Saint John's Magazine Winter/Spring 2020

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SERVICE TO THE CHURCH

On a sweltering June afternoon, Bishop Mark Seitz, SOT/Sem ’86, set out on a journey familiar to many in his flock: crossing the southern border. The bishop of El Paso, Texas accompanied a family of migrants across the Lerdo International Bridge, a legal entry point into the United States where many seek asylum — and have been turned away. As they made their way toward the bridge, a 9-year-old girl grabbed the bishop’s hand. Pigtails and a pectoral cross fell in stride. “It’s kind of like a parade, isn’t it?” Seitz quipped to his new friend. “And you’re the star!”

headed toward

Hope

Beaming together, they

Reuters photo

By Jessie Bazan, SOT/Sem ’17

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