Laying down one’s life…or at least an organ.

Dallas received word today that Pope Benedict has appointed two new auxiliary bishops to the rapidly growing diocese: Father J. Douglas Deshotel and Monsignor Mark Seitz will take up their posts in late April.

But this won’t be the first time that Monsignor Seitz will have made the local news. He’s already gained some notoreity for being the kind of shepherd that gives generously of himself to his flock — in a very literal way. Last year, he donated a kidney to a diabetic parishioner in need of a transplant:

Last summer, when he first heard that Gehling needed a kidney, “it got me thinking about what a priest does,” Seitz said. “We follow the model of one who literally gave his life for us. If he can lay down his life, I can give away a kidney.”

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It sounds like Dallas will be lucky to have him.



  • Margaret Cabaniss

    Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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