The Catholic Diocese of Tyler

Our Priests

Priests of the Diocese of Tyler

A priest is a baptised man who has received the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  Through this sacrament, a man enters into the ministerial priesthood which gives him a sacred power to serve (CCC 1592).  The ministerial priesthood is given to serve the common priesthood; all the people of God are called to participate in the common priesthood (CCC 1546-1547).  A priest is “a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads His Church” ; therefore it is the mission of the Catholic priest “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God”  (LG, 11).   As such, a priest is a mediator or ‘bridge-builder’ between God and humanity; he does this by participating in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ, who unites God and humanity in his very being. The priest carries out this ‘bridge-building’ through teaching, divine worship and leading the people (CCC 1592).

A priest offers the ministry of Jesus Christ to us today. When a priest offers the holy sacrifice of the Mass, it is Christ who offers the sacrifice. When he absolves sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is Christ who forgives. When he partakes in the mission of the Church to teach and evangelise, it is Christ who speaks through him. When he offers love, comfort and support to God’s people, Christ is truly present with them. For this reason,  St John Vianney explained the priesthood in the following terms: “The priest continues the work of redemption on earth … If we really understood the priest on earth we would not die of fright but of love … The priest is the love of the heart of Jesus” (CCC 1589).

Adams, Michael (Rev.)

Adams, Michael (Rev.)

Retired
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.)

Outside Diocese - India
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.)

Retired
Betancourt, Cesar (Rev.)

Betancourt, Cesar (Rev.)

Pittsburg
Blasick, George (Rev.)

Blasick, George (Rev.)

Atlanta
Boteju, Bernard (Rev.)

Boteju, Bernard (Rev.)

Retired
Bowlin, John-Mary (Rev.)

Bowlin, John-Mary (Rev.)

Gun Barrel City
Braun, Justin (Rev.)

Braun, Justin (Rev.)

Texarkana
Celano, Freddy (Rev.)

Celano, Freddy (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - San Antonio, TX
Chabarria, Steven (Rev.)

Chabarria, Steven (Rev.)

Tyler
Cigainero, Robert (Rev.)

Cigainero, Robert (Rev.)

Mt. Pleasant
Cortes, Ariel (Rev.)

Cortes, Ariel (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - Colombia
Demski, Ronald (Rev.)

Demski, Ronald (Rev.)

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

Diegel, Ronald (Rev. Msgr.)

Retired
Dinguis, Jorge (Rev.)

Dinguis, Jorge (Rev.)

Rusk, Alto, & New Summerfield
Dower, Daniel (Rev.)

Dower, Daniel (Rev.)

Longview
Edelen, Thomas (Rev.)

Edelen, Thomas (Rev.)

Retired
Elliott, George (Rev.)

Elliott, George (Rev.)

Nacogdoches
Fenton, Patrick (Rev.)

Fenton, Patrick (Rev.)

Malakoff
Figueroa, Ruben (Rev.)

Figueroa, Ruben (Rev.)

Retired
Frels, Jonathon (Rev.)

Frels, Jonathon (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.)

Retired
Gonzalez, Juan Pedro (Rev.)

Gonzalez, Juan Pedro (Rev.)

Tyler
Hamon, Victor (Rev.)

Hamon, Victor (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - Colombia
Hartnett, Patrick (Rev.)

Hartnett, Patrick (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - 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.)

Holly Lake Ranch
Key, Paul (Rev.)

Key, Paul (Rev.)

Chandler
Kunnakkattuthara, Zach (Rev. Msgr.)

Kunnakkattuthara, Zach (Rev. Msgr.)

Marshall & Jefferson
Kusmirek, Mark (Very Rev.)

Kusmirek, Mark (Very 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.)

Lufkin
Mathai, Mani (Rev.)

Mathai, Mani (Rev.)

Winnsboro
Melkias, Selvan (Rev.)

Melkias, Selvan (Rev.)

Tyler
Motte, Albert (Rev.)

Motte, Albert (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - Rome
Munoz, Nelson (Rev.)

Munoz, Nelson (Rev.)

Mt. Pleasant
Nappier, Nicholas (Rev.)

Nappier, Nicholas (Rev.)

Nacogdoches
Neu, Joshua (Rev.)

Neu, Joshua (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - San Francisco, CA
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 (Rev.)

Piedrahita, Carlos (Rev.)

Center & Timpson
Rasaian, Lawrence (Very Rev.)

Rasaian, Lawrence (Very Rev.)

Tyler
Rivera, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Rivera, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Pittsburg
Rodriguez, Matias (Rev.)

Rodriguez, Matias (Rev.)

Retired
Roncancio, Luis (Rev.)

Roncancio, Luis (Rev.)

Retired
Rottman, Gary (Rev.)

Rottman, Gary (Rev.)

Retired
Rowland, James (Very Rev.)

Rowland, James (Very Rev.)

Flint
Ruggles, Christopher (Rev.)

Ruggles, Christopher (Rev.)

Retired
Sardinas, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Sardinas, Juan Carlos (Rev.)

Fairfield & Teague
Savarimithu, Pancras (Rev.)

Savarimithu, Pancras (Rev.)

Retired
Sinnappan, Selvaraj (Rev.)

Sinnappan, Selvaraj (Rev.)

Crockett
Snider, Michael (Rev.)

Snider, Michael (Rev.)

Athens
Stehling, Matthew (Rev.)

Stehling, Matthew (Rev.)

Nacogdoches
Stoeppel, Anthony (Rev.)

Stoeppel, Anthony (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - San Francisco, CA
Strickland, Joseph (Most Rev.)

Strickland, Joseph (Most Rev.)

Tyler
Tharappel, Augustine (Rev.)

Tharappel, Augustine (Rev.)

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.)

Waskom
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
White, Morgan (Rev.)

White, Morgan (Rev.)

Buffalo
Wylie, Justin (Rev.)

Wylie, Justin (Rev.)

Sulphur Springs
Young, James (Rev. Msgr.)

Young, James (Rev. Msgr.)

Retired
Young, Kevin (Rev.)

Young, Kevin (Rev.)

Out of Diocese - Buffalo, NY
Zelaya, Cristian (Rev.)

Zelaya, Cristian (Rev.)

Palestine