The Bishop Elect is on the left of Pope Benedict
At Roman noon today Pope Benedict through the Holy See announced the appointment of Mons. Joseph E. Strickland as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler in Texas Msgr Joe Strickland, 54 is the current vicar-general of Tyler. This is a somewhat rare event that some one is promoted from within a Diocese to Bishop. However Rocco Palmo in his extensive post on the announcement notes that this will be greeted with great joy in the this East Texas Diocese. See his post Tyler, Rejoice – “Father Joe” Named Hometown Bishop .
On and the Bishop Elect has a blog.
That diocese is in purple above. The Diocese borders Louisiana and Arkansas and runs west approaching the out reaches of what is now metro Dallas. Though in the Baptist Bible belt of Texas it is a Diocese of rapid Catholic growth.
The Diocese of Tyler is one the youngest if not the youngest I believe of the United States Dioceses in that it was created Dec. 12, 1986 and erected on Feb. 24, 1987. "Father "Joe" will be the 4th Bishop of this Diocese.
Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia last year wrote how dynamic this Diocese was and described it in this informative post as the "Little Diocese that could "
The Diocese will be having a press conference at 10 a..m. this saturday morning. Updates throughout the day.
The Bishop Elect has a fun blog on how he got the call ( just two weeks ago ) that he would be be Bishop , and blogs amusing how hard it was to keep it a secret. Kinda of get an indication why people like him with his style.
The Diocese of Tyler now has a very complete bio up of Bishop Elect Stickland from his birth in Fredericksburg, Texas onward. They have also announced that he will be ordained to the episcopacy on November 28, 2012 .
The Diocese has a nice photo gallery plus vid of the main part of the press conference here. Other parts of the press conference that also include the former Bishop and more of the Bishop elect are online at YOU TUBE. See
Bishop-elect Strickland Press Conference (Part 1) - Sept. 29, 2012
Bishop-elect Strickland Press Conference (Part 2) - Sept. 29, 2012
Bishop-elect Strickland Press Conference (Part 4) - Sept. 29, 2012
Bishop-elect Strickland Press Conference (Part 5) - Sept. 29, 2012