General News

Father Basil Hoan, longtime priest in Center, Hemphill and San Augustine, dies

CARTHAGE, MO. – Father Basil Hoan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Tyler who had served the parishes in Center, Hemphill, and San Augustine, died April 24 in the monastery of the Congregation of the Mother, Co-Redemptrix in Carthage, MO. He was 81. The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Hoan will be celebrated on Friday, April 29 at …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 20

Parishes across the diocese will be celebrating Blue Sunday, a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse. Please see your parish bulletin for information. The State of Texas mandates that any suspicion of abuse must be reported. Contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 800-252-5400, or www.texasabusehotline.org. In an emergency, please call 911. Report any concerns …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for April 6

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Youth Evangelization is sponsoring Rukus 2016, a Catholic music festival, April 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., at 10645 CR 35 in Tyler. The festival will include such acts as the Dave Moore Band, the Josh Blakesley Band, Alex Gotay, and Toni Harris. The event also will feature an open mic, 11 a.m.-noon. Bishop Joseph E. …

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Bishop Gorman senior receives prestigious Coca Cola Foundation scholarship

TYLER – Grace Knight, a senior at Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic High School in Tyler, has been recognized as an outstanding leader by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and awarded a $20,000 scholarship. Knight, a daughter of Scott and Lori Knight of Tyler, is the first student from Bishop Gorman to receive the award, and the only one in East …

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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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Triduum liturgies set throughout the diocese

TYLER – The Diocese of Tyler will join the Catholic Church throughout the world in celebrating the Paschal Triduum, or the three days beginning the evening of Holy Thursday and ending with evening prayer on Easter Sunday. During these three days, the high holy days of the Church, the faithful journey with Christ through his passion, death and resurrection. Though …

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Bishop Strickland celebrates Mass for those with special needs

TYLER – The first diocesan Mass for those with special needs celebrated March 12 was simply that – the first. Linda Khirallah Porter, director of the diocesan Office for Faith Formation, said the Mass, celebrated by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul in Tyler, was the first of what she hopes will be an …

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Catholic Charities East Texas seeking new director

The Board of Directors of Catholic Charities East Texas is seeking qualified applicants for the position of executive director, Father Timothy Kelly, president of the board, has announced. Nell Lawrence, who has served as executive director since the organization’s founding in 20005, recently announced her retirement. Catholic Charities East Texas, incorporated in 2005, is a non-profit agency dedicated to service, …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Feb. 24

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate a Mass for families with special needs Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Catholic Schools campus. All families with children or adults with special needs are invited to attend. The liturgy will be a modified one to accommodate those needs. A special …

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Msgr. Samuel S. “Sam” Metzger, one of diocese’s founding priests, dies

TYLER – Msgr. Samuel S. Metzger, a priest of the Diocese of Tyler since its founding in 1986, has died. He had been living in a retirement residence for priests in Plano since his retirement from active ministry in 2009. He was 83. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in St. …

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