Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Jonathon Frels to the transitional diaconate May 30 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Frels, 41, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger brother, Matthew.

He has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Southwest Texas State University and a PhD in chemistry from Texas A&M. He is a seminarian at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Boston, Mass.

Frels has lived in East Texas since 2002, when he moved to Longview to work at Eastman Chemical Company there.  It was while working there that he began discerning his call to the priesthood.

“I was in my early 30s when I first started considering the priesthood,” he said. “I had finally woken up to my faith and had begun to be active at the parish. I started helping with faith formation, attending some classes, and participating in adoration.

“As I got more involved, the idea of priesthood seemed to keep recurring,” he said. “I began to notice that I was more fulfilled when I was volunteering at the church than when I was working at my job. It didn’t happen overnight, but I eventually decided that if helping out part-time was good, then perhaps full-time work would be better.”

Frels said science and his faith fit easily together.

“I think the tension between faith and science is mostly artificial,” he said. “There is a perception of conflict because the methods, language and style are different.

“Faith and science are also focused on different things. Science is focused on the natural world, while faith is more concerned with the supernatural world.  The natural and supernatural are connected, but we study them in different ways.

“It would be nice if more people could appreciate how both science and faith can complement and assist each other,” Frels said. “Science can help clearly define the issues, and theology and faith can help apply that knowledge according to the law of love.”

Frels has been serving his pastoral year at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.

Linking their journey as Scouts with the journey as Christian disciples to mature in the Gospel, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland presided at a Holy Mass and awards presentation for the Boy Scouts of the Diocese of Tyler on Saturday at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul in Tyler.

Bishop Strickland encouraged the young men to recognize that the goal of scouting and the goal of disciples is the same, calling the group “to live as the men and women that God as created us to be, to live rightly, to live God’s plan for us.”

Pulling in a concept that the Scouts were familiar with, Bishop Strickland use the image of knots to illustrate how then can bring order to things.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.

The pontiff’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.”

Boehner noted that “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”

The Galveston-Houston Province of the National Council of Catholic Women will hold its winter meeting this Saturday in Tyler, Cynthia McCoy, province director, has announced.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Cathedral Center at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  The Province will conduct its business meeting at 9 a.m., followed by the keynote presentation.  The lunch portion of the meeting also features a silent auction.

Mother Susan Catherine, foundress of the Daughters of Divine Hope, will deliver the keynote address, discussing the family as the heart of the New Evangelization.

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2015 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru.

The decision was the fruit of a Feb. 3 audience between the Pope and Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The theologians of the congregation for saints had unanimously recognized Archbishop Romero’s 1980 assassination as a martyrdom on Jan. 8.