Bishop Joseph Strickland has named Father Nolan Lowry as the new head of the Sanctity of Life ministry in the Diocese of Tyler. He replaces long-time director Father Gavin Vaverek.
Father Lowry, Pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Athens, Tx, is originally from Gilmer, Texas. He is a convert to the Catholic Faith, trained in Rome, and possesses a License in Sacred Theology with a specialty in moral theology.
Father Lowry said, “I am truly honored that Bishop Strickland has asked me to direct the Sanctity of Life Office for the Diocese of Tyler. Building on the Pro-Life work of Fr. Gavin Vaverek for the last twenty-five years, I look forward to assisting the Bishop in continuing to proclaim the Church’s Gospel of Life in East Texas.
Funeral arrangements for Father Naño, who passed away last week after a lengthy battle with cancer, are as follows:
Monday, February 26
Beaty Funeral Home
Visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rosary from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Office for the Dead from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
NOTE: Priests should wear black suit/cassock. Father Larry Love will lead the Rosary. Bishop Strickland will preside for the Office.
Tuesday, February 27
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery to Follow
Reception in Cathedral Center
February 23, 2018
The protection of human life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is an issue of primary importance in the United States, and the State of Texas. Every adult Catholic should vigorously defend life, both in the public square and in the voting booth. All persons who are committed to the protection of life should unify around the teaching of the Catholic Church, beautifully taught by Saint John Paul II in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae:
Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, no. 72.
Likewise, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. 2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.
Catholic Charities extends heart-felt thanks to the people of the Diocese of Tyler for contributing $268,991 for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Mexico earthquakes. You have touched the lives of many with your generous hearts.
Here’s how much was raised for each individual cause:
$50,000 Hurricane Maria-Puerto Rico
$185,000 Hurricane Harvey-Texas Coast
$22,515 Hurricane Irma-Florida Coast
$11,476 Earthquakes in Mexico
Kathy Shieldes Harry
Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler
Registration for the national V Encuentro assembly will open of February 20. The national assembly will be held in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center from September 20-23, 2018. For more information CLICK HERE or call Deacon Reuben Natera at (903) 530-2164 or Fr. Ariel Cortes at (936) 526-1296.