Faith Formation

Office of Faith Formation issued record number of catechist endorsements in 2016

TYLER – The diocesan Office of Faith Formation issued 123 catechist endorsements in 2016, the highest number of endorsements issued since the process began in 2002, said Linda Khirallah Porter, diocesan faith formation director. Endorsements are offered at four levels: beginning, basic, intermediate, and advanced. Endorsements as professional religious educators also are offered, as are endorsements in prison ministry and …

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Catechetical in-service brings large group to Tyler

TYLER – Over 65 catechetical leaders from across the Diocese of Tyler gathered on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Cathedral Center in Tyler for their annual in service day, according to Linda Porter, director of the Office of Faith Formation. In all, 48 parishes were represented with five priests attending. Policies, procedures, and programs were the primary topics for the day, which also included …

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Faith Formation hosts catechist camp in Crockett

CROCKETT – The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation recently conducted a catechist training camp at St. Francis of the Tejas Church in Crockett, according to Linda Porter, the office’s director. The camp offered new catechists training in the liturgical year, the diocese’s 16 catechetical goals, an overview of how to use the curriculum guide and a general pep talk …

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New staff, office announced for chancery

Three new staff members have joined the Chancery Office in the last month to assist in all areas of diocesan administration. Elizabeth Carlson has joined the development office as associate director of development for donor services.  She will assist Peter Kane in coordinating the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and other giving programs, as well as managing donor communications  and events. Carlson comes to the …

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PHOTOS: Christian Initiation Training

The Office of Faith Formation held a training session for parish Christian Initiation leaders on April 2 at the Chancery Office in Tyler.  Below are a few photos from the training.

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Bishop Strickland prays with candidates, elect of the diocese as they prepare to enter the church

TYLER – Some 33 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Tyler presented their candidates and elect, those persons seeking to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, to Bishop Joseph E. Strickland during evening prayer services Feb. 14 and 21 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. About 300 people attended each service. Those present included candidates, or those …

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Father Dower Appointed Vicar for Education

Rev. Daniel Dower, STL, has been appointed Episcopal Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. As Vicar for Education, Father Dower will assist Bishop Strickland in promoting the Church’s commitment to high quality Catholic education and faith formation in the diocese, and provide overall coordination for those working in the field of education …

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Holy Spirit Parish to host Fathers of Mercy Mission

Holy Spirit Parish in Holly Lake will hold a five-night mission featuring Father Ken Geraci of the Fathers of Mercy order, Father Michael Snider has announced. The topic of the mission is “Why be Catholic: Renewal in Christ our Savior.” The mission will be held from November 1-5, with confessions and adoration beginning each evening at 5:30 p.m., followed by the mission presentation at 6:30 p.m. Holy …

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Spanish-speaking catechists to gather in Tyler for encuentro Sept. 12-13

TYLER – Spanish-speaking catechists from throughout the Diocese of Tyler will gather in Tyler Sept. 12-13 for the catechetical conference, Hogar: Lugar de Encuentro y Comunión. The conference will take place at the Magnuson Hotel and Conference Center, 3310 Troup Hwy, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the closing Mass Sept. …

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Catechetical conference draws 300 catechists from across diocese

TYLER – Some 300 catechists from across the Diocese of Tyler gathered Aug. 7-8 in Tyler for the 2015 catechetical conference, Nurturing Disciples. The conference, held in Tyler at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway, drew clergy, religious, parents, youth ministers and catechists for two days of sessions devoted to all facets of religious education, Christian Initiation, parenting and youth ministry. …

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