Bishop Joseph Edward Strickland was born the sixth child of Raymond and Monica Strickland on October 31, 1958, in Fredericksburg, Texas. The family moved to Texarkana, Texas when he was one year old and then to Atlanta, Texas in June of 1963. The Strickland’s were founding members of St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Atlanta, Texas where he assisted as an altar server. He entered first grade in Atlanta public schools in 1965 and graduated from Atlanta High School in May of 1977.
He entered Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas; studying for the Diocese of Dallas in August of 1977, and earned a Bachelor of Philosophy in May of 1981. He continued his education at Holy Trinity and the University of Dallas and was ordained to the Diaconate by then Bishop Michael Sheehan at Holy Trinity Seminary on December 8, 1984.
He earned a Master of Divinity Degree in May of 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas on June 1, 1985.
He was assigned as a newly ordained priest to Immaculate Conception Church in Tyler, Texas in June of 1985 and served as Parochial Vicar until June of 1989. Upon the erection of the Diocese of Tyler on February 24, 1987, he then joined the presbyterate of the new diocese and was named the first vocation director for the diocese in March of 1987 by Bishop Charles Herzig. He was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Nacogdoches, Texas in June of 1989 and served there until October of that same year when he was assigned as pastor of St. Michael Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He served as pastor of St. Michael's until August of 1992 when he was assigned to canonical studies at the Catholic University of America by Bishop Edmond Carmody.
Strickland completed his canonical studies with a Licentiate in Canon Law in May of 1994 and was assigned by Bishop Edmond Carmody as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas in June of that same year. He was appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Tyler in May of 1995 and named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in February of 1996.
He was elected Administrator of the Diocese of Tyler in March of 2000 when Bishop Carmody departed for Corpus Christi and served in that capacity until January of 2001 when Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, was installed as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. He continued to serve as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Judicial Vicar of the diocese until February 1, 2010, when Bishop Corrada named him Vicar General. He served in that capacity until September of 2011 when Bishop Corrada was installed as the second Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Tyler sede vacante. At that time, Bishop Corrada appointed him as Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator.
On September 29, 2012, it was announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had chosen Strickland as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. He was ordained to the episcopacy on November 28, 2012, by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston with Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, New Mexico assisting as co-consecrators. You may find out more about our Bishop by following him via his website, http://bishopstrickland.com/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bishopoftyler
Bishop Strickland's Writings
Pastoral Exhortation on the Sunday Obligation
Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Pastoral Reflection on Jesus Christ, True Mercy
Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage
Constitution on Teaching
Bishop Álvaro Corrada del Rio, the third bishop of Tyler, was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, on May 3, 1942. He joined the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, while in seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in Puerto Rico on July 6, 1974.
He continued theological studies in Paris, France and served in Puerto Rico until Pope John Paul II named him Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC on May 30, 1985. He was later called by John Paul II to return to Puerto Rico to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Caguas. On December 5, 2000, he was again called on by Pope John Paul II to become the third bishop of the Diocese of Tyler.
Bishop Corrada was installed on January 30, 2001, at the Cowan Center on the University of Texas at Tyler's campus by Archbishop Flores. Bishop Corrada's episcopal motto is: "No One But Jesus."
Bishop Corrada served as Bishop of Tyler for over ten years. Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Corrada the second and current bishop of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on July 6, 2011.
Bishop Edmond Carmody was born in Moyvane, County Kerry, Ireland on January 12, 1934, and was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of San Antonio on June 8, 1957.
After years of serving in San Antonio, Bishop Carmody served as a missionary in Peru and Ecuador from 1984 until 1988, when he was called back to San Antonio to be ordained bishop there. He was auxiliary bishop of San Antonio until March 24, 1992, when Pope John Paul II named him the second bishop of the Diocese of Tyler.
Bishop Carmody was installed as bishop by Archbishop Patrick Flores at the Oil Palace in Tyler on May 25, 1992. Bishop Carmody chose as his motto: "With Christ All is Possible." He was bishop of Tyler for eight years and was then appointed bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3, 2000, and was installed on March 17, 2000.
Upon reaching the age limit for acting bishops, he became Bishop Emeritus in 2010. Bishop Carmody is back in Tyler having been named Vicar General by Bishop Strickland in December of 2012.
Bishop Charles Herzig was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 14, 1929 and spent his priesthood serving in the Diocese of San Antonio. On December 16, 1986 Msgr. Herzig was named by Pope John Paul II to be the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Tyler.
He was ordained to the episcopacy by Archbishop Flores of San Antonio and was installed as the first bishop of the Tyler diocese on February 24, 1987. The ceremony took place at the Oil Palace in Tyler. Bishop Herzig chose as his motto: "To Build Up the Body of Christ". He served as bishop of Tyler for four years until his death on September 7, 1991.
Archbishop Flores returned to Tyler as the celebrant for the Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 12, 1991. Bishop Herzig was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler. In his memory, the Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award is presented by the Bishop of Tyler to "individuals who demonstrate great love for the human person and whose life in the Catholic Church has been marked by actions that have enabled families or individual persons to receive basic care (i.e. food, clothing, shelter and health)." The award is given annually in September at the Memorial Mass of Bishop Charles E. Herzig at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.