Summer reading: Satire, saints and Father Brown

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Many people are lucky enough to have a bit of a break during the summer, maybe as a vacation, maybe just the enjoyment of a slower pace at work. A question may come up as to what would be a good book to relax with over summer.


Archbishop John Quinn dies

Archbishop Coakley received word that Archbishop John R. Quinn, 88, died Thursday morning June 22 at 5:50 a.m. PDT.  He was the first Archbishop of Oklahoma City and Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco.


Archbishop Coakley ordains new deacon

Archbishop Coakley ordained Vuong “Vic” Son Luong into the transitional diaconate on Saturday, June 3, at his home parish, The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Oklahoma City. Deacon Luong attends Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Saint Meinrad, Ind.


Cristo Rey OKC hires principal, gears up for 2018 opening

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School has hired its founding principal and is on track to open its doors in fall 2018. Cody Yocom will begin his work at Cristo Rey OKC immediately and, together with school President Renee Porter, continue preparations for the school’s first class of students.


Oklahoma to celebrate St. Kateri

By Dana Attocknie
The Sooner Catholic

SHAWNEE – Saint Kateri Tekakwitha has a place of honor at Saint Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee. Each year, she is celebrated with a pilgrimage and powwow to highlight her life and the example she provided. This year’s Honor Dance is July 8, and begins with Mass at 3 p.m. in the Abbey Church, 1900 West MacArthur Street in Shawnee.

After Mass, there is a procession to the shrine of Saint Kateri on the Abbey grounds. This year’s principal celebrant will be the Most Rev. David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa.


What were those seeds of faith and love?

A holy fruit of the first evangelization

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

As I reflect on the life of holiness of this young woman, I cannot stop from wondering and asking myself, what were those examples and messages shared with her that led her to fall in love with Christ?

She grew up in a simple and loving home. Her father wasn’t Catholic, but her mother was and in her own way, as most mothers do, she would share her faith in Jesus Christ and be an example of prayer with her young children. Neither she nor her younger brother were baptized as children.  Her community was an interesting mix of believers in a higher power and those who had learned that the higher power had a son and his name was Jesus Christ.


Q&A with Bishop Mueggenborg

Former Tulsa priest talks basketball, Eskimo Joe’s and Fr. Rother

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

On May 31, Rev. Msgr. Daniel Mueggenborg, a native of Okarche who had been the pastor of Christ the King in Tulsa, was ordained an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Before his ordination, he spoke to the Sooner Catholic while traveling to Stillwater, where he attended Oklahoma State University in the early 1980s and earned a bachelor’s degree in geology.


Meet the Seminarians: Martin Parizek

This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Martin Parizek


Archdiocese releases planning study results, info for capital campaign

When Archbishop Coakley was installed as bishop in 2010, he challenged everyone in the archdiocese to be modern-day disciples and fearlessly share our faith with the world.

One concrete action that followed was the beginning of a strategic visioning process in 2013. The process included Archbishop Coakley holding eight listening sessions with clergy and laypeople throughout the archdiocese. The outcome was the identification of three ministry priorities – new evangelization, faith formation and Hispanic ministry – to advance Archbishop Coakley’s call and motto, “Go make disciples.”


Catholic Charities to move, offer social services in Norman

NORMAN – Sanctuary Women’s Development Center, a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, will relocate to the Norman campus of Saint Joseph Catholic Church this summer.

Sanctuary began serving the Norman community in 2014 as a day center for homeless and low-income women. Three staff members offer case management, job resources and daily needs such as laundry and shower facilities to more than 20 clients every day. Since opening the day center in 2014, Sanctuary has transitioned 97 people into permanent housing.