My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
From November 12-15, I will be in Baltimore attending the Fall General Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. After beginning with a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer, the bishops will discuss and vote on a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis. There has certainly been righteous anger directed toward the bishops for the sinful behavior of some, as well as our failure to properly handle allegations of abuse, but with God’s grace, I am hopeful in our ability to implement the necessary reforms.
After due consultation and prayerful reflection, and in order to provide for the proper care of souls entrusted to him, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland is pleased to announce the following pastoral assignments and appointments for the Diocese of Tyler. All changes are effective Nov. 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted.
Catholic Charities-Tyler will be accepting monetary donations to send to Catholic Charities agencies in Florida affected by Hurricane Michael. Donations can be made online at www.cctyler.org Checks or gift cards can be mailed to PO Box 2016, Tyler TX 75710.
All funds donated will be distributed through the Catholic Charities agencies in Florida.
Thank you for your generosity.
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.