Archdiocese of Oklahoma City launches historic capital campaign

One Church, Many Disciples
Archbishop Coakley has unveiled a five-year, $60 million capital and endowment campaign to build a shrine for Blessed Stanley Rother and fund worthy initiatives to strengthen and enhance Church ministries throughout central and western Oklahoma.
This is the first-ever campaign of this size and scope for the archdiocese.


St. Gregory’s University to suspend operations in December

SHAWNEE – The board of directors of Saint Gregory’s University made the difficult, but necessary, decision this month to suspend operations of the university at the end of this semester, following the denial of their loan application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


50 years of letting his light shine for Christ

Parish celebrates Father Vorderlandwehr

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

While serving in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s, Adrian Vorderlandwehr had many options for his future – continuing his military service, accounting and a vocation to the priesthood.

After a visit to Saint Gregory’s Abbey, he entered the Benedictine community. That was more than 50 years ago.


New deacons receive parish assignments

Twenty-two men were ordained into the permanent diaconate this month. Below are their names and parish assignments.


Oklahoma’s “Kid Catholic” spreads faith through YouTube

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

A budding young YouTube star is on fire for his Catholic faith. Even more remarkable – he's only 12 years old. 

Kedon Gumerson, of Edmond, has a video series on YouTube called "Kid Catholic." In the videos, he explores and explains many aspects of the Catholic faith.


A garland of roses

Why you should pray the Rosary

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Anyone shopping for a Rosary online will find an incredible variety of these beautiful beads. There are expensive Rosaries made of precious stones and inexpensive Rosaries made of string or plastic. Some Rosaries feature the medal of a saint in place of the first Our Father along with beads in a color associated with the saint.

There are Rosary bracelets, Rosary rings, Rosary keyrings, and a “car” Rosary that unhooks so it easily can be placed around the rearview mirror.


Dec. 9-10 collection helps aging sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to “give to those who have given a lifetime” as part of the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, to be held in parishes Dec. 9-10. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the annual appeal benefits 32,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose religious congregations lack adequate retirement funding.


Are true disciples more cat people, dog people or maybe another animal?

Either way, even pet lovers have patron saints!

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry

While our pets can misbehave, they never can offend God because they are incapable of sin. Their presence praises God. “All water creatures, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you birds of the air, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever” (NABRE, Daniel 3, 79-81).

We were given a responsibility for the care of all creation, including the animals. The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls us to care for and respect all of creation, including all of the animals that roam about. Here are some excerpts from the Catechism for pet lovers taken from paragraphs 2416 and 2417:


A Millenial Journey in Faith: Pay attention to the little things

Engaging in God’s will for our lives starts with doing what is small and humble

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick

Esther Summerson, Dickens’s orphaned protagonist of “Bleak House,” stays the night at the Jellyby house on her way to her new home with her guardian. Before she arrives, she hears Mrs. Jellyby described as “a lady of very remarkable strength of character.”

Upon arrival at the house, one of the children has his head stuck through the iron railing. Esther makes her way to him, after being warned that “the young Jellybys are always up to something,” and helps him get unstuck. The boy, once loose, proceeds to gather a hoop stick and beat Esther’s driver. Soon, as they are introduced to Mrs. Jellyby, another child falls down a whole flight of stairs, to little notice of their mother.


Book Review: A book with charisma

Cardinal Dolan’s “Called to be Holy”

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

One might imagine a book written by someone with a Licentiate of Sacred Theology, someone who served as rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, to be a bit – well –  stuffy. Nothing could be further from the truth in Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s book, “Called to be Holy.”

Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, has written extensively and frequently has been described as a man with charisma, someone who can arouse enthusiasm in people who meet him, people who know him. His book, likewise, creates in the reader this same kind of enthusiasm for what Dolan is really writing about, namely, a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.