Rev. Daniel Dower, STL, has been appointed Episcopal Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.
As Vicar for Education, Father Dower will assist Bishop Strickland in promoting the Church’s commitment to high quality Catholic education and faith formation in the diocese, and provide overall coordination for those working in the field of education at all levels.
“Father Dower’s work will encompass all aspects of sharing the Catholic faith in the Diocese of Tyler,” said Bishop Strickland. “He will be working with the priests, deacons, and religious, as well as Catholic schools, faith formation, youth evangelization, and Christian initiation and adult formation in order to enhance our efforts to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith.”
Father Dower was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Worchester, Mass., in 1984 and came to the Diocese of Tyler in 2010. He holds a licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
“I am so very honored and excited to have to have been asked by Bishop Strickland to assist him as Vicar for Education,” said Father Dower. “After the celebration of the Sacraments, most especially the Eucharist, there is nothing we do as priests that is more important than proclaiming the Word of God and teaching our faith to both young and old alike. I look forward to the challenges ahead and helping to build upon the good work that has already begun across the Diocese of Tyler as we strive ever more faithfully to go forth and make disciples of all nations.”
As Vicar of Education, Father Dower will assist the bishop in his mandate as Teacher of the Catholic Faith by establishing a framework for fostering excellence in catechetical and academic education in the parishes and schools of the diocese.
“Father Dower’s efforts are inspired by the ‘Great Commission’ in the 28th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. I have asked that he begin with an initial assessment of where we are and where we need to go. He will focus especially on developing ways for our Catholic schools and parish faith formation to collaborate more effectively,” Bishop Strickland said.
Father Dower will continue to serve as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Kilgore where he has been assigned since 2011. He also serves on the Priests’ Pension Board and is Assistant Dean for the East Central Deanery.