Vocations

Father Anthony McLaughlin Appointed Vice Rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to share the news that Holy Apostles College and Seminary has announced that Father Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, has accepted a position as Vice Rector. Please click here to view the announcement>>>

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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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CET: I Will Follow – An interview with seminarian John Simmons

John Simmons is a seminarian for the Diocese of Tyler in his second year of formation at Notre Dame Seminary in Louisiana. He is also a convert to the Catholicism. We caught up with him and asked him to tell us the story of his conversion. (This story appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine). …

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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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Seminarian softball game set for June 12

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Vocations will host a Seminarian Softball Classic on Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. at Faulkner Park in Tyler. The event will feature the seminarians and priests of the diocese taking on a group of lay men in a friendly game. Food and refreshments will also be available. “We invite all families in the diocese to …

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Meeting Our New Priests: Father Charles Vreeland

As part of a continuing 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 fourth interview, we meet Father Charles Vreeland who came to the Diocese of Tyler in the summer of 2015. Fr. Vreeland, a native of Fredericksburg, Texas, …

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Ten Month Vocation Discernment Program for Women Begins Sept. 19

The Diocese of Tyler has announced a 10 month vocation discernment program for women who may be interested in religious life. According to program coordinator Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, the sessions are open to all women ages 16 to 30. “If you have ever thought about a religious vocation, or you do not know what God’s will is for you, …

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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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Meeting Our New Priests… Father Kevin Young

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 first interview, we meet Father Kevin Young who joined the Diocese of Tyler in July of 2015. Fr. Young, a native …

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