Carmody named vicar general
In one of his first moves as new bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, Bishop Joseph Strickland has chosen former Tyler bishop Edmond Carmody as his vicar general.
"The office of vicar general in the canonical structure of the Catholic church is an essential element of the structure of the diocese," Strickland said in an email.
"The vicar general serves as the 'right-hand man' of the diocesan bishop, and being able to name Bishop Carmody to this position is a great blessing to me personally and to the people of the Diocese of Tyler.
"Bishop Carmody and I worked together very closely for many of the years during which he served Tyler as diocesan bishop, and welcoming him back to Tyler is exciting.
"He loves the people of East Texas, and they certainly love him. I foresee wonderful opportunities for us to benefit from his tremendous talents and experience for many years to come."
Carmody served as bishop of the Tyler diocese from 1992 to 2000. Before his time in Tyler, he served as auxiliary bishop in San Antonio and as priest in Ecuador and San Antonio.
He is originally from Ireland and was ordained in 1957.
After his time as bishop in Tyler, Carmody served as bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi until submitting his resignation after his 75th birthday in 2009.
Bishop Carmody will arrive in Tyler on Dec. 26 and begin working in the Chancery Office in early 2013, according to the release from the diocese.