EL PASO, Texas - If you attend Mass at a parish in the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, there's a chance your priest may not be your priest anymore pretty soon.
Bishop Mark J. Seitz on Saturday announced new assignments for priests and deacons. The new assignments will begin starting Nov. 1.
"Here in this diocese there have been relatively few changes of priests in recent years. I suspect many of us, both priests and laity, have become pretty settled with the way things are. But change is inevitable," Seitz wrote in a Sept. 12 blog post about the upcoming assignment changes. "There are some parish openings, most notably the Cathedral and St. Theresa in Presidio, that badly need to be filled. When openings such as these are filled it inevitably leaves other openings. We will have one ordination in December, for which we are very grateful to God, Deacon Allen Oluoch. He will need a first assignment."
Seitz asked that parishoners be supportive of the priests who may be reassigned.
"Let them know how much you love them, but don't cling to them," Seitz wrote in his blog post. "That would only make it more difficult for them. Please welcome the priests who come to your community. Let them know that with you they will find new family members who will love and support them as they do their best to be a sign of Christ in your midst."
NEW ASSIGNMENTS FOR PRIESTS AND DEACONS
Effective November 1, 2013
Rev. Andrew Martinez, OFM Conv. Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry (Campus Minister at UTEP)
Effective November 8, 2013
Rev. Trini Fuentez Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral
Rev. Emmanuel Alcazar Pastor of Queen of Peace Parish
Rev. Célimo Osorio Pastor of Santa Teresa de Jesus –Presidio, TX. and Missions attached to the Parish, i.e. Our Lady of Peace –Candelaria, TX.; San Jose –Redford, TX.; and Sacred Heart–Shafter, TX.
Rev. Ralph Solis Parochial Administrator of San Felipe de Jesús Parish
Rev. Pablo Matta Parochial Administrator of St. Paul the Apostle Parish
Rev. Jose Morales Parochial Administrator of Holy Spirit Mission – Horizon City, TX
Deacon Ignacio Bustillos Parish Life Coordinator of San Judas Tadeo Parish
Deacon Juan Alvarez Parish Life Coordinator of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
Effective December 1, 2013
Rev. Mariano Lopez Parochial Vicar of St. Pius X Parish and San Juan Bautista Parish
Effective December 16, 2013
Rev. Mr. Allan Oluoch Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Cathedral