'Grateful for the time I have served'- Anchorage Archbishop discusses new appointment to Seattle

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It all started with a call on the morning of April 13, 2019, while preparing for Holy Week.

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Anchorage Archbishop Paul D. Etienne says he was caught off guard when he answered the phone; unknowingly answering a different call, so to speak.

On the other line was Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, saying Pope Francis had appointed him coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

For Etienne, it was a call to continue serving the lord.

"I'm just grateful for the 2.5 years I have served here in Alaska, I've met some wonderful people," Etienne says, "and to the people of the church I know these transitions create a little anxiety, but I will tell them that someday they will have another celebration to welcome my successor, and I just ask that they be as welcoming and supportive to him as they have been to me."

Archbishop Etienne was appointed to eventually succeed Archbishop Sartain, who requested a coadjutor archbishop due to ongoing health challenges.

Earlier today Channel 2's Mike Ross met with Archbishop Etienne to discuss the big move, talk about what comes next and revel in his time spent here in Anchorage.

You can watch his full interview above.

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