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  • A message from Archbishop Coakley on the closing of St. Gregory's University

    “Saint Gregory’s University has contributed to the Catholic community and to the people of Oklahoma for more than 100 years, providing our young people with a rich Catholic liberal arts education. It is a terrible loss to lose such an exceptional institution. My heart goes out to all of the students, faculty, staff and administration at such a time. I am thankful for the effort of President Michael Scaperlanda, the board and university leaders for trying to bolster the university’s financial situation. As the administration works to assist students and their families, I hope these young men and women do not become discouraged as they seek to further their education. The entire Saint Gregory’s University community is in my prayers.”

    -- Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City

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  • Oklahoma Catholic Bishops Praise Sen. Lankford’s SUCCEED Act

    Bill represents responsible first step to fixing DACA

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma praised the recent measure introduced by U.S. Sen. James Lankford that provides a legislative remedy for children of immigrants. The new measure entitled the SUCCEED Act was drafted immediately following President Trump’s decision to rescind the previous administration’s executive action known as DACA.

    The SUCCEED Act, co-authored by Sens. Lankford and Thom Tillis (R-NC) provides a remedy to the DACA regulation, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated would not be defensible in federal court. Among the bill’s provisions are a reprieve from the threat of deportation for children under age 16 and older children who have demonstrated a track record of positive contributions to their communities.

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  • Archbishop Coakley Call to Prayer

    “As we grieve this senseless tragedy in Nevada, we must remain confident in our faith that evil, hatred and violence will not triumph over love and forgiveness. Please join me today in praying for all of those who lost their lives, those who have been injured and those families that have been shattered by this latest act of violence. May all those impacted experience the comfort and mercy of Christ.”

    - Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City

    "Mientras lamentamos esta tragedia sin sentido en Nevada, debemos permanecer confiados en nuestra fe que el mal, el odio y la violencia no triunfarán sobre el amor y el perdón. Por favor, únanse a mí hoy en oración por todos los que perdieron la vida, los heridos y las familias que han sido destrozadas por este reciente acto de violencia. Que todos los afectados experimenten el consuelo y la misericordia de Cristo".

    - Reverendísimo Paul S. Coakley, Arzobispo de Oklahoma City

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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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The harvest is plentiful

November 12, 2017
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

I began my observance of All Saints Day recently by celebrating Mass for All Saints Catholic School in Norman. To be honest, I wouldn’t miss it! Each year, the fourth-grade students at All Saints prepare to observe their patronal feast by choosing a saint, learning about that saint and dressing like that saint for Mass.

The liturgical procession is something to behold! As you might imagine there were saints from every walk of life: there were bishops such as Saint Augustine; there were priests such as Blessed Stanley Rother; there were religious sisters such as Saint Therese of Lisieux and even a deacon (Saint Francis of Assisi). There were married persons (Mary and Joseph) and single persons (Saint Juan Diego). There were saints who served the poor such as Saint Teresa of Calcutta; and those who dedicated themselves to education such as Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

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La cosecha es abundante

12 de Noviembre, 2017
Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

Comencé mi observancia del Día de Todos los Santos celebrando Misa en la Escuela Católica All Saints en Norman. Para ser honesto, ¡no me lo perdería! Cada año, cada estudiante de cuarto grado se prepara para observar su fiesta patronal eligiendo un santo, aprendiendo acerca de ese santo y vistiéndose como ese santo para la Misa.

¡La procesión litúrgica es algo para contemplar! Como se imaginarán, hubo santos de todos los ámbitos de la vida: hubo obispos como San Agustín; hubo sacerdotes como el Beato Stanley Rother; había hermanas religiosas como Santa Teresa de Lisieux e incluso un diácono (San Francisco de Asís). Había personas casadas (María y José) y personas solteras (San Juan Diego). Hubo santos que sirvieron a los pobres como Santa Teresa de Calcuta; y aquellos que se dedicaron a la educación como Santa Elizabeth Ann Seton.

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