By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic
OKLAHOMA CITY – When Deacon Vuong “Vic” Luong reached the end of the ordination procession at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, he glanced at the front row. Sitting next to his Oklahoma family was his father, Uyen Luong, who made his first trip to the United States from Vietnam to see his son become a priest. Both father and son blinked away tears and smiled.
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has a master plan for a shrine, museum and pilgrim center inspired by the life of Blessed Stanley Rother.
This shrine will be the focal point of the growing devotion to the Oklahoma priest and martyr. It is likely to become an important national Catholic shrine. In addition to celebrating the life of one of Oklahoma’s own, the church will seat 2,000 people, contain the tomb of Blessed Stanley Rother and host large diocesan events such as ordinations and the Rite of Election.
Official Pastoral Assignment
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
By Jolene Schonchin
The Sooner Catholic
An array of homemade international cuisine lined the tables the evening of June 14 inside the Blessed Sacrament parish hall in Lawton as members of the Catholic Daughters of America Saint Jude Chapter, paid homage to local priests at the annual Priest Appreciation Dinner.
The Catholic Daughters, all dressed in white, scuttled through the kitchen, serving area, and dining area, making sure all was perfect. The Catholic Daughters made the homemade delicacies.
A development expert has joined the staff at Oklahoma Catholic Radio to help build the evangelization network across the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Stacy Humbert joined the staff June 5. She will serve as development director for Oklahoma Catholic Radio, assisting the executive board and archdiocesan stewardship staff with development and funding opportunities to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to more Oklahomans through the 12 Catholic radio stations in the state.
The Center of Family Love and the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus hosted the 5th annual Gift of Love Gala on June 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The event benefits individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities who reside at The Center of Family Love in Okarche.
This year’s gala achieved two record-breaking milestones for the center. The event sold out early with more than 800 guests attending and the gala raised more than one million dollars.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has extended offers of service to those agencies directly involved at the southern border of the United States as well as to local partners to serve needs such as bilingual immigration and counseling either at the border, in Texas, or in Oklahoma.
In 2014, Catholic Charities provided direct support to unaccompanied migrant children brought to Fort Sill. Services offered included immigration attorneys and counseling. Caseworkers were prepared, if the need arose.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Reds, Whites and Brews event is bringing together local brewers and wine producers to benefit the Sanctuary Women’s Development Center – a safe space for homeless women and children in Oklahoma City to gather and seek refuge.
The event will feature live music from local artists and beer and wine from Oklahoma favorites including Twisted Spike Brewing Co., Iron Monk Brewing Co., Coop Ale Works, Toad Hollow Vineyards, Mercer, Oyster Bay and Barossa Valley Estate.
The reality of life after an abortion is not a topic of discussion on television talk shows or in the news. Growing numbers of men and women, however, are stepping forward and admitting, “I am deeply hurting because of my decision to abort.” Abortion impacts not only the woman having the abortion, but others having had input into the decision to abort.
Maria is a 38-year-old wife and mother. She is married to Antonio. They have two children, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. Maria shares her story: “When I was 19, I became pregnant. The father was my long-term boyfriend. I could not bring myself to tell my parents about the pregnancy. I decided the best thing to do was to abort my baby. I thought once I did that everything would return to normal. All I can say is that the woman that walked into the abortion clinic, walked out of that clinic a different person. The vibrant, happy and energetic young woman was gone and she never returned. My life started to unravel. My boyfriend and I broke up.
Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption has announced that Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in the film “The Passion of the Christ,” will headline the Aug. 30 fundraiser at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Caviezel will share his personal story as an adoptive dad as well as his powerful testimony regarding his role in filming “The Passion of the Christ.” Caviezel and his wife, Kerri, are devout Catholics and have adopted three special-needs children, putting their pro-life stance into action.