Book Review: Official Rother biography honors life, witness of first U.S. martyr

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

A long-awaited narrative of the life and martyrdom of Servant of God Stanley Rother is available in María Ruiz Scaperlanda’s book, “The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Father Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma.”

Since the release of the well-written and highly readable biography, a Vatican commission has officially recognized the Oklahoma priest as a martyr and cleared the way for his beatification, which will be held Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.


Vincent de Paul, Padre Pio and September saints

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
Sept. 16 is the feast day of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian. Saint Cornelius was a Roman priest who was the pope from 251 to 253. He led the Church during an aggressive persecution under Emperor Decius. Pope Cornelius was martyred by the Romans in the year 253. Saint Cyprian, a barrister and later Bishop of Carthage (in modern day Tunisia) and Primate of Africa, was a convert who had personal wealth that he gave away upon his conversion. Saint Cyprian was a great evangelist. He, like Saint Cornelius, faced great difficulties in the midst of Roman persecutions. Saint Cyprian was martyred in 258.


Adrian Dominican sister who served in OKC marks 70-year jubilee

Sister JoAnn (Marie Bernard) Fleischaker, O.P., a Chicago native, is celebrating 70 years of religious life.

Sister Fleischaker entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1947. She professed first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1953. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College (University), a master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago and a music therapy certificate from Wayne State University, Detroit.


Oklahoma bishops urge Congress to leave DACA in place

Congress Should Move to Protect Immigrant Youth

September 4, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY—Based on reports that the White House will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, we urge President Trump and Members of Congress, specifically the Oklahoma delegation, to pursue legislation that strengthens the program or provides legal status for youth hoping for a brighter future.


Archdiocese names new chancellor

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 29, 2017) – The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced Monday the hiring of attorney Justin Byrne as the diocese’s new chancellor. Byrne begins Sept. 11.

Byrne fills a position held by Loutitia Denison Eason for more than 13 years. Eason retired in July.


Catholic Charities USA gives $2 million for hurricane relief

By Catholic News Service

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- Catholic Charities USA presented a $2 million check Sept. 4 representing donations received to date for immediate emergency assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to immediate and long-term recovery efforts.


Oklahoma set to welcome world for beatification of 'ordinary' native son

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholics in Oklahoma have been preparing for a long time for this moment. Many, like Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, had faith it would come, but there's still a sense of awe, to think that a farm boy, one of their own, is about to take a step toward official sainthood.

On Sept. 23, Oklahomans will get a front row seat to the beatification of Father Stanley Rother, an ordinary man from an ordinary town, who died extraordinarily as a martyr in Guatemala while serving in a mission. He knew well the dangers of the Guatemalan highlands, where government forces tortured and killed anyone suspected of dissent during the most politically tumultuous moments in the country's history.


'Hear the cry of the earth,' pope and patriarch urge in ecology message

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Environmental destruction is a sign of a "morally decaying scenario" in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, "God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment," said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Marking the Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople issued a joint message.


U.S. bishops establish new ad hoc committee against racism

Bishops act to address the sin of racism and seek solutions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, the committee will focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.

"Recent events have exposed the extent to which the sin of racism continues to inflict our nation. The establishment of this new ad hoc committee will be wholly dedicated to engaging the Church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters," Cardinal DiNardo said.


Catholic youth inspired by Fr. Rother’s life

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

Youth from around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are seeing their faith strengthened as they witness firsthand the process of beatification for the Venerable Servant of God Stanley Rother. The beatification is an exciting event for a generation of youth who sometimes find it difficult to relate to the lives of saints, who they say can seem ancient or too perfect.

Students at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Okarche, where Father Rother attended, walk the same hallways Father Rother once did as a child. Mackenzie Schneiter, an eighth grade student at Holy Trinity, said Father Rother’s choice to stay with his people in Guatemala, even in the face of death, inspires her faith.