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Connolly House has been home to Seattle bishops and archbishops for nearly a century. Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, who was appointed by Pope Francis as the new archbishop of Seattle Sept.3, 2019, has said he will not live in the 9,000-square-foot mansion, saying: "I am a pastor, not a prince." (Credit: Kevin Birnbaum,/Northwest Catholic via CNS.)

By Kevin Birnbaum, Catholic News Service, Sep 10, 2019 

SEATTLE, Washington – Seattle Archbishop Paul D. Etienne said he will not live in the 9,000-square-foot mansion that many of his predecessors called home.

In a letter sent to archdiocesan priests and deacons Sept. 3 – his first day as leader of the Archdiocese of Seattle – the archbishop wrote: “While the Connolly House has been home to the archbishops since 1920, it will not be home for me.”

“I prefer to live a more simplified life,” he explained, adding that he was “exploring options on church properties” and hoped to find an alternative soon.

“Meanwhile, a prudent discussion will explore the possibility of selling Connolly House to help fund the great many needs across this archdiocese,” he wrote.

The property has an appraised value of $8.4 million, according to the King County Department of Assessments. ….