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A day of celebration for Tyler's new bishop

Tyler's new bishop, Joseph Strickland Tyler's new bishop, Joseph Strickland

The Catholic Diocese of Tyler officially has a new bishop.

Joseph E. Strickland was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to be new bishop earlier this fall.

It was a day of celebration, especially for the students of Saint Gregory's Catholic School, who came to welcome and congratulate Bishop Strickland.

"To welcome one of our own into this role is a blessing for all of us. So we are all elated to have our shepherd in place to lead us and guide us in the Catholic faith," said Kathy Harry, the principal of Saint Gregory Catholic School.

He was eager to greet them, too. "Hi! I love your color," he told the kids, who held pink streamers that matched his pink zucchetto, and then asked for their cheers as he made his way to be installed as the Catholic Diocese of Tyler's fourth bishop.

"Ok, Catholic school kids, hit it!" he told them as he proceeded in.

Those cheers gave way to a time of solemn blessing, with a letter read from Pope Benedict XVI.

"Let him be a good shepherd who knows his sheep and whose sheep know him," read His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio.

A point His Eminence Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and the celebrant of the ordination referenced, telling Bishop Strickland in his homily that he has been called to serve his own people right here in East Texas.

Read a biographical article about the new bishop here.

"It's the church that gave birth to you, Joseph. It's the church that nurtured you along the way. It's the church that's very proud that a son is called," Cardinal DiNardo said.

And with the singing of the Litany of the Saints by our own Mark Scirto, a new bishop continues a lifetime of service to the people who know him best.

Strickland previously served as the Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator and Chaplain of Bishop TK Gorman Regional Catholic School. He grew up in Atlanta, Texas.

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