The primary goal of assigning a priest to a parish community is to best match the priest’s gifts to the needs of the parish. The Diocese of El Paso has many beloved priests throughout the diocese and wishes to extend its profound gratitude to all who serve so faithfully. A priest is ordained to the Church and not to a particular parish so the needs of the entire community and the diocese are considered first when making new priest assignments.
Inspired by the words spoken by Jesus to his disciples, “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them disciples: baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit “(Matthew 28:19), the Diocese of El Paso is heading out further East. The diocese is taking the first steps towards establishing a Far East El Paso Catholic Community. The newly formed community will be a Mission of St. Mark Parish and will work in conjunction with other surrounding parishes. Ultimately, the diocese plans to establish a future parish to serve the faithful in this rapidly growing area East of Joe Battle/Loop 375 between Montana and Vista Del Sol. The diocese has set up initial offices at 3000 Tim Foster, 79938.
The Diocese of El Paso wishes to express its deepest gratitude to Father James W. “Buzz” Hall who after many years of service throughout the diocese will be retiring in June 2018.
We ask the faithful to pray for our priests who have received new assignments as they prepare to move to new places of ministry. We ask that they continue to be inspired, strengthened and guided by the Holy Spirit.
The following are the new priest assignments:
Rev. Saul Pacheco - 44, was Ordained June 2010 and has served most recently at Our Lady of Assumption Parish since 2016. Fr. Pacheco also served in West Texas at Our Lady of Fatima since 2012 and before was Parochial Vicar and Associate Pastor at St. Patrick Cathedral. Effective June 22, 2018 he will be the St. Mark, Administrator of new Far East El Paso Mission and St. Mark, Parochial Vicar.
Rev. Mark Salas - 35, was Ordained June 2011 and has served as Administrator of St. Thomas-St. Joseph in Kermit Texas since 2015. Previously he served West Texas in Alpine at Our Lady of Peace and in 2012 was Parochial Vicar of St. Mark in El Paso. Fr. Salas will be the Pastor at Our Lady of Assumption effective June 22, 2018.
Rev. Gleen Carpe - 33, was Ordained December 2014. Fr. Carpe will effective June 22, 2018 serve in Kermit Texas as Administrator for St. Thomas- St. Joseph. Fr. Carpe previously served as Parochial Vicar at both St. Pius X and St. Mark.
Rev. Frank Hernandez - 33, was Ordained May 2016 will effective June 22, 2018 serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Mark. Fr. Hernandez has served at St. Pius X as Parochial Vicar since 2016.
Rev. Cong Vo – 29, was Ordained May 2017 and has since then served as Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael. He will effective June 22 serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Pius.
Rev. James W. “Buzz” Hall Ordained in May 1970 celebrated this year his 48th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood. Fr. Hall will be retiring June 2018. Thank you Fr. Hall for all those years of continued service.
Deacon Victorino Lorezca- After his June 28, 2018 Ordination to the Priesthood, Lorezca will serve as Parochial Vicar, St. Raphael
Deacon German Alzate After his June 28, 2018 Ordination to the Priesthood, Alzate will return to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Illinois to complete his studies.
Congratulations to all and to all the parishes that will receive them.