Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Strickland
Bishop Joseph Edward Strickland was born on October 31, 1958 in Fredericksburg, Texas. He entered Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas in August of 1977 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas on June 1, 1985. After several degrees earned, and positions he served within the Diocese, Father Strickland entered into canonical studies at the Catholic University of America, which he completed with a Licentiate in Canon Law in May of 1994.
He was then assigned as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas, followed by appointed positions as Judicial Vicar, Administrator, and Vicar General for the Diocese of Tyler. In addition, Fr. Strickland was honored with the titles of Prelate of Honor and Monsignor by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. On September 29, 2012 it was announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had chosen Monsignor Strickland as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. He was ordained to the episcopacy on November 28, 2012.