Bishop's Blog

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Strickland: Oct. 13

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
To celebrate October, the month dedicated to the Rosary, and in honor of the anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, you are invited to join Bishop Strickland to pray the Rosary on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul... Read More

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,In anticipation of the last weeks of 2019, I feel compelled to share words of hope in Jesus Christ and to give witness to my firm faith in our beloved Catholic Church; the Church established by God’s Divine Son.  I am inspired by these... Read More

USCCB Meeting Message

Tuesday, June 04, 2019
This weekend, we will conclude the Easter season by joyfully celebrating together the great solemnity of Pentecost, when the loving God fully revealed himself as the Holy Trinity, and through the Spirit gave birth to the Church and opened the kingdom to all who believe in Christ.Sadly, too many people... Read More

Glorious Chastity - One Bishop's Reflection

Thursday, February 14, 2019
In the year 2019, we live in a world that’s off kilter. One of the deepest roots of the present chaos is the lack of willingness to embrace Glorious Chastity. I specifically use the word “glorious” because I believe it is God’s plan that obedience to His will with regard... Read More

Statement on Archbishop Vigano Letter

Monday, January 14, 2019
Dear Flock of Tyler,Once again Archbishop Vigano has made a public plea and I add my voice to his as your bishop.  He urges Archbishop McCarrick to repent for his sake, for the sake of his victims, and for the sake of the Church. This is an expression of basic... Read More

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