Installation mass to welcome new Bishop of El Paso Diocese

Catholic Diocese of El Paso

POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 7:05am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 7:19am

"If I were a priest I could save people so they could live forever." - Bishop Seitz

An installation mass will be held Tuesday evening for Bishop Mark J. Seitz, who was announced as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso in May.

Seitz entered the seminary in Irving, Texas in 1972 at the age of 18 years old. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas eight years later. In 2004, Pope John Paul II named him a Monsignor, and then in 2010, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas.

Seitz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is the oldest of children. According to his biography on the El Paso Catholic Diocese website, he knew he wanted to be a priest since he was a young boy.

"If I were a fireman or doctor, I could save people but they were still going to die. If I were a priest I could save people so they could live forever," he said.

In 2009, Seitz got the opportunity to help save someone when a woman from his parish in Dallas needed a kidney.
"You have two kidneys, everybody does. You only need one. God gave us a spare," he said. "And then the thought came to me, 'What about you?' And so I offered. It just turned out I was a match."

Throughout the years, Bishop Seitz's motto has been, "My heart is ready."

As he enters this new chapter in El Paso, Bishop Seitz said he is focused on several priorities including vocations, healing sexual assault victims and bringing people back to the Church, including young people. Seitz said the youth are a great resource for the church community.

One way he may appeal to younger Catholics is through is twitter account, @BishopSeitz. Social media is an increasing trend among religious leaders, including the Pope himself who also has a Twitter account, @Pontifex.

The mass of installation for the Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz will be led by the Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio. It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center located at 1 Civic Center Plaza. A reception will follow the mass.

Bishop Seitz is the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso.  According to the Rio Grande Catholic, about 4,000 people are expected to attend his installation mass.

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