Priests

CET: Fathers and Sons – An Interview with Terry and Fr. Justin Braun

Terry Braun, father of Tyler priest Father Justin Braun, converted to Catholicism on Christmas Day, 2016. We interviewed them at their home parish, St. Mary’s in Longview, a few days before Terry was to be received into the Church. We asked about conversion, what it’s like to have a priest as a son, and to have a dad about to …

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Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of diocese’s founding priests, dies

Father Francis “Frank” Zakshesky, one of the 39 original priests of the Diocese of Tyler, has died. Father Zakshesky died at his home in Sinton, TX. He was 72. His rosary, led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, will be Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Bishop Strickland will celebrate Mass of Christian …

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Bishop installs Father Lawrence Love as pastor, blesses tabernacle in Mineola

Proclaiming that “love has come to Mineola,” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland formally installed Father Lawrence Love as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Mineola March 12. The bishop also consecrated a new tabernacle, crafted in Italy and purchased with funds given to the parish by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. In his homily, Bishop Strickland recognized …

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Bishop Announces New Assignments & Appointments

For the good of the People of God in the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following pastoral assignments and appointments. All assignments are effective August 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. Pastor Rev. Msgr. Zach Kunnakkattuthara assigned as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall (from Coordinator of Diocesan Prison Ministry). Rev. Lawrence Love assigned as …

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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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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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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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Bishop Strickland names Father Charles Vreeland full-time chaplain at Bishop Gorman

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has named Father Charles Vreeland full-time chaplain for Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler, effective June 1. “I’m pleased to appoint Father Charles Vreeland as full time chaplain for Bishop Gorman Catholic School,” Bishop Strickland said. “He has demonstrated a genuine love for the Bishop Gorman community during his first year at the …

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Father Harold Paulsen, longtime pastor and prison chaplain, passes away

Father Harold P. Paulsen, former pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Palestine, Texas, and chaplain to numerous prisons in East Texas, died on Wednesday. He was 84. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will offer the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Palestine; internment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A Rosary …

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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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