About the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization

Consistent with the command from the Spirit for St. Philip the Evangelist to teach the Ethiopian in the chariot, Bishop Joseph Strickland announced that the Diocese of Tyler would be "a teaching diocese." In his Constitution on Teaching the Catholic Faith, he founded the St. Philip Institute and charged it providing the parishes of the Diocese with the materials, expertise, and support to perform the mission of teaching as outlined in this Constitution. "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 8:29-31

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend Joseph Edward Strickland

Founder of the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization
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For more information about the St. Philip Institute, read Bishop Strickland's document.

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Board of Directors

Most Rev. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, J.C.L.
Very Rev. Vicar General John Gomez, J.C.L.
Rev. Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Institute Staff Members

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Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D.

Executive Director
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Fr. Joshua Neu, S.S.L.

Director of Faith Formation
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Deanna Johnston, M.A.

Director of Family Life
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Luke Heintschel, M.A.

Director of Communications
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Fr. Justin Braun

Director of Youth Formation
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Mikki Sciba

Seasons of Infancy and Initiation Specialist
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Nicholas Willey

Cinematographer
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Zaira Melchor

Administrative Assistant
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Robert Puschautz

Stabat Mater Art Fellow
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