It is always a joyful occasion when a new shepherd is installed in his diocese, but it is particularly special when the new bishop is one of your own.
Such will be the case on Tuesday July 9 when Bishop Mark Joseph Seitz is installed as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso. Bishop Seitz is a priest of the Diocese of Dallas and has served here as Auxiliary Bishop for the past three years.
He is one of our own, a product of Holy Trinity Seminary, who has served our diocese as parochial vicar, pastor, vice-rector of the seminary and finally as auxiliary bishop.
It is an honor for a priest of the diocese to be chosen by Pope Francis to serve the Church of El Paso. The El Paso diocese was the first-born of the many daughter dioceses carved out of the Diocese of Dallas, having been erected in 1914
Bishop Seitz will be installed by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Metropolitan of the Province of San Antonio. Bishop Douglas Deshotel and I will join Archbishop Garcia-Siller and other bishops and priests in concelebrating the installation Mass.
Please join me in offering your prayers and congratulations to Bishop Seitz.
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