The Diocese of Tyler will hold its annual Marian Conference on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School in Tyler.

The Family Under the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the theme for this year’s conference according to organizers Fr. John-Mary Bowlin and Fr. Raymundo Garcia.

Calling the Eucharistic liturgy the “pearl of great price” and the treasure from which our joy as Christians flows, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland opened the Diocese of Tyler’s first liturgical conference on Saturday at Bishop Gorman Schools in Tyler.

Over 500 people attended the all-day event which was also held in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tyler. Participants included clergy, liturgical coordinators, choirs and music leaders, and others interested in liturgical practices, including guests from non-Catholic communities.

This Monday’s (Sept. 15) edition of the Lufkin Daily News highlights Lok Fung and Shannon Law, newly weds who are teaching at St. Patrick Catholic School in Lufkin.

The feature written by Rhonda Oaks with the Lufkin News, begins:

While many newlyweds long to spend as much time together as possible, one couple is accomplishing that — in the classroom.

Team teachers Lok Fung and Shannon Law team-teach at St. Patrick Catholic School every day with only a door separating them. The couple married just over a year ago after meeting at Stephen F. Austin University while they were both completing their degrees to become teachers.

Spending the day together makes spending the evening together even more interesting, they said.

Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School in Tyler has been recognized as a “School of Excellence” by The Cardinal Newman Society as part of its annual Catholic Education Honor Roll, the organization announced today.

Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. Bishop Gorman has been on the national honor roll since its creation in 2004, only one of three schools in the United States that have been on all seven previous honor rolls

Mother Susan Catherine, foundress of the Daughters of Divine Hope religious order, will profess her solemn vows before Bishop Joseph E. Strickland Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tyler.

With the profession, Mother Susan Catherine will enter permanently into religious life. She will profess vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and fidelity.

“My poverty is complete,” she said. “I have surrendered everything so that now I can be more generous and more freely giving of myself to the will of God and the needs of the church. This is Gospel poverty.”