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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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Going Full Catholic: Deandra Lieberman’s Journey from Judaism to Christianity

This interview appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. Deandra Lieberman converted from Judaism to Christianity, and now is studying to become a Scripture scholar. We asked her about growing up Jewish in East Texas, the difference between Orthodox and Reformed Judaism, what it means to keep kosher, and the relationship between Judaism and Catholicism… What …

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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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Cracking the Code: Local musician Hardy Brunette explains how he came to understand the issue of authority and the Catholic Church

This story appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. I was raised as a pretty strict Calvinist Presbyterian, so I grew up in organized religion. I was really surrounded by Luther and Calvin as a youth, even if I didn’t really understand every point of Protestant theology. We went to church and Sunday school every …

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CET: Where Did the Bible Come From?

The following article by Father Joshua Neu of the Diocese of Tyler appeared in the September-October edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine. Catholics in the Bible Belt often feel as if somehow the Bible belongs to non-Catholic Christians. Although we read the scriptures at Mass, everyone else seems to be more comfortable with the Bible than Catholics. In reality, …

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