Our Deacons

Deacons of the Diocese of Tyler

Permanent Deacons are ordained ministers who take the spirit and message of Jesus to the world. Deacons give gives generously of their time, energy and talents to others, especially the poor. Each deacon’s ministry varies. Some reach out to the sick, those in prison, the homeless. A deacon proclaims the gospel and preaches. He conducts liturgical services including Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. For more information, see our permanent deacons page.

Federico Aguilar – St. John the Evangelist-Emory
Martin Aguilar – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Magdaleno Aguirre – St. Joseph-Marshall
Fred Arrambidez – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
Luis Baca – Sacred Heart-Nacogdoches
Larry Bate – St. William of Vercelli-Carthage
Lawrence Benzmiller – Sacred Heart-Texarkana
Jerry Besze – St. James-Sulphur Springs
Joseph Bianca – St. Matthew-Longview
Shaun Black – St. Peter Claver-Tyler
Clarence Blalock – Prince of Peace-Whitehouse
Guylan Blasingame – St. Francis of Assisi-Gilmer
James Boland – Diocese of Dallas
Donald Brown – Dicoese of Fort Worth
James Burkel – St. Therese-Canton
Juan Cazares – St. Jude-Gun Barrel City
Stephen Chabarria – Christ the King-Kilgore
Alejandro Cisneros – Christ the King-Kilgore
Abelino Cordero – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Rufino Cortez – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
Steven Curry – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
Scott Daniel – Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
John D’Antoni – St. Matthew-Longview
David Darby – St. Mary Campus Ministry-Nacogdoches
Larry Edwards – St. Therese-Canton
Marcellino Espinosa – St. John the Evangelist-Emory
William Faber – St. Peter the Apostle-Mineola
Jon Fadely – St. Therese-Canton
David Finch – Diocese of Fort Worth
William Flores – St. Celestine-Grand Saline
Martin Flynn – Sacred Heart-Palestine
Keith Fournier – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
Martin Garcia – Sacred Heart-Palestine
Luis Garza – Our Lady of Victory-Paris
Gary Giese – Sacred Heart-Nacogdoches
Pedro Gonzales – Our Lady of Guadalupe-Nacogdoches
Joel Gonzalez – St. Matthew-Longview
Juan Gonzalez – St. William of Vercelli-Carthage
Ramon Gonzalez – St. Peter Claver-Tyler
Larry Gottschalk – St. Mary Magdalene-Flint
Jose Hernandez – Diocese of Fort Worth
Luis Hernandez – St. Matthew-Longview
Ken Horn – St. Pius I-Hemphill
Lino Huerta – St. Jude-Henderson
Mariano Ibanez – Our Lady of Guadalupe-Nacogdoches
Dennis King – St. Mary Magdalene-Flint
Rafael Landeros – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Burke Landry – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Madisonville
Craig Lashford – Sacred Heart-Texarkana
Richard Lawrence – Archdiocese of San Antonio
Ronald LeFors – Sacred Heart-Texarkana
Francisco Lopez – St. Matthew-Longview
Leonard Luscomb – Diocese of Grand Rapids
Lorenzo Martinez – St. Michael-Mt. Pleasant
Ramiro Martinez – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
Juan Mijares – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Jose Mireles – San Pedro the Fisherman-Tatum
Sam Mullen – Holy Spirit-Holly Lake Ranch
Ruben Natera – Prince of Peace-Whitehouse
Bill Necessary – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
William O’Brien – St. James-Sulphur Springs
Stephen Ondrick – St. Anthony-Longview
Ignacio Panuco – Sacred Heart-Rusk
Felipe Pena – St. Joseph-Marshall
James Petkovsek – St. Mary-Longview
Nelson Petzold – Diocese of Fort Worth
Allen Prendergast – St. Ann-Winnsboro
John Ragland – St. Boniface-Chandler
Manuel Ramos – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Edilberto Reyes – St. Luke-Wills Point
Jesus Reyes – St. Andrew the Apostle-Lufkin
Robert Rhodes – Our Lady of Grace-Hallsville
Gonzalo Rojas – St. Anthony-Longview
Daniel Rose – Sacred Heart-Palestine
Jack Rounds – Diocese of Cheyenne
Gregorio Sanchez – St. Anthony-Longview
Isidro Sanchez – Christ the King-Kilgore
John Sargent – St. Joseph-Marshall
Loren Seely – St. James-Sulphur Springs
John Shaffer – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Librado Sosa – Sacred Heart-Nacogdoches
Alan Stehsel – St. Therese-Canton
Santiago Suarez – St. Joseph-Marshall
Steve Summers – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Madisonville
Richard Sykora – St. Jude-Gun Barrel City
Jose Tiscareno – Our Lady of Guadalupe-Tyler
Juventino Torres – Our Lady of Sorrows-Jacksonville
Gary Trevino – St. Andrew the Apostle-Lufkin
Raymond Vann – St. Patrick-Lufkin
Manuel Villalobos – St. Anthony-Longview
Tony Weatherford – Sacred Heart-Nacogdoches
Trevor Wells – St. Mary-Longview
Hal Williams – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception-Tyler
Vincent James Wilson – St. Mary-Longview

Adams, Michael (Rev.)

