Pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Alpine tests Positive for COVID-19; Church returns to Phase 1 Guidelines

The Diocese of El Paso announced on Wednesday afternoon that Rev. Edilberto “Beto” Lopez, Pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Alpine, Texas, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Fr. Lopez and Our Lady of Peace and Fr. Joe Raj, S.J. who serves as his Vicar are currently under a 14-day quarantine.

“Fr. Raj was tested Monday and is awaiting the results of his test. He continues to be without symptoms. Fr. Lopez has only mild symptoms at this time and is in good spirits. He is resting at the parish rectory,” Diocese officials shared.

Our Lady of Peace in Alpine will return to Phase One in the Diocesan Protocol for Church Gatherings. Bishop Seitz will be sending Fr. Victorino Lorezca currently assigned to St. Raphael Catholic Church to Alpine to meet the pastoral needs of the people of Alpine and the
communities of Fort Davis and Marathon.

Bishop Seitz expressed his wishes for a speedy recovery of Fr. Lopez.

“I am praying for the speedy recovery of Fr. Lopez. I also pray that everyone with this illness will have a quick recovery,” Bishop Seitz said. “I urge all Catholics in the Diocese to continue to socially distance and continue using masks when in public out of Christian love for one another.”

The Diocese of El Paso will continue to remain in Phase 2 of the Diocesan Protocol for church gatherings as the number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise.