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  • Archbishop Coakley Letter to the Faithful

    In response to recent allegations regarding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Paul Coakley has issued a letter to the Catholic faithful, clergy and religious men and women, expressing his concern about the lack of reporting and action in the alleged incidents, and issuing a call for U.S. bishops to re-examine the standards and procedures for reporting abuse.

    Click here to read the letter.

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  • Bl. Stanley Rother Oklahoma Pilgrimage

    The first feast day for Blessed Stanley Rother - the first U.S. martyr and first U.S.-born priest to be beatified - was celebrated July 28.

    To learn about this amazing priest, Archbishop Coakley recommends families, individuals, kids and parishes consider the Bl. Stanley Rother Oklahoma Pilgrimage.

    To find information on the pilgrimage, 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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  • 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
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Archbishop Coakley’s letter to the faithful

August 19, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Editor’s Note: Due to the importance of the letter and its topic, Archbishop Coakley has asked that the newspaper reprint it in larger type and in Spanish. The letter originally was released on July 30 and can be found online at

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The bitter fruits of the sexual revolution continue to wreak havoc on human society, the family and the Church. Fifty years ago, Blessed Paul VI warned in his prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae, of the disastrous consequences of separating sexual intimacy from fertility and its divinely ordained place within the sanctity of marriage. He warned of a growing disrespect for women, increasing marital infidelity and a general lowering of morality in society.

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Carta del Arzobispo Coakley a los fieles

19 de Agosto, 2018
Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

Nota de la Editora: Debido a la importancia de la carta y su tema, el Arzobispo Coakley ha pedido que el periódico la vuelva a imprimir en letra grande y en español. La carta originalmente se lanzó el 30 de julio y se puede encontrar en línea en

Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

Los frutos amargos de la revolución sexual siguen causando estragos en la sociedad humana, la familia y la Iglesia. Hace cincuenta años, el Beato Pablo VI advirtió en su encíclica profética, Humanae Vitae, de las desastrosas consecuencias de separar la intimidad sexual de la fertilidad y su lugar divinamente ordenado dentro de la santidad del matrimonio. Advirtió sobre una creciente falta de respeto hacia las mujeres, el aumento de la infidelidad marital y una disminución general de la moral en la sociedad.

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