Consecrated Life

Sister Mary John of the Precious Blood dies after a life of prayer in the Monastery of the Infant Jesus

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland celebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary John of the Precious Blood, OP, July 17 in the Chapel of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin. Sister Mary John died July 14 in the monastery. She was 76. She was born Helen Anne Molesworth to Anne Fetsch and Charles Henry Molesworth on Aug. 21, …

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Annual Collection Supports Eldercare Needs of Religious Communities

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 10-11 in the Diocese of Tyler. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the parish-based appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack adequate retirement savings. The Diocese of Tyler contributed $44,727.24, its highest total ever, to the last collection. Women …

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Ten Month Vocation Discernment Program for Women Begins Sept. 19

The Diocese of Tyler has announced a 10 month vocation discernment program for women who may be interested in religious life. According to program coordinator Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, the sessions are open to all women ages 16 to 30. “If you have ever thought about a religious vocation, or you do not know what God’s will is for you, …

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Year of Consecrated Life: Monastery of the Infant Jesus

As the nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus say, more than one kind of seed can grow in the piney woods.  In 1945 a special seed was sown in Lufkin:  Dominican cloistered contemplative life. 15 sisters, ranging in age between 18 and 72, came from the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Detroit to found the cloister.  For …

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Diocesan-wide Prayer Aims to Foster Vocations

Beginning earlier this month, all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Tyler began a common prayer together to increase vocations to the priesthood and religious life for the diocese.   The prayer, which most communities are offering at the conclusion of the General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful) at Mass, asks for God’s grace for both young people to …

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Bishop Strickland to Open Year of Consecrated Life with Solemn Vespers

Bishop Joseph Strickland will open the Diocese of Tyler’s observance of the Year of Consecrated Life with solemn vespers and benediction on Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. Before the opening liturgy, clergy and religious from the diocese will attend a workshop focused on preparing for the Year and planning diocesan …

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Diocese Supports Retired Religious Fund

The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held December 13-14 in the Diocese of Tyler. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. Last year, the Diocese of Tyler contributed $36,499.56 to this collection. Women …

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Diocese to Welcome Fatima Dominicans Thanks to Catholic Extension

The Diocese of Tyler will welcome consecrated religious from the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima as part of a five-year grant from Catholic Extension aimed at creating a partnership for the Latin American congregations as well as the U.S. dioceses involved, Bishop Joseph Strickland has announced. Catholic Extension, a papal society that has been …

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Mother Susan Catherine to take Solemn Vows

Mother Susan Catherine, foundress of the Daughters of Divine Hope religious order, will profess her solemn vows before Bishop Joseph E. Strickland Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tyler. With the profession, Mother Susan Catherine will enter permanently into religious life. She will profess vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and fidelity. “My …

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