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Orientation meeting for Spiritual Direction Training Set for Sept. 16

An information and orientation meeting for people interested in becoming spiritual directors is being offered Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-noon at St. Mary Church in Longview. The meeting is intended to introduce people to the two-year spiritual direction training course offered by the diocese in the hope of attracting more people to that ministry. Training will begin in January, with …

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Funeral services set for Boy Scouts killed in boating accident

Funeral services have been set for Will Brannon, 17, Heath Faucheux, 16, and Thomas Larry, 11, the three Boy Scouts who died as a result of an Aug. 5 boating accident on Lake O’ the Pines. The three were members of Boy Scout Troop 620. Brannon and Faucheux died at the scene when their boat came in contact with a …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Aug. 7

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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Que Pasa: News and Notes for July 26

The Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI) is sponsoring a visit of the International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima to the Diocese of Tyler in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The visit has the theme, The Urgent Call for Prayer and Reparation: The …

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Diocesan special needs ministry receives grant from Our Sunday Visitor

The Ministry for Special Needs and Disabilities in the Diocese of Tyler has received a $5,000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor. The money will be used to provide materials and resources to parishes, as well as to continue raising awareness of the need for the ministry and formation for those involved. “I’d like to thank Our Sunday Visitor for supporting …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for July 12

The Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI) is sponsoring a visit of the International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima to five parishes in the Diocese of Tyler in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The visit has the theme, The Urgent Call for Prayer …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 30

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Dr. Martin Ahiaba to the transitional diaconate Sunday, July 9, at 5 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint. Martin is currently studying for the priesthood at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He recently completed a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University. All in the diocese are invited to join in …

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Bishop Strickland elevates St. Boniface Church in Chandler from mission to parish

CHANDLER – Twenty years after its founding, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland raised St. Boniface Church in Chandler from a mission of St. Edward Church in Athens to a parish in its own right. He also named Father Paul Key, who had been serving as priest-in-charge, as the new parish’s first pastor. Bishop Strickland celebrated the milestones with St. Boniface parishioners …

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Five parishes in the diocese to host pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima in July

Five parishes in the Diocese of Tyler will play host to a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima July 21-27. The statue is one of six blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican in January and commissioned to tour six of the seven continents to mark the 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima to three …

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CET: I Will Follow – An interview with seminarian John Simmons

John Simmons is a seminarian for the Diocese of Tyler in his second year of formation at Notre Dame Seminary in Louisiana. He is also a convert to the Catholicism. We caught up with him and asked him to tell us the story of his conversion. (This story appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine). …

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