Additional Clergy Assignments Announced for Diocese

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 post. Effective June 20 Reverend Devaraj ARULAPPA as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart, Nacogdoches. Effective July 3 Reverend Carlos RANGEL as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart, …

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Elliott, Muñoz, Neu to be Ordained for Diocese June 27

FLINT, TX and ROME, ITALY – Three men are preparing to be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland for the Diocese of Tyler later this month.  Deacons George Elliot, Nelson Muñoz, and Joshua Neu are making canonical retreats and readying themselves for the Mass of Ordination at 10 a.m. on June 27 at the Cathedral of the …

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Living Flesh and Blood: Fr. Nolan Lowry, STL

Today the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — popularly known as the Feast of Corpus Christi (not to be confused with the Texas coastal town). Jesus Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist is the very center of the life of the Church. For me personally, not only as a priest but …

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Bishop Names Cleckler Diocesan Business Manager

Chad Cleckler has joined the Diocese of Tyler as Business Manager, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. “The diocese is fortunate to have someone of Chad’s ability and experience with us at the Chancery to coordinate long-range growth and development for the Diocese of Tyler,” Bishop Strickland said. “His oversight of our business operations will help the diocese as we …

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New Clergy Assignments Announced for Diocese

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler. “I am grateful to all of these priests for their service and we wish them well in their new assignments,” Bishop Strickland said. The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below. Effective June 1 Reverend Matthew STEHLING as adminstrator of St. Leo the …

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Year of Consecrated Life: Monastery of the Infant Jesus

As the nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus say, more than one kind of seed can grow in the piney woods.  In 1945 a special seed was sown in Lufkin:  Dominican cloistered contemplative life. 15 sisters, ranging in age between 18 and 72, came from the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Detroit to found the cloister.  For …

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CET Profile: Texarkana’s Bill Cork Serving the Mass

I am a pew-sitting Catholic.  Supporting the Mass is something that other people do, for me.  I have done a variety of jobs in the Church and volunteered for different things, but none of them have been liturgical.  I sometimes wonder what it takes to do these very public ministries in the Church, and what sort of spiritual preparation it …

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Dr. Jonathon Frels to be Ordained Transitional Deacon on May 30

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will ordain Jonathon Frels to the transitional diaconate May 30 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Frels, 41, is a native of Corpus Christi and a son of Dan and Susan Frels, both deceased. He has a younger brother, Matthew. He has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Southwest Texas State …

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Finance Office Releases Annual Audit

The Diocese of Tyler Finance Office has has released the annual independent audit of diocesan finances, Jim Smith, finance officer for the Diocese, has announced. The report is available on the Finance Office home web site at: https://www.dioceseoftyler.org/pages/our-departments/finance-office These statements are audited by a certified public accountant each year in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

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Diocese to Support Relief Efforts in Van

The Diocese of Tyler will be holding a special collection at all parishes and mission churches this weekend to support the victims of the tornado that struck Van, Texas, on May 10, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced. “So often we see disasters and suffering in other parts of the country or the world and they seem very distant,” said Bishop …

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CET: Newspaper Ending, Transition Beginning

After almost 28 years, the Catholic East Texas will publish its last edition as a newspaper in June. The official publication of the Diocese of Tyler will take a two-month hiatus and return in September as a full-color magazine, published roughly every two months and designed to implement Bishop Joseph E. Strickland’s vision of sharing Catholic faith and culture as …

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Bishop Carmody Announces Retirement as Vicar General

Bishop Edmond Carmody has announced his retirement as vicar general of the Diocese of Tyler. Bishop Carmody served as Bishop Joseph E. Strickland’s vicar general and chaplain of Bishop Gorman Schools since December of 2012. “The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Tyler were extraordinarily blessed to have Bishop Carmody serve as vicar general for the past two years,” …

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Special Collection for Nepal Earthquake Victims May 9-10

In union with Pope Francis and his brother bishops in the United States, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is asking parishioners in the Diocese of Tyler to respond to the needs of the people of Nepal who have been affected by the devastating earthquake that struck that country in late April. Bishop Strickland has authorized a special collection to be taken up at all Masses …

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Dunk the Bishop! Diocese to Support Magdalene Home Festival

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will make himself a target May 16 as he exchanges his cathedra for a dunking booth. Bishop Strickland will take to the dunking booth as part of the Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, May 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will benefit The Magdalene Home, a home in Tyler seeking to …

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Nominations Open for Herzig Award

The Diocese of Tyler is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award, Father Hank Lanik, chancellor of the diocese, has announced. The award is named in honor of Bishop Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within …

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