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Pope names Dallas auxiliary bishop to head El Paso diocese

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Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Mark Seitz of Dallas as bishop of El Paso, Texas.

The appointment was announced Monday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Seitz, 59, succeeds Bishop Armando Ochoa, who was named bishop of Fresno, Calif., in December 2011.

Seitz was born in Milwaukee in 1954. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and master's degrees in theology and divinity from the University of Dallas.

He was ordained a priest for the Dallas diocese in 1980.

Small communities offer a path to 'renewing the priestly heart'

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While a conference geared toward issues of priest leadership can tend to be male-dominated, a few women also made appearances in Reno.

One was Dominican Sr. Terry Rickard, executive director and president of RENEW International, who addressed priests Wednesday morning as part of the 45th annual conference of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.

Her talk centered on small communities and their role in nurturing renewal and the new evangelization.

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