Diocese of Tyler Communications

Opening Homily for Bishop Gorman school year: ‘Jesus, the Great Teacher, leads us to school to the discovery of Truth’

On Wednesday, August 16, students, parents and faculty of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler joined Bishop Joseph Strickland at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul for the opening school year Mass, followed by the Eucharistic procession to the campus. In his opening homily, School President Fr. Anthony Stoeppel, STD, stressed to the students that the journey …

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Regional Diocesan Mass for families with special needs to be held August 26

The Regional Diocesan Mass for Families with Special Needs will be held August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. at St. Michael Parish in Mt. Pleasant, TX. The presider for the Mass will be Reverend Denzil Vithanage. All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome. A modified liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs. A special dispensation for the Sunday …

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Bishop Strickland announces new clergy assignments for summer 2017

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. Pastor Rev. Ariel Cortes assigned as Pastor of St. Michael Parish in …

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Bishop Strickland requests 54-day novena to support teaching of Catholic faith

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 …

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Father Anthony McLaughlin Appointed Vice Rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to share the news that Holy Apostles College and Seminary has announced that Father Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, has accepted a position as Vice Rector. Please click here to view the announcement>>>

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Father Anthony Stoeppel appointed vicar general, president of Bishop Gorman

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland today appointed Very Rev. Anthony Stoeppel, STD, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Paris, Texas, as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler and President of Bishop Gorman Catholic School. Father Stoeppel replaces Rev. Anthony McLaughlin in these two positions. Father Stoeppel, a native of Atlanta, Texas, was ordained a priest in 2011. He …

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Remembering the victims of abuse during the month of the Sacred Heart

My Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler, This week, I will gather with my fellow Bishops from across the United States for our Spring General Assembly. As part of this meeting, the Bishops will offer a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held …

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Pentecost Reflection: Overcoming our lukewarmness in the faith

In St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, as soon as you enter the magnificent church, something bright and beautiful can be seen through the baldacchino, all the way in the apse.  It is a beautiful window of the dove – who represents the Holy Spirit – shining forth into the church.  This window was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, but …

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Stronger religious freedoms in Texas could boost Catholic foster care

AUSTIN (CNA/EWTN News) – The Catholic Church in Texas will work to promote more foster parenting, following the state legislature’s approval of strong legal protections for religious adoption and foster care agencies. “Now Catholics can join other people of good will and serve Texas’ children in good faith,” said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference of …

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Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction “for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy …

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