Priests

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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Father Hank Lanik honored with St. Philip Neri Award by The Pines Catholic Camp

DALLAS – Father Hank Lanik, chancellor of the Diocese of Tyler and rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, was honored Oct. 22 by the Pines Catholic Camp with the 2015 St. Philip Neri Religious/Clergy Award. The award is presented to one who “exemplifies the characteristics of St. Philip Neri, the ‘Apostle of Joy,’” and who “finds true Christian …

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Clergy Assignments Announced (Sept. 14, 2015)

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler. The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below. Effective October 15, 2015 Very Rev. Anthony McLAUGHLIN as pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Malakoff (and continuing as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler). Rev. Morgan WHITE as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Marshall  

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Clergy Assignments Announced

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler. The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below. To see previous assignments made this summer, see this announcement and this announcement. Effective September 1 Reverend George DINGUIS as pastor of St. Michael, Mt. Pleasant. Reverend Victor HAMON as parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Marshall. Effective …

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Msgr. Theodore “Ted” Rydelek, retired pastor in Buffalo, dies

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Theodore “Ted” Rydelek, retired pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Buffalo, on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m., at that church. Msgr. Rydelek, 73, died Aug. 3. He had been in poor health for some time. “I met Msgr Rydelek at the airport when he arrived in …

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Meeting Our New Priests… Father George Elliott

As part of a new video series from the staff of the Catholic East Texas, we’ll be introducing the new priests of the Diocese of Tyler – those recently ordained and those who’ve transferred to the diocese from elsewhere. In our third interview, we meet Father George Elliott who was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on June 27, 2015. …

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Meeting Our New Priests… Father Nelson Muñoz

As part of a new video series from the staff of the Catholic East Texas, we’ll be introducing the new priests of the Diocese of Tyler – those recently ordained and those who’ve transferred to the diocese from elsewhere. In our second interview, we meet Father Nelson Muñoz who was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland on June 27, 2015. …

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