September 2019

Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,

In anticipation of the last weeks of 2019, I feel compelled to share words of hope in Jesus Christ and to give witness to my firm faith in our beloved Catholic Church; the Church established by God’s Divine Son.  I am inspired by these words from in 1 Peter 5, “God’s flock is in your midst; give it a shepherd’s care. Watch over it willingly, as God would have you do, not under constraint, and not for shameful profit, either, but generously.” Although these words have guided me throughout my episcopacy, I know that at times I have failed and I ask your forgiveness. 

A Funeral Mass for Monsignor Gerald Alan Priest, 79, of Crockett will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler with Bishop Joseph E. Strickland as the principal celebrant. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery at 5 p.m. in Texarkana, Texas under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and in order to provide for the proper care of souls entrusted to him, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to announce the following pastoral assignments and appointments for the Diocese of Tyler.

mcgrathRev. Peter G. McGrath, 56, entered eternal life peacefully and with the consolation of the sacraments on June 3, 2019, surrounded by his family, brother priests, and his bishop.

April 15 Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler has established a Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected by the tornadoes that claimed four lives and devastated the Alto and surrounding East Texas area. Ven. Antonio Margil Mission in Alto also sustained damage to both church buildings. Palm Sunday Mass was held in the parking lot. Catholic Charities is collecting gift cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) and personal hygiene products. Items can be delivered to the Catholic Charities offices at 202 W. Front Street, Tyler TX 75702. (behind the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.) Monetary donations are also greatly needed. To help with the disaster relief effort, please visit the Catholic Charities Donate Now page at cctyler.org. Your generosity is truly appreciated.