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Archbishop J. Peter Sartain D.D., S.T.L.

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain

Archbishop Peter Sartain was born to Joseph and Catherine Sartain on June 6, 1952, in Memphis, Tennessee.

On July 15, 1978, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Memphis.

Archbishop Sartain attended Memphis State University from 1970-71 before earning his bachelor’s degree in English at St. Meinrad College, Indiana, in 1974. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1977 and earned a licentiate of Sacred Theology with specialization in Sacramental Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum San Anselmo in Rome in 1979.

He was appointed associate pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Memphis, from 1979 to 1981 and served as pastor of St. Louis Church from 1992 to 2000. From 1981 to 2000, he held numerous positions in the Diocese of Memphis including director of vocations, chancellor, moderator of the curia, vicar for clergy and vicar general. He was the diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Memphis from Sept. 9, 1992, to May 5, 1993, while the See of Memphis was vacant.

Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Sartain Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas, on January 4, 2000. He was ordained on March 6, 2000, and took as his episcopal motto: "Of You My Heart Has Spoken" (Psalm 27:8). He was appointed Bishop of Joliet, Illinois, by Pope Benedict XVI on May 16, 2006, and was installed on June 27. On September 16, 2010, he was appointed Archbishop of Seattle and was installed on December 1, 2010.

Archbishop Sartain serves on a number of Catholic boards and has served as Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is the author of several books, including Of You My Heart Has Spoken (Arkansas Catholic, 2005); Strengthen Your Brothers: An Archbishop’s Letters of Encouragement to His Priests (Liturgical Press, 2012), and The Journey to the Heart of Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014).

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