Wichita native Etienne Huard ordained a Benedictine priest at Conception Abbey

Benedictine Etienne Huard was ordained to the priesthood Thursday, May 18, at Conception Abbey’s Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Conception, Missouri.
Abbot Benedict Neenan presented Fr. Etienne for the rite of ordination which was administered by retired Benedictine Archbishop Jerome Hanus, a monk of Conception Abbey and former archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa.
Archbishop Jerome expounded on the role of a Benedictine priest as one of “servant leadership” in his homily.
"The Benedictine priest has, first of all, a shepherding role,” he said. “He is a pastoral person and is to imitate Jesus as the Good Shepherd, even to the point of giving his life for the sheep. He must give his life for the members of the flock which is the Church and ultimately all humanity."
Fr. Etienne, a native of Wichita and a former member of Christ the King Parish, is the son of Constance and the late Steven Huard and is a graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Fr. Etienne recently completed his master’s degree in systematic theology and master of divinity degree at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Fr. Etienne first professed vows as a monk of Conception Abbey on Aug. 15, 2010, and until leaving for graduate studies served the community as director of Admissions of Conception Seminary College and assistant vocations director for Conception Abbey while also pursuing the art of photography with work featured by items sold by The Printery House.
This fall, Fr. Etienne will take on the roles of kitchen master for the Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College campus and serve as chaplain for the freshman of Conception Seminary, overseeing their initial stages of priestly formation.