Bishop's Blog


Tuesday, August 11, 2015
I'm sorry for the lack of posts recently.  Busy summer days and still trying to develop a good rythym of staying in touch with all of you. I hope it has been a good summer for you.  Our Catholic schools here in Tyler begin classes August 12 and that always... Read More

July 4th

Monday, July 06, 2015
As we recently celebrated the July 4th holiday I am sure that many of us reflected on the state or our nation.  Although too many basic values have eroded in popular culture I still believe our nation includes millions of people who believe in God and the truth He has... Read More

My June Reflection

Friday, June 12, 2015
As we have just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, we mark the completion of another Easter journey in the liturgical life of our Catholic faith.  In our busy world it is easy to allow these great feasts to slip past us without much acknowledgment, but especially because we are so... Read More

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Friday, May 08, 2015
I recently tweeted the following from @bishopoftyler: "I encourage you to make the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel part of your personal prayer....we must invoke God's grace as we face evil." This is beautiful and powerful prayer that was written by Pope Leo XIII in 1884 after seeing a frightening... Read More

On the Road: Good Shepherd Sunday

Monday, May 04, 2015
Here are my thoughts on Good Shepherd Sunday and the role of our pastors as shepherds of their parishes. 

Chrism Mass: A Model for Diocesan Liturgies

Thursday, April 30, 2015
As we continue the Easter Season I want to repeat my encouragement for all of us to focus on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary during these days which lead to Pentecost.  The Resurrection of the Lord, the Ascension of the Lord, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Assumption... Read More

On the Road: Holy Week

Friday, April 03, 2015
As we enter the most sacred time of the year, here are my thoughts about the liturgies and prayers that will draw us closer to our Lord in his passion, death and resurrection. 

Chrism Mass Photos

Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Here are some beautiful pictures from Tuesday night's Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.  To view all the images taken by Ben Fisher of the Catholic East Texas, go to

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