In unusual move, diocese tweets announcement of new bishop

This may be a first:

The Catholic Diocese of Tyler has announced Reverend Monsignor Joseph Strickland as its fourth bishop via Twitter, ahead of a planned press conference Saturday.

The following tweet was posted around 6 a.m. Saturday: “The Holy Father has named our very own Msgr. Joseph Strickland as the fourth Bishop of Tyler! Laudetur Jesus Christus!”

The press conference, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Catholic Chancery of Tyler, will publicly name a replacement for the Reverend Alvaro Corrada, who departed in July 2011. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Reverend Corrada to serve the Catholic diocese in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

On his blog, “Run Father Run,” Reverend Strickland posted that his selection came through a phone call on September 14 from a Vatican representative of Pope Benedict XVI. “Joy has been the pervasive emotion I have felt since that phone call on September 14, but I’m also well aware of the great responsibility to serve the people of God that I will take on,” he said.

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And you can read more at Msgr. Strickland’s blog.

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