Oklahoma men’s conference draws hundreds of faithful

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The 22nd annual Oklahoma Catholic Men's Conference proved to be a popular event, drawing hundreds of men from across Oklahoma to deepen their faith and become better husbands, fathers and men.

This year's event, themed "Called to be Saints," featured four speakers who challenged the more than 900 men gathered to change their lives and draw closer to the Lord and their families.


“We are sons of God”

By Steve Gust,
The Sooner Catholic

Many inspirational words were shared with more than 900 men during the 22nd annual "In the Father's Footsteps," Oklahoma Catholic Men’s Conference held March 3 in Norman.


“We are brothers and sisters in Christ”

By Dana Attocknie 
The Sooner Catholic

GUTHRIE – A steady drum beat echoed throughout the lodge as Sister Kateri Mitchell, S.S.A., of the Mohawk Nation, gently played a hand drum and shared the life and example of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

“In 1656, the heartbeat of this little Mohawk, Algonquin girl began,” Sister Mitchell said, “She was a beautiful little baby and her father, a Mohawk chief, called her sunshine.”


Deacon Larry Sousa celebrates 40 years of following God’s call

By Zak Boazman
The Sooner Catholic

On March 10, Deacon Larry Sousa of Saint Joseph in Norman celebrated 40 years of diaconal ministry.

“My life was dedicated to God even before becoming a deacon,” Deacon Sousa said, “But I found myself asking, ‘How can I return this love You have given me?’”


New clerical attire approved for deacons

Archbishop Coakley has approved new clerical attire for deacons in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

While performing in ministry, deacons have the option of wearing light gray clerical shirts with Roman collars. The shirts will be worn with black slacks and with a black jacket, if not vested.


Cristo Rey OKC announces Fr. Foshee founding chaplain

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School announced Father Aaron Foshee will become the school’s founding chaplain. Father Foshee will serve as a spiritual mentor for the school and its students and will oversee weekly Mass. He will continue to serve in his current role as the associate pastor at Christ the King in Oklahoma City.
Father Foshee was selected as Cristo Rey OKC’s school chaplain by Archbishop Coakley.


Communities throughout archdiocese celebrate Christian unity

By Zachary Boazman
The Sooner Catholic

This past January, at the conclusion of the Week of Christian Unity, Pope Francis celebrated an ecumenical vespers service at the Basilica of Saint Paul in Rome.

Reflecting on what unites the baptized, the pontiff of Rome remarked, “All of us Christians have passed through the waters of Baptism, and the grace of the Sacrament has destroyed our enemies, sin and death. We share in the fundamental experience: the grace of God, his powerful mercy in saving us.”


Help prevent suicide

In January, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new statistics for the 2016 calendar year. In Oklahoma, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24.

Suicide is preventable, and four out of five teenagers who attempt suicide give clear warning signs beforehand. Warning signs of suicidal ideation include, but are not limited to, the following:


Even with new law, advance directive important

By Shirley Cox
For the Sooner Catholic

On Nov. 1, an Oklahoma law took effect that provides for a priority of persons (surrogates) who can speak for some who is persistently unconscious, incompetent or otherwise mentally or physically incapable of communicating.

In the case of such incapacity, nine classes of surrogates are authorized to make health care decisions for the person:


Mercy Hospital OKC named nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

One of 13 hospitals to receive Everest Award  

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health, formerly Truven Top 100 Hospitals. In addition, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City is one of 13 hospitals in the nation to receive the Everest Award, achieving the highest national benchmarks along with the greatest improvement over five consecutive years.