Bishop's Blog


Friday, March 15, 2013
The photo comes from the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI.  It shows me and several St. Gregory School students ringing the bell at the Cathedral the day he was elected.  It is hard to believe that was eight years ago and so much has happened since then.  We have joyfully... Read More

Habemus Papam

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
  I join Catholics throughout the world in rejoicing at the announcement of the election of our new Holy Father Pope Francis I.  The Cardinal Electors guided by the Holy Spirit have chosen a man from the new world, from Argentina, a Jesuit and from all reports a man of... Read More


Saturday, March 09, 2013
Reflecting on the Word of God to be proclaimed at our masses for the 4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings) I focus especially on the reading from the Book of Joshua, the Responsorial Psalm and the familiar Gospel story of the Prodigal Son (Luke Chapter 15).  The thread I see running... Read More

A Simple Prayer

Friday, March 08, 2013
As we hear the news that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday March 12, 2013 let us pray that the Cardinals in Conclave will hear the beautiful voice of God's Holy Spirit, that the Church may blossom forth in a new springtime of faith, hope and love. +Joseph  

The Resignation of the Holy Father

Monday, February 11, 2013
I thought I would share a few words of personal reflection on this historic day on which the Holy Father has announced his resignation effective February 28, 2013.  As you can imagine it created a whole new layer of activity on my calendar which was already fairly busy.  I can... Read More

Welcome to my new Website

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I've finally found a moment to greet you from I hope you are enjoying these last days of January. This past Monday I celebrated my two month anniversary as a bishop.  The whirlwind has continued and in some ways the two months seem much longer.  I continue to be blessed... Read More

A Brief Update

Thursday, January 10, 2013
I'm on retreat but I wanted to break away for a moment to let you know you are in my prayers and to share a couple of calendar updates. January 13-  6:30 AM Mass at the Cathedral                      8:00 AM Mass... Read More

Wishing You All a Blessed New Year

Monday, December 31, 2012
I just wanted to take a few moments to wish you all a Blessed New Year and to promise my prayers.  I finally got around to editing my profile.  People are still getting used to calling me bishop, as I am getting used to the title myself but at least... Read More

Christmas Greetings

Monday, December 24, 2012
A Blessed Christmas to All-   As I celebrate my first Christmas as Bishop of Tyler I wanted to greet all of you and assure you of my prayers during this holy season.    As you can imagine it is exciting to return to the Cathedral this evening for my... Read More

Reflections and Calendar Update

Saturday, December 22, 2012
 This picture includes (seated on the front row, from the left) Bishop David Fellhauer, Bishop Edmond Carmody and Archbishop Michael Sheehan. All three of these men along with Bishop Herzig, Bishop Corrada and so many others have played significant roles in my formation. It is a special blessing to me... Read More