Bishop Joseph E. Strickland celebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary John of the Precious Blood, OP, July 17 in the Chapel of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin.

Sister Mary John died July 14 in the monastery. She was 76.

She was born Helen Anne Molesworth to Anne Fetsch and Charles Henry Molesworth on Aug. 21, 1940, in Houston. She attended Holy Rosary Elementary School, St. Agnes Academy, and Sacred Heart Dominican College, all in Houston. Before entering the monastery, she taught at Holy Ghost Elementary and Corpus Christi Elementary, also in Houston.

There has been a change in itinerary for the centennial visit of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Diocese of Tyler July 21-27.

The statue will visit Our Lady of Fatima Church in Daingerfield July 24-25 instead of Our Lady of Victory Church in Paris.

The Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI) is sponsoring a visit of the International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima to five parishes in the Diocese of Tyler in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The visit has the theme, The Urgent Call for Prayer and Reparation: The Appeal of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue, one of six blessed by Pope Francis in January for travel to six continents, will visit:

  • The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler, July 21, 5 p.m., until July 22, noon;
  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in St. Peter Claver Church, Tyler, July 22, 6 p.m., until July 23, 2 p.m.;
  • Our Lady of Victory Church, Paris, July 24, 5 p.m., until July 25, 10 a.m.;
  • St. Mary Church, Longview, July 25, 5 p.m., until July 26, 9:15 a.m.;
  • Sacred Heart Church, Nacogdoches, July 26, 5 p.m., until July 27, 8:30 a.m.

The Diocese of Tyler is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award.

The award is named in honor of Bishop Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991.

The annual award was instituted in 2007 by Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, third Bishop of Tyler, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the Diocese of Tyler in seeking to promote human welfare. Those who receive the award demonstrate a great charitable love for the people of God and possess a life in the Church that has been marked by actions that have enabled individuals or families to receive basic human care.

LUFKIN – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland celebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Billy D. Mitchell July 1 in St. Andrew Church in Lufkin.

Deacon Billy D. Mitchell, 1961-2017

Deacon Mitchell died June 28 in Lufkin. He was 55.

Rev. Mitchell was born Dec. 22, 1961 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Barbara (O’Briant) and Frank Mitchell, but lived in Lufkin most of his life. He was a Registered Nurse and worked for New Century Hospice.