October 10, 2018

Today, the Catholic bishops of Texas jointly announced our intention to release the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. I fully support this important act of transparency, and the names of Diocese of Tyler clergy from our founding to present will be released no later than January 31, 2019. They will be posted on the diocesan website and made available to each parish. This list will be updated as often as necessary.

Last Friday, the relics of Padre Pio visited the Cathedral in Tyler, TX. For this momentous occasion, Bishop Joseph Strickland issued a decree that all Catholics in a state of grace who venerated the relics of Padre Pio at the Cathedral on October 5, 2018 would receive a partial indulgence.

On Monday, September 24th, Bishop Strickland celebrated the dedication of the new parish church at Christ the King in Kilgore, TX.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


As your shepherd, I want to personally embrace a Novena of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and mortification in reparation for the sins of shepherds against the flock, Christ's bride the Church.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

As the Church seeks to make reparation for the grievous sins that have been committed by some of her members, many bishops have proposed that their dioceses take up the Church’s tradition of observing the Ember Days.  I join with these bishops and encourage the priests, deacons, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to consider observing these special times.