Light and Leaven

Light and Leaven: Off the Shelf 200 with Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

By Pete Socks on Nov 30, 2020 01:00 am

Off the Shelf 200 – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland

I’m celebrating episode 200 in a BIG way with a very special guest this week. Bishop Joseph Strickland and I take a look at the state of our nation and the church and how each of us can contribute to fixing both. You don’t want to miss this episode. Get your copy of Bishop Strickland’s book  Light and Leaven: The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century here

From Catholic Answers

Bishop Joseph Strickland is one of the Church’s boldest and most courageous leaders. His outspoken support of orthodox faith and morals, the sanctity of unborn life, and reforming Catholic institutions have made him a hero even to Catholics outside his little East Texas diocese.

In Light and Leaven he offers a forthright perspective on the state of the Church and the world today and calls on the lay faithful to meet its challenges unflinchingly. We must not shrink from the culture, he says, but be a light to it; we must not retreat from the world but leaven it with grace and truth.

In his direct and conversational manner, Bishop Strickland touches on a wide range of topics, including Church renewal in a time of scandal, the central importance of the Eucharist, how to build strong marriages, the need for prayer and silence in a noisy and distracted age, and the battle between good and evil in which all Christians are engaged. He will inspire and edify you with his wise insights, pastoral common sense, and evident love for souls.


Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has served as the bishop of Tyler, Texas since 2012. Ordained in 1985, he was assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in Tyler, Texas and served a parochial vicar until 1989. He was named the first vocation  director for the diocese in 1987.

Strickland completed his canonical studies with a Licentiate in Canon Law in 1994 and was assigned as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. He was appointed judicial vicar for the Diocese of Tyler in 1995 and named a prelate of honor with the title Monsignor by Hos Holiness Pope John Paul II in February 1996.

On September 29, 2012, it was announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had chosen Fr. Strickland as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Tyler.

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