Deacons

Deacon Billy Mitchell dies, served Immaculate Conception Church in Moral

LUFKIN – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland celebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Billy D. Mitchell July 1 in St. Andrew Church in Lufkin. Deacon Mitchell died June 28 in Lufkin. He was 55. Rev. Mitchell was born Dec. 22, 1961 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Barbara (O’Briant) and Frank Mitchell, but lived in Lufkin most of his life. He was …

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Deacon Alex Kobar, among first in diocese, dies at 93

Deacon Alex Kobar, one of the original deacons in the Diocese of Tyler, died on Sunday. He was 93. Deacon Kobar was born April 25, 1923, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Throop High School in 1940 and attended night school before going to Newark, N.J. to work at Breeze Aircraft. In 1942 he joined the U. S. Navy. After serving …

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Deacon Rubén Natera given Lumen Gentium Award by University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry

TYLER – Deacon Rubén Natera was presented the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry’s Lumen Gentium Award July 3 during Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The award is given annually by UD to a graduate of the university’s Neuhoff School of Ministry whose established record of outstanding accomplishment reflects the fruit of “theological education for transformative …

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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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Father Lawrence Rasaian Named Judicial Vicar, Deacon Fred Arrambidez Appointed Moderator for Deacons

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced that Father Lawrence Rasaian, JCD, has been appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Tyler. He has also named Deacon Fred Arrambidez as Moderator of Permanent Deacons. The Judicial Vicar heads the diocesan Tribunal and acts as a resource to the Bishop on canonical matters while advising priests, religious and laity in canonical affairs. …

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Funeral Mass for Longtime Deacon Set for Wednesday

The Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Michael T. Doyle Sr. will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches. Bishop Joseph Strickland and Msgr. James Young will be the main celebrants. Deacon Doyle passed away last Friday after a long battle with cancer. Born on in Syracuse, NY, in 1937, Deacon Doyle served …

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