Beloved mother of outcasts

Patron Saint of Hawaii

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

August 9, 1918, was a cloudy, dreary and rainy day at Kalaupapa, Hawaii. The somber surroundings, as if nature itself was already in mourning, coupled with the soft rain were witnesses to the last breaths of this dedicated immigrant.

A holy consecrated woman of God was reaching the end of her earthly existence. She was 80 years old and dying more than 7,400 miles from her place of birth, Heppenheim, Germany.


Book Review: John Senior and the Restoration of Realism

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
The Sooner Catholic
How do we educate our children to delight in existence, distinguish truth from error, communicate effectively, develop their talents to serve the community and earn a living? How do we inspire them to cultivate virtue, savor beauty and serve God?
Professor John Senior spent his professional life teaching students how to know the good, the true and the beautiful, and writing about how to educate the whole person.


Book Review: An action plan for all of us today

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic   

This gem of a little book offers a plan for living a peaceful and faith-filled life in today’s world.

“On the Other Side of Fear,” subtitled “How I Found Peace,” is Hallie Lord’s autobiographical story of how she “looked fear in the face and discovered that its power is an illusion, definitely destroyed when held up to the light of God.”


Catholic Relief Services looks to change concept of world's orphanages

By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Catholic Relief Services has released an emotion-filled video as a way of starting a conversation about the world's orphanages.

Children no longer end up in orphanages in the United States, and officials at CRS want a world where there is no longer a need for such institutions.


Archbishop Coakley, family, friends remember 36th anniversary of Fr. Rother’s martyrdom

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

OKARCHE – When Mary Marfisee walked through the doors of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche on July 29 for a Mass commemorating the death of Father Stanley Rother, it had been 37 years since the former missionary had seen him at a clinic in Guatemala.

“I haven’t thought about it since the day he died. It was too hard. I miss him,” Marfisee said as her eyes glistened. “When I picked up the Mass program and saw the picture of Stan on the front with one of his pipes in his pocket, I lost it.”


St. Joseph’s Orphanage sets reunion

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic

All former residents and employees of Saint Joseph’s Orphanage and Children’s Home are encouraged to gather for the fifth reunion on Aug. 12 in Oklahoma City.

Those unfamiliar with the orphanage may have driven past it without even realizing it. The home’s 27 acres was situated near the half-way point of the new El Reno Interurban rail line connecting Oklahoma City and Yukon, which is now 39th Expressway. In 1973, the building was sold and became the headquarters of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.


Catholic Foundation 2017 grant applications available

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma annually awards grants in support of education-related projects to parishes, schools, religious education and parish youth programs throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

In addition to program materials, many of the grant requests have focused on computers, audio-visual equipment and technology as a means of engaging more students in the education process.


Gala raises thousands for the Center of Family Love

The Gift of Love Gala celebrated its 4th annual event on June 17 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. More than 700 people attended the gala, which benefits The Center of Family Love.

The Gala raised more than $670,000 for the center’s residents who live with intellectual and physical disabilities. Located in Okarche, the center provides innovative, educational and vocational opportunities for residents. The care is designed to meet the individual needs of those who live with autism, blindness, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries.


Sisters of Providence celebrating jubilees

Four Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, with ties to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are celebrating jubilees this year.


St. Mary Ardmore health initiative honored

Saint Mary Catholic Church in Ardmore was recognized this summer for taking a stand against heart disease.

"The Battle of the Heart Program” is a call to action that began in 2015 as a competition and transitioned into an incentive program for faith groups with the understanding that health encompasses all areas: mind, body and soul, said Shante Fenner, the American Heart Association’s multicultural initiatives director.