Bishop's Blog

My Comments at the June Bishop's Meeting

Thursday, June 17, 2021
As we approach Father’s Day and continue to emerge from the pandemic I want to emphasize that our flocks are bruised and traumatized on many fronts. The recent controversy about whether persisting in denial of basic Catholic teaching disqualifies a person from receiving Our Lord in Communion has devastated many... Read More

My letter to the Flock of Tyler regarding the Holy Communion Controversy

Friday, June 11, 2021
Dear Flock of Tyler,As we move through these post-Pentecost days of Ordinary Time, let us continue to seek the peace and guidance of the Holy Spirit.As your bishop, I want to address the controversy that the Church is facing at this time regarding our national leaders who profess the Catholic... Read More

A Call to Pray to Saint Michael the Archangel

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
I know that many of us pray the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel on a daily basis and I encourage us to continue to seek his protection against the evils we see in the world. I encourage everyone to pray this Novena to Saint Michael the Archangel and make... Read More

Eucharistic Faith from 1000 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Eucharistic Faith from 1000 years agoI mentioned this passage during my homily at the Priestly Ordination of Father Nick Napier, Father David Bailey, Father Albert Jerome Mott and Father Michael Ledesma on Saturday, May 29, 2021.  I also want to share it with all of you. I encouraged these fine... Read More

Men's March in Washington, D.C. on June 12

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Catholic Men of the Diocese of Tyler (and the women who love them)I encourage our faithful men to engage in this important March for Life in every way you can. If you are able to travel to Washington, D.C. and attend the March that would be great. If you aren't... Read More

St. Catherine of Sienna

Friday, April 30, 2021
I'm pleased to offer this reflection by Deacon Keith Fournier for your consideration.For a New Missionary Age: We Need Saints Like Catherine of Siena Deacon Keith Fournier In an age collapsing under the weight of sin and wandering aimlessly without a moral compass, we need holy women and men to... Read More

Answering Pilate

Friday, April 09, 2021
As we continue the Octave of Easter and approach Divine Mercy Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, I plan to focus on answering Pilate's question to Jesus in John 18:38 "What is truth?"The ignorance and arrogance of Pilate is on full display as he faces Jesus Christ who is truth... Read More

Focus on the Family & Domestic Church this Easter

Thursday, April 01, 2021
A Blessed Triduum to all in East Texas,I will be joining all of our priests throughot the diocese by offering the liturgies of the Easter Triduum and praying for every domestic church, every household in the Diocese of Tyler. I encourage individuals and families to consider how they can make the... Read More

Confession and Divine Mercy Sunday

Monday, March 29, 2021
As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord this Easter I make a special call for all of us to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession sometime prior to Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11. The human family is very much in need of the abundant mercy that our loving God... Read More

Saintly Insights for Holy Week

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Saint John Henry Newman wrote these words about 170 years ago regarding the feeling of a great Cathedral. Although I consider our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to be a gem, some of what Saint John Henry evokes is not our reality. As we enter into Holy Week it is... Read More