Archbishop Alexander Brunett

We have been notified of the January 31, 2020 death of Archbishop Emeritus Alexander Brunett, Archdiocese of Seattle. He was 86 years old.

Archbishop Brunett was born on January 17, 1934, and grew up in Detroit. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 1958, for the Archdiocese of Detroit, where he served as a parish priest, pastor, university chaplain and seminary dean. He was named the ecumenical officer for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1973.

Archbishop Brunett was appointed bishop of Helena, Montana, by Pope John Paul II in 1994 and was appointed archbishop of Seattle on October 28, 1997; installed December 18, 1997. He served as Archbishop of Seattle until his retirement in 2010.

The Vigil Service will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop Emeritus of Seattle, presiding and Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of Spokane, preaching. Visitation will precede the vigil at St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-1296.

The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 11 a.m. with Archbishop Paul Etienne of Seattle presiding and Bishop George Thomas of Las Vegas preaching. A reception will follow. The Committal will take place at Holyrood Cemetery in Seattle.

Kindly remember the soul of Archbishop Emeritus Alexander Brunett and his family in your prayers.