Bishop's Blog

The Treasure of Fasting

Friday, March 11, 2022
“Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and a gymnasium for athletes. Fasting repels temptations, anoints unto piety; it is the comrade of watchfulness and... Read More

A Martyr's Prayer

Tuesday, March 08, 2022
Please pray this prayer for me and for all the bishops in the world today. We must be strong in Christ.ST. JOHN FISHER'S PRAYER FOR BISHOPSLord, according to Thy promise that the Gospel should be preached throughout the whole world, raise up men fit for such work.The Apostles were but... Read More

A Very Important Message

Monday, February 28, 2022
A Call to Receive Communion WorthilyAn excerpt from a book that I refer to often called, Mystery of the Altar, by Kenneth J. Howell and Joseph Crownwood.  This passage is from the writings of the mystic and saint Margaret of Cortona who lived from 1247 to 1297. She offers this... Read More

Lenten Devotions for the Diocese of Tyler 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022
Lenten Devotions in the Diocese of TylerSaturday Rosary and Adoration- Each Saturday of Lent the Rosary will be prayed processing around the Cathedral block beginning at 3:00 PM and this will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from after the Rosary... Read More

Important Truth

Monday, February 07, 2022
 Please ponder this with me.Blaise Pascal:“It is as much a crime to disturb the peace when the truth prevails as it is a crime to keep the peace when the truth is violated. There is therefore a time in which peace is justified and another time when it is not... Read More

Faith and Family for February

Friday, January 21, 2022
Faith and Family Resources for FebruaryThe month of February brings some special days that every family can celebrate. Please take a look at this information and consider how you individually or as a family can highlight these days. This year Lent begins on March 2, so all of February is... Read More

Festival Week of the Immaculate Virgin Mary- December 5-12

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Festival Week of the Immaculate Virgin MaryDecember 5- December 12, 2021 As bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, I invite the faithful of the diocese to enter into a Festival Week of the Immaculate Virgin Mary celebrating the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast... Read More

November Letter to the Flock

Friday, November 12, 2021
Dear Faithful CatholicsAs we approach the meeting of the bishops of the United States next week, I wanted to share some thoughts.You can access my letter at this link.  Please read and consider.+JosephNov12-21 - Letter.pdf

Calling All Ham Radio Operators

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
As another winter approaches I am encouraging an effort to establish a Ham Radio connection in the Diocese of Tyler.  I pray that we don't have another experience like the Deep Freeze of February 2021 but it is good to be prepared. I honestly know little about Ham Radio but... Read More