In January of 2016, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland announced that the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Tyler would be renamed the Sanctity of Life Office. The Sanctity of Life work in the Diocese will bring together several apostolates that are already established to each be a piece in a mosaic more consciously witnessing to the sanctity of life. This effort will include groups and ministries like Catholic Charities, our prison ministry, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Knights of Columbus, the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Gabriel Project, the permanent diaconate, and all of our pro-life efforts.
At the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet last October, Bishop Strickland reflected on the sacredness of human life in all stages and circumstances. He brought attention to the many threats against the sacred dignity of the individual person’s life and conscience and called on the Church in East Texas must do more to witness the Gospel of Life.
In changing the name of the diocesan efforts from “Respect Life” to “Sanctity of Life,” Bishop Strickland hopes to promote closer collaboration between those involved in Church apostolates that specifically encourage the goodness and inviolability of every human life.Director: Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
Tubal Ligations sadly were done in Catholic Hospitals in the Diocese of Tyler and possibly other Catholic Hospitals in Texas and beyond. Thankfully the Catholic Hospitals in the Diocese of Tyler, in cooperation with the Bishop, no longer permit tubal ligations. "Statement on Human Dignity, Conscience and Health Care" Dec 1, 2008.