CHANDLER – Twenty years after its founding, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland raised St. Boniface Church in Chandler from a mission of St. Edward Church in Athens to a parish in its own right.

Bishop Strickland installs Father Paul Key as first pastor of St. Boniface Church at the June 25 Mass celebrating the former mission’s elevation to a parish.

Five parishes in the Diocese of Tyler will play host to a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima July 21-27.

The statue is one of six blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican in January and commissioned to tour six of the seven continents to mark the 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland today appointed Very Rev. Anthony Stoeppel, STD, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Paris, Texas, as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler and President of Bishop Gorman Catholic School. Father Stoeppel replaces Rev. Anthony McLaughlin in these two positions.

Very Rev. Anthony Stoeppel, STD

Father Stoeppel, a native of Atlanta, Texas, was ordained a priest in 2011. He attended Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and earned a doctorate of sacred theology in the field of bioethics last summer. As vicar general, he will serve with Very Rev. John Gomez, who continues in that position.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Dr. Martin Ahiaba to the transitional diaconate Sunday, July 9, at 5 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint. Martin is currently studying for the priesthood at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He recently completed a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University. All in the diocese are invited to join in this special day.

My Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,

This week, I will gather with my fellow Bishops from across the United States for our Spring General Assembly. As part of this meeting, the Bishops will offer a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass will be held June 14, 2017, at 5 p.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.