Ethics and Integrity



Fr. Robert Poandl a Glenmary priest who served in the Diocese of Tyler in the 1980's and 1990's has been convicted of a crime against a minor.  In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Minors, Bishop Strickland has directed that this notice be placed in parish bulletins in the diocese.  Further information is available at the Glenmary website 



Ethics and Integrity Information:

If you are a victim, or know a victim:

The Diocese of Tyler is committed to provide help to anyone who may have been hurt or abused by a priest, deacon, religious, or anyone working in the name of the Church.

The Promoter of Justice, Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, serves as our victim assistance coordinator, confidential phone line (903) 266-2159.

If you know a minor is currently being abused, or in danger, immediately report it to your local police department or Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

Additional Help for Victims:

Besides contacting the Promoter of Justice for the Diocese of Tyler, there are also other groups to provide assistance to those abused by priests, deacons, or religious.

For those seeking spiritual healing the Maria Goretti Network, a new lay group of survivors reaching out to other survivors, is a possible resource. Another such group is Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, a support group headed by recovering survivors of abuse by clergy. There are also some more specialized groups, such as:  The Regain Network for victims of abuse of any kind by the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi. Mothers against Sexual Abuse is another resource.

Promoter of Justice:

The Promoter of Justice is an official of the Tribunal, the Church court.  In the Diocese of Tyler, the Promoter of Justice is a contact person for concerns about the Ethics and Integrity of Church Personnel. The Promoter is also the Victim Assistance Coordinator for cases covered by the Charter for the Protection of minors.

Contact Information:               

Promoter of Justice
Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL  
1015 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX  75701

Phone: (903) 266-2159

Bi-lingual Contact, full time at the Chancery:

Maria Flores phone 903 534 1077 ext-188.

Maria Flores has been hired to be the primary contact at the Chancery for matters connected with implementing Ethics and Integrity. Maria is bi-lingual and can help with issues concerning ACS, Safe Environment Program, Parish Contact Persons, and Parish/Mission complinance.

Prayers for Healing:

St. Maria Goretti is the patroness of abused children. Her intercession is sought for healing and forgiveness in the life of the survivors, and in the life of the perpetrators and those who protected them we pray for conversion and true penance.

Looking for some interesting reading?

Fr. Vaverek's Selected Sites and Articles