Area priest appointed auxiliary bishop by Vatican

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:39am

Father Eusebio Elizondo, a pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish south of Mill Creek, was one of two Seattle-area priests appointed by the Vatican on May 12 as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Also named was Joseph Tyson, pastor at three South Seattle parishes.

Upon receiving the news of the appointments by Pope Benedict XVI, Seattle archbishop Alex J. Brunett announced that the ordination ceremony for Elizondo is scheduled for Monday, June 6, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

“I am deeply grateful to the Holy Father for the gift of these two bishops who will assist me in my ministry to the people of the Archdiocese of Seattle,” Brunett said. “I am particularly delighted because these are among the first appointments made by Pope Benedict, which demonstrates his great love and concern for the Archdiocese of Seattle.”

Elizondo was born in Victoria, Mexico, in 1954. In 1984, he received a canon law degree from the Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, an order that provides spiritual direction for priests. He was assigned to the Seattle Archdiocese in 2000 upon the request of Archbishop Brunett to provide ministry to the growing Hispanic community in Western Washington.

Commenting on the appointments, Brunett said Elizondo has committed himself to pastoral service in the Archdiocese of Seattle and was highly recommended to him by priests, clergy, religious and lay ministers.

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