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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Calendar November 16 to December 2********November 9- 16 Meeting out of townNovember 16-  9:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick's School in LufkinNovember 17-  No Public Mass November 18-  Out of townNovember 19-  No public MassNovember 20-  8:00 AM Mass at the Bishop's Chapel in the ChanceryNovember 21-  8:00 AM Mass... Read More

Coat of Arms

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
This is the Coat of Arms that has been produced as part of my ordination to the episcopacy.  One of the first things that Cardinal DiNardo said when we talked on September 14, just after I had received the call from the Nuncio was "start working on your Coat of... Read More


Saturday, November 03, 2012
I wanted to share a few reflections as I continue my journey to the episcopacy. Even as I begin I realize that it is more accurate to speak of our journey to the episcopacy. Don’t worry I’m not adopting the “papal we” as the Holy Father at times speaks of... Read More

Calendar Update

Sunday, October 28, 2012
I thought it would be helpful to update my calendar.  The items posted earlier have not changed.October 29- No public mass scheduledOctober 30- 7:40 Mass in Gorman School ChapelOctober 31- 8:00 AM Mass in Bishop's Chapel at Chancery10:00 AM Mass at Christ the King Church in KilgoreNov 1- No public... Read More


Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Our Catholic faith is rich with images and as I take on this new role of shepherding the Diocese of Tyler I am aware that many new images are entering my day to day vocabulary.The images of the zucchetto and pectoral cross depicted in the attached photograph are only a... Read More

Two quotations

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Since we last visited the whirlwind has continued with a wonderful time of Retreat at Subiaco Benedictine Abbey in Arkansas, a trip to Chicago to order cassocks etc. and my first opportunity to preside over the Dedication of a Church this past Sunday in Buffalo, Texas.  All of these events... Read More

Bishop Elect's Calendar October 22- November 2

Saturday, October 20, 2012
    Note:  As I continue to become accustomed to my new responsibilities I will publish this as my public calendar.  Please assume that if a mass is posted here it will happen! I will do my best to update the calendar as needed but I apologize in advance because... Read More

Mea Culpa

Friday, October 12, 2012
I've often said that I am a firm believer in the premise that priests should always be willing to say "I'm sorry".  I'm sure there are more significant infractions that I have failed to acknowledge but a dear friend alerted me to the fact that I've published some grammatical errors on... Read More


Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I like this picture of the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul under construction.  It has a nice peaceful feel and I need to breath, smile and find the quiet moments.  As you can imagine the calendar has revved up slightly in the past 10 days.  I'm enjoying every moment... Read More

Calendar of the Bishop Elect October 13 - 21

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
October 11-  Mass to Begin the Year of Faith                     10:30 Cathedral of the Immaculate ConceptionOctober 12-  Daily Mass at Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul- 7:40AMOctober 13-  Confirmation at St. Joseph's in Marshall, 10:00 AMOctober 14-  Masses at St. Catherine's in Atlanta, Texas                     9:00 AM English  11:30 AM SpanishOctober 14-  Closing... Read More