Diocese of Tyler

Sanctity of Life

In January of 2016, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland announced that the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Tyler would be renamed the Sanctity of Life Office.  The Sanctity of Life work in the Diocese will bring together several apostolates that are already established to each be a piece in a mosaic more consciously witnessing to the sanctity of life.  This effort will include groups and ministries like Catholic Charities, our prison ministry, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Knights of Columbus, the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Gabriel Project, the permanent diaconate, and all of our pro-life efforts.

At the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet last October, Bishop Strickland reflected on the sacredness of human life in all stages and circumstances.  He brought attention to the many threats against the sacred dignity of the individual person’s life and conscience and called on the Church in East Texas must do more to witness the Gospel of Life.

In changing the name of the diocesan efforts from “Respect Life” to “Sanctity of Life,” Bishop Strickland hopes to promote closer collaboration between those involved in Church apostolates that specifically encourage the goodness and inviolability of every human life.

Director:  Rev. Nolan Lowry, STL

Sanctity of Life Calendar of Events

Gabriel Project Training - 2/24/2018 in Longview - CLICK for more info


Catholic Teaching

Resources & Links

The Gabriel Project

Pregnant and need help? Helping Mother and Child for the Love of Jesus Christ. More information at www.gabrielprojecteasttexas.org
Sponsored by the Tyler Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, the volunteer members of this project see in the birth of each baby a fresh expression of God's unfailing love. They offer immediate and practical help to any woman faced with a crisis pregnancy. Catholic women in East Texas are committed to respond with love to any woman facing a crisis pregnancy. You can reach someone in your area that can help (or you can offer your assistance) by contacting Jan Wood  gabrielprojecteasttexas@gmail.com  or (888) 300-5112. 
Gabriel Project Brochure (PDF)

Other Issues

Tubal Ligations sadly were done in Catholic Hospitals in the Diocese of Tyler and possibly other Catholic Hospitals in Texas and beyond.  Thankfully the Catholic Hospitals in the Diocese of Tyler, in cooperation with the Bishop, no longer permit tubal ligations.  "Statement on Human Dignity, Conscience and Health Care" Dec 1, 2008.