The Catholic Campus Ministry of Tyler will hold its “Benefit 2014”  on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ornelas Activity Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler. 

The banquet will benefit the St. John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry for UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College. 

The featured speaker for the event will be author and pro-life advocate Shawn Carney, national campaign director for 40 Days for Life. Carney will speak on pro-life issues and how they relate to campus ministry.

Seats are still available for the event by contacting Dan Onderko at (903) 266-9110. You can learn more about the Catholic Campus Ministry by visiting their web site at http://www.uttylercatholic.org/ 

Is God calling you to the religious life? The Diocese of Tyler’s Vocational Discernment Program for Women will begin a series of gatherings to help women discern a potential vocation, Sr. Angelica Orozco, EFMS, diocesan coordinator for women religious, has announced.

Bishop Joseph Strickland will present the annual Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award on Sunday, Sept. 7, during the 10 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.  

The award is named in honor of Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991.

The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the Diocese of Tyler in seeking to promote human welfare. Those who receive the award demonstrate a great charitable love for the people of God and posses a life in the Church has been marked by actions that have enabled individuals or families to receive basic human care.

Bishop Joseph Strickland has issued a decree on the Diocese’s Safe Environment program to be effective for 2014-15.  The decree seeks to reinforce the Diocese of Tyler’s efforts to form a culture of awareness and prevention in which people of all ages know how to respond, prevent and seek out assistance for victims of abuse.

The Diocese of Tyler is now using the latest social media tools to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Northeast Texas! Our friends can now follow us on Twitter at @dioceseoftyler, like us on Facebook at fb.com/dioceseoftyler, and check out our photos on Instagram at dioceseoftyler.

These tools join others already in use by the Diocese, including Bishop Joseph Strickland’s personal Twitter account at @bishopoftyler and his personal blog at bishopstrickland.com.

Additionally, readers can find current and archived editions of the diocesan newspaper Catholic East Texas online.

We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas for better sharing the message of Christ and His Church! Connect with us using these tools today and join the conversation.