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 of what actually occurred on the streets of Minneapolis it is clear that an african american man died violently and all indications are that his death could easily have been prevented. Adding to the tragedy is the racial element which has sadly been repeated too many times in our society. As a Catholic pastor I urge all of us to protest this with every nonviolent means at our disposal. Let us look to the Lord of Life, the creator of us all and remember that we are all precious in His sight. Let us work and pray for a society where every human being is treated with the respect befitting one created in the image of God. Let us pray for Mr. Floyd, for his family and for all who have once again been harmed by this senseless disregard for the sanctity of life.
Sincerely in Christ's Name,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland
Bishop of Tyler