Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School announces new board members

Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School announced four new board members for the school’s 17-person board of directors chaired by BancFirst founder Gene Rainbolt. In addition, Cristo Rey OKC added a new member to its separate Corporate Work Study Board.
John Kennedy, president of Irish Realty and Main Street Parking, will represent the business community on the Cristo Rey board. Kennedy previously served as both Oklahoma secretary of state and interim secretary of commerce. He also served on the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Dean's Alumni Leadership Council and was recently named to the Harvard Kennedy School Fund Executive Council.


Sr. Barbara Joseph's Pantry calls everyone to show mercy

Sister Barbara Joseph's Food Pantry started a project called "Call to Mercy,” which teaches students in Catholic schools about the Corporal Works of Mercy. It works with each school to promote and teach the Corporal Works of Mercy, in any capacity the school desires. The project is sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese, and is funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).


U.S. bishops call for prayer, unity in wake of deadly attack

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity in response to the violent protests and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Va.


Contagious Faith: Are you a missionary? Or mission territory?

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

The late Protestant preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once confronted his congregation with this provocative contention: “Every Christian,” he said, “is either a missionary or an imposter.”
Naturally, such a statement offends our Catholic sensibilities. The word “missionary” arouses the image of someone trekking off into the jungle to tell the lost tribes about Jesus.

Or, closer to home, the eager young co-ed who is ready to hit campus as a FOCUS missionary. Of course, most of us never end up doing anything like that. But, even setting aside the fact that Spurgeon was a protestant, how does he dare suggest that not doing that makes one an imposter?


Beloved mother of outcasts

Patron Saint of Hawaii

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

August 9, 1918, was a cloudy, dreary and rainy day at Kalaupapa, Hawaii. The somber surroundings, as if nature itself was already in mourning, coupled with the soft rain were witnesses to the last breaths of this dedicated immigrant.

A holy consecrated woman of God was reaching the end of her earthly existence. She was 80 years old and dying more than 7,400 miles from her place of birth, Heppenheim, Germany.


Book Review: John Senior and the Restoration of Realism

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
The Sooner Catholic
How do we educate our children to delight in existence, distinguish truth from error, communicate effectively, develop their talents to serve the community and earn a living? How do we inspire them to cultivate virtue, savor beauty and serve God?
Professor John Senior spent his professional life teaching students how to know the good, the true and the beautiful, and writing about how to educate the whole person.


Book Review: An action plan for all of us today

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic   

This gem of a little book offers a plan for living a peaceful and faith-filled life in today’s world.

“On the Other Side of Fear,” subtitled “How I Found Peace,” is Hallie Lord’s autobiographical story of how she “looked fear in the face and discovered that its power is an illusion, definitely destroyed when held up to the light of God.”


Catholic Relief Services looks to change concept of world's orphanages

By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Catholic Relief Services has released an emotion-filled video as a way of starting a conversation about the world's orphanages.

Children no longer end up in orphanages in the United States, and officials at CRS want a world where there is no longer a need for such institutions.


Archbishop Coakley, family, friends remember 36th anniversary of Fr. Rother’s martyrdom

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

OKARCHE – When Mary Marfisee walked through the doors of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche on July 29 for a Mass commemorating the death of Father Stanley Rother, it had been 37 years since the former missionary had seen him at a clinic in Guatemala.

“I haven’t thought about it since the day he died. It was too hard. I miss him,” Marfisee said as her eyes glistened. “When I picked up the Mass program and saw the picture of Stan on the front with one of his pipes in his pocket, I lost it.”


St. Joseph’s Orphanage sets reunion

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic

All former residents and employees of Saint Joseph’s Orphanage and Children’s Home are encouraged to gather for the fifth reunion on Aug. 12 in Oklahoma City.

Those unfamiliar with the orphanage may have driven past it without even realizing it. The home’s 27 acres was situated near the half-way point of the new El Reno Interurban rail line connecting Oklahoma City and Yukon, which is now 39th Expressway. In 1973, the building was sold and became the headquarters of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.