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Blessing for the OKC National Memorial 20th Anniversary Ceremony

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
April 19, 2015

Lord God, we lift our hearts in prayer and remembrance this day. We praise you for your faithfulness and love. We are standing on holy ground. This place has been consecrated and made forever sacred by the lives of your children who suffered and died here, and by the countless acts of kindness and service of so many who came to the aid of their neighbors, coworkers, friends and even strangers twenty years ago today.

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2015 Priest Assignments

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Priest assignments effective July 1. 2015

Fr. Dominic Hoang
Fr. Charles Murphy
Fr. Joseph Ross

Fr. Krupavara Prasad Boddu             Holy Name of Jesus, Chickasha (St. Peter, Lindsay)
Fr. Gregory Nguyen                        St. Andrew Dung-Lac, OKC
Fr. Balraj Sagili Jusudas                   Sacred Heart, Alva (St. Cornelius, Cherokee, Our Mother of Mercy, Waynoka)
Fr. Cory Stanley                             Prince of Peace, Altus (St. Helen, Frederick)
Fr. Shane Tharp                             Blessed Sacrament, Lawton
Fr. James A. Wickersham                 St. Mary, Guthrie (St. Margaret Mary, Crescent)

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New Evangelization Summit livestream to Oklahoma City

Join Catholics around the country for the New Evangelization Summit! Streaming live to Oklahoma City from Ottawa, Patrick Coffin, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Scott Hahn and other speakers will teach you how to reach out and touch hearts for Christ. Register today at

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Disability survey focus groups

The archdiocese and Catholic Charities are participating in a study regarding the needs and services at parishes for those with disabilities.

A focus group for people with disabilities and their families will be held at the Catholic Pastoral Center on Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.

A second focus group will be held for those who serve people with disabilities on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the CPC.

All are welcome. Child care not available. For more information, contact (405) 721-5651, Ext. 101.

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Archbishop Coakley shares his story of faithPodcast
by Archbishop Paul Coakley
Archbishop Paul Coakley was raised in a Catholic family. But when he went to college, his life soon went adrift. Last month, our archbishop spoke at a conference in Minnesota, where he told the very personal and compelling story of how the Lord gradually led him back. (It may take a few minutes to load.)
Date: 11/5/14
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Let mercy season justice

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

 Like most Americans old enough to remember April 19, 1995, I recall the moment when I learned of the devastating blast that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It was the worst act of terrorism ever committed on U.S. soil up to that time, claiming the lives of 168 innocent men, women and children, plus the lives of several unborn children killed in their mothers’ wombs. In truth, those numbers hardly begin to tell the whole story of those affected that terrible day. The rest of the story would tell of the survivors who were injured and those who walked away, the first responders, the families, the members of the media, clergy and counselors, and so many others who were touched and changed forever that day.

 I was living in Kansas at that time. And, like people all over the world who followed the story, I was profoundly moved by the way this community responded to such unspeakable violence and evil. Those tragic days brought out the best in this community and its people. A remarkable spirit of kindness, hospitality and care for one another and for strangers was on display before the world. That spirit of solidarity has come to be known as the Oklahoma Standard. It was a light shining in darkness.

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Dejemos que la justicia sea sazonada con la misericordia

Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

 Como la mayoría de los estadounidenses de edad suficiente para recordar el 19 de abril 1995, recuerdo el momento en que me enteré de la devastadora explosión que destruyó el edificio federal Alfred P. Murrah en Oklahoma City. Fue el peor acto de terrorismo jamás cometido en suelo estadounidense hasta ese momento, cobrando la vida de 168 hombres inocentes, mujeres y niños, además de la vida de varios niños no nacidos muertos en el vientre de sus madres. En verdad, esos números apenas comienzan a contar toda la historia de los afectados ese día terrible. El resto de la historia hablaría de los sobrevivientes que resultaron heridos y los que se fueron a pie, los primeros rescatistas, las familias, los miembros de los medios de comunicación, el clero y los consejeros, y tantos otros que fueron tocados y cambiados para siempre ese día.

 Yo estaba viviendo en Kansas en ese momento. Y, al igual que la gente de todo el mundo que siguieron la historia, me conmovió profundamente la forma en que esta comunidad respondió a esa malévola e indescriptible violencia. Esos trágicos días hicieron florecer lo mejor de esta comunidad y su gente. Un notable espíritu de amabilidad, hospitalidad y el cuidado por los demás y por los extraños se exhibió ante el mundo. Ese espíritu de solidaridad ha llegado a ser conocido como el estándar de Oklahoma. Fue una luz que brilla en la oscuridad.

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