Letter From the President
Dear Bishop Gorman Community,
Well – you know the old phrase “what goes around, comes around.” For many of you, I am not a new face – but for some I am. I returned to the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on November 1 st – All Saints Day – as Rector of the Cathedral and Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul. Not long after that Bishop Strickland asked me to also serve as President of the Tyler Catholic School System which includes both Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School and St. Gregory Cathedral School.
It is great to be back in Tyler and now to be involved in the leadership of Bishop Gorman. Just a little bit about me – to begin with, I am one of those “late” vocations. I began my seminary studies in 2005 at St. Mary Seminary in Houston where I received a Masters of Divinity and was ordained for the Diocese of Tyler in May of 2011. I was ordained at 50 years of age which is a little later in life than most – but that gave me some time to do a few other things beforehand! Out of high school, I attended Southwest Texas State University and studied Business Management. I worked for James Avery throughout that time and continued after college managing and opening stores throughout Texas for Mr. Avery. While managing the Northpark Store in Dallas, I made a huge decision to leave the business world and work for the Catholic Church. I became the Director of Youth Ministry at All Saints Catholic Church and also served as the Associate Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Dallas. Through that work, I got involved with a group that started The Pines Catholic Camp and that’s how I came to East Texas. I served The Pines as Camp Director for 17 years and finally discerned to enter into seminary and study for the priesthood at 44 years of age.
I have been ordained almost 8 years, and since Ordination I have been assigned to 6 different parishes throughout the diocese, and as I said earlier, now I’m back at the Cathedral. I have served as the Vice-Chancellor, and then Chancellor for the Diocese of Tyler for 5 years, and have been a Dean of the West Central and Southeast Deaneries, as well as on the Diocesan Finance Council and Personnel Board. Currently, I am serving as a member of the College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, and the Priests Pension Board. All that brings me to here – serving as President of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman and St. Gregory Cathedral
I really look forward to working closely with our Tyler Catholic Schools and the Gorman Community. As President, my work focuses mainly on Administration, working with Admissions, Marketing, Advancement, Alumni Relations, Finance Office, and ensuring that Catholic values permeate the entire institution. We have such a gift to share with our young people through Catholic Education. And I look forward to working with Mr. Zachary Allen and our faculty and staff to provide you and your children with the best possible education and formation experience.
Very Rev. Hank Lanik
President, Tyler Catholic Schools
Letter from the Principal
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
We are so grateful to each of you for your support of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School. We are here to serve our students; to lead them to growth in knowledge and virtue. The goal of each member of our Bishop Gorman staff is to help students grow in maturity and to graduate with the educational and personal wisdom to make strong choices to direct their future.
At Bishop Thomas K. Gorman, we allow the gospel message to lead our path. Students are given opportunities to grow and develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. On top of this, we strive to help students grow in their morality and spirituality. Each student, as an individual, will experience personal growth, facilitated by a supporting staff that will provide them with ways to pursue their goals.
Prayer is an important part of each day in our lives, and time will be spent in prayer every day on our campus. By example and practice, students will learn to use prayer consistently to build their relationship with God. We will have mass as a school at least once per week, and students will be invited and given opportunities to assist in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Throughout its history, Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School has been committed to helping our students be successful with their life after high school. We welcome your children in this community and will be excited to work with them. When students graduate from our school, we want them to be well educated, well rounded, and grounded in their faith.
Most importantly, the staff of Bishop Gorman will love our students the way Christ loves us. We will love, holding them accountable so that they can grow to become strong young adults when they leave our campus.
“We love because He first loved us.” - 1 John 4: 19
Zachary R. Allen