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 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 Mrs. Robin Perry 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