Bishop's Blog

3rd Post in the Series...Morally Coherent Catholic Citizenship

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Right to Religious Freedom Should Inform our VotingIn his World Peace Day message for 1988, Pope St John Paul II said: “Religious freedom, an essential requirement of the dignity of every person, is a cornerstone of the structure of human rights, and for this reason an irreplaceable factor in the good... Read More

2nd Post in the Series...Morally Coherent Catholic Citizenship

Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Pre-eminent Moral Mandate: The Right to LifeThe most important foundational teaching and principle of Catholic Social Teaching is that every human life is sacred from conception to natural death, because every man and woman is created in the Image of God. Further, there is a fundamental Right to Life,... Read More

Morally Coherent Catholic Citizenship

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Morally Coherent Catholic CitizenshipAs your bishop, I plan to offer a series of brief articles that I pray will be helpful to all of us as we approach the 2020 national, state, and local elections in November. Let me be clear, I have no intention of publicly endorsing any specific... Read More

St. Joseph the Worker

Friday, May 01, 2020
I love this image of St. Joseph and his foster Son.  May St. Joseph the Worker intercede for the Church in powerful ways during these challenging times.

Right the Wrong

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
I encourage everyone in the Diocese of Tyler to participate in our Right the Wrong Mission.  You can find it on the website and follow the instructions to add your voice to many, many others who know that the life of every unborn child is a precious gift that... Read More

Holy Week- The Week of Weeks

Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler, I pray that you feel the wonder of God’s Love, incarnate in His Son Jesus Christ, as we approach our holiest days. The Triduum - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday Easter Sunday I encourage every household to embrace the following themes for... Read More

Fr. Brandon Bernhard, now Benedictine Father Martin in Norcia

Saturday, April 04, 2020
Father Brandon Bernhard was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler but later discerned a call to be a Benedictine Monk in Norcia, Italy.  His religious name is Fr. Martin and he prays faithfully for all of us in the Diocese of Tyler.  Please say a prayer for Fr. Martin and his... Read More

April 1st Update Regarding Mitigation of the Coronavirus in the Diocese of Tyler

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Update on Measures to Keep the Diocese of Tyler Safe April 1, 2020On March 17, 2020, I issued a decree suspending the public celebration of Mass and enacting other measures in support of the effort to keep our communities safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. I also... Read More

Announcement after Holy Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Announcement As Bishop of Tyler, I am asking all of us to use the website of the St. Philip Institute (, as our Virtual Diocesan Family Room. Let us be strong in the power of prayer, penance, fasting and almsgiving. Every day pray the rosary and pray with the Bible,... Read More

More Excellent Support from Fr. Gus and his Wellspring Community

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Wellspring Fransalian Center for Spirituality March 22. 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, As we are going through difficult and challenging times due to COVID - 19, let us be together in spirit and prayer and place our unshakable trust in the Lord. Churches around the world have been closed for... Read More