Discover the Diocese of Cheyenne

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne (LatinDioecesis Cheyennensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese covering the state ofWyoming, as well as the parts of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Idaho. It was founded on August 2, 1887 by Pope Leo XIII.Maurice Francis Burke was the first bishop. The see had been vacant from the August 2008 installation of Bishop Ricken in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin until the October 19, 2009 announcement of the appointment of Bishop-elect Etienne.


  1. Maurice Francis Burke (1887–1897)
  2. Thomas Mathias Lenihan (1897–1902)
  3. James Keane (1902–1911)
  4. Patrick McGovern (1912–1951)
  5. Hubert Newell (1951–1978)
  6. Joseph Hubert Hart (1978–2001)
  7. David Laurin Ricken (2001–2008)
  8. Paul D. Etienne (2009–)

Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, 2009 - present

Bishop Etienne, 50, was pastor of St. Paul in Tell City, Indiana and St. Mark in St. Mark. Bishop Etienne was born on June 15, 1959, as the second son to Paul and Kay (Voges) Etienne. Two of Bishop Etienne's brothers, Bernard and Zachary, are priests for the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana and one of his two sisters, Nicolette, is a Benedictine Sister with Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. Another brother, Richard, is married and lives in Newburg, Indiana, and another sister, Angela Etienne, lives in Evansville, Indiana.

He graduated from Tell City High School. Before entering college he was Manager of Siebert's Clothing Store in Tell City, Indiana. He attended Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky (1983-1984), and graduated from the University of St. Thomas / St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. In 1986-1987 he served with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as Assistant Coordinator for Papal Visits for Pope John Paul II to the United States. From 1988-1992 he attended the North American College in Rome and received a STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Bishop Etienne was ordained a priest on June 27, 1992 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. His first appointment was as Associate Pastor at St. Barnabas in Indianapolis and Associate Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. From 1994-1995 he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, receiving his STL (License in Spiritual Theology).
Following assignments and appointments:
1995-1998 Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Pastor, St. Anne, Jennings County; Pastor. St. Joseph, Jennings County
1998-2007 Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Indiana
2007-2009 Vice-Rector, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary, Indianapolis
2007-2008 Pastor, St. Simon, Indianapolis
2008-2009 Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Indianapolis
Other assignments include:
Spiritual Director, St. Meinrad School of Theology
Archdiocesan Review Board
Advisory Board, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary
Board of Consultors
Council of Priests
Vice-Postulator for the cause of Servant of God, Bishop Simon Bruté
Bishop Etienne is the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, succeeding the Most Reverend David L. Ricken who served the Diocese of Cheyenne from September 2001 to August 2008.
Established in 1887, the Diocese of Cheyenne is home to over 53,000 Catholics. It has 36 parishes and 36 missions. There are 52 active priests, 17 retired priests, 22 deacons, and 15 sisters.
For more information on Bishop Etienne, read theWyoming Catholic Register Issue December 2009

Veritas in Caritate – Truth in Love The exterior is the traditional "framing" of a Bishop's coat of arms. The left side of the crest stands for the Diocese of Cheyenne. The right side represents Bishop Etienne: At the top is a river, representing the rivers that have passed through his life; The Ohio, Tiber (Rome), Potomac (Washington, DC), Mississippi (St. Paul), White (Indianapolis),as well as the living stream of life, Jesus Christ. The tree represents both the Etienne and Voges families; The early generation of Etienne family were loggers, and the Voges family, carpentry and construction,as well as the tree of life, the cross of Jesus Christ. The sword is for St. Paul, and the book represents the Sacred Scriptures and Preaching. The M is for Bishop Etienne's devotion to the Blessed Mother. The Sun symbolizes Christ, the Dawn from on High, as well as his general love of the outdoors.

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