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  • Archdiocese launches historic capital campaign - One Church, Many Disciples

    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. 

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  • Official Assignment

    Effective Nov. 24, 2017

    Fr. Timothy Ruckel – associate pastor, Saint John the Baptist, Edmond.


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  • Oklahoma priest Stanley Rother beatified

    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. 

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  • Homily from Beatification Mass

    Blessed Stanley Francis Rother (1935 – 1981)

    By Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B.

    1. The beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother is an historic event not only for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, that witnesses one of its heroic priests raised to the honors of the altars, but also for the Catholic Church in the United States of America that celebrates, for the first time, the beatification of a priest, missionary and martyr. During his Apostolic Visit to Guatemala in February of nineteen ninety-six, Pope John Paul the Second read the list of seventy-eight persons considered Martyrs of the Faith. At the seventy-eighth place on that list the Pope read the name of Father Stanley Francisco Rother.

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  • Heritage Gallery Rother Exhibit

    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.

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Join Cardinal Angelo Amato and Archbishop Coakley in the celebration of the Beatification Mass for Servant of God Father Stanley Rother - Sept. 23, 2017, Oklahoma City. Find more at



Annual Catholic Appeal 2017 HomilyPodcast
by Archbishop Coakley
Archbishop Coakley homily for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal
Date: 1/24/17
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Jesus comes in history, mystery and glory

December 10, 2017
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

The season of Advent prepares us to welcome Jesus Christ who comes in history, mystery and glory. What does that mean?

Jesus of Nazareth is an historical figure. He is not a myth. During these weeks of Advent leading to Christmas, most of our attention is focused on Jesus’ coming in history. More than 2,000 years ago Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. The accounts of his birth are preserved in the Gospels. The word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Eternal Son of the Father truly became a human being. Jesus’ sojourn and saving mission among us began at a particular time and place. On Dec. 25, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity, Jesus’ birth in history.

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Jesús viene en historia, misterio y gloria

10 de diciembre, 2017
Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

El tiempo de Adviento nos prepara para recibir a Jesucristo, que viene en historia, misterio y gloria. ¿Qué significa eso?

Jesús de Nazaret es una figura histórica. No es un mito. Durante estas semanas de Adviento que conducen a la Navidad, la mayor parte de nuestra atención se centra en la llegada de Jesús en la historia. Hace más de 2,000 años Jesús nació de la Virgen María en Belén de Judea. Los relatos de su nacimiento se conservan en los Evangelios. La palabra se hizo carne y habitó entre nosotros. El Hijo Eterno del Padre se convirtió verdaderamente en un ser humano. La estadía de Jesús y su misión de salvación entre nosotros comenzó en un tiempo y lugar en particular. El 25 de diciembre, celebramos la Solemnidad de la Natividad, el nacimiento de Jesús en la historia.

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