Bishop's Blog



Festival Week of the Immaculate Virgin Mary- December 5-12

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Festival Week of the Immaculate Virgin MaryDecember 5- December 12, 2021 As bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, I invite the faithful of the diocese to enter into a Festival Week of the Immaculate Virgin Mary celebrating the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast... Read More

November Letter to the Flock

Friday, November 12, 2021
Dear Faithful CatholicsAs we approach the meeting of the bishops of the United States next week, I wanted to share some thoughts.You can access my letter at this link.  Please read and consider.+JosephNov12-21 - Letter.pdf

Calling All Ham Radio Operators

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
As another winter approaches I am encouraging an effort to establish a Ham Radio connection in the Diocese of Tyler.  I pray that we don't have another experience like the Deep Freeze of February 2021 but it is good to be prepared. I honestly know little about Ham Radio but... Read More

An important prayer for our time

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The attached image is called "Amazing Lights", it seems especially appropriate as we celebrate the 104th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. Interestingly these amazing lights are especially active as we celebrate this important date. In 1910 only a few years before the Miracles at Fatima,... Read More

Eucharist and Confession Go Hand in Hand

Wednesday, August 04, 2021
As we celebrate the great Cure of Ars, Saint John Vianney it is worth noting that he offers us a wonderful model of priestly ministry. He is known for spending much of his time hearing confessions and he is also known for his great devotion to the Real Presence of... Read More

Welcome to the Diocese of Tyler

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Dear Newcomers to the Diocese of Tyler,I want to welcome you wholeheartedly to East Texas and the Diocese of Tyler. Let us pray that your move to the piney woods is filled with blessings and new opportunities.I’m sure that as you get settled it will be very evident that you... Read More

My Comments at the June Bishop's Meeting

Thursday, June 17, 2021
As we approach Father’s Day and continue to emerge from the pandemic I want to emphasize that our flocks are bruised and traumatized on many fronts. The recent controversy about whether persisting in denial of basic Catholic teaching disqualifies a person from receiving Our Lord in Communion has devastated many... Read More

My letter to the Flock of Tyler regarding the Holy Communion Controversy

Friday, June 11, 2021
Dear Flock of Tyler,As we move through these post-Pentecost days of Ordinary Time, let us continue to seek the peace and guidance of the Holy Spirit.As your bishop, I want to address the controversy that the Church is facing at this time regarding our national leaders who profess the Catholic... Read More

A Call to Pray to Saint Michael the Archangel

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
I know that many of us pray the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel on a daily basis and I encourage us to continue to seek his protection against the evils we see in the world. I encourage everyone to pray this Novena to Saint Michael the Archangel and make... Read More

Eucharistic Faith from 1000 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Eucharistic Faith from 1000 years agoI mentioned this passage during my homily at the Priestly Ordination of Father Nick Napier, Father David Bailey, Father Albert Jerome Mott and Father Michael Ledesma on Saturday, May 29, 2021.  I also want to share it with all of you. I encouraged these fine... Read More
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