On Friday, Bishop Mark J. Seitz and the Diocese of El Paso announced new assignments for seven priests in the area.
Via a news release, diocese official shared, “The primary goal of assigning a priest to a parish community is to best match the priest’s gifts to the needs of the parish. The Diocese of El Paso has many beloved priests throughout the diocese and wishes to extend its profound gratitude to all who serve so faithfully.”
A priest is ordained to the Church and not to a particular parish so the needs of the entire community and the diocese are considered first when making new priest assignments.
“Inspired by the words spoken by Jesus to his disciples, “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them disciples: baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit “(Matthew 28:19), the Diocese of El Paso is heading out further East.”
The diocese is taking the first steps towards establishing a Far East El Paso Catholic Community. The newly formed community will be a Mission of St. Mark Parish and will work in conjunction with other surrounding parishes.
Ultimately, the diocese plans to establish a future parish to serve the faithful in this rapidly growing area East of Joe Battle/Loop 375 between Montana and Vista Del Sol. The diocese has set up initial offices at 3000 Tim Foster.
Diocese officials added, “The Diocese of El Paso wishes to express its deepest gratitude to Father James W. “Buzz” Hall who after many years of service throughout the diocese will be retiring in June 2018.”
“We ask the faithful to pray for our priests who have received new assignments as they prepare to move to new places of ministry. We ask that they continue to be inspired, strengthened and guided by the Holy Spirit.”
Assignments are effective June 22, 2017.
The following are the new priest assignments:
Rev. Saul Pacheco St. Mark, Administrator of new Far East El Paso Mission – St. Mark, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Mark Salas Pastor, Our Lady of Assumption
Rev. Gleen Carpe Administrator, St. Thomas-St. Joseph Kermit, Texas
Rev. Frank Hernandez Parochial Vicar, St. Mark
Rev. Cong Vo Parochial Vicar, St. Pius
Deacon Victorino Lorezca After June 28 Ordination will be Parochial Vicar, St. Raphael
Deacon German Alzate After June 28 Ordination Alzate will return to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago to complete his studies
Rev. James W. “Buzz” Hall Retired