Archbishop Coakley establishes first Blessed Stanley Rother Institute

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The goal of advancing Christ's mission in the world is getting a boost through a new religious leadership program called the Blessed Stanley Rother Institute.

The Rother Institute, which is named in honor of the Oklahoma priest, missionary and martyr who gave his life for his faith, will provide faith formation for spiritual leaders in the archdiocese, including religious education directors, Catholic school teachers and principals, parish catechists, youth ministers, deacons and RCIA coordinators.


One Church, Many Disciples campaign to strengthen growing parishes

The number of Oklahomans has grown substantially in recent years. In just the seven years between 2010 and 2017, the state’s population increased by more than 179,000 people. This growth has brought with it an increase in the number of Catholics as well.

For more than 100 years, Catholics made up only about 4 percent of the state population, but Catholics now comprise an estimated 8 percent of the population. Today, there are more than 200,000 Catholics who make up the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City in central and western Oklahoma.


Celebrating sisters for all

Fifth annual National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14

By Debi Wagner
The Sooner Catholic

An official component of Women’s History Month, National Catholic Sisters Week celebrates the activities of Catholic sisters, past and present, with storytelling events and social-media outreach.

“It is intended to shine a national spotlight on the good works and goodwill of Catholic sisters,” according to the campaign’s Facebook page.


2018 Black and Indian Mission collection bolsters programs in archdiocese

2018 collection March 10-11

In 1884, the U.S. Catholic Bishops established a charity to support the mission work among African-American, American Indian and Alaska Native people. The charity organized a national collection for what became the Black and Indian Mission Office.

Today, the annual Black and Indian Mission Collection helps with grants to operate schools, establish parish-based catechetical programs, support teachers, encourage vocations to priesthood and religious life, sponsor events and other missionary needs. The generosity of the Catholic faithful enables the Black and Indian Mission Office to build the Body of Christ in dioceses throughout the country.


Oklahoma Catholic leader chosen for national committee

The National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, at its recent meeting in Miami, elected Jim Beckman to a second three-year term.

Beckman serves as the executive director of evangelization and catechesis for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He has been involved with diocesan and parish ministry, evangelization and leadership development for more than 30 years.


Good Shepherd method excites young Catholics

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick 
The Sooner Catholic

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a catechetical method aimed at facilitating the relationship between God and the young child, is present at six parishes in the diocese with plans for a seventh parish underway.

Earlier this year, catechists from each parish began quarterly meetings at the Catholic Pastoral Center under the guidance of Jim Beckman, executive director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, and Pat Koenig, director of Children’s Catechesis and Evangelization.


Inspiring Catholic women who changed lives in America

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

During Women’s History Month in March, we remember some of the Catholic women who helped pave the way for the American Catholic Church.


Jesus, our true big brother!

Abba’s son is love incarnate

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

Jesus Christ, in the fullness of his humanity, is truly our elder brother. Jesus Christ, in the fullness of his divinity, is truly God, savior and redeemer. He is the first-born, the first resurrected – never to die again – of a multitude of brothers and sisters.

The Gospels are our primary source on the Good News of the gift of life and love on a cross that reunites us all to our heavenly Abba. His Word guides us in our calling to be his image, his reflection, in the world, and after shining his spirit-filled light in the darkness it is only Jesus that can bring us to Abba, our loving and ever-present father. The Catechism’s paragraph 381 states this clearly:


This Scripture passage will help you talk to your family about God

Alex Schimpf
Director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life

This article originally appeared in Aleteia.
How do we avoid the "prophet’s curse?"

I used to teach a unit on language in my philosophy of the human person classes. The author we read gave a confident argument that language was absolutely central to the human experience, and he gave three simple reasons in support of his conclusion: 1) humans talk frequently, 2) they talk about everything in reality, and 3) they clearly enjoy talking.

I find a confirmation of the general truth of that argument nearly every day during the 10-minute ride home from my children’s school. During the ride, there is: 1) no silence; 2) no subject too esoteric (“Daddy, are giraffes nice to you?”); and 3) no reason to avoid bursting into tears if ordered to remain silent for approximately five seconds to allow a different child to finish speaking. Clearly, speaking is very important.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter announces Oklahoma’s longest married couple

Arden and Thelma Lee Crum, of Oklahoma City, are the 2018 Oklahoma winners of the Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. They have been married 75 years.

“It is an honor to announce Arden and Thelma Lee Crum as the Oklahoma winners; they have truly shown their long-time commitment to marriage,” explained Rick and Bev Feller, Oklahoma’s Marriage Encounter leadership team.