Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Father Lawrence Rasaian, JCD, has been appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Tyler.
He has also named Deacon Fred Arrambidez as Moderator of Permanent Deacons.
The Judicial Vicar heads the diocesan Tribunal and acts as a resource to the Bishop on canonical matters while advising priests, religious and laity in canonical affairs.
“I am pleased that a canonist of Father Rasaian’s ability will be serving as Judicial Vicar,” said Bishop Strickland. “I am confident that he will continue to make our Tribunal run efficiently.”
Father Rasaian was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Kottar, India, in 2006. He came to the Diocese of Tyler in 2007 and served at St. Mary’s Parish in Longview and Our Lady of Grace Parish in Hallsville.
Father Rasaian earned his doctorate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario.
Upon completing his degree, Father Rasaian was appointed administrator of St. Boniface Mission in Chandler and judge of the diocesan Tribunal.
He succeeds Father John Gomez who, along with Father Anthony McLaughlin, was named Vicar General by Bishop Strickland.
Deacon Arrambidez was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2013. He is retired from the U.S. Postal Service where his last assignment was as Postmaster of Tyler. He and his wife, Mary, have three grown children and nine grandchildren.