New Bishop Appointed to El Paso Catholic Diocese

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Pope Francis has appointed the auxiliary bishop of Dallas, Mark J. Seitz, the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.

The 59-year-old Seitz served in Dallas from 2010 until his transfer to this West Texas city. During his time in Dallas, Seitz donated one kidney to a parishioner.

At a news conference Monday, he spoke in both Spanish and English. He said he has a desire "to serve the entire community here without distinction of race or culture."

The Milwaukee-born cleric replaces Bishop Armando Ochoa, who was appointed to lead the diocese in Fresno, Calif., in December 2011.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the Diocese of El Paso serves 858,546 people in most of the Trans-Pecos.