Seattle has a new archbishop.
KOMO News reports that Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Illinois has been chosen to lead the Catholic church in the Seattle area.
Pope Benedict XVI accepted Archbishop Alex J. Brunett’s resignation Wednesday. He had served as Seattle’s archbishop for 13 years.
Brunett submitted his letter of resignation upon turning 75 in January 2009 as required by church law. However, with Brunett in good health and wanting to continue serving and with other archbishops retiring, he was allowed to continue leading Western Washington Catholics.
An official announcement is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Staff writer Steve Maynard contributed to this report.