Adams, Michael (Rev.)

Texarkana
Ahiaba, Martin (Rev.)

Ahiaba, Martin (Rev.)

Washington
Akpobolokemi, Emmanuel (Rev.)

Akpobolokemi, Emmanuel (Rev.)

Hemphill & San Augustine
Arroyave, Jesus (Rev.)

Arroyave, Jesus (Rev.)

Tyler
Arroyave, Luis (Rev.)

Arroyave, Luis (Rev.)

Diboll
Arulappa, Devaraj (Rev.)

Arulappa, Devaraj (Rev.)

Palestine
Arvizu, Hector (Rev.)

Arvizu, Hector (Rev.)

Gilmer
Avula, Maria Susai (Rev.)

Avula, Maria Susai (Rev.)

Wills Point
Bailey, David (Rev.)

Bailey, David (Rev.)

Lindale
Barone, Michael (Rev.)

Barone, Michael (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Betancourt, Cesar (Rev.)

Betancourt, Cesar (Rev.)

Trinity
Blasick, George (Rev.)

Blasick, George (Rev.)

Atlanta
Boteju, Bernard (Rev.)

Boteju, Bernard (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Bowlin, John-Mary (Rev.)

Bowlin, John-Mary (Rev.)

Gun Barrel City
Braun, Justin (Rev.)

Braun, Justin (Rev.)

Texarkana
Celano, Freddy (Rev.)

Celano, Freddy (Rev.)

New Summerfield
Chellaian, Lawrence (Rev.)

Chellaian, Lawrence (Rev.)

Texarkana
Cigainero, Robert (Rev.)

Cigainero, Robert (Rev.)

Mt. Pleasant
Cortes, Ariel (Rev.)

Cortes, Ariel (Rev.)

Mt. Pleasant
Demski, Ronald (Rev.)

Demski, Ronald (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Diegel, Ronald (Rev. Msgr.)

Diegel, Ronald (Rev. Msgr.)

Diocese of Tyler
Dinguis, Jorge (Rev.)

Dinguis, Jorge (Rev.)

Rusk & Alto
Dobosz, Jerzy (Rev.)

Dobosz, Jerzy (Rev.)

Poland
Dominguez, Zach (Rev.)

Dominguez, Zach (Rev.)

Tyler
Dower, Daniel (Rev.)

Dower, Daniel (Rev.)

Longview
Dunne, Mark (Very Rev.)

Dunne, Mark (Very Rev.)

Mt. Vernon
Edelen, Thomas (Rev.)

Edelen, Thomas (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Elliott, George (Rev.)

Elliott, George (Rev.)

Nacogdoches
Fenton, Patrick (Rev.)

Fenton, Patrick (Rev.)

Malakoff
Figueroa, Ruben

Figueroa, Ruben

Diocese of Tyler
Frels, Jonathon (Very Rev.)

Frels, Jonathon (Very Rev.)

Palestine
Fuentes, Roselio (Rev.)

Fuentes, Roselio (Rev.)

Hallsville
Gabriel-Maisonet, Guillermo (Rev.)

Gabriel-Maisonet, Guillermo (Rev.)

Madisonville
Garcia, Raymundo (Rev.)

Garcia, Raymundo (Rev.)

Paris & Clarksville
Gomez, John (Very Rev.)

Gomez, John (Very Rev.)

Tyler
Gonzalez, Daniel (Rev.)

Gonzalez, Daniel (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Gonzalez, Juan Pedro (Rev.)

Gonzalez, Juan Pedro (Rev.)

Tyler
Hamon, Victor (Rev.)

Hamon, Victor (Rev.)

Colombia
Hartnett, Patrick (Rev.)

Hartnett, Patrick (Rev.)

Ireland
Henao, John (Rev.)

Henao, John (Rev.)

Kilgore & Overton
Hernandez, Victor (Rev.)

Hernandez, Victor (Rev.)

Sulphur Springs
Kalarickal, Luke (Rev.)

Kalarickal, Luke (Rev.)

Whitehouse
Kannampuzha, Jose (Rev.)

Kannampuzha, Jose (Rev.)

Henderson
Kelly, Timothy (Rev.)

Kelly, Timothy (Rev.)

Louisiana
Key, Paul (Rev.)

Key, Paul (Rev.)

Chandler
Kunnakkattuthara, Zach (Rev. Msgr.)

Kunnakkattuthara, Zach (Rev. Msgr.)

Marshall & Jefferson
Kusmirek, Mark (Rev.)

Kusmirek, Mark (Rev.)

Frankston
Lanik, Hank (Very Rev.)

Lanik, Hank (Very Rev.)

Tyler
Larrea, Luis (Rev.)

Larrea, Luis (Rev.)

Tyler
Ledesma, Michael (Rev.)

Ledesma, Michael (Rev.)

