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  • Celebrate Blessed Stanley Rother's First Feast Day!

    July 28

    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

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  • Humanae Vitae

    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.

    Click here to download or read Humanae Vitae!

    To buy the 50th anniversary edition, click here.

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  • Official Priest Assignments 2018

    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)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Annual Catholic Appeal 2017 HomilyPodcast
by Archbishop Coakley
Archbishop Coakley homily for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal
Date: 1/24/17
Click to Listen  

How about a summer pilgrimage?

Blessed Stanley Rother Feast Day July 28

July 8, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

With the Fourth of July behind us we have come to the unofficial halfway point of summer. Summer plans are unfolding. Our archdiocese is planning some special observances this month to honor Blessed Stanley Rother.

Looking at the weeks ahead, I would like to draw attention to ways we can prepare to observe the upcoming liturgical feast of Blessed Stanley on Saturday, July 28. This will be the first time since his beatification this past September that the Church will officially observe this celebration.

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¿Qué tal una peregrinación de verano?

La Fiesta del Beato Stanley Rother será el 28 de julio

8 de Julio, 2018
Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

Con el Cuatro de Julio detrás de nosotros, hemos llegado a la mitad del verano. Los planes de verano se están desarrollando. Nuestra arquidiócesis está planeando algunas celebraciones especiales este mes para honrar al Beato Stanley Rother.

Mirando las próximas semanas, me gustaría llamar la atención sobre las formas en que podemos prepararnos para observar la próxima fiesta litúrgica del Beato Stanley el sábado 28 de julio. Esta será la primera vez desde su beatificación en septiembre pasado que la Iglesia observará oficialmente esta celebración

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