Bishop's Blog


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

A Blessed Easter

Thursday, March 28, 2013
I pray that this Easter brings special blessings to you and your family.  We have seen God's love expressed through His Holy Spirit in wonderful ways.  Let us continue to strive to live as people of the resurrection every day.  As I celebrate the Triduum for the first time as... Read More

Ringing in the Joy

Friday, March 15, 2013


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