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By Bishop Strickland
Friday, July 08, 2011

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Various interior views. Just a note to all who donated stained is quite a process but we are moving forward. We are hoping to have the main altar window completed for the Dedication of the Chapel but a lot has to happen before that. Our approach is to address the main altar window first and then those in the main sanctuary and over the main entrance doors. Beautiful drawings are under development and with the help of a host of your fellow parishioners we are making good progress. As you can imagine it is an extremely complex process but as a lover of stained glass I am very pleased with all that is developing and I believe all of you will be as well. I look forward to the day (soon I hope) when I can post some of the designs for the windows. They are stunning.

The pictures are of various interior elements of the Chapel. Lots still to do but it is moving along nicely.

To the left a view of one of the sacristies.

To the left a view of the main can see a Statue nitch in the center of the photo

To the left a view of one set of main entrance interior doors

To the left a view of one of the Reconciliation Rooms

To the left another view of main sanctuary, left of altar as congregation faces it

To the left a view of the main entrance as seen from the main altar

Close up of a statue nitch.

We have statues ordered to fill these nitches and the exterior statue nitches. They are due to arrive around mid-August.

The transfer of Bishop Corrada took us all by surprise but just to reassure you the Chapel will move forward as scheduled. Bishop Corrada is our Administrator until he takes canonical possession of his new diocese in Puerto Rico on September 12. At that time an Administrator will be chosen to lead the diocese as we await the naming of our 4th bishop. The Administrator will assist us in determing plans for the Dedication of the Chapel.

Let us continue our prayers for the construction of this beautiful worship space and let us pray in a special way for Bishop Corrada and for the man that Pope Benedict will name as the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. We won't know who he is for several months but he needs our prayers even now.

Bishop 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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