The first feast day for Blessed Stanley Rother - the first U.S. martyr and first U.S.-born priest to be beatified - will be celebrated throughout the month of July.
Archbishop Coakley recommends families, individuals, kids and parishes choose among the many ways to honor Blessed Stanley on his feast day, including a new Oklahoma pilgrimage.
To find information on the pilgrimage, learn how to make a peg doll Stanley, download the prayers for canonization and his intercession and to watch the award-winning documentary on his life, "An Ordinary Martyr," go online to blessedstanleyrother.org.
This July is the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s Encyclical, "Humanae Vitae."
Honoring both the spiritual and physical elements of conjugal love, the papal teaching recognizes that artificial birth control would fall short of the fullness of the marital union as total, faithful, exclusive and fruitful.
The encyclical thoughtfully considers the human person as a whole—body and spirit—and prophetically presents the practical social implications if the document’s conclusions—based on the full respect of the totality of persons—are ignored. As a prophetic teaching, Humanae Vitae strengthens Christian spouses in a beautiful, holy expression of human sexuality that profoundly respects the whole person and is open to life and faithful to love.
To buy the 50th anniversary edition, click here.
The following assignments are effective July 3 unless otherwise noted.
Rev. Thomas Dowdell – Residence: To be announced
Rev. George Pupius – Residence: St. James the Greater, Oklahoma City
Rev. Christopher Brashears – St. Peter, Guymon (St. Frances Cabrini, Beaver;
Church of the Good Shepherd, Boise City; Sacred Heart, Hooker)
Rev. Joseph Irwin – St. Joseph, Norman (effective July 12)
Rev. Philip Louis – St. Matthew, Elk City (effective June 1)
Rev. Mark Mason – St. Francis Xavier, Enid (St. Gregory the Great, Enid; St. Michael, Goltry)
Rev. Kevin Ratterman – St. Mary, Ardmore
Rev. Lance Warren – Sacred Heart, El Reno (St. Joseph, Union City)
Rev. Michael Wheelahan – Holy Name of Jesus, Chickasha (St. Peter, Lindsey)
Rev. Aaron Foshee – St. Joseph, Ada, St. Francis Xavier, Sulphur (June 18)
Archbishop Coakley has unveiled a five-year, $60 million capital and endowment campaign to build a shrine for Blessed Stanley Rother and fund worthy initiatives to strengthen and enhance Church ministries throughout central and western Oklahoma.
This is the first-ever campaign of this size and scope for the archdiocese.
The One Church, Many Disciples Campaign aims to strengthen local parishes, build endowments for faith formation, renovate The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, honor Blessed Stanley Rother and create a fund to support retired priests.
The campaign is the culmination of Archbishop Coakley’s pastoral planning process from 2012-2015. After years of listening sessions, prayer and planning, Archbishop Coakley laid out three priorities for the archdiocese.
First recognized U.S. martyr; first U.S.-born priest to be beatified
OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly 20,000 faithful gathered in downtown Oklahoma City Saturday to honor Oklahoma priest, missionary and martyr, Blessed Stanley Francis Rother.
A native of Okarche, Father Rother was beatified during a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City; and Most Rev. Eusebius J. Beltran, Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City.
“This is a day of rejoicing for the Catholic Church in Oklahoma, the United States and indeed for the Church in Guatemala and beyond. I am grateful for everyone who joined us to witness this historic and grace-filled event and to share our joy as we give thanks to God for the witness of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother, priest and martyr,” Archbishop Coakley said.
Visit the Heritage Gallery at the Catholic Pastoral Center to learn about the life and mission of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother. Fr. Rother is scheduled to be beatified this fall in Oklahoma City.
The gallery exhibit features photos, Fr. Rother's chalice, personal items, his Bible, and letters to and from his family.
The gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the CPC, 7501 Northwest Expressway. Special tours arranged by calling (405) 721-5651, Ext. 141.
The exhibit is perfect for adult and student groups.
For more information about the Cause for Father Rother, click here.