Saint John's School of Theology alumnus appointed bishop of El Paso, Texas
May 17, 2013
Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Mark Seitz of Dallas as bishop of El Paso, Texas. The appointment was announced in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Seitz was born in Milwaukee in 1954. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and master's degrees in theology and divinity 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 in Collegeville, Minn., in 1985.
In 2004, he was named a monsignor.
After his ordination, he was pastor at several parishes in the Dallas diocese. He was also adjunct professor at the University of Dallas and spiritual director at Holy Trinity Seminary.
He was named auxiliary bishop of Dallas on March 11, 2010.
The El Paso diocese has a population of 686,037 Catholics.