This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
By Sooner Catholic Staff
The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma named Angie Tomlinson the 2017 Catholic Nurse of the Year on May 11 during a Nurse’s Day Mass and dinner at Saint Charles Borromeo in Oklahoma City.
Tomlinson is the parish nurse at Saint Philip Neri in Midwest City, and is an officer on the Faith Community Nurses Association of Oklahoma.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:31-40).
This verse highlights Catholic Charities’ call to serve refugees and welcome them as they resettle in the Oklahoma City community.
By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic
A recent mission trip to New York City has reaped a spiritual harvest for Father Rick Stansberry, pastor of Christ the King in Oklahoma City, and 25 parish teenagers who attend Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.
The outreach, now becoming an annual trip for Christ the King, lasted a week during spring break. Eight adults accompanied the group. Last year, the parish made a similar trip to Los Angeles.
Sister Stephanie Sanchez, who serves at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, has been a champion of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe for years.
Sister Nyirumbe works with “Pros For Africa” and has dedicated her life to rehabilitating young girls and women who were held captive and victimized by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. As director of Saint Monica’s Girls Tailoring School in Uganda, Sister Nyirumbe has educated, trained and provided assistance to more than 2,000 women.
From orphan to teacher
By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry
The Colombian María Laura de Jesús Montoya Upegui was born in the city of Jericho, state of Antioquia, on the 26th of May. Her parents Juan and Maria together with her sister Carmelina, who had been born the year before, and her brother Juan who was born a few years after, formed a beautiful home, but this did not last very long.
His father, who was a doctor, was murdered when Laura was only 2. This sent the family down a path of poverty and much pain. But, God was always present and the family held on tight to the Lord.
By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
On the Feast of the Ascension, we hear proclaimed the end of the Gospel of Matthew. The disciples gathered on a mountaintop to hear Christ’s parting message before his ascension into heaven. They gathered at the mountain at the request of the risen Christ and worshiped him when they saw him – yet, the Gospel writer tells us, they also doubted.
By Father Jack Wall
My name is Father Jack Wall, and I have a story to tell. It’s a tale of American Catholics who are living in the poorest counties of the United States.
It’s the inspiring story of people richly blessed in faith, but living far below the poverty line. It’s the compelling story of people with a dream as beautiful and big as the dream that each of our ancestors had for us and for our families. And, it’s the enduring story of Catholic Extension – the vital Church link that tangibly connects American Catholics in a bond of solidarity that is nationwide and soul-deep.
By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic
To be able to read is to travel the world, to experience things well beyond our everyday existence. Some books take us completely past our self-complacency and force us to acknowledge the reality of a world that barely seems believable. Such a book is Jesus Garcia’s “Slaves in Paradise.”
This is the story of the missionary work of Father Christopher Hartley Sartorius, a priest from Spain who worked in the Dominican Republic from 1997 to 2006. The book is subtitled “A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers.” Armed with the Gospel of Christ, that is precisely what Father Hartley did socially, politically, economically and, especially, spiritually.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Guatemalan bishops thanked Pope Francis for recognizing the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the first martyr born in the United States.
Eighteen prelates from Guatemala met with the pope May 22 during their "ad limina" visit, presenting him with an embroidered image of the slain American priest.