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.”

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Communications will begin producing a regular audio podcast with news, updates and interviews on a variety of topics from around the Diocese.

New episodes of the podcast, called Quo Vadis – Latin for “Where are you going?”, will be published monthly. The first episode is now available (click on the player below). 

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The Catholic Campus Ministry of Tyler will hold its “Benefit 2014”  on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ornelas Activity Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler. 

The banquet will benefit the St. John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry for UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College. 

The featured speaker for the event will be author and pro-life advocate Shawn Carney, national campaign director for 40 Days for Life. Carney will speak on pro-life issues and how they relate to campus ministry.

Seats are still available for the event by contacting Dan Onderko at (903) 266-9110. You can learn more about the Catholic Campus Ministry by visiting their web site at 

The Diocese of Tyler is now using the latest social media tools to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Northeast Texas! Our friends can now follow us on Twitter at @dioceseoftyler, like us on Facebook at, and check out our photos on Instagram at dioceseoftyler.

These tools join others already in use by the Diocese, including Bishop Joseph Strickland’s personal Twitter account at @bishopoftyler and his personal blog at

Additionally, readers can find current and archived editions of the diocesan newspaper Catholic East Texas online.

We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas for better sharing the message of Christ and His Church! Connect with us using these tools today and join the conversation.

Diocesan priest Fr. Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, received his canonical appointment to teach on the Canon Law faculty at Catholic University of America from Donald Cardinal Wuerl last week during CUA’s Holy Mass to open the academic year. McLaughlin, who formerly served as the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese, began his teaching assignment at CUA this summer.