Bishop's Blog



Hope and Light in the Darkness

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say REJOICE"As we all face uncertainties and concerns about so many things I wanted to take a moment to share these familiar words from St. Paul to the Philippians. I can speak for myself that it is at times hard to... Read More

A Remarkable Story

Thursday, June 25, 2020
On December 8, 1854, Pius IX solemnly promulgated in the Basilica of St. Peter the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  Already advanced in years and of delicate health, he was in the presbytery and was speaking in a weak voice.  At that time microphones, loudspeakers, and sound amplifiers had not... Read More

A Note to the Flock

Friday, June 12, 2020
A Note to the Flock June 12, 2020 Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, As the repercussions of Mr. George Floyd’s tragic and unjust death begin to subside I wanted to take a moment to reflect more deeply with you. My hope is that we can all ask ourselves how... Read More

5th Post in the Series...Morally Coherent Catholic Citizenship

Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Vote for Candidates who Support Parental Choice in EducationOne of the experiences which accompanied the COVID 19 Shelter at Home Orders was that all parents became “home school” parents. But, in a sense, all parents already WERE "home school parents". Some simply choose to share that educational mission with others... Read More

4th Post in the Series...Morally Coherent Catholic Citizenship

Friday, June 05, 2020
Vote for Candidates who Respect and Protect Marriage and the FamilyIn our consideration of morally coherent Catholic citizenship we have considered the fundamental Right to Life and the Right to Religious Freedom. Now, we turn to the urgent challenge of defending the first and most vital cell of society, marriage,... Read More

A Statement on the Tragic Death of Mr. George Floyd

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,As your bishop I find it necessary to speak to you regarding the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Once again the consciousness of our nation has been overwhelmed by the tragic death of a man. While I do not claim to know any details... Read More

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.
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