Williams named Finance Officer

Laura Williams has received a canonical appointment to the position of Finance Officer for the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.

The Finance Officer, a position mandated for each diocese by the Church’s Code of Canon Law, directs the administration of the goods of the diocese under the authority of the bishop and prepares the financial reports for the diocese. The Finance Officer oversees all financial and related functions including budgeting, accounting and investments.

Williams joined the diocesan staff in January of 2016 as Director of Finance.

“I am pleased to appoint Laura as our Finance Officer,” Bishop Strickland said. “In the year she has been with us directing our finance and accounting efforts, Laura has demonstrated her expertise in financial affairs as well as her personal integrity and work ethic.”

The five-year appointment was made by Bishop Strickland after consulting the members of the diocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors.

“Our diocese is committed to observing good business practices as we carry out the Church’s mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all,” said Bishop Strickland. “I am confident in Laura’s continued ability to provide sound financial management for the people of the Diocese of Tyler.”

Williams, a native of Houston, has nearly 20 years of administrative and financial management.  Prior to joining the Diocese of Tyler staff, she was the Finance Officer for the Diocese of Beaumont.