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Light and Leaven

The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas is one of the most courageous leaders in the Church, known for his outspoken support of unborn life, orthodox faith and morals, and reforming Catholic institutions.

In Light and Leaven he offers a forthright perspective on the state of the Church today and calls on the lay faithful to meet its challenges boldly.

Touching on topics including parish renewal, the state of Catholic education, the centrality of the Eucharist, the need for prayer and silence in a noisy and distracted age, and the battle between good and evil in the Church and world, Bishop Strickland’s wise insights and evident love for souls will inspire and edify you.


Bishop Strickland’s wise insights and evident love for souls will inspire and edify you.

What this book has to offer:

Parish renewal

The parish is the physical epicenter where Catholics practice the Faith. How does a parish even begin such a process of renewal? 


What is the state of Catholic education today? 

Centrality of the Eucharist

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (CCC 1324).

Prayer & Silence

The need for prayer and silence in a noisy and distracted age, AND the battle between good and evil in the Church & world.

About the Author

Joseph Edward Strickland (born October 31, 1958) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. Since his consecration on November 28, 2012, he has been the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler.

On the announcement of his appointment, Vatican Radio called Strickland "one of North America’s new generation of blogging priests" for his Running Priest Blog.[1] He is an avid runner, having run in numerous races in the East Texas area, hence the reason for the name of his blog.

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********Press Release**********

DATE: 9/12/20
CONTACT: Kerry Beck

Taking Christ to the World
Bishop calls for Catholics to be staunch witnesses to the truths Jesus taught

SAN DIEGO: America’s most outspoken bishop shares his bold prescriptions for the Catholic Church in Light and Leaven, the newest book from Catholic Answers Press.

Joseph Strickland, bishop of Tyler, Texas, is well known for his use of modern media to teach and exhort his flock, often challenging conventional secular mores with the radicalness of Christ’s teaching. In Light and Leaven, his first book, he offers a challenge to lay Catholics everywhere: be courageous and embrace the fundamentals of the Catholic faith.

“Bishop Strickland is rightly a hero to many American Catholics,” says Todd Aglialoro, director of publishing for Catholic Answers. “At a time when the Church’s message seems too often clouded by confusion and shadowed by scandal, his clarity and integrity shine like a piercing light.”

This concise but pithy volume covers a wide range of topics that concern Catholics today, including liturgical renewal, ecumenism, crises in the culture and the Church, the critical importance of marriage and family life, the need for deeper prayer and personal conversion, and above all, the centrality of the Eucharist in our hearts and the life of the Church. Each observation and prescription Bishop Strickland offers is marked by his unapologetic orthodoxy and his down-to-earth Texas manner.

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