Bishop's Blog

The Kindness of Shepherds

Sunday, November 11, 2012
I am in Baltimore at my first Bishop's Meeting and even though I have not been ordained yet all of the bishops have been very welcoming.  I wanted to share what a great experience it has been to join them as I prepare to enter into this new role.  I... Read More

Official Portrait

Thursday, November 08, 2012
Another piece of the puzzle..........Official Portrait?I especially like this picture because Our Lord in the image of the Sacred Heart is watching over me.  Please pray that I will always be strengthened by the special grace that Our Savior's Sacred Heart offers the world.  It is also a great blessing that... Read More

A Quote

Thursday, November 08, 2012
I liked this quote from Matthew Warner's Blog."Elections are not the leading edge of change. Elections are the lagging indicators of what's already changed"Read more: believe there is a lot of truth in that statement.  It is not good news but it is important that as people of faith... Read More

Bishop Elect's Calendar

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Calendar November 16 to December 2********November 9- 16 Meeting out of townNovember 16-  9:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick's School in LufkinNovember 17-  No Public Mass November 18-  Out of townNovember 19-  No public MassNovember 20-  8:00 AM Mass at the Bishop's Chapel in the ChanceryNovember 21-  8:00 AM Mass... Read More

Coat of Arms

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
This is the Coat of Arms that has been produced as part of my ordination to the episcopacy.  One of the first things that Cardinal DiNardo said when we talked on September 14, just after I had received the call from the Nuncio was "start working on your Coat of... Read More


Saturday, November 03, 2012
I wanted to share a few reflections as I continue my journey to the episcopacy. Even as I begin I realize that it is more accurate to speak of our journey to the episcopacy. Don’t worry I’m not adopting the “papal we” as the Holy Father at times speaks of... Read More

Calendar Update

Sunday, October 28, 2012
I thought it would be helpful to update my calendar.  The items posted earlier have not changed.October 29- No public mass scheduledOctober 30- 7:40 Mass in Gorman School ChapelOctober 31- 8:00 AM Mass in Bishop's Chapel at Chancery10:00 AM Mass at Christ the King Church in KilgoreNov 1- No public... Read More


Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Our Catholic faith is rich with images and as I take on this new role of shepherding the Diocese of Tyler I am aware that many new images are entering my day to day vocabulary.The images of the zucchetto and pectoral cross depicted in the attached photograph are only a... Read More

Two quotations

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Since we last visited the whirlwind has continued with a wonderful time of Retreat at Subiaco Benedictine Abbey in Arkansas, a trip to Chicago to order cassocks etc. and my first opportunity to preside over the Dedication of a Church this past Sunday in Buffalo, Texas.  All of these events... Read More

Bishop Elect's Calendar October 22- November 2

Saturday, October 20, 2012
    Note:  As I continue to become accustomed to my new responsibilities I will publish this as my public calendar.  Please assume that if a mass is posted here it will happen! I will do my best to update the calendar as needed but I apologize in advance because... Read More