An information and orientation meeting for people interested in becoming spiritual directors is being offered Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-noon at St. Mary Church in Longview.

The meeting is intended to introduce people to the two-year spiritual direction training course offered by the diocese in the hope of attracting more people to that ministry.

Training will begin in January, with sessions held once a month at St. Mary. The course also will include two annual retreats at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Dallas.

bannonFuneral services have been set for Will Brannon, 17, Heath Faucheux, 16, and Thomas Larry, 11, the three Boy Scouts who died as a result of an Aug. 5 boating accident on Lake O’ the Pines.

The three were members of Boy Scout Troop 620. Brannon and Faucheux died at the scene when their boat came in contact with a power line. Larry was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where he died Aug. 7.

Brannon and Faucheux were both Eagle Scouts. Brannon’s father Stan is Scoutmaster of Troop 620. Faucheux’s father Dion is assistant Scoutmaster.

All three boys were in the Hallsville High School Band. Brannon played French horn and Faucheux played the sousaphone tuba. Larry was set to enter beginning band in the fall.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is calling on the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to pray a 54-day Rosary Novena in support of his vision for a teaching diocese. The Novena will begin on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and continue until Oct. 7, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. The 54-Day Rosary Novena consists of praying three novenas of the daily Rosary in petition for the first 27 days, followed immediately by praying three novenas of the daily Rosary in thanksgiving during the second 27 days, for a grand total of six Rosary novenas over the course of 54 days. For more information, see the website here.

After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and in order to provide for the proper care of souls entrusted to him, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to announce the following pastoral assignments and appointments for the Diocese of Tyler. All changes are effective Sept. 1, 2017, unless noted.

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The Ministry for Special Needs and Disabilities in the Diocese of Tyler has received a $5,000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor. The money will be used to provide materials and resources to parishes, as well as to continue raising awareness of the need for the ministry and formation for those involved.

“I’d like to thank Our Sunday Visitor for supporting the special needs ministry in our diocese and for helping us to continue expanding and improving it,” said Linda Porter, coordinator of the ministry for the Diocese of Tyler.