Bishop's Blog

World Youth Day and Pope Francis' First Encyclical

Monday, July 29, 2013
Pope Francis has had a tremendous impact on the youth at World Youth Day in Brazil and on the whole world.  As I reflect on some of his statements and encounters in Rio his encyclical Lumen Fidei, “The Light of Faith” is brought to mind. Pope Francis quotes Saint Justin... Read More

A Flock of Shepherds

Thursday, July 11, 2013
This photo was taken on July 9, 2013 at the Installation of Bishop Mark Seitz as Bishop of El Paso.  It also happened to be the birthday of Archbishop Michael Sheehan third from the left.  Archbishop Sheehan was rector at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas during the seminary formation... Read More

True Independence

Saturday, July 06, 2013
  As the fireworks of another 4th of July celebration fade I pray that all of you are blessed and have had the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. It seems that we live in a time of great contrasts and at times great contradictions.  As we celebrate Independence... Read More


Friday, June 28, 2013
God’s Gift of Marriage The Supreme Court has chosen not to uphold the definition of marriage that has guided human society for much of recorded history.  As people of faith this decision saddens and deeply troubles us but we must continue to look to scripture and tradition to address the... Read More

More on Marriage

Friday, June 28, 2013
I wanted to add a brief follow up to my reflections on marriage in light of the decision of the Supreme Court.  The media tends to paint these complex issues with a very broad brush but as I read more about the actual decision of the Supreme Court it is... Read More

Source and Summit

Monday, June 03, 2013
The Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, reminds us of an essential teaching of our Catholic faith embodied in the documents of the Second Vatican Council and quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”. ... Read More

Wednesday Audience Message from Pope Francis

Thursday, May 30, 2013
These words from a recent Audience of the Holy Father at St. Peter's in Rome resonate with my prayers for the Diocese of Tyler.  Let us reflect together on our loving God's call for us to be a Holy Family.    Dear brothers and sisters, Last Wednesday I stressed the... Read More

The Whole Spectrum

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I thought I would take the time to share a few random thoughts that have been on my mind during these days following the Feast of Pentecost.   The Sanctity of Life Atrocities Dr. Kermit Gosnell is a name that should ring through the ages, as does the name of... Read More

Pope Francis and a dark week

Saturday, April 20, 2013
I was blessed with the opportunity to meet Pope Francis at his audience in St. Peters Square on April 10.  His presence at the audience was truly a reflection of all that we have heard and read about this man since his election to the See of Peter in March. ... Read More