St. Gregory’s monks replace earthquake damaged workshop

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Being faithful observers of the Rule of Saint Benedict that is epitomized in the motto Ora et Labora – pray and work – the Benedictine monks at Saint Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee live lives of community and private prayer, spiritual reading and manual labor.

For 60 years, they used a two-story cinder block and brick building for various work. But, an earthquake in 2011 that caused catastrophic damage to Benedictine Hall also severely damaged the monks' workshops building. They continued to use the damaged building in a limited way until deciding its future.


Catholic Charities executive director named to national board

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) announced that Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, has been approved as a member of the CCUSA national board of trustees.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is a member of CCUSA, which provides training and program resources to local agencies across the country.


Catholic Charities, Sunbeam Family Services host Christmas in July

A Christmas in July donation drive will be held July 10-15 to collect items for “A Very Giving Christmas,” a Christmas store for local families in need held in December by Catholic Charities and Sunbeam Family Services.

Drop-off locations will be at Catholic Charities, 1232 N. Classen Blvd. and Sunbeam, 1100 N.W. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a need for new toys for babies and toddlers, and bicycles for children of all ages. A complete wish list can be found at


Catholic Charities celebrates “Reds, Whites and Brews”

Fundraiser supports OKC’s homeless women, children

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will hold its eighth annual “Reds, Whites and Brews” fundraiser July 27 at 6 p.m. at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Event Center in Stockyards City.

Reds, Whites and Brews features a tasting of Oklahoma craft beer and fine wines from California, live music from local artist Kyle Dillingham, a raffle with items valued at $500 or more and an auction.


St. John Vianney seminarian fund created at Catholic Foundation

At a recent Catholic Foundation Board meeting, Archbishop Coakley and foundation board members approved the creation of the Saint John Vianney Seminarian Education Endowment Fund.

The fund will benefit seminarian education in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with a permanent endowment that will make grants annually from its earnings and growth to the seminarian education program at the archdiocese. The archdiocese has seen increased seminarian enrollment, and with this growth comes a unique financial burden for the diocese, which already dedicates a large portion of its annual budget to the recruitment and education of seminarians.


July feast days: Kateri, Serra and Mary Magdalene

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

What is a feast day?
The Catholic Church assigns a date out of the year for each canonized saint – known as the saint’s feast day. The saints are remembered on their individual feast days with special mention, prayers and scripture readings. A saint’s feast day can be the day of death or a day assigned by the Church. Some saints’ feasts are celebrated in the saint’s town or country. Others are celebrated internationally.


Contagious Faith: A Christocentric, personalistic ecclesiology

By Carole Brown
Director of New Evangelization

Several times in the past few months, I’ve stumbled upon articles and comments by well-meaning Catholics who are alarmed that Catholics are starting to talk about their faith in terms of a personal relationship with Jesus. Often, their concern is for the "ecclesiology" that grounds such a view. For, if people can have a “personal” relationship with Jesus, then what do they need the Church for? The idea of a personal relationship with Jesus seems to them to come out of a deficient ecclesiology.


So deeply in love with Christ that he needed to be tied down

Holiness and humble service born out of love

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

He was awkward, clumsy and probably suffering from some kind of learning or intellectual disability. Despised, referred to as a dunce and seen by his own family as a failure, a good for nothing, and a useless human being.

His own mother, who treated him harshly, believed that he wouldn’t amount to much in the world. Rejected, laughed at, ridiculed and abused because of his limitations, he persevered. All this ugliness surrounding his life and he is a saint with a basilica dedicated to him in Italy!


Choosing unity

In this time of bitter divisiveness, can Catholics show Americans a better way?

By Father Jack Wall

Today, our country is deeply fractured along political lines. A 2017 Pew study reports that 86 percent of Americans describe our country as “more politically divided today than in the past.” This is the highest percentage since the survey question was first asked in 2004 and nearly double the 46 percent who responded this way in 2009.

While there are real differences of opinion on issues such as health care, tax reform, engagement in foreign affairs and trade, what seems to be changing is the tone of public discourse and people’s disinterest in hearing other viewpoints.


Book Review A twice good book 

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic 

“Rome Sweet Home” is two books in one. Each chapter has two separate sections: one written by Scott Hahn followed by a second half written by his wife Kimberly Hahn. Scott and Kimberly Hahn present their perspectives on the events that took place as they found their way to the Catholic Church.