I have given some thought to this since the news broke and my initial reactions are these:
I am grateful for these past seven years.
I am happy for Archbishop-Elect Etienne to have this new opportunity.
I am grateful for the Etienne family and I want to acknowledge the sacrifice this entails for them.
The distance from Indiana to Wyoming was significant enough for the close-knit Etienne family. The distance from Indiana to Alaska is huge. My prayers go with Archbishop-Elect Paul Etienne, but the entire Etienne family is in my prayers as well. I realize the sacrifice that each of you will make with this increased distance between you. Please know that the Church is blessed by your commitment and generosity.