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The intense faith of a teenage Philippine catechist

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

In the western Pacific Ocean, just south of the eastern Asian coastline, a group of more than 7,000 islands unite to form the sovereign island country of the Philippines.

These islands are divided into three sections or regions. In the north, you have Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines region. In the south, you have the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao. This island, and the smaller islands surrounding it, makeup the island group of the same name. The central section of the Philippines, the Visayan Islands, consists of several islands that are primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea.

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A Millenial Journey in Faith: Building confidence in God’s providence

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick

A 23-year-old seminarian failed out of seminary. He did not pass Latin. Ten years later, as a 33-year-old priest, he volunteered for the Guatemalan mission. He, of seemingly limited linguistic talent, followed the call to minister in Spanish and Tz’utujil, the native Mayan language.

What courage it must have taken! After failing out of seminary, he bravely reiterated his desire to be a priest and enrolled in another seminary. Then, five years after his ordination, he willingly goes to shepherd a flock whose language he doesn’t speak, when his experience with foreign tongues is that they are difficult to learn.

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Making Sense of Bioethics: The “expendable children”

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too pregnant” when twins, triplets or quads arise. This occurs from the practice of implanting more than one embryo at a time to improve pregnancy success rates. A multiplet pregnancy can involve significant risk, both for the children in utero and for the mother.

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Following Stan Rother’s example

How we can say “yes” in everyday life

By Father Don Wolf
For the Sooner Catholic

The fundamental challenge we all face as we participate in the beatification process is simple: What does Father Stanley Rother’s example hold for us? What does a life rooted in the fields and farms of Okarche, beginning in 1935, have to say to someone born in, say, 2002? Stanley’s life is a gift: How do we unwrap it?

As you know, I am a relative of Father Stan. My mother was a Rother from Okarche; she grew up on a farm one mile west of Stanley’s parents. My grandfather and Stanley’s grandfather were brothers.

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Oklahoma missionaries share decades of joy, aid with Peruvians

Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The mission trips and outreaches of love and help to Santissimo Sacramento Parish in Peru continue as volunteers witness firsthand the difference they're making in people's lives.

Parishioners at Saint John the Baptist in Edmond, Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City and other volunteers are wrapping up their second full decade of helping people in Piura, Peru.

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Hearts not made of stone

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

It all started with a book. Sandy Howard’s pastor at Saint Francis Xavier in Enid, Father James Mickus, told her about the work of Fritz Eichenberg, a wonderful wood engraver and illustrator, a selection of whose works was now presented in the book, “Works of Mercy,” by Robert Ellsberg.

Eichenberg was a long-time friend of social advocate Dorothy Day. She had asked him to do illustrations for her newspaper, The Catholic Worker. He accepted, and his drawings frequently depicted the lives of the poorest of the poor whom Dorothy Day championed. Ellsberg was at one time an editor at The Catholic Worker.

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St. Anne’s Ministry for infant, pregnancy loss offers comfort, healing

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

When Lindsay Juarez unexpectedly lost her daughter, Rosalie, moments away from birth, their world was turned upside down. In a moment, Juarez, like countless other women faced with miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth, was found grieving the unexpected loss of her baby.

“I found out quickly that grief and loss are so very different when it’s your child, and when the death is ‘out of order,’” Juarez said. “I knew I wanted to go to therapy, but I was not sure about support groups. I never liked crying in front of people, and I knew I would cry a lot.”

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2017 Archbishop’s Dinner celebrates seminarians, new Vianney Fund

On Aug. 8, the 2017 Archbishop’s Dinner was held at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.

Hosted by Archbishop Coakley and the board of directors of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma, the nearly 300 attendees were able to visit with 17 seminarians, who are in formation for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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Edmond parishioner becomes leader of Oklahoma Knights

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

As the leader of more than 8,000 Catholic men, John Pierce has quite a job ahead of him in the foreseeable future.

This past spring, he was elected state deputy at the Oklahoma Council of the Knights of Columbus convention. Although a volunteer post, Pierce quickly will find his plate full with an abundance of tasks, all designed to promote the faith through multiple acts of charity.

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Edmond parish’s perpetual adoration brings peace, joy, vocations

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

“You have given up everything to follow someone you have grown to admire and love. Christ asks you to pray with him and keep watch for just one hour on the night before he dies. Instead of doing this small favor, you fall asleep” (Matthew 26:40).

Can you imagine the guilt of the 12 apostles? Just as his apostles, we are called to spend time in devout prayer with the most important priority of our life – Jesus Christ.

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