“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
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.