Medical experts who are religious leaders look at faith, health, healing

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
 
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Religions provide hope, meaning and models of behavior that have been proven to promote health, healing and long life, said speakers at a Vatican meeting.

The fourth "Unite to Cure Conference," co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, brought hundreds of physicians, researchers and health-care executives to the Vatican April 26-28 for a discussion about new medical technology, the future of medicine and practical steps to promote health and health care treatment around the world.

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Benedictine abbeys can offer hectic world oasis of peace, pope says

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked the world's Benedictines to continue to offer oases of peace and silence to a busy and distracted world.

So many people today "do not have enough time to listen to God's voice," he told about 400 members of the Benedictine Confederation April 19 at the Vatican.

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Archbishop Beltran celebrates 40th anniversary as bishop

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

Before returning to seminary after Christmas break, Joseph Beltran pulled a piece of paper from a desk in his parents’ Pennsylvania home and wrote a note to his younger brother. It was the name of the bishop of Savannah, Ga., and his address.

His younger brother, Eusebius – a high school senior at the time – was steadfast in his plan to go to seminary and study for a diocese in Alabama. He was interested in the “tremendous program” for vocations and the Alabama missions.

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Priest Assignments 2018

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
April 15, 2018


The following assignments are effective July 3 unless otherwise noted.

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Bishops host first Oklahoma Catholic Legislators Caucus

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

More than two dozen Catholic legislators, staff and clergy joined Archbishop Coakley and Bishop Konderla at the first-ever Oklahoma Catholic Legislators Caucus on March 29 at the State Capitol.

The luncheon was sponsored by the new Catholic Conference of Oklahoma, which provides legislative representation to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa. The event featured national speaker and family law expert, Helen Alvare.

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One Church, Many Disciples pilot parishes exceed campaign goals

Beginning in October, 10 parishes in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City were the first to participate in the One Church, Many Disciples capital campaign.

The campaign – the first of its kind in the archdiocese – set out with a challenging goal of raising $60 million to build a shrine for Blessed Stanley Rother and to support various shared ministries.

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Grace Living Centers to bring experience, continued Catholic tradition to St. Ann Nursing Home

OKLAHOMA CITY – Archbishop Paul S. Coakley announced April 2 an agreement to sell Saint Ann Nursing Home to SA Operations, which will be managed by Grace Living Centers. The agreement does not include Saint Ann Retirement Center or assisted living. 

The agreement provides specialized skilled care for residents and families while maintaining its Catholic identity. Subject to regulatory approval, Grace Living Centers will take over management of the nursing home on April 17 with final transfer upon completion of the certificate of need process.

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“Women Speak for Themselves” conference addresses pro-life feminism

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

Senior girls from both Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School and Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City were invited March 29 to “Women Speak for Themselves,” a conference featuring Helen Alvare.

Alvare set out to offer the girls useful, reasonable thoughts regarding what are typically viewed as controversial topics that she says are “not usually treated so reasonably or discussed very peaceably.” Alvare aimed to teach the students ways to think about such topics, particularly through a Catholic lens.

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“Travel is the best classroom”

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

When a beloved Ada teacher, Alice Garber, passed away, her husband, John Garber, wanted to honor the memory of his wife.

Alice and John Garber were active members of Saint Joseph in Ada and involved with youth activities. The Garbers thought students should be inspired to excel and then be rewarded for excellence. After Alice passed, John came up with a plan. In December 2014, Garber offered more than 100 eighth-graders a chance for an all-expense trip to London if they excelled in school. The offer was open to students who earned straight As each year through their junior year of high school.

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Holiness is for everybody

A first look at Gaudete et Exsultate

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

This past week the Vatican offered and impressive news conference on the release of Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate,” “Rejoice and be Glad.” The theme of this letter is the call to holiness in today’s world.

Here are the first two paragraphs:

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