Emory & Grand Saline
Lopez, Elpidio (Rev.)

Lopez, Elpidio (Rev.)

Tatum
Lourdusamy, Joseph (Rev.)

Lourdusamy, Joseph (Rev.)

Centerville & Hilltop Lakes
Love, Lawrence (Rev.)

Love, Lawrence (Rev.)

Mineola
Lowry, Nolan (Very Rev.)

Lowry, Nolan (Very Rev.)

Athens
Lucas, Jay (Rev.)

Lucas, Jay (Rev.)

Jacksonville
Marin, Jose (Rev.)

Marin, Jose (Rev.)

Nacogdoches
Mathai, Mani (Rev.)

Mathai, Mani (Rev.)

Winnsboro
Melkias, Selvan (Rev.)

Melkias, Selvan (Rev.)

Waskom
Motte, Albert (Rev.)

Motte, Albert (Rev.)

Athens
Munoz, Nelson (Rev.)

Munoz, Nelson (Rev.)

Center & Timpson
Nappier, Nicholas (Rev.)

Nappier, Nicholas (Rev.)

Tyler
Neu, Joshua (Rev.)

Neu, Joshua (Rev.)

Louisiana
Nwankwocha, Ignatius (Rev.)

Nwankwocha, Ignatius (Rev.)

Texarkana
O’Dowd, Francis (Very Rev.)

O’Dowd, Francis (Very Rev.)

Gladewater
Oghenerukevwe, Daniel (Rev.)

Oghenerukevwe, Daniel (Rev.)

Tyler
Oviedo, Isaac (Rev.)

Oviedo, Isaac (Rev.)

Marshall & Jefferson
Palmer, William (Rev.)

Palmer, William (Rev.)

New Boston
Pappu, Xavier (Rev. Msgr.)

Pappu, Xavier (Rev. Msgr.)

Longview
Paradis, Steven (Rev.)

Paradis, Steven (Rev.)

Carthage
Pena, Luis Carlos (Rev.)

Pena, Luis Carlos (Rev.)

Kilgore
Piedrahita, Carlos

Piedrahita, Carlos

Palestine
Rasaian, Lawrence (Very Rev.)

Rasaian, Lawrence (Very Rev.)

Tyler
Rivera, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Rivera, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Pittsburg
Rodriguez, Matias (Rev.)

Rodriguez, Matias (Rev.)

Tyler
Roncancio, Luis (Rev.)

Roncancio, Luis (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Rottman, Gary (Rev.)

Rottman, Gary (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Rowland, James (Very Rev.)

Rowland, James (Very Rev.)

Flint
Ruggles, Christopher (Rev.)

Ruggles, Christopher (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Sardinas, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Sardinas, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Fairfield & Teague
Savarimithu, Pancras (Rev.)

Savarimithu, Pancras (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
Sinnappan, Selvaraj (Rev.)

Sinnappan, Selvaraj (Rev.)

Crockett
Snider, Michael (Rev.)

Snider, Michael (Rev.)

Holly Lake Ranch
Stehling, Matthew (Rev.)

Stehling, Matthew (Rev.)

Nacogdoches
Stoeppel, Anthony (Rev.)

Stoeppel, Anthony (Rev.)

California
Strickland, Joseph (Most Rev.)

Strickland, Joseph (Most Rev.)

Tyler
Tharappel, Augustine (Rev.)

Tharappel, Augustine (Rev.)

Tyler
Thason, John Robinson

Thason, John Robinson

Tyler
Thomas, Jesudoss (Rev.)

Thomas, Jesudoss (Rev.)

Canton
Thomas, Joby (Rev.)

Thomas, Joby (Rev.)

Lufkin
Tillekeratne, Eugene (Rev.)

Tillekeratne, Eugene (Rev.)

Daingerfield
Torres, Mario (Rev.)

Torres, Mario (Rev.)

Rome
Uzoechi, Uchenna (Rev.)

Uzoechi, Uchenna (Rev.)

Longview
Uzondu, Gabriel (Rev.)

Uzondu, Gabriel (Rev.)

Buffalo
Valentine, Joseph (Rev.)

Valentine, Joseph (Rev.)

Tyler
Vaverek, Gavin (Rev.)

Vaverek, Gavin (Rev.)

Paris & Clarksville
Vidarte, Jose Luis (Rev.)

Vidarte, Jose Luis (Rev.)

Longview
Vithanage, Denzil (Very Rev.)

Vithanage, Denzil (Very Rev.)

Lufkin
Walsh, Denis (Rev.)

Walsh, Denis (Rev.)

Diocese of Tyler
White, Morgan (Rev.)

White, Morgan (Rev.)

Ireland
Wylie, Justin (Rev.)

Wylie, Justin (Rev.)

Tyler
Young, James (Rev. Msgr.)

Young, James (Rev. Msgr.)

Dioecse of Tyler
Young, Kevin (Rev.)

Young, Kevin (Rev.)

New York
Zelaya, Cristian (Rev.)

Zelaya, Cristian (Rev.)

Palestine