By Fernie Ceniceros
Editor, Rio Grande Catholic
Bishop Mark Seitz with a small group of priests from around the Diocese of El Paso gathered to climb up Mount Cristo Rey to pray for the faith- ful of the Diocese during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
“The priests of the diocese along with myself are looking for ways to continue to minis- ter to the people of God in the Diocese,” Bishop Mark Seitz said. “One of the many ways we continue to serve our people is by praying, and that’s why we are here,” he said.
Bishop Seitz expressed that he and his priests continue to have hope that the Gospel of Jesus will illuminate the people during this time of physical absence from the church.
“We as a community are going to continue being close to God in prayer during this extraordinary struggle with COVID-19,” Bish- op Seitz added. “In prayer we will come together to overcome this struggle and come out of it stronger than ever in our faith,” he ended.
The Bishop along with six other clergy members prayed the Via Crucis as they made their way to the summit of Mount Cristo Rey. Once at the base of the statue of Cristo Rey at the summit of the mount, Bishop Seitz offered a blessing for the entire El Paso community. He then continued to offer a prayer for those affected by the Corona- virus Pandemic.
“We as brother priests are here to give a powerful witness of our faith that God will help his people and deliver them from this trial,” Father Michael Lewis said. “I am hopeful that our prayer will inspire hope in our parishioners, indeed in all believers throughout our Diocese during this unprecedented time,” he ended.