Diocese of Tyler

East Texas Catholic Professional Network

About Us

Through faith and fellowship, we seek to better serve as community leaders and grow as Catholic lay believers, that all of the people of East Texas may know the richness of the Catholic Church.

The East Texas Catholic Professional Network (CPN) meets quarterly in Tyler and is open to all adults who seek to grow in Catholic faith and fellowship. Each event features presentations from prominent guest speakers who discuss topics relevant to Catholic professionals. Attendees and members enjoy formation and networking opportunities that enhance and serve their roles as community leaders and Catholic lay believers.

Annual Membership

Annual memberships are $120 each and can be purchased here.

Annual members gain free access to all 4 quarterly events (individually priced at $35). Each event includes a networking hour, complimentary dinner, and presentation by the guest speaker.

Upcoming Events


         Register now for the next Catholic Professional Network. Hear guest speaker Dr. Jonathan Sanford, Provost of the University of Dallas, speak on how the Church built the first universities, what makes a university Catholic,           and why it matters today.

          Join Bishop Strickland and the East Texas Catholic Foundation on July 26th for this evening of networking, fellowship, and enrichment in our faith. 

Previous Speakers


Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D. - "Particles of Faith: Evangelizing through Modern Science" - Nov. 30, 2017

Catholic scientist, theologian, convert and author Stacy A. Trasancos is a wife and mother of seven. She was born and raised in Texas, but left in the 1990s to obtain a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University. She worked for DuPont until 1999, left that career to raise children, became Catholic, and earned a MA in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary online while home with babies. She now teaches for Kolbe Academy, Holy Apostles, and Seton Hall University. She is author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki and Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science. She writes for National Catholic Register, Catholic Answers, and Catholic World Report, and frequently appears on Catholic radio, including SiriusXM, Relevant Radio, EWTN, and Catholic Answers Live.

She recently moved to the Diocese of Tyler and will be helping Bishop Strickland, the St. Philip Institute, and our Catholic Schools to further the Teaching Mission of the Diocese.


Jeff Bishop, Ph.D., M.D. - ""The Art of Dying and the Statecraft of Killing": Medicine, Power, and the Drive to Legalize Euthanasia" - Sept. 20, 2017

Jeffrey Bishop is a professor of philosophy and holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics at St. Louis University (SLU); he is also the director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics. Bishop was a practicing physician for 17 years prior to coming to SLU in 2010 and held positions at medical schools in England and the U.S. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.D. from the University Of Texas Medical School, and his M.A. and PhD in philosophy from the University of Dallas. He has been published widely in medical, philosophical, theological, humanities and ethical journals. Bishop's scholarly work is focused on the historical, political, and philosophical conditions that underpin contemporary medical and scientific practices and theories.