Archbishop Emeritus James Peter Sartain

Archbishop Peter Sartain is a native of Memphis and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Memphis in 1978. As a priest of the Diocese of Memphis, he served a number of parishes, including St. Louis Parish, where he was pastor. Through the years, he also served in a number of diocesan positions.

St. John Paul II appointed Archbishop Sartain Bishop of Little Rock on January 4, 2000. He was ordained to the episcopacy on March 6 of that year and took as his episcopal motto: “Of You My Heart Has Spoken” (Psalm 27:8).

He was appointed Bishop of Joliet by Pope Benedict XVI and was installed in June of 2006. Pope Benedict appointed him Archbishop of Seattle in 2010, and he was installed on December 1 of that year. He retired September 3, 2019.

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