Teaching the Catholic Faith

with the fervor of first century Christians

Teaching the Catholic Faith

with truth, goodness, and beauty

Teaching the Catholic Faith

with reverence for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Teaching the Catholic Faith

for all seasons of life

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The St. Philip Institute

Welcome to the St. Philip Institute. We are an institute founded by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland to teach the Catholic faith with the fervor of first century Christians, with truth, goodness, and beauty, with reverence for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and for all seasons of life.

Palm Sunday | 4.5.20

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Seriously? Shutting Down Public Masses? A Canonist Responds

Catholic Bishops have never prohibited entire dioceses from attending Holy Mass, but the Church has never faced a global pandemic either.

Bishop’s Address to the Diocese | April 1st

Bishop Strickland gives an update regarding mitigation of COVID-19 in the Diocese of Tyler.

Holy Week

As we journey through a Lent like no other - unable to attend public Masses - it is more important than ever for us as Catholics to remain plugged into the Church's liturgical year. This week we have entered Passiontide; next week we begin Holy Week; Easter is on the...

Institute Director Discusses Fetal Tissue Research for COVID-19

The president and his administration have been asked by some governors to lift the ban on aborted fetal cell research to help fight the COVID crisis. What if you found out that aborted fetal cells were used in the next vaccine for the Coronavirus? Would you take it?

Do Not Put the Lord to the Test: Lessons for the COVID-19 Pandemic

While our spiritual health is of the utmost importance, we must take reasonable care to preserve our life. We cannot be careless and neglectful of life as it is a gift that has been entrusted to us by God.

To Medical Professionals

Bishop Joseph Strickland addresses medical professionals on the front line fighting to keep people safe and help them recover from the COVID-19 virus. 

April 1st Update Regarding Mitigation of the Coronavirus in the Diocese of Tyler

Bishop Joseph Strickland encourages everyone in the Diocese of Tyler to listen to and follow the directions of our state and local authorities.

Bishop Strickland’s “Abortion and Solidarity with Children”

Pope St. John Paul wrote in his seminal encyclical on life, “To claim the right to abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin’ ( John 8:34).”

Bioethics at the Houston Converging Roads Conference

Along with Christopher Kaczor, PhD, Cynthia Hunt, MD, George D. Santos, MD, Joseph Meaney, PhD, Charleta Guillory, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Paul J. Carson, MD, FACP, Stacy Trasancos presented two talks at the Converging Roads conference in Houston on March 28, 2020. The topics were “Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil: In Conflict with Hippocratic Medicine?” and “Vaccine Ethics: A View through Catholic Social Teaching.”

Catholic Charities Resources

Watch as Bishop Strickland sits down with Kathy Harry and discusses the resources Catholic Charities is offering during COVID-19.

Join us to stay connected, share resources, and keep up to date during the COVID-19 quarantine.

St. Philip the Evangelist

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“Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go and join up with that chariot.’ Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone instructs me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.” Acts 8: 27-31


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