Four years later, army of disciples sent to share Jesus

San Juan Diego School graduates first class

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry

On Oct. 7, 2013, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, is the publication date of Archbishop Coakley’s first pastoral letter, “Go Make Disciples.” It has been four years since the publication of this letter, and the archdiocese recently celebrated the fruits of one of the three priorities.

The priority of Hispanic Ministry stated:

As we focus on this priority we will:

A. Begin implementation of a plan to alleviate the overcrowding of churches with significant Hispanic populations in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area by May 1, 2014.

B. Enroll the first class of a Spanish language basic adult faith formation program among Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City by June 1, 2014.

These priorities were met on time. The plan for alleviating overcrowding has merged with the planned future shrine for Blessed Stanley Francis Rother while the first Spanish language adult faith formation program became the San Juan Diego School.

Enrollment occurred three years ago, and after an arduous Christ-centered plan of study, which included the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, a yearlong introduction to the Bible and various mini courses in Christology, Ecclesiology and other subjects, the first class celebrated their graduation on Sept. 6 with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Coakley.

A heartfelt congratulation for all the graduates of the San Juan Diego School and as the archbishop reminded them, they should go back to their parishes, assist their pastors and follow the Lord’s call to “Go make disciples.”