Year of Consecrated Life: Monastery of the Infant Jesus


As the nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus say, more than one kind of seed can grow in the piney woods.  In 1945 a special seed was sown in Lufkin:  Dominican cloistered contemplative life. 15 sisters, ranging in age between 18 and 72, came from the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Detroit to found the cloister.  For ...

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CET Profile: Texarkana’s Bill Cork Serving the Mass


I am a pew-sitting Catholic.  Supporting the Mass is something that other people do, for me.  I have done a variety of jobs in the Church and volunteered for different things, but none of them have been liturgical.  I sometimes wonder what it takes to do these very public ministries in the Church, and what sort of spiritual preparation it ...

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Dr. Jonathon Frels to be Ordained Transitional Deacon on May 30


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 ...

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Finance Office Releases Annual Audit


The Diocese of Tyler Finance Office has has released the annual independent audit of diocesan finances, Jim Smith, finance officer for the Diocese, has announced. The report is available on the Finance Office home web site at: These statements are audited by a certified public accountant each year in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

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Diocese to Support Relief Efforts in Van


The Diocese of Tyler will be holding a special collection at all parishes and mission churches this weekend to support the victims of the tornado that struck Van, Texas, on May 10, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. “So often we see disasters and suffering in other parts of the country or the world and they seem very distant,” said Bishop ...

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CET: Newspaper Ending, Transition Beginning


After almost 28 years, the Catholic East Texas will publish its last edition as a newspaper in June. The official publication of the Diocese of Tyler will take a two-month hiatus and return in September as a full-color magazine, published roughly every two months and designed to implement Bishop Joseph E. Strickland’s vision of sharing Catholic faith and culture as ...

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Bishop Carmody Announces Retirement as Vicar General

Bishop Edmond Carmody

Bishop Edmond Carmody has announced his retirement as vicar general of the Diocese of Tyler. Bishop Carmody served as Bishop Joseph E. Strickland’s vicar general and chaplain of Bishop Gorman Schools since December of 2012. “The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Tyler were extraordinarily blessed to have Bishop Carmody serve as vicar general for the past two years,” ...

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Special Collection for Nepal Earthquake Victims May 9-10

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In union with Pope Francis and his brother bishops in the United States, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is asking parishioners in the Diocese of Tyler to respond to the needs of the people of Nepal who have been affected by the devastating earthquake that struck that country in late April. Bishop Strickland has authorized a special collection to be taken up at all Masses ...

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Dunk the Bishop! Diocese to Support Magdalene Home Festival


Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will make himself a target May 16 as he exchanges his cathedra for a dunking booth. Bishop Strickland will take to the dunking booth as part of the Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will benefit The Magdalene Home, a home in Tyler seeking to ...

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Nominations Open for Herzig Award


The Diocese of Tyler is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award, Father Hank Lanik, chancellor of the diocese, has announced. 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 recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within ...

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Diocese Invited to Celebrate Bishop’s 30th Anniversary


Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination with a Mass of Thanksgiving on June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Hank Lanik, rector of the Cathedral, invites the priests, deacons, consecrated religious and lay faithful of the diocese to attend the Mass and reception that will follow in ...

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CET: Catholic Schools Welcome New Principals

Chenevert & Coleman

St. Gregory Cathedral School in Tyler and St. Patrick Catholic School in Lufkin have announced the hiring of new principals. Becky Chenevert is the new principal of St. Gregory Cathedral School in Tyler, and Martha López Coleman has been hired to lead St. Patrick in Lufkin. Chenevert comes to St. Gregory with 29 years of experience in elementary education and ...

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Cardinal Francis George Dies After Long Battle with Cancer


Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the Chicago archdiocese, remembered Cardinal George as “a man of peace, tenacity and courage.” At an April 17 press conference, Archbishop Cupich lauded the cardinal for ...

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CET: Bishop Concludes Pilgrimage Across Diocese

CET Photo by Ben Fisher

TYLER – “Extraordinary.” This is the word Bishop Joseph E. Strickland chose to describe his recently-concluded pilgrimage across the Diocese of Tyler from March 2-19. In all, the Bishop Strickland visited 61 parishes and missions as part of his pastoral visit which was geared toward praying with the faithful in each community and hearing about the successes and challenges across ...

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OLV in Paris to Host Fathers of Mercy Mission


Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Paris will hold a parish mission featuring the Fathers of Mercy from April 26-30, Fr. Anthony Stoeppel has announced. The five-night mission will center around the topic of “Christ Our God Truth Incarnate” and will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. Fr. George McInnis of the Fathers of Mercy ...

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