Diocese of Tyler Communications

Are You Saved? Father Nolan Lowry, a convert to the Catholic Faith, helps Catholics answer this vexing question

This interview appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. How did you get interested in the theology of salvation? Well, I’m a convert myself. I was a Baptist kid in Gilmer, Texas. My dad had become a Catholic in 1996, and my stepmother was already a committed Catholic, but I was still living how I was …

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Curiosity Made Me Catholic: How a school assignment and the internet led Jeremy Brandt to the Church

This story appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. I had a really typical, happy, nurturing evangelical Christian upbringing in Tyler. My family is involved in ministry and I was around the church a lot. I would say I definitely have had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as long as I can remember. I …

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Job Posting: Administrative Assistant for Operations

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED AS OF 9/1/2016 The Diocese of Tyler is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant for the Department of Operations, Chad Cleckler, director of operations, has announced. Duties include assisting the director of operations with with clerical and administrative support in the areas of risk management, claims handling, property and construction projects. Requirements include graduation …

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Seminarian softball game set for June 12

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Vocations will host a Seminarian Softball Classic on Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. at Faulkner Park in Tyler. The event will feature the seminarians and priests of the diocese taking on a group of lay men in a friendly game. Food and refreshments will also be available. “We invite all families in the diocese to …

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Harry Named Catholic Charities Executive Director

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Kathy Shieldes Harry, former principal of St. Gregory Cathedral School in Tyler, will be the new head of Catholic Charities of East Texas, beginning June 1. “Kathy is a lifelong Catholic and educator in both public and Catholic schools in the Tyler area.  Her experience gives her strong connections not just …

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USCCB Chairmen Respond to Administration’s New Guidance Letter on Title IX Application

WASHINGTON—Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students”: The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocates for the wellbeing …

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A crash course in Miracles 101

What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common? Both bore what appeared to be images of Mary. One was determined to be authentically miraculous, the other was not. Not to spoil any secrets, but it’s not Our Lady of the Grilled Cheese that converted Mexico and continues to draw millions of …

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Bishop Strickland welcomes Amoris Laetitia as “beautiful teaching” on love, marriage and family

Today the Church welcomes a beautiful teaching from our Holy Father Francis on the splendor of Christian marriage and the family. Entitled Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love’), this letter recalls the essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family which are based on Divine Revelation found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The document is intended …

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No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family. “The Church’s pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal …

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Bishop Appoints Father McLaughlin as Director of Diaconate Formation

Very Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, VG, has been appointed to serve as Director of Diaconate Formation for the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. In this role, Father McLaughlin will coordinate both the formation process for candidates for the permanent diaconate, as well as ongoing formation for those already ordained deacons in the diocese. “The initial and …

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