Bishop Strickland

St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a dispensation from the discipline of abstinence from meat on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, for the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler Normally, and by immemorial tradition, Catholics are bound to abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. However, approximately every seven years, the …

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Christmas Message of Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

It is a joy to greet you as we celebrate, once again, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas. As your bishop, it truly is a blessing and an honor to serve you throughout the year, living in the light of the Savior that we welcome during this blessed season. The Incarnation of the Son of God that …

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Bishop Strickland places relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in altar in Canton, breaks ground for new parish hall

CANTON – The relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux now resting in the altar of the church named for her in Canton are physical reminders of the communion of saints which has gathered around altars for 2,000 years to worship the Christ who dwells among his people, said Bishop Joseph E. Strickland. Bishop Strickland placed the relics in the altar …

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Pastoral Exhortation: God’s Mercy through the Ministry of the Church

To conclude the Year of Mercy, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a pastoral exhortation to the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. The complete text of the exhortation is below in English and Spanish and can also be printed in English and Spanish from this PDF. JOSEPH EDWARD STRICKLAND BY THE GRACE …

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Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler joins the statement of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and encourages all Americans to come together following Tuesday’s election. “With this historic election concluded, I encourage all to pray for President-Elect Trump and our reelected or newly-elected officials from both parties, that they might work together to …

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Bishop Strickland urges faithful to pray National Novena

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler is urging the faithful of the diocese to join together in praying the National Novena which will run from Oct. 30 to the eve of the election on Nov. 7. “Please pray this novena with me and urge everyone you know to join us. We face a dire situation in our nation where the sanctity of …

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Pastoral Exhortation: Sunday, the Lord’s Day and Our Day

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a pastoral exhortation to the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Tyler regarding the Church’s teaching on participation at Holy Mass on Sundays. The exhortation was mailed to all families in the diocese in August and will be printed in the bulletins at all parishes and missions during the month as well. The …

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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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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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Bishop moves celebration of Chrism Mass to midday, March 22

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has changed the time of the Chrism Mass, celebrated during Holy Week. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated March 22 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, rather than in the evening as in past years. During the Mass, Bishop Strickland will bless and distribute the sacramental oils to be used …

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