Passionately stressing the value of human life in all stages and underscoring how the love of God can even be seen when the dignity of life is not respected, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland served as the keynote speaker at the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet on Oct. 12 at the Holiday Inn in Tyler.

Almost 300 people of all faith traditions from across East Texas attended the event. State Representative Matt Schaefer of Tyler introduced Bishop Strickland.

Bishop Strickland’s complete address can be viewed below. Additional coverage from Emily Guevara of the Tyler Morning Telegraph can be found at

TYLER – Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville called on the legal community of Tyler to “incline your hearts to what is good” at the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Red Mass on Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The Red Mass is an annual celebration scheduled around the traditional beginning of the legal year.  Celebrating the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Mass is an opportunity for judges, attorneys, legal staff and political leaders to join in praying for wisdom.

The video of Bishop Flores’ homily is below. A photo gallery from the event is available here.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler.

The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below.

Effective October 15, 2015

Very Rev. Anthony McLAUGHLIN as pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Malakoff (and continuing as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler).

Rev. Morgan WHITE as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Marshall

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Finance will host two seminars to help parishes with year-end accounting and financial work.

The sessions will be held on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at the Diocesan Chancery in Tyler; parish representatives may attend either session.

There is no charge for the workshops and lunch will be provided.

Topics covered will include:

  • How to process 941 forms
  • How to process W-2’s
  • What information should be included on W-2’s
  • Who receives which form—1099 or W-2
  • Health Insurance
  • Reportable Health Care—Form 1095 (Filing Mandatory for Year End 2015)
  • Pension—Representative from Mutual of America

Registration is available online at:

Attendees can also print and fax the registration form (below).

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Jim Smith, who has served as finance officer for the Diocese of Tyler for the past 22 years, has announced his retirement.

Former Bishop Edmond Carmody named Smith, who worked in the insurance field in San Antonio before coming to Tyler, to the finance position in August of 1993.

“On behalf of all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Tyler, I sincerely thank Jim for his long service to the Church in East Texas,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said. “Jim’s tireless efforts were instrumental in helping our young diocese develop into a vibrant Christian community of almost 125,000.”

Chad Cleckler, who was named business manger for the diocese earlier this month, will oversee the finance office until a new finance officer is named.