U.S. bishops’ chairmen applaud Oklahoma, Kansas for enacting laws that keep kids first in foster care and adoption services

WASHINGTON – By enacting laws protecting the conscience rights of adoption and foster care providers, "Kansas and Oklahoma are keeping kids first," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The governors of Oklahoma and Kansas signed legislation ensuring that faith-based adoption and foster care providers can provide these services in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs or moral convictions.

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The Center of Family Love announces 5th annual Gift of Love Gala

The Center of Family Love and the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus will host the 5th Annual Gift of Love Gala on June 16 at 6 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. This event benefits residents of The Center of Family Love who live with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Located in Okarche and founded in 1981 by the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus, The Center of Family Love has empowered hundreds of adults with disabilities to live productive and meaningful lives. The center provides the most innovative educational, vocational and residential programs in the nation, pioneering new approaches in the field of disabilities, and recognized in Oklahoma as a model community.

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Planning continues for Rother shrine

Early success in the One Church, Many Disciples capital campaign has spurred continued progress in planning the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine. Archbishop Coakley has appointed Molly Bernard, parishioner at Saint Francis of Assisi, as chairwoman of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine Building Committee. Under her leadership, the committee will work to advance plans for the main church, chapel and ministry buildings of the shrine.

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Fr. Wolf teaches about Blessed Stanley at national priest council

CHICAGO – Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an organization representing priests and priests’ councils throughout the United States, the NFPC came home to its origins in Chicago its annual National Convocation of Priests.

The four-day gathering from April 23–26 focused on “The U.S. Priesthood: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Priests representing 36 U.S. dioceses gathered to pray, reflect and talk about the issues facing priests, presbyteral councils and the U.S. Church, with a particular focus on the role of the of the NFPC itself in the future.

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Mount names new girls’ basketball coach

On May 11, the new head coach for the girls’ basketball team was introduced at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City.

Coach Lauren McCulloch comes to The Mount with years of coaching and player experience. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with a master's degree in Kinesiology and was a graduate assistant for the women's basketball team. She attended Fort Lewis College for her undergraduate degree and led their basketball team to numerous championship appearances.

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Cristo Rey welcomes directors

Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School welcomed two new additions to its faculty.

Joanna Camacho will serve as admissions director. Camacho most recently served as associate superintendent for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Prior to that, Camacho was principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School where she was named a National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Principal.

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From Paris to Prairie: St. Vincent de Paul in Oklahoma

By Lisa L. Schmidt
For the Sooner Catholic

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France, in 1833 when a young law student at the Sorbonne was challenged during a debate to demonstrate what he and his fellow Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor.

Within weeks, Frédéric Ozanam, age 20, and six of his peers had formed the first Conference of Charity, financing works of charity. They visited the poor in their homes, providing them with needed aid and assistance. They placed the conference under the patronage of Saint Vincent de Paul, the great French priest who had spent his life in 16th century France serving the poor.

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Growing young!

By Jim Beckman
Director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

“Wait a minute – that’s not possible, is it? You can’t grow young!”

The title might catch you as odd at first. We’re accustomed to growing old, and watching life pass by. But, the title is not referring to a person, but rather the Church.

Numerous studies concur that the average age of churchgoers is going up. Increasing numbers of parishes and even Protestant congregations are seeing more gray hairs than any other color. Hopefully by now, the warning is being heard: we are losing staggering high percentages of our young people from active practice of the faith. Some studies put the percentage as high as 90 percent of young people who are disengaging from active faith practice before the age of 22.

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First steps in lifelong journey with our beloved

Christ in the sacraments of initiation

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

Latinos enjoy telenovelas and sentimental melodramas. Love and romance makes the world go around, and true love grabs our attention and makes us smile.

Just two quick updates! If you’re watching “Simplemente María,” Hortensia finally tells Olivia that she is Vanessa´s biological mother and that leaving her up for adoption was the biggest mistake of her life.

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A scholar reads Revelation

By J. E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Of all the books in the Bible, the Book of Revelation is the one that many people find difficult. The imagery is startling, the storyline is somewhat frightening, and much of what it presents can be interpreted in different ways.

Scott Hahn, in his book, “The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth,” offers a very careful and enlightening study of this work of Saint John the Evangelist, the Book of Revelation.

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