Blessed Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute celebrates 10 years

By Debi Wagner
The Sooner Catholic

On April 17, the Blessed Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute celebrated 10 years of education and ministry. Based on the belief that you cannot love what you do not know, the institute’s goal is to help clergy and lay people better understand the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

María de Jesús Ruiz co-founded the institute with her late husband Ignacio M. Ruiz Sr., Deacon Angelo and Annie Lombardo, and Luis Cortest. The concept was developed through much prayer and contemplation as well as studying messages from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Elk City parish dedicates Bl. Stanley room

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Saint Matthew in Elk City dedicated its new youth room to Blessed Stanley Rother, the recently beatified missionary priest from Oklahoma who was martyred in Guatemala.

The work on the room, which is in the basement of the church, began in December. The old carpet was removed, and the walls painted. The room is furnished with a sofa, round tables and chairs, and is finished with a large sign on the wall that says, “Bl. Stanley Rother – Pray for Us.” 


Christ the King students spend Spring Break with children in need

By Antonio Guzman
For the Sooner Catholic

During Spring Break, 26 high school students and chaperones from Oklahoma City embarked on a mission trip lead by Father Rick Stansberry of Christ the King.

Students from Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School and Heritage Hall went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to serve on a seven-day mission trip at a Carmelite-run orphanage, Refugio Infantiles Santa Esperanza. Missionaries took with them shoes and toys that they had purchased with proceeds from a Lenten fish fry fundraiser.


The power of family faith formation

St. Monica implements new parish-based catechetical program

For the last seven months, Katie Murphree, coordinator of children's formation at Saint Monica in Edmond, has been working specifically to transition the parish from child-centered catechesis to the Family Faith Formation program.

"The goal is to bring parents into a deeper relationship with the Lord, so they in turn will be able to do that for their children,” Murphree said.


Lawton’s St. Mary Catholic School raises funds for projects

By Jolene Schonchin
For the Sooner Catholic

The delicious aroma of Italian spices filled the air at Saint Mary Catholic School in Lawton on April 14 when it held its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Fundraiser.

Hundreds of people gathered in the school gym to enjoy food, a silent auction and bingo.


Edmond Challenge team celebrates Divine Mercy

Saint John Challenge girls prepared chaplets to be handed out for the Divine Mercy celebration at Saint John in Edmond. Father Martin joined them for ice-cream and to bless the chaplets.

The girls attended the Divine Mercy celebration and helped prepare and serve food for the event.


Archdiocese celebrates achievements at regional V Encuentro

San Antonio gathering is a moment of affirmation for Oklahoma progress

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

Hispanic leaders from throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City served as official delegates for V Encuentro, recently held in San Antonio.

The Encuentro process for Hispanic/Latino ministry in the United States has historically been a deeply ecclesial experience. It is convened by the bishops of our country who are motivated to pause and reflect on the signs of the times. They call the Hispanic/Latino community to join them in moments of prayer, reflection and dialogue, regarding the blessings and challenges of ministry, today and tomorrow, within the faith community. A special focus of this process is to discern the will of God for the future of our pastoral ministry with and for Hispanics/Latinos in the Church.


Book Review: St. Benedict and his skateboard

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic 

Father J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., has written a book for those who suffer “from profound insecurities,” those who feel “stressed out, bummed out, overworked, underappreciated and anxious.” He says in his introduction that they suffer “from something that we often label ‘low self-esteem.’”

On this subject, he says that the “world is full of bad advice.” People are told to “Be true to yourself,” to “Follow your dreams,” and to “Learn to love yourself first.” In the end, all these vain attempts “result in empty narcissism and despair.”


Movie Review: “A Quiet Place:” The most unexpectedly religious film of the year

Bishop Robert Barron

I went to see “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski’s new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies.

How wonderful when a film surprises you! I don’t know if I can find the golden thread that draws all of these themes together into a coherent message, but I think one would have to be blind not to see a number of religious motifs in this absorbing film.


Pope, Council of Cardinals discuss new document on Roman Curia

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said.

The cardinals still need some time to finalize the draft, approve it and present it formally to the pope for "further consultation and final approval," said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office.