Bishop's Blog

Christ at the Center

Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Last Judgement as depicted by Michaelangelo in the Sistine Chapel places Jesus Christ af the very center of the fresco which covers the entire wall.  As I have just returned from Rome and my experience of studying with new bishops from around the world this image seems to capture... Read More

Reflections in Rome

Friday, September 13, 2013
Reflecting on the first couple of days here in Rome at the Bishop's School with 120 bishops from all over the world I have to say the operative word is overwhelming.  We have only begun several days of talks and there is already more to do than I could ever... Read More

Bishop's School

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Rome at Bishop's School........Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Peter........quite an experience

A Visit with Pope Francis

Saturday, August 31, 2013
As I go to Rome for Bishop's School I don't hope to have the chance to greet the Holy Father in the informal way that this picture suggests.  But he may surprise me as he has surprised the world. Please know that you will be in my prayers as I... Read More

School Days

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
  The photos are from our Catholic schools in Tyler on the first day of the new school year. All over the diocese schools are preparing to start a new year or have already started.  We are blessed to have Catholic Schools in Tyler, Longview, Marshall and Lufkin.  Our Catholic... Read More

Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Tyler

Sunday, August 04, 2013
This picture was taken on February 24, 2012 when the Diocese of Tyler celebrated its 25th Anniversary.  It includes only a portion of the Knights who have served the diocese throughout its history.  I thought it was an appropriate photo to pull from my archives as I head to the 2013... Read More

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