Bishop's Blog

Jesus Christ, True Mercy

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Joseph Edward Strickland By the Grace of God and the Apostolic See Bishop of Tyler TO THE CLERGY, RELIGIOUS & CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, HEALTH AND BENEDICTION Jesus Christ, True Mercy This Sunday we begin the holy season of Advent and with it our solemn preparations for... Read More

Photos from the Christ the King celebration

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Check out the great photos from the Christ the King celebration at Christ the King Parish in Kilgore.  Congratulations to the Christ the King community on the occasion of the groundbreaking for their new churuch.  Numerous priests, deacons, religious and laity have worked long and hard to make this day... Read More

Photos from visit of Relics of St. Maria Goretti

Wednesday, November 04, 2015
I encourage you to check out the beautiful photos recently posted from the visit of the relics of St. Maria Goretti to the Cathedral in Tyler on November 2. 2015. Just click on Media Gallery above. +Joseph Strickland

To the Editor...

Monday, October 05, 2015
Below is a letter about Pope Francis' recent visit that I sent to the editors of many of our newspapers in East Texas. It appeared in a number of newspapers this past Sunday. September 30, 2015 To the Editor: I would like to thank the good people of East Texas... Read More

Where Did the Bible Come From?

Friday, September 11, 2015
In the September 2015 issue of the Catholic East Texas, Fr. Joshua Neu writes about the history of Sacred Scripture. Here's my reflection on his great article.

The New Catholic East Texas

Thursday, September 10, 2015
I am excited as we launch this new format for the Catholic East Texas. I believe it will provide great new possibilities for the diocese. The Catholic East Texas has been an award winning publication since its inception in 1987 as part of the vision of our first bishop the... Read More


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