Bishop's Blog

On the Road: Diocesan Pilgrimage Thoughts

Monday, March 23, 2015
As you are no doubt aware, from March 2-19, I hit the road and visited almost every parish and mission in the Diocese of Tyler as part of what I called my "Lenten Pilgrimage." This was an incredible opportunity to visit with the clergy and people of the Diocese. We prayer... Read More

On the Road: Generosity & Stewardship

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
This past weekend, we kicked off the 2015 appeal for the ministries of the Diocese of Tyler.  Over the years, your support of our appeal has been nothing short of remarkable.  I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you about being good stewards of the funds that you... Read More

On the Road: Youth and Truth

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Thanks to your commitment to supporting our diocesan ministries, especially sharing the truth of our Catholic faith with the youth of the Diocese of Tyler, we've been able to hire a full-time youth minister.  Mark Knox started at the Chancery this week. It is eternally important to me and all of... Read More

On the Road: Celebrating Funerals

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Already in 2015, I've celebrated the Church's funeral rites for a number of people in the Diocese, including one of our deacons.  While it may sound strange to use the word "celebrate" in conjunction with a funeral, the liturgy and rites for the dead focus us on exactly that - our... Read More

Communicating Jesus Christ: My Thoughts on the CET

Monday, January 05, 2015
I wanted to share my reflection for the January issue of the Catholic East Texas with my blog readers.  I reference a survey which is underway about communications in the Diocese of Tyler.  Please consider taking about 60-seconds to complete that survey online.  Your responses will be of tremendous benefit... Read More

The Silence of Christmas plus My Favorite Gift!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Please read my Christmas Message below, but first, can you guess what my favorite toy was as a kid?   Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Newborn Christ, Merry Christmas to all of you in Northeast Texas and beyond! In the Diocese of Tyler, 2014 has been a blessed year.... Read More

On the Road: Priesthood & Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014
Yesterday as I headed to the annual Christmas Party for the priests of the Diocese, I had some thoughts I wanted to share with you about my priesthood and the great joy of the Christmas season when we celebrate the coming of the Lord. Please keep me and all of... Read More

On the Road: My New Video Series

Monday, December 15, 2014
I am excited to announce and present a new feature for my personal blog.  It's a video series that we're calling "On the Road with Bishop Strickland."   With over 90 Catholic parishes, missions and institutions spread across 23,000 square miles in our 33 coutines of northeast Texas, it's not... Read More

Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

Friday, December 12, 2014
In 1910 Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared Patroness of Latin America, and in 1945 Pope Pius XII declared Her to be the Empress of all the Americas. She appeared to an Indian convert named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. She left a marvelous portrait of herself on the... Read More

Advent is Here!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
A voice is heard, crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight the path of our God!" This is our call during Advent as we prepare for the Solemnity of the Lord's Nativitywhen we recall his first coming, and as we use this time to... Read More