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Diocese to offer session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday in Nacogdoches

Father Gavin Vaverek, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lufkin and a canon lawyer and defender of the Bond for the diocesan Tribunal, will present a session on “Dealing Successfully with Failed Marriages” Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-noon in the Margil Center at Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches, 2508 Appleby Sand Road. The session will offer a brief explanation of …

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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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Diocese of Tyler sends more than $60K for flood recovery in La.

Through a special appeal by led by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities – Diocese of Tyler, the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler have sent more than $60,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to assist with the ongoing flood relief efforts. “The floods that devastated the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge in August left …

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Catholic Church commits to ongoing work for refugees

AUSTIN — Catholic charitable and social services will continue to work with other nonprofits serving refugees in Texas, as the state government announced its intention to step away from its role. Speaking on behalf of two dozen Catholic organizations and his fellow Catholic bishops in the state, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth said, “Our first priority is to …

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“We Love Lucy”: Lindale’s Holy Family staging July 16 benefit for Lucy Heller

LINDALE – Holy Family Church in Lindale is sponsoring “We Love Lucy,” a fundraiser benefitting Lucy Heller, whose family is struggling with medical bills they cannot afford. The event will be July 16, 3-7 p.m. in the Holy Family Life Center, 111 West Van and Henry Street, Lindale. Lucy, 6, was born with cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, epilepsy, osteopenia, …

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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 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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Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan to speak at Catholic Charities dinner Dec. 6

TYLER – Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, retired archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., will speak at the Dec. 6 Catholic Charities dinner at 6 p.m. at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. The dinner will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Catholic Charities East Texas and has the theme Where Charity and Love Prevail. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland also will be present. …

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Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul bringing relief to Van tornado victims with House in a Box

TYLER – Carmen and Maria Landaverde lost everything except their lives and their two children in the May 10 tornado that ripped through Van and left a third of the town in rubble. The couple and their two children – Jennifer, 17, and Manolo, 13 – took cover from the storm in the bathroom of their house. When they emerged …

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Dr. Danny and Kelly Jackman, Father Harold Paulsen presented Bishop Charles E. Herzig Award for service

TYLER – Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, presented Dr. Danny and Kelly Jackman with the Bishop Charles E. Herzig Award for their years of service to others during a Sept. 13 Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Father Harold Paulsen also received the award for his more than 25 years in prison ministry, but could not attend the presentation …

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