TYLER – Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, retired archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., will speak at the Dec. 6 Catholic Charities dinner at 6 p.m. at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.
The dinner will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Catholic Charities East Texas and has the theme Where Charity and Love Prevail. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland also will be present.
Archbishop Sheehan was archbishop of Santa Fe from 1993 until his retirement last April. He was founding bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock from 1983 until his appointment to Santa Fe.
He was born in Wichita, Kansas, but grew up in Texarkana, in Sacred Heart Parish there. He attended Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth in 1964. He served as a parochial vicar in Tyler’s Immaculate Conception Church 1965-1968. He also was rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas 1976-1982, while Joseph Strickland, now bishop of Tyler, was studying for the priesthood there.
He has a licentiate in sacred theology from Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University.
He has served as assistant general secretary of what is now the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Tickets for the dinner are $85 each. The evening also will feature a silent auction.
All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities East Texas and that agency’s works throughout the diocese. For information, call Catholic Charities East Texas at 903- 258-9492.