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WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named 53-year-old Msgr. Joseph E. Strickland, vicar general of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, as bishop of Tyler.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, September 29, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Strickland succeeds Bishop Alvaro Corrada del Rio, S.J., who was named bishop of the Diocese of Mayaguez in Puerto Rico in 2011. Bishop Corrada served as Apostolic Administrator of the Tyler Diocese until this appointment.
Joseph E. Strickland was born October 31, 1958, in Fredericksburg, Texas. He attended the University of Dallas and Holy Trinity Seminary, Dallas, 1977-1985, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas in 1981 and a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Trinity Seminary, in 1985.
He was ordained a priest in 1985, for the Diocese of Dallas. The Diocese of Tyler was created in 1986.
In 1994, Bishop-elect Strickland was awarded a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America.
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Immaculate Conception Church, Tyler, 1985; diocesan vocations director, 1987; diocesan scout chaplain, 1988; parochial vicar, Sacred Heart Church, 1989; rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler, 1994; diocesan tribunal, 1994.
In 1995, he was named a prelate of honor with the title monsignor and in 2010, he was appointed vicar general of the Tyler diocese.
The Diocese of Tyler includes 1,396,736 persons, with 54,746, or four percent of them Catholic. It comprises 23,443 square miles.
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