Bishop's Blog

Eucharistic Faith from 1000 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Eucharistic Faith from 1000 years agoI mentioned this passage during my homily at the Priestly Ordination of Father Nick Napier, Father David Bailey, Father Albert Jerome Mott and Father Michael Ledesma on Saturday, May 29, 2021.  I also want to share it with all of you. I encouraged these fine... Read More

Men's March in Washington, D.C. on June 12

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Catholic Men of the Diocese of Tyler (and the women who love them)I encourage our faithful men to engage in this important March for Life in every way you can. If you are able to travel to Washington, D.C. and attend the March that would be great. If you aren't... Read More

St. Catherine of Sienna

Friday, April 30, 2021
I'm pleased to offer this reflection by Deacon Keith Fournier for your consideration.For a New Missionary Age: We Need Saints Like Catherine of Siena Deacon Keith Fournier In an age collapsing under the weight of sin and wandering aimlessly without a moral compass, we need holy women and men to... Read More

Answering Pilate

Friday, April 09, 2021
As we continue the Octave of Easter and approach Divine Mercy Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, I plan to focus on answering Pilate's question to Jesus in John 18:38 "What is truth?"The ignorance and arrogance of Pilate is on full display as he faces Jesus Christ who is truth... Read More

Focus on the Family & Domestic Church this Easter

Thursday, April 01, 2021
A Blessed Triduum to all in East Texas,I will be joining all of our priests throughot the diocese by offering the liturgies of the Easter Triduum and praying for every domestic church, every household in the Diocese of Tyler. I encourage individuals and families to consider how they can make the... Read More

Confession and Divine Mercy Sunday

Monday, March 29, 2021
As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord this Easter I make a special call for all of us to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession sometime prior to Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11. The human family is very much in need of the abundant mercy that our loving God... Read More

Saintly Insights for Holy Week

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Saint John Henry Newman wrote these words about 170 years ago regarding the feeling of a great Cathedral. Although I consider our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to be a gem, some of what Saint John Henry evokes is not our reality. As we enter into Holy Week it is... Read More

Inspiration from St. Louis de Montfort

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
St. Louis de Montfort lived in the 17th and early 18th century and he was known as a holy confessor and preacher.  This quote from his time speaks to our time also.  Let us live in the Spirit he suggests "the holy names of Jesus and Mary" on our hearts.The... Read More

A Gathering of Domestic Churches- families of faith

Monday, March 01, 2021
You may have read about the initiative called Veritatis Splendor and I wanted to share some information about what it is.Veritatis Splendor is an inspiration of several Catholic families who are moving to East Texas. They desire to establish a community of Catholics & anyone who is committed to Jesus... Read More

Urgent Call for Prayer and Action

Friday, February 26, 2021
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus,I hope you are aware of the Equality Act that Congress is presently considering and the destructive elements of this legislation. The bishops of the United States have composed a statement calling for the faithful to speak clearly against this Act. I echo their... Read More