General News

Louis Owen, local philanthropist and businessman, dies

Louis Owen, a Tyler businessman, philanthropist and long-time supporter of the Diocese of Tyler, died on Wednesday morning in Tyler. He was 82. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Owen on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint, with internment to follow. The family will greet visitors on Tuesday …

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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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St. Matthew Catholic Church Receives 2016 Best of Longview Award

St. Matthew Catholic Church has been selected for the 2016 Best of Longview Award in the Places of Worship category by the Longview Award Program. Each year, the Longview Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for July 13

World Youth Day pilgrims from throughout the diocese are collecting prayer requests to take with them to Poland. Young people will write the prayers on cloth, and carry them throughout the July 23-Aug. 2 pilgrimage. Go to this website to submit a prayer request. Almost 60 pilgrims from the Diocese of Tyler will be attending WYD 2016 in Krakow. The diocesan Office of …

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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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Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco rededicated 300 years after founding

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Clad in colorful 18th-century Spanish military costumes and the brown robes of Spanish friars, members of the Cherokee and Nacogdoches County Historical Commissions reenacted the founding of Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco by Spanish Franciscans near present-day Alto on July 5, 1716. The July 5 rededication of the former Mission San Francisco was the first of …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 22

The Diocese of Tyler Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is scheduled for July 8-10 at Bishop Gorman High School in Tyler.  DCYC is a diocesan wide conference for high school students, and is held once a year during the summer. DCYC is a chance for high school students to grow in their Catholic faith by building community within their own youth group, …

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Bishop Strickland says ordination of Father Jonathon Frels is a continuation of the Acts of the Apostles

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland said that the ordination of Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood is a sign that the work of the Church written about in the Acts of the Apostles continues today. “Through the Church that Jesus Christ established, his apostles continue to act,” Bishop Strickland said in his homily during the June 11 Mass of …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for June 8

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Deacon Jonathon Frels to the priesthood Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The entire diocese is invited to this day of prayer and celebration. Deacon Frels, 42, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger …

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Father Anthony Stoeppel, pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Paris, receives doctorate in bioethics

PARIS – Father Anthony Stoeppel, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Church in Paris, has been awarded his doctorate in sacred theology in the field of bioethics by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Father Stoeppel defended his doctoral dissertation on moral objections to bodily mutilation on May 13. He is the first priest of the Diocese of …

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