Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and all Holy Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,

A letter (click here) by Archbishop Viganò, former Nuncio to the United States, raises grave allegations and calls for the resignation of numerous high ranking prelates including Pope Francis.

Let us be clear that they are still allegations, but as your shepherd I find them to be credible.  Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation, similar to those conducted any time allegations are deemed to be credible.  I do not have the authority to launch such an investigation but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.

As this unfolds I urge all in the Diocese of Tyler to pray fervently for Holy Mother Church and beg the Intercession of Our Blessed Mother.  We are the flock of Jesus Christ.  He is Lord of His Church and His Holy Spirit will guide us through this darkness.

Almighty God Father, Son and Spirit have mercy on your Church and cleanse her in the fires of your Love.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for us.
All Sainted Popes & Bishops in Heaven, Pray for us.
All Holy Men and Women, Pray for us.

I direct all priests to include this notice  in the masses on August 26, and post it on their websites and other social media immediately.

Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland
Bishop of Tyler


Humanae Vitae explained the theology. Now learn the science behind how we can live it out!

The St. Philip Institute presents a teaching event on the Science of N.F.P. Dr. Stephen Burns, M.D. will give an overview of a healthy cycle and how methods of Natural Family Planning can successfully help couples understand their fertility. We will also discuss things such as:

– The difference between the “Rhythm Method” and NFP
– The negative effects of contraception
– How NFP can help couples struggling with infertility
– Getting started with an NFP method and what to expect

Childcare will be available!

To RSVP for Childcare or for more information please contact the St. Philip Institute (903)630-5055 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Catholic Charities Ft. Worth has opened a shelter for migrant children separated from their families.  They are need of the following items. 

All donations can be delivered to Catholic Charities in Tyler (202 W. Front) and will be forwarded to Catholic Charities Ft. Worth.  Thank you.


Create a Welcome Box

We will accept any of the items listed below as an individual item or a part of kit.  Please do not send other items.


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 appointments are effective July 2, 2018.

Parochial Vicar

Rev. Hector Arvizu assigned as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Nacogdoches (newly ordained).

Rev. John Henao, STL assigned as Parochial Vicar pro tempore of St. Andrew Parish and St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin (from Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart in Nacogdoches).

Rev. Roselio Fuentes assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Marshall (newly ordained).


Rev. Matias Rodriguez granted retirement from active ministry (from Priest-in-Residence at St. Joseph Parish in Marshall).

This Saturday, June 9 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler (10:00am), Bishop Joseph Strickland will ordain Deacon Hector Arvizu and Deacon Roselio Fuentes to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. The Rite of Ordination has ancient roots and unfolds in a beautiful way. The joy of the ordination is magnified by the presence and prayer of the great number of the faithful who attend the Mass of Ordination.