Office of Communications staff to spearhead media relations and social media outreach

A Q-and-A with Director of Communications Tina Korbe Dzurisin
By Sooner Catholic Staff

In February 2013, Archbishop Paul Coakley created the Office of Communications to enhance the many extant communications channels of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, by, among other things, coordinating media relations for the Archdiocese and spearheading Archdiocesan social media efforts. This month, we caught up with Director of Communications Tina Korbe Dzurisin to find out how it's going so far.

SC: How do you pronounce your last name?
TD: That's the first question everyone asks me! It's pronounced "Zur-ISH-in." My maiden name was Korbe (pronounced KOR-bee), and I thought that was hard.

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Edmond scouts earn Eagle rank

EDMOND — Two scouts earned the rank of Eagle and are members of Troop 331 at St. Monica Catholic Church. John Shelden and Wilbert Hundl III were honored with the highest Scout ranking last year.
John, 17, is a junior at Edmond North High School. His parents are Susan Bennett and David Shelden. He has been a member of Unit 331 at St. Monica's since joining Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub. John's Eagle project involved redesigning a section of the multi-use trail at Lake Arcadia. The section of trail that was eroded has been moved and has a drainage system that will ensure erosion control in the future.
John is a member of Order of the Arrow. He has earned 27 merit badges and served in numerous leadership positions in the troop. 

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Powers returns to head Safe Environment office

By Ray Dyer
The Sooner Catholic

OKLAHOMA CITY — If for some reason you didn't get the chance to attend the retirement party held for Sister Catherine Powers, CND, last June 29, no worries. Eventually there should be another one coming around.
On Feb. 1, Sister Kay, as she is affectionately known, came out of retirement to become the Safe Environment coordinator for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Her retirement lasted exactly seven months.
Sister Kay served as Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese for 17 years. Her ministry in education began in 1961 at the age of 19.

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SGU to Rebless Benedictine Hall

St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., will host a brief ceremony Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m. to officially commemorate the start of the Benedictine Hall Centennial Restoration Project.
Benedictine Hall, the historic heart of St. Gregory's, was completed in 1915 and damaged during the earthquake that shook central Oklahoma on Nov. 11, 2011, resulting in the loss of the structure's iconic towers. Long seen as the symbol of St. Gregory's, the restoration of Benedictine Hall will launch a larger campaign to reinvigorate the entire campus.

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Oklahoma Catholic university students take part in retreat

OLOG — More than 140 college and university students from around the state attended the 2013 Oklahoma Catholic College Student Conference.
The weekend retreat was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Camp in early February.
The students enjoyed the opportunity to meet and connect with other Catholic college students from around Oklahoma. They spent the weekend learning about documents of Vatican II in breakout           sessions, listening to prominent speakers like Bob Rice and Francis Beckwith, and having a blast playing Catholic Trivia. There were morning prayers, adoration and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop Edward Slattery.
Among the colleges represented were OU, OSU, TU, St. Gregory’s, Southwestern, Southeastern, Panhandle State, UCO, USAO, OSU-OKC, East Central, Mid America Christian University and even a few from out of state.

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Saint Ann health fair April 17

OKLAHOMA CITY — Saint Ann Retirement Center is hosting the annual “Health Fair and Open House” on Wednesday, April 17. This  special event will take place in the Grand Theater from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Healthy snacks and beverages will be served. Representatives from  various health-related organizations will be on hand to discuss health issues and the services they provide. The event will feature drawings for gifts donated by vendors.  Guests will be able to tour the facility.

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Catholics speak out against Colo. civil unions bill

DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — Those who testified against a Colorado civil unions bill last week included a Catholic man with same-sex attraction and a Colorado attorney general who was adopted through Catholic Charities.
State attorney general John Suthers told the Colorado House Judiciary Committee Feb. 28 that, if the bill passes in its current form, “Catholic Charities and some other religiously affiliated social service agencies will no longer be in the adoption business in Colorado.”
Suthers, a Catholic and a Republican who testified against the bill in his capacity as a private citizen, was adopted through Catholic Charities as an infant.

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Legislative update: Bills to protect religious liberty advance at both state and national level

By Sooner Catholic Staff

In the first month of the 2013 regular session of the Oklahoma legislature, House and Senate committees have approved nearly 500 bills for consideration by the full House or Senate respectively. Among them is House Bill 1918, a bill that aims to protect the religious liberty of employers. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide their employees with insurance that covers contraception, including abortifacients, or face steep fines. Sponsored by Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton), H.B. 1918 would allow businesses to subtract those fines from taxable state income.

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Opinion: The unique impossibility of the papacy

By George Weigel

ROME — At the point at which John Paul II began his papacy in the first volume of my biography of him, Witness to Hope, I borrowed some thoughts from Hans Urs von Balthasar and tried to explain a bit of the uniqueness of the papal office:
"To be pope is to take on a task that is, by precise theological definition, impossible. Like every other office in the Church, the papacy exists for the sake of holiness. The office, though is a creature of time and space, and holiness is eternal. No one, not even a pope who is a saint, can fully satisfy the office's demands. Yet the office, according to the Church's faith, is of the will of God, and the office cannot fail, although the officeholder will always fall short of the mark. That distinction between the office and the man who holds it is a consolation to any pope. According to (Balthasar), it is also 'unutterably terrible.' The office reflects

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Opinion: Facing the downstream effects of same-sex parenting

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In March, 2013, the British paper The Independent ran an article entitled, "Children in gay adoptions at no disadvantage: Research confirms same-sex couples are just as good at parenting as heterosexuals." The article, based on a study at Cambridge University, concluded there was "no evidence" to support the claim that children's masculine or feminine tendencies were affected by having gay or lesbian parents, nor were the quality of their family relationships significantly different.

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