Bishop's Blog

A Letter to the Baptized

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am inspired to write to all who share life in Jesus Christ through baptism. The Judeo-Christian story encompasses a story which is both human and divine, and which transcends space and time.  At this time, humanity is in great turmoil, and many are casting about seeking answers to age-old questions. As... Read More

A Letter to Bishops

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
February 29,2024My Dear Brother Bishops, I am compelled to speak to all of my brother bishops around the world, including Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome.  In many ways,I am the least among you, but I share with you the anointing as a successor of the apostles and the call to guard the Deposit of Faith, and... Read More

An Important Statement of Clarification

Thursday, February 08, 2024
In these troubled times it is necessary that we express ourselves very clearly. Let us seek to build bridges in the Truth and love that is Jesus Christ rather than allow false messages to constantly divide us.I have agreed to serve as spiritual director for a pilgrimage that Patrick Coffin... Read More

Letter to Priests- January 22

Saturday, January 20, 2024
My Dear Brother Priests,I am compelled to speak to you with clarity and the force of the Gospel as we approach the Roe v. Wade anniversary once again. The date January 22nd marks a day when the United States ushered in its cultural acceptance of the slaughter of unborn children. The decision of the United States Supreme Court to support... Read More

January 4th Letter to Priests

Thursday, January 04, 2024
January 4, 2024St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Memorial   My Dear Brother Priests, As we begin 2024, let us pray that we enter this new year with great priestly fervor and with the Blessed Virgin Mary by our side.  My previous letters have focused on us, as priests, becoming more and more deeply Marian. Now, I want to focus... Read More

Letter to Priests- December 21, 2023

Thursday, December 21, 2023
December 21, 2023Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church  My Dear Brother Priests, I pray that the last few remaining days of Advent are full of blessings as you transition from the joyful season of Advent to the glorious season of Christmas.  Having been a pastor for many years, I... Read More

An Iimportant article that clearly addresses Fiducia Supplicans

Tuesday, December 19, 2023
From the article by Father Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap."Third, while couples in irregular marriages and same-sex couples can be blessed, what cannot be blessed, and so validated, is the sin in which they are engaged.  It is impossible to bless an immoral act, and to attempt to do so... Read More

Statement from the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

Tuesday, December 19, 2023
I pray that many dioceses will follow this path...Statement of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astanaregarding the Declaration “Fiducia supplicans”, published by theDicastery of the Doctrine of Faith and approved by Pope Francis on December 18, 2023  The manifest purpose of the Declaration of the Holy See, Fiducia supplicans, is to allow “the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and... Read More

A Letter to my Brother Priests

Thursday, December 14, 2023
December 8, 2023The Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionMy Dear Priestly Brothers,As we begin a new liturgical year, I am compelled to reach out to as many of you as possible with a simple but profound request - to join me in an important renewal of our priestly lives. I urge... Read More

Letter to the Faithful November 27,2023

Monday, November 27, 2023
An Open Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Joseph E. Strickland: As I am sure you have heard by now, I have been removed as Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler.  I was asked to meet with the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and in that meeting I was read... Read More