Fr. Dan Dower: Remembering the Hands of St. Teresa

Father Dan Dower of the Diocese of Tyler was in Rome last Sunday for the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Over the years, Father Dower had the privilege of meeting the future saint several times.  In the summer of 1976, I attended the International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. I had just been accepted as a seminarian and was preparing …

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Herzig Award to be Presented Sunday at Cathedral

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will present the annual Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award on Sunday, Sept. 11, during the 10 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. The award is named in honor of Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991. The award recognizes individuals who …

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Pope Francis: Mother Teresa shows us our ‘vocation to charity’

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – More than just helping people in need, the Christian life must include the roots of charity, putting our entire lives at the service of Christ, as Mother Teresa did, Pope Francis said Sunday. “The task which the Lord gives us … is the vocation to charity in which each of Christ’s disciples puts his or her …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Aug. 24

The second annual East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet is Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the KE Bushman Event Center in Bullard. Nikolas Nikas, co-founder and president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, will be the featured speaker. The banquet will focus on the sanctity of all human life, from infants at the first moment of conception to people …

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Pastoral Exhortation: Sunday, the Lord’s Day and Our Day

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a pastoral exhortation to the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Tyler regarding the Church’s teaching on participation at Holy Mass on Sundays. The exhortation was mailed to all families in the diocese in August and will be printed in the bulletins at all parishes and missions during the month as well. The …

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Catechetical in-service brings large group to Tyler

TYLER – Over 65 catechetical leaders from across the Diocese of Tyler gathered on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Cathedral Center in Tyler for their annual in service day, according to Linda Porter, director of the Office of Faith Formation. In all, 48 parishes were represented with five priests attending. Policies, procedures, and programs were the primary topics for the day, which also included …

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These two game-changing Olympians are serious Catholics

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNA/EWTN News) – Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are two of the names to know in this year’s summer Olympic games in Rio. Biles, a record-shattering gymnast with a sparkling smile and bubbly energy that shines through her routines, is the U.S. gymnastics team fan favorite and the gymnast to beat for any chance at the gold. …

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Faith Formation hosts catechist camp in Crockett

CROCKETT – The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation recently conducted a catechist training camp at St. Francis of the Tejas Church in Crockett, according to Linda Porter, the office’s director. The camp offered new catechists training in the liturgical year, the diocese’s 16 catechetical goals, an overview of how to use the curriculum guide and a general pep talk …

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Deacon Alex Kobar, among first in diocese, dies at 93

Deacon Alex Kobar, one of the original deacons in the Diocese of Tyler, died on Sunday. He was 93. Deacon Kobar was born April 25, 1923, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Throop High School in 1940 and attended night school before going to Newark, N.J. to work at Breeze Aircraft. In 1942 he joined the U. S. Navy. After serving …

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Nominations Open for 2016 Herzig Award

The Diocese of Tyler is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award. 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 the Diocese of Tyler in seeking to promote human …

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Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

KRAKOW (CNA/EWTN News) – Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God’s eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant. Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday to at least 1.5 million young people gathered in Krakow for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD). “God loves …

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Louis Owen, local philanthropist and businessman, dies

Louis Owen, a Tyler businessman, philanthropist and long-time supporter of the Diocese of Tyler, died on Wednesday morning in Tyler. He was 82. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Owen on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint, with internment to follow. The family will greet visitors on Tuesday …

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Pope condemns ‘absurd violence’ after priest is killed in French church

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass. In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” while radically condemning “every form …

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New staff, office announced for chancery

Three new staff members have joined the Chancery Office in the last month to assist in all areas of diocesan administration. Elizabeth Carlson has joined the development office as associate director of development for donor services.  She will assist Peter Kane in coordinating the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and other giving programs, as well as managing donor communications  and events. Carlson comes to the …

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