By Lindsey McMillan – The Knights of Columbus representing the Diocese of Tyler have had an active charitable presence within Catholic communities across East Texas. With thirty councils and 2,600 members, the Knights have set goals and surpassed them each year in their quest to meet the needs of the diocese. Since 1988, the Knights have contributed over $500,000 in charitable donations to the Diocese of Tyler.
By Elizabeth Slaten – Fr. Dominic explained that their mission is “the continuation of the mission of Jesus. It is always in unity with the poor and with the most abandoned. So, wherever the poor or the most abandoned, especially in the spiritual sense, we want to reach out to them.”
“If you are walking along the street and find a crumpled one-hundred-dollar bill in the gutter, will you go in there and pick it up?” Fr. Ahiaba asked. “…Yes! Because of the value. That is how the human soul is before God. Wherever you are trashed or dumped, he comes down there and picks you up. That is the approach that I see. That you have value. Their life is created in the image and likeness of God. Of course, we do not say that what they did is good; they did not steal candy to get into prison. Some are the most dangerous people in Texas, but still, they have value.”
By Teresa Darby
Iconography is the art of writing icons. It is proper to say that the icons are written rather than painted, meaning that there is a certain language being used in the creation of an icon. As with any language, the language of Iconography has its own rules and requires study and understanding. The discipline of exploring the symbolic meaning of this language is called Iconology.
“It’s the community,” he said. “We’re all brothers and sisters here. It’s getting to know the other volunteers. We call each other and check in on each other.” Not only are the volunteers of the SMM Food Pantry being witnesses of Christ’s love for the poor in their community, they are also serving each other.
The year 2020 will be one Catholics will not forget as the rise in concern for the Coronavirus brought about the temporary suspension of public Mass in dioceses throughout the…
Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler, As your Shepherd, I spiritually journey with you through the Easter season toward the glorious celebration of Pentecost and pray that we all…
When asked what gets him out of bed each morning to continue the pro-life effort even after fifteen years, Shawn said that it is because of the value of human life. “I think it’s the sense of urgency that comes with every abortion. Every single abortion ends an innocent human being. And no matter how long I have done this, I have never felt burnt out from the root of what we are fighting for. If I didn’t do this work, this thought would consume me.”