Bishop's Blog

Reflection on Recent USCCB Retreat

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Dear Flock of Tyler,I know many of you were praying for me during the Bishop’s Retreat this past week at Mundelein in Illinois. I can’t express how grateful I am for your prayers and for the profound blessing this retreat has been for me. I am thankful to our Holy... Read More

Letter in Advance of USCCB Meeting

Friday, November 09, 2018
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... Read More

Novena of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,As your shepherd, I want to personally embrace a Novena of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and mortification in reparation for the sins of shepherds against the flock, Christ's bride the Church.This special week of prayer will begin on Saturday, September 29, the Feast of Saints Michael,... Read More

Praying the Ember Days

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As the Church seeks to make reparation for the grievous sins that have been committed by some of her members, many bishops have proposed that their dioceses take up the Church’s tradition of observing the Ember Days.  I join with these bishops and encourage the... Read More

54-Day Rosary Novena for Teaching the Catholic Faith

Thursday, July 06, 2017
I recently outlined in my Constitution for Teaching the Catholic Faith a bold new vision for catechesis and evangelization in the Diocese of Tyler. My earnest hope is that we as a Diocese more boldly and effectively proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ and in the teachings of his Church.... Read More

Remembering the victims of abuse during the month of the Sacred Heart

Monday, June 12, 2017
This week, I will gather with my fellow Bishops from across the United States for our Spring General Assembly. As part of this meeting, the Bishops will offer a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to... Read More

Constitution on Teaching

Monday, May 15, 2017
We live in a difficult age which, in many ways, harkens back to the dark world into which Christ was born - a world where humanity is lost in a darkness which is often of its own making. This darkness is generated by the human heart which ignores God, is... Read More

Consecration of the Diocese of Tyler to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday, April 28, 2017
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young children in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady told the three children, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God.” I am pleased... Read More

Chrism Mass 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Reflection on the Office of Bishop

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
As we celebrate thirty years as a local Church among the global gathering of communities that make up the Roman Catholic Church, I revert to one of my favorite frames of reference regarding this great mystery that we know as the Body of Christ.  I often think of the Church... Read More