Oklahoma missionaries share decades of joy, aid with Peruvians

Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The mission trips and outreaches of love and help to Santissimo Sacramento Parish in Peru continue as volunteers witness firsthand the difference they're making in people's lives.

Parishioners at Saint John the Baptist in Edmond, Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City and other volunteers are wrapping up their second full decade of helping people in Piura, Peru.


Hearts not made of stone

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

It all started with a book. Sandy Howard’s pastor at Saint Francis Xavier in Enid, Father James Mickus, told her about the work of Fritz Eichenberg, a wonderful wood engraver and illustrator, a selection of whose works was now presented in the book, “Works of Mercy,” by Robert Ellsberg.

Eichenberg was a long-time friend of social advocate Dorothy Day. She had asked him to do illustrations for her newspaper, The Catholic Worker. He accepted, and his drawings frequently depicted the lives of the poorest of the poor whom Dorothy Day championed. Ellsberg was at one time an editor at The Catholic Worker.


St. Anne’s Ministry for infant, pregnancy loss offers comfort, healing

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

When Lindsay Juarez unexpectedly lost her daughter, Rosalie, moments away from birth, their world was turned upside down. In a moment, Juarez, like countless other women faced with miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth, was found grieving the unexpected loss of her baby.

“I found out quickly that grief and loss are so very different when it’s your child, and when the death is ‘out of order,’” Juarez said. “I knew I wanted to go to therapy, but I was not sure about support groups. I never liked crying in front of people, and I knew I would cry a lot.”


2017 Archbishop’s Dinner celebrates seminarians, new Vianney Fund

On Aug. 8, the 2017 Archbishop’s Dinner was held at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

Hosted by Archbishop Coakley and the board of directors of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma, the nearly 300 attendees were able to visit with 17 seminarians, who are in formation for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.


Edmond parishioner becomes leader of Oklahoma Knights

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

As the leader of more than 8,000 Catholic men, John Pierce has quite a job ahead of him in the foreseeable future.

This past spring, he was elected state deputy at the Oklahoma Council of the Knights of Columbus convention. Although a volunteer post, Pierce quickly will find his plate full with an abundance of tasks, all designed to promote the faith through multiple acts of charity.


Edmond parish’s perpetual adoration brings peace, joy, vocations

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

“You have given up everything to follow someone you have grown to admire and love. Christ asks you to pray with him and keep watch for just one hour on the night before he dies. Instead of doing this small favor, you fall asleep” (Matthew 26:40).

Can you imagine the guilt of the 12 apostles? Just as his apostles, we are called to spend time in devout prayer with the most important priority of our life – Jesus Christ.


Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School announces new board members

Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School announced four new board members for the school’s 17-person board of directors chaired by BancFirst founder Gene Rainbolt. In addition, Cristo Rey OKC added a new member to its separate Corporate Work Study Board.
John Kennedy, president of Irish Realty and Main Street Parking, will represent the business community on the Cristo Rey board. Kennedy previously served as both Oklahoma secretary of state and interim secretary of commerce. He also served on the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Dean's Alumni Leadership Council and was recently named to the Harvard Kennedy School Fund Executive Council.


Sr. Barbara Joseph's Pantry calls everyone to show mercy

Sister Barbara Joseph's Food Pantry started a project called "Call to Mercy,” which teaches students in Catholic schools about the Corporal Works of Mercy. It works with each school to promote and teach the Corporal Works of Mercy, in any capacity the school desires. The project is sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese, and is funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).


U.S. bishops call for prayer, unity in wake of deadly attack

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity in response to the violent protests and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Va.


Contagious Faith: Are you a missionary? Or mission territory?

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

The late Protestant preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once confronted his congregation with this provocative contention: “Every Christian,” he said, “is either a missionary or an imposter.”
Naturally, such a statement offends our Catholic sensibilities. The word “missionary” arouses the image of someone trekking off into the jungle to tell the lost tribes about Jesus.

Or, closer to home, the eager young co-ed who is ready to hit campus as a FOCUS missionary. Of course, most of us never end up doing anything like that. But, even setting aside the fact that Spurgeon was a protestant, how does he dare suggest that not doing that makes one an imposter?