Archbishop G. Raymond Hunthausen announced his retirement on June 18, 1991. He faithfully served as the leader of the Church of Western Washington for 16 years. Known for his strong stances on peace and justice, his leadership emphasized quality pastoral care for the people of the archdiocese. Remembered as an outspoken advocate for the poor and the ignored, he was also a great advocate for youth, urging improved catechesis in parishes and supporting Catholic schools.
Coadjutor Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy shared the following thought at the time of the announcement, “I have benefitted from Archbishop Hunthausen’s example in more ways than I could ever describe. Perhaps two words characterize his person and his ministry – integrity and fidelity. I give thanks to God for not only being able to hear those words but to see them lived out in the person of Raymond G. Hunthausen.”