Ada veteran puts special forces fervor into Catholic faith

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

From his earliest days, Rick Miller had a plan for his life.

He carried a rosary with him every day and his plan was to enter the seminary and become a priest. But, Jesus had a different plan for him. Miller felt called to volunteer for a three-year deployment in the special forces during the Vietnam War. Upon discharge from the military as a Green Beret Sargent, he did many odd jobs and then landed a position with the U.S Secret Service, working his way up to a special agent.


Oklahoma celebrates Our Lady of Fatima anniversary

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

October 13 marked the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to three children at Fatima, Portugal. Faithful from around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City commemorated this 100th anniversary in unique and individual ways.


Catholic soldiers, chaplain honor veterans

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

Nineteen years ago, when he was ordained a priest, Father Uche Iheke was asked what his goal was as a priest. “I want to be a pipe (to bring the living water),” he said.

His work as a Catholic military chaplain has taken him to Korea, Germany, the Middle East and now Fort Sill where he carries the Gospel message to soldiers and their families.


Cristo Rey OKC to host Nov. 11 open house

Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School will hold an open house on Nov. 11 from Noon to 3 p.m. for potential students and parents interested in learning more about the school and visiting the facility. Spanish language tours available.

Cristo Rey OKC is located at 900 N. Portland Ave. on the OSU-OKC campus. Applications are being accepted from students who will be in ninth grade in Fall 2018.


Pastoral Music and Fine Arts Grant applications being accepted

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma is accepting grant applications for its 2018 Pastoral Music and Fine Art Grant awards. Deadline is Jan. 11.

Applications, along with grant guidelines, have been mailed to all pastors, parish music directors and school principals in the archdiocese. Grant selections will be announced in February.


Mount robotics student wins national award

Maddie Smith, a senior at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, recently was named a FIRST Dean’s List winner.

“Maddie is so deserving of this incredible award! She is wanting to do big things in a future science career and has really been a leader for our program and for robotics in Oklahoma City,” Principal Talita DeNegri said.


New Arkansas mission inspired by Blessed Stanley Rother

By Tim Muldoon
Catholic Extension

Among the throng gathered at the Beatification Mass on Sept. 23, was a small group of pilgrims from Decatur, Ark. They were clad in light blue shirts that read “Iglesia Católica Decatur, AR” on the front with an image of Father Rother on the back. They were members of the soon-to-be-dedicated Beato Padre Stanley Rother Mission, and were proud to be the first community in the world about to bear the name of the new blessed.

When I visited the community the next day, they were gathered in the local Decatur school for a Mass with Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock. They listened intently to the bishop’s 90-minute presentation on the life of Father Rother – an attention that was all the more impressive for the fact that there were many children in the audience. They understood that something historic and profound was unfolding there: establishing a living memorial for a man who had given his life for the people he served.


Happy and blessed Allhallowtide!

A lesser known word for the season of honoring the dead

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

Honoring the dead is an ancient custom across the world. Every country, state, city and town has an officially designated cemetery. You can go as far back, and even before, the pyramids to study the ancient practices for burying and honoring the dearly departed.

The book of Deuteronomy, 34:5-6, mentions a famous burial. “So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the Lord, died as the Lord had said; and he was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; to this day no one knows the place of his burial.”


Making Sense of Bioethics: When is it a sin to make a referral?

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it. By laying the foundation and supervising the plumbing, electrical and duct work, he would be contributing to, or enabling, the subsequent commission of atrocities against prisoners in the concentration camp.

But, significant concerns also would arise if he were to reply: “I’m sorry, I have a moral objection to building this structure, but let me put in a call to a colleague who is a contractor, and he will do it for you.”


A Millenial Journey in Faith: Five hundred years of protest: Finding Christian unity

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick

“They’ll know we are Christians by our love,” we sang regularly at my Lutheran early primary school. “And we pray that all unity may one day be restored,” we students continued, about half of us Catholic. As an elementary-schooler, I only had the vaguest notion that they were Christian, but that they did things differently. Mainly, I knew, they did not have Mass, nor did they regularly make the sign of the cross.

Now, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I know much more about the different practices and beliefs of different Christians as well as the disunity that exists between us.