Decree Relegating the former St. Augustine Church at 102 W. Market, San Augustine to Profane but not Sordid Use

Having opened and dedicated the new St. Augustine Church on August 28, 2019, and issued a decree so testifying (Prot. N. 2019/C-0360); and

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has declared a Year of the Eucharist for the Diocese of Tyler for the 2020 liturgical year. 

The year, fully titled, "Year of the Eucharist: Fostering Reverence for the Real Presence," will begin on Dec. 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent, and end on Nov. 22, 2020, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

To celebrate October, the month dedicated to the Rosary, and in honor of the anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, you are invited to join Bishop Strickland to pray the Rosary on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tyler.

If you are not able to come to Tyler, you are invited to gather with your friends, family, and community to pray the Rosary in your church or home at 3 p.m. 

The prayer will also be live-streamed on the Diocese of Tyler Facebook page at

This effort to have as many people as possible pray the Rosary on Oct. 13 is being jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Shreveport. 

How to Pray the Rosary:

September 2019

Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,

In anticipation of the last weeks of 2019, I feel compelled to share words of hope in Jesus Christ and to give witness to my firm faith in our beloved Catholic Church; the Church established by God’s Divine Son.  I am inspired by these words from in 1 Peter 5, “God’s flock is in your midst; give it a shepherd’s care. Watch over it willingly, as God would have you do, not under constraint, and not for shameful profit, either, but generously.” Although these words have guided me throughout my episcopacy, I know that at times I have failed and I ask your forgiveness. 

A Funeral Mass for Monsignor Gerald Alan Priest, 79, of Crockett will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler with Bishop Joseph E. Strickland as the principal celebrant. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery at 5 p.m. in Texarkana, Texas under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.