USCCB News Release
March 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Vicar General, Pastor As Auxiliary Bishops For Dallas
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father J. Douglas Deshotel, 58, vicar general of the Diocese of Dallas, and Msgr. Mark J. Seitz, 56, pastor of Dallas’s St. Rita Parish, as auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Dallas.
The appointments were publicized in Washington, March 11, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
John Douglas Deshotel was born in Kinder, Louisiana, January 6, 1952. He attended the University of Dallas, where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees. He was ordained a priest for the Dallas Diocese in 1978.
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Patrick Parish, Dallas, 1978-1980; parochial vicar, St. Anthony Parish, Longview, Texas, 1980-1982; parochial vicar, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Dallas, 1982-1983; parochial vicar, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Longview, 1983-1988; pastor, St. William Parish, Greenville, Texas, 1988-1992; pastor St. John Nepomucene Parish, Ennis, Texas, 1992-1995; pastor, St. Luke Parish, Irving, Texas,1995-2001.
He also served as vice-rector, Holy Trinity Seminary, Irving, 2001-2005; pastor, St. Monica and St. Juan Diego Parish, Dallas, 2006-2008; and vicar general and moderator of the curia, since 2007.
Mark Joseph Seitz was born in Milwaukee January 10, 1954, and earned Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees from the University of Dallas. He was ordained a priest for the Dallas Diocese in 1980.
He earned a Master in Liturgical Studies degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1985. In 2004, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor, carrying the title “monsignor.”
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Good Shepherd Parish, Garland, Texas, 1980-1985; adjunct professor, University of Dallas, 1985-1994; spiritual director, Holy Trinity Seminary, 1986-1987; vice-rector, Holy Trinity Seminary, 1987-1993; pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Waxahachie, Texas, 1993-2003; and pastor, St. Rita Parish, since 2003.