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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Mark Seitz of Dallas, 59, as bishop of El Paso, Texas.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, May 6, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
He succeeds Bishop Armando Ochoa, who was named bishop of Fresno, California, December 1, 2011.
Bishop Seitz was born in Milwaukee, January 10, 1954, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, master of divinity and master of arts in theology degrees from the University of Dallas. He was ordained a priest for the Dallas Diocese in 1980.
He earned a master in liturgical studies degree from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1985. In 2004, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor, carrying the title "monsignor."
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Good Shepherd Parish, 1980-1985; adjunct professor, University of Dallas, 1985-1994; spiritual director, Hoy Trinity Seminary, 1986-1987; vice-rector, Holy Trinity Seminary, 1987-1993; pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Waxahachie, Texas, 1993-2003; and pastor, St. Rita Parish, since 2003.
Bishop Seitz was named auxiliary bishop of Dallas, March 11, 2010.
The El Paso Diocese includes 26,686 square miles. The diocese has 858,546 people, with 686,037, or 80 percent of them, Catholic.
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