St. Anthony nurse receives Daisy Award

SSM Health Saint Anthony Hospital recently recognized one of their nurses with The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize nurses who provide extraordinary care for their patients, family and team members.  

Blakely Palafox, a registered nurse at St. Anthony, was the latest recipient of The Daisy Award. A patient who nominated him said, “I asked (Blakely) ‘Do you believe in angels?’ He said, ‘yes.’ I told him God sent you to me; you are my angel.’”


Retreat center opens in Crescent

The Healing House recently opened in Crescent, 30 miles north of Oklahoma City.

The facility is available for people to stay who want a chance to spend quiet time with the Lord. It is a home recently updated with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which provide a comfortable and safe place with meals available. Advance arrangements for meals required. There is a kitchen and a large living area and dining area.


Paths of greater freedom should lead to greater love

Satiating our desire for a full and infinite life

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

“As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother. He replied, ‘Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me’” (Mark 10, 17-21).


“Mary in the Bible and in Our Lives”

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Many Catholics have been challenged by members of other denominations who claim that Catholics worship Mary and that such devotion is in error and has no basis in Scripture. Anyone wishing to be better prepared to answer such questions would do well to read “Mary in the Bible and in Our Lives” by Father Wilfrid Stinissen, O.C.D. 

Father Stinissen’s beautiful book is also for anyone who wishes to grow in faith and to foster a deeper love of Our Lady. Father has been a Carmelite since 1944, and the many years he has devoted to prayer and study have borne fruit in his profoundly moving explanations and commentaries.


Vatican makes progress on pushing drug availability for kids with HIV

By Paul Jeffrey
Catholic News Service

AMSTERDAM (CNS) -- An initiative to identify and properly treat children living with HIV has gained new momentum as international organizations and pharmaceutical companies respond to a Vatican push to look past profit to doing the right thing.

Few children in the developed world get infected with HIV anymore, so there's little market for drug makers to earn a return on their investment. Children do get infected in poor countries, however, but there's little profit to be made selling them drugs.

Enter Pope Francis.


Update: Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" and to commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide.

The catechism's paragraph on capital punishment, 2267, already had been updated by St. John Paul II in 1997 to strengthen its skepticism about the need to use the death penalty in the modern world and, particularly, to affirm the importance of protecting all human life.


DiNardo: Church must address its leaders' 'moral failures of judgment'

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick "will rightly face" a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to church leaders' "moral failures of judgment," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The accusations against Archbishop McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, "reveal a grievous moral failure within the church," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.


Archbishop Coakley letter to the faithful

In response to recent allegations regarding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Coakley 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.


Immaculate Conception celebrates final Mass, honors Fr. Pupius

By Debi Wagner
The Sooner Catholic

July 1 marked the end of an era for one Oklahoma City parish as the final Mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Father George Pupius, pastor of Immaculate Conception, recently retired due to ill health, and with changing populations and surrounding industrialization, the parish was closed. Archbishop Coakley was the principal celebrant at the final Mass. He was joined by Father William Novak, Father Gerard MacAulay, Father Don Wolf and Deacon James Keene.


Beloved priest nurse to retire

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

Mary Diane Steltenkamp, an extraordinary friend and caregiver to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, is celebrating her friendships and successes as she prepares for retirement this month.

“I am grateful for the care, expertise and sacrifice of Mary Diane in her service to the archdiocese as our Priest Nurse,” Archbishop Coakley said. “Mary Diane loves priests. She brought comfort and laughter to many of our priests, helping them to navigate important health decisions and even to prepare for the end of their earthly life. She will be missed.”