Roger Lawrence Schwietz

This article is about the prelate. For the executioner, see Lorenz Schwietz.
His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Roger Lawrence Schwietz
Archbishop Emeritus of Anchorage

Photograph of Roger Schwietz in March 2013

Roger Schwietz, photographed at the Alaska State Capitol in March 2013.
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Anchorage
Appointed January 18, 2000
Installed March 3, 2001
Predecessor Francis Thomas Hurley
Ordination December 20, 1967
Consecration February 2, 1990
by John Roach, Robert Brom, and Michael David Pfeifer
Rank Metropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born (1940-07-03) July 3, 1940
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Nationality American
Styles of
Roger Lawrence Schwietz
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop

Roger Lawrence Schwietz, OMI (born July 3, 1940) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Anchorage from 2001 to 2016; he is now Apostolic Administrator until Bishop Paul Etienne of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, the Archbishop-designate, takes over as Archbishop upon his installation.


Early life, education and ordination

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Roger Schwietz was baptized on July 21, 1940, and made his profession as a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 15, 1961. He studied at the University of Ottawa, from where he obtained an M.A. in 1964; and Loyola University, receiving an M.A. in Counselling Psychology in 1972.

Ordained to the priesthood in Rome on December 20, 1967, Schwietz earned his Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1968. He served as associate pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in International Falls from 1975 to 1978, when he was named Director of the College Seminary program for his religious institute at Creighton University. In 1984, he became pastor of Holy Family parish in Duluth.

Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota

On December 12, 1989, Schwietz was appointed the seventh Bishop of Duluth by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on February 2, 1990 from Archbishop John Roach, with Bishops Robert Brom and Michael Pfeifer, OMI, serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. Schwietz was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities from Lewis University in 1998.

Coadjutor Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska

Schwietz was later named Coadjutor Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, on January 18, 2000. He succeeded Francis Thomas Hurley as Archbishop of Anchorage upon the latter's resignation on March 3, 2001.

In August 2005, he attracted the attention of Traditionalist Catholics when he refused to permit Fr. Andrew Szymakowski, FSSP, to celebrate the Tridentine Mass at the latter's parish assignment within the archdiocese.

Schwietz serves as Episcopal Moderator for Teens Encounter Christ movement, having held this position since 1991. On October 2, 2006, Guzman Carriquiry, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, met with the Archbishop, who presented Teens Encounter Christ to the Curial dicastery. He also served as Episcopal Liaison to Region I of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as a consultant to the Liturgy Committee (1991–1994), member (1992–2004) and chairman (elected 1998) of the Vocation Committee, and member of the Committee on the Laity (1995–1998) and chairman of its Subcommittee on Youth (1993–1998). He has also sat on the Catholic Relief Services' Board of Directions (1997–2003) and the NCCB Administrative Board (1994–1997, 1998–2002). In 2002, he became Regional Representative on the Board for the American College in Leuven, Belgium.

The pope accepted his resignation on October 4, 2016. He has been replaced by Paul D. Etienne.[1]

See also


  1. Holy See Press Office. "Rinunce e nomine". (in Italian). Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Thomas Hurley
Archbishop of Anchorage
Succeeded by
Paul Dennis Etienne
Preceded by
Robert Henry Brom
Bishop of Duluth
Succeeded by
Dennis Marion Schnurr
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