Bishop Strickland

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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Bishop Strickland promulgates constitution on teaching the Catholic Faith 

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has released a new pastoral constitution designed to guide the teaching of the Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years. The constitution was promulgated to the Diocese in the May edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine and can be downloaded here. Recognizing that the darkness of evil, especially in the forms …

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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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