Archbishop Etienne replaces Archbishop Schwietz, who has served as archbishop of Anchorage since 2001, and who submitted his resignation in July 2015 upon turning the age of 75.
The Archdiocese of Anchorage comprises 138,985 square miles in the state of Alaska. It has a population of 483,346 people of whom 27,345, or 6 percent, are Catholic.