Bishop's Blog



When Being Judgmental is a Good Thing

Thursday, June 02, 2016
In recent weeks I have read several articles dealing with the issue of being judgmental in today’s society.   It seems that the whole concept has become a four letter word, and I believe that in a rather whimsical way this gets to the heart of the matter.  Judgmental is... Read More

Why be Catholic? The Catholic Conception of Mankind

Monday, May 23, 2016
When I consider the question, “Why be Catholic?” I know that most people expect an answer involving a specific Bible verse or a specific logical principle, but in reality the answer is so much bigger. Catholicism built the good parts of the culture we live in, and Catholicism continues to... Read More

Welcoming Amoris Laetitia

Friday, April 08, 2016
Today the Church welcomes a beautiful teaching from our Holy Father Francis on the splendor of Christian marriage and the family. Entitled Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love’), this letter recalls the essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family which are based on Divine Revelation found in Sacred Scripture... Read More

Photos from the Paschal Triduum

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Across the Diocese, thousands upon thousands of you celebrated the most holy days of our faith and offered praise and thanksgiving to God with joy, reverence and love. May the entire 50 days of Easter be a time that you are drawn into the hope that comes from the Resurrection of... Read More

Celebrating the Sacred Triduum

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The most sacred time of the year is upon us. In this time, we walk with our Lord as we commemorate the Paschal Mystery – the passion, death and resurrection of Christ through which he set us free.

Chrism Mass 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Our annual Chrism Mass was a beautiful celebration with my brother priests of the Diocese of Tyler.  We are renewed in our resolve and commitment to more closely conform ourselves to Christ and to faithfully carry out our mission of teaching, governing and sanctifying. See all the photos from the Mass... Read More

Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass

Monday, February 15, 2016
Please take a look at the photo gallery of beautiful pictures from the anniversary mass on Saturday, February 13.  Congratulations and prayerful thanksgiving for the couples who filled the Cathedral.  They celebrated their marriages from 5 years to 70 years.

Diocesan Scouting Mass

Monday, February 15, 2016
We celebrated a great mass at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul on Saturday, February 13.  The mass honored scouts from around the diocese who had earned religious awards. You can go to the gallery and scroll down past the Marriage Anniversary pictures to find some great pictures from... Read More

Jan. 22: Sanctity of Life Announcement

Friday, January 22, 2016
Using the occasion of the U.S. Bishop’s National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, I am announcing that I will place the Diocese of Tyler’s efforts to promote the sacredness of human life under the new title of “Sanctity of Life” and will be expanding the ministry to include... Read More

January CET: The Family

Thursday, January 07, 2016
I am pleased to be able to share some personal reflections in regard to marriage and family as part of the January 2016 edition of the Catholic East Texas. As I ponder these central elements of our human journey, my thoughts move from my own personal experience of family to... Read More
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