By Judy Hilovsky
Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of four articles profiling the jubilarians of the archdiocese, those priests who are celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of ordination to the priesthood. This article highlights the ministries of Father Elmer Schwarz and Father Joe Kolb, both ordained May 23, 1953. Both celebrate 60 years of priesthood this year.
By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27.
By Francis X. Rocca
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on church governance spent much of their first day together discussing reform of the Synod of Bishops, but the Vatican downplayed expectations that their discussions would lead to major changes in the near future.
By Francis X. Rocca
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his latest wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis said that he aimed to make the Catholic Church less "Vatican-centric" and closer to the "people of God," as well as more socially conscious and open to modern culture.
He also revealed that he briefly considered turning down the papacy in the moments following his election last March, and identified the "most urgent problem" the church should address today as youth unemployment and the abandonment of elderly people.
By Brianna Osborne
On Oct. 6, Catholics around the nation will celebrate Respect Life Sunday as part of Respect Life Month, beginning “a year-long educational and prayer campaign in support of life.” This year’s theme is “Open your hearts to life,” inspired by the words of Pope Francis. In a Sept. 27 press release, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, encouraged the faithful to show care for the unborn and the elderly.
“Only a tender, compassionate love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and to build a civilization of love,” said Cardinal O’Malley.
By Brianna Osborne
Keynote speaker ValLimar Jansen prompted thought and drew laughs from an energy-infused audience at the Sept. 21 Catechetical Congress at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church.
By Sarah Cooper
Annually at the beautiful Holy Saturday Mass, churches are lit by candlelight and numerous individuals are welcomed into the Catholic Church. Before this can happen, potential Catholics are encouraged to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Throughout the year, RCIA programs are forming at local parishes. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith is welcome to attend weekly classes, taught by clergy and guest speakers. Participants are then able to discern if they are willing to commit their life to the Catholic faith.
Over the past 10 years, the Catholic Foundation has recognized outstanding educators in the archdiocese as an extension of its focus on education. The Foundation has awarded the 2013 Archbishop Paul S. Coakley Religious Educator of the Year Award to Mary Smith, the junior and senior high religious education teacher at Saint Monica Church in Edmond. Smith has been a catechist for the past 20 years at Saint Monica’s and before that at Saint John the Baptist, also in Edmond. She received her advanced catechist certification in 1986.
At the recent Teacher’s Fall Institute held at Epiphany of the Lord Church in Oklahoma City, the Catholic Foundation awarded its 2013 Archbishop Paul S. Coakley Catholic School Educator of the Year Award to Frances Savely. Frances is a second grade teacher at Saint Eugene Catholic School in Oklahoma City. She has spent the past 27 years involved in the parish and school at Saint Eugene and has taught second grade for the last 19 years.
By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick
The Father Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute began its sixth year of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Saint Joseph in Norman. Named for the Okarche native who gave his life in service of the people of Guatemala, the Institute shares Hispanic culture and the Spanish language with attendees.