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.

Diocesan priest Fr. Anthony McLaughlin, JCD, received his canonical appointment to teach on the Canon Law faculty at Catholic University of America from Donald Cardinal Wuerl last week during CUA’s Holy Mass to open the academic year. McLaughlin, who formerly served as the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese, began his teaching assignment at CUA this summer.

Noting that “we are all brothers in Christ and one Church working together for the Kingdom of God,” Bishop Joseph Strickland welcomed representatives from the Diocese of San Pedro Sula and the Diocese of La Ceiba in Honduras to Tyler for the 13th Hermanamientos Conference on Tuesday  The delegation from the two Honduran dioceses is being led by His Excellency, Michael Lenihan, OFM, Bishop of La Ceiba.

This year, the conferees are discussing “The Family in America,” focusing on the challenges faced by families and what resources the Church can devote to assisting them.