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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Diocese of Tyler declared in compliance with Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

TYLER – The Diocese of Tyler has once again been declared in compliance with the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the document drafted in 2002 in response to the sex abuse crisis ripping through the Church at the time. The Charter has been updated several times since. It can be found on the bishops’ …

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Diocese begins new round of Ethics and Integrity Recertification

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has promulgated a revised policy for Ethics and Integrity for Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler, an updated set of Guidelines for the Conduct of Church Personnel, and a new version of the recertification training. This updating of policy reaffirms “the commitment of the Diocese of Tyler to consistently act in a way …

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Diocese Observes Week of Prayer for Abuse Victims

As part of the Diocese of Tyler’s Safe Environment Program, Bishop Joseph Strickland has designated the week of January 10-16, 2015, as a “Week of Prayer for Those Affected by Abuse.” During the week, every parish, mission and community has been asked by Bishop Strickland to offer prayers for the victims, families and others affected by abuse. “During this week, …

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Bishop Issues Safe Environment Decree for 14-15

Bishop Joseph Strickland has issued a decree on the Diocese’s Safe Environment program to be effective for 2014-15.  The decree seeks to reinforce the Diocese of Tyler’s efforts to form a culture of awareness and prevention in which people of all ages know how to respond, prevent and seek out assistance for victims of abuse. Highlights of the decree include: …

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