Bishop Mark Seitz announced on Monday new pastoral assignments for several parishes around the Diocese of El Paso. Below is his statement on the changes:
Some 2,000 years ago Jesus brought together a group he called “The 12” as well as many others that were referred to as “disciples”. Everyone who heard and accepted the Good News was informed that they had a responsibility to share that Good News according to their particular calling.
Some, Jesus told to go home to their families and tell them all the good things God had done for them. Others he called to follow in a more radical way. They were to leave family and home and give their lives generously and without reserve in God’s service.
Those who were called in this way over time were designated as bishops, priests and deacons who were set aside for an ordained ministry,and men and women religious, who made vows in religious communities and lived according to different charisms.
Diocesan priests, who have received a vocation to serve a particular designated region in the Church under the guidance of a bishop, understand that they place themselves at the service of the entire Church of that region as designated by the local bishop. The bishop himself looks to the needs of the whole diocese guided by a personnel board, made up of priests who seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they look to the good of priests and people alike.
You will find here assignments for a number of priests in our diocese that will take effect at various times this year. Among these assignments is the naming of a new Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of El Paso, Rev. Benjamin Flores.
After many years of dedicated and wise leadership in this role under Bishop Ochoa and myself, Rev. Anthony C. Celino will be able now to focus more on parish ministry at St. Raphael. We will continue to rely upon Fr. Tony Celino in the role of Judicial Vicar because of his Canon Law background.
Fr. Ben Flores is a priest who is well-respected by priests and laity in the Diocese. I look forward to his collaboration and good advice in the role as my closest collaborator.
Rev. James (Buzz) Hall will be retiring after many years of service throughout the Diocese but will continue to assist in the role of “Senior Priest” at Blessed Sacrament, where Fr. Ben Flores will continue as pastor. Fr. Hall will continue his work on marriage retreats and will also follow his dream of being a cruise chaplain.
Rev. Ben Mones, age 85, will be officially retiring after having come out of retirement to serve at Cristo Rey since September 2011. He will continue in residence as Senior Priest at Cristo Rey and will assist there as he is able. The Diocese of El Paso is indebted to Fr. Mones for his amazing spirit of service.
Sr. Margie Silguero, MJMJ will be completing her service at St. Mary’s in Marfa, Texas as Parish Administrator. The Diocese of El Paso is very grateful for her service to this parish community and to all of West Texas.
New assignments are always challenging for all of us, priests and laity alike. I look forward with great anticipation to the gifts these priests will bring to new responsibilities as witnesses and messengers of the Good News of Christ.
Before his Ascension Jesus commanded his disciples, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15) I am confident we will all be inspired to see this command fulfilled in our own time and place!
DIOCESE OF EL PASO NEW PASTORAL ASSIGNMENTS
Rev. Ben Flores Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia (See full release below)
Rev. Allan Alaka Administrator, St. John the Apostle, Monahans
Rev. James Hall Senior Priest, Blessed Sacrament, El Paso
Dcn. Cong Vo Parochial Vicar, St. Raphael, El Paso
Rev. Frank Lopez Pastor, St. Matthew, El Paso
Rev. Marcus McFadden Pastor, St. Luke, El Paso
Msgr. David Fiero Pastor, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, El Paso
Rev. Edilberto “Beto” Lopez Pastor, Our Lady of Peace, Alpine & Non Resident Pastor, Marfa
Rev. Hector Chicas, OP Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Peace, Alpine
Rev. Alfonso Bonilla, OP Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew, El Paso
Rev. John Paul Madanu Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Marfa
Rev. Roberto Alvarado Parochial Vicar, Corpus Cristi, El Paso
Rev. Robert S. Kobe Diocesan Hospital Ministry
Fr. Esteban Sescon Sacramental Minister, Cristo Rey, El Paso
Fr. Ben Mones Senior Priest, Cristo Rey, El Paso
Rev. Salvador Aguilera St. Stephen, El Paso
Recent New Assignments
Dcn. Roberto Saucedo Administrator, Holy Family, El Paso
Fr. Apolinar Samboni Administrator, Our Lady of Fatima, Van Horn
Fr. Jovino Antonio Maritinez Parochial Vicar, San Judas Tadeo, El Paso
VERY REVEREND BENJAMIN FLORES NEWLY APPOINTED VICAR GENERAL AND MODERATOR OF THE CURIA, DIOCESE OF EL PASO
Very Rev. Benjamin Flores Ruiz is originally from El Paso Texas and has served the West Texas area as a Catholic Priest for most of his career.
He is a graduate of Jefferson High School (Class of 1984) and a University of Texas at El Paso graduate (Class of 1989) where he majored in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy.
Fr. Benjamin Flores studied at St. Charles Seminary from 1987 – 1989 and completed his graduate studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary (Class of 1993). He was ordained to the Diaconate on December 26, 1992 and a few months after that he was ordained to the Priesthood on May 29, 1993.
Father Ben, as he is known, has been a priest for the past 24 years and is cherished by many of his parishioners. As a newly ordained priest in 1993 he was assigned to Sta. Rosa de Lima in Pecos, Texas. In 1994 he was assigned to and is current President of the Presbyteral Council & Board of Consultors which advises the Bishop regarding important issues at the parish level and serves as a direct voice to the Bishop for parishioners.
In 1995, he was assigned as Vocation Director for the Diocese of El Paso. In this role, Fr. Ben encouraged many laity to answer the call to priesthood by setting an example in his search for seminarians. As Vocation Director he helped parishes establish a vocations contact at the parish level and he launched the Altar Server Camp for youth altar servers .
Fr. Ben strongly believes in planting the seed for a call to vocations at an early age.
In 1998, he returned to be Pastor at Sta. Rosa de Lima, Pecos, Texas. In 2003 Fr. Ben was assigned as Pastor of San Antonio de Padua in El Paso, Texas where he initiated construction for a new parish center and hall. In 2004, Fr. Ben was assigned to the College of Consultors.
In 2006, he returned to the Vocation Ministry when he was assigned as Interim Vocation Director. Once again Fr. Ben addressed the Diocesan need for seminarians.
Father Ben is currently serving as Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, El Paso, TX since 2011 and Fr. Ben will take his role as Vicar General and Moderator for the Curia on June 5, 2017.
He is the son of the late Narciso Flores & Crescencia Flores Ruiz and is one of 9 siblings (Arturo, Luis, Raul, Rosa Maria, Graciela, Laura, Raquel and Veronica). The family’s home parish: San Francis Xavier, El Paso Texas.