Bishop's Blog / A Runner's Tribute to Saint Francis of Assisi

By Joseph Strickland
Monday, October 05, 2009

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The Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi yesterday, October 4th and as we remember this italian saint who lived hundreds of years ago he reminds us that we must care for Mother Earth as a gift from God.

Saint Francis celebrated the beauty of every aspect of creation and reminds us to respect these sacred gifts. The diverse beauty of our planet is something we can celebrate through technology in ways that Francis never imagined but we must also be careful that the same technology doesn't bring harm to our fragile world. Let us celebrate Saint Francis by doing all we can to protect the world he loved so much.

Joseph Strickland

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.
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