Now, we hear one year later that Archbishop Etienne has been named Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle. You can see the official Vatican announcement regarding the appointment at this link:
I am sure it is a shock to the people of the Archdiocese of Anchorage to be losing their archbishop after just two and a half years. I know the grief that can accompany these transitions. I especially offer a word of consolation to the chancery staff employees. Experiencing this much upheaval in less than three years is certainly a challenge for those who minister in the pastoral center. Please know of my prayers for all of you.
Congratulations Archbishop Etienne on your new assignment. Please be assured of my prayers as you make yet another transition. I know the emotions that are attached to these major transitions in life. I also understand the burden of leadership responsibility that will accompany this new appointment. Blessings and peace as you say "yes" once again!
~As a side note:
For those of you who have read my book, you know that Archbishop Etienne wrote the foreword to the book. I will always be grateful for his kindness in doing that. He was preparing to depart for Anchorage at the time of writing that foreword. Thus, I am even more appreciative of his willingness to take the time to read the manuscript and craft a foreword while having more than enough already on his plate. I especially appreciate his sentiments expressed in his closing paragraph of the book's introduction:
"I have known Deacon Vernon for seven years and have had the good pleasure of having him as a coworker in the Diocese of Cheyenne as the Director of Pastoral Ministries. It is a wonder he gets any of his own work done given the volume of parishes and organizations making requests of his time and energy as a retreat director, speaker and presenter for days of recollection. He is a gifted preacher, storyteller, and a highly enthusiastic, faith-filled disciple of the Lord. He is driven to make the best use of every minute God gives him and to build the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, and this book is his latest effort to do just that."
~The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL