Faith Formation

Diocesan special needs ministry receives grant from Our Sunday Visitor

The Ministry for Special Needs and Disabilities in the Diocese of Tyler has received a $5,000 grant from Our Sunday Visitor. The money will be used to provide materials and resources to parishes, as well as to continue raising awareness of the need for the ministry and formation for those involved. “I’d like to thank Our Sunday Visitor for supporting …

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Bishop Strickland requests 54-day novena to support teaching of Catholic faith

  Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is calling on the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to pray a 54-day Rosary Novena in support of his vision for a teaching diocese.   The Novena will begin on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and continue until Oct. 7, the Memorial of …

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Bishop Strickland promulgates constitution on teaching the Catholic Faith 

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has released a new pastoral constitution designed to guide the teaching of the Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Tyler for the next 30 years. The constitution was promulgated to the Diocese in the May edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine and can be downloaded here. Recognizing that the darkness of evil, especially in the forms …

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Linda Porter retires, ending an era in the Diocese of Tyler

An era has come to a close in the Diocese of Tyler. Linda Khirallah Porter, diocesan Director of Faith Formation since 1994, retired Feb. 28 after more than two decades of shaping how the Catholic faith is taught in East Texas. Under Porter’s leadership, thousands of catechists have been trained and endorsed to teach in parishes, and those catechists have …

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You Have Put on Christ with Dr. Jerry Galipeau

On Saturday (Feb. 11), the Office of Faith Formation hosted Dr. Jerry Galipeau for an interactive session with diocesan catechists and faith formation leaders entitled, “You Have Put on Christ.” Galipeau is Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer at J. S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publications.

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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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