All are invited to a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler at 6:00 PM on March 25th. 

This beautiful Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is a great opportunity to join Pope Francis in praying for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

Let us heed the call of the Blessed Virgin Mary to repent of our sins and pray for peace. Praying for the consecration of these nations, or our own nation and of every nation in the world is one way we can pursue peace seeking the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. 

Our hearts are heavy with the violence we see unfolding in Eastern Europe and in too many other places in the world but our greatest strength is to live in the Light of Jesus Christ. The Immaculate Virgin Mary guides each of us with her motherly care toward the Light of her Son. Let us humbly seek his Light and trust that true and lasting peace in our hearts and in our world flows from his Light.

For more about the consecration, visit: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-03/pope-invites-bishops-to-join-him-in-consecration-of-russia.html

By Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

Bishop Strickland was born the sixth child of Raymond and Monica Strickland in 1958. He grew up near Atlanta, Texas, where the Strickland’s were founding members of St. Catherine of Siena Church. On June 1, 1985, Strickland was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe at St. Monica Catholic Church. Upon the creation of the Diocese of Tyler in 1987, Father Strickland joined the presbyterate of the new diocese and was named the first vocation director in March of 1987 by Bishop Charles Herzig. In August of 1992, he was assigned to study canon law at Catholic University of America. After completing his licentiate (JCL) in canon law in May of 1994, Father Strickland was assigned by Bishop Edmond Carmody as pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. He was appointed judicial vicar for the diocese in 1995 and was named a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1996. In September of 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Strickland as the fourth Bishop of Tyler. He was consecrated as bishop on November 28, 2012 by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.