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Catholic Charities director announces annual Green Tie Gala; Names Linda Haneborg as Chair, Jim Everest as Ambassador

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 4, 2014) – The 32nd annual Green Tie Gala is slated for Saturday, March 8, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City executive director Patrick Raglow recently announced.

The always-anticipated Green Tie Gala offers attendees the opportunity to “eat, drink and change a life.” The event, which features fine dining and exciting auctions, benefits the Sanctuary Women’s Development Centers and Holy Family Home of Catholic Charities, which provide assistance to homeless women in the metro area.

Raglow also named marketing consultant and media strategist Linda Haneborg as chair of the event and long-time philanthropist Jim Everest as the 2014 Green Tie Gala Ambassador.

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Archbishop Coakley on overturn of Oklahoma morning-after pill law: “We offer support to women who fear an unintended pregnancy”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 24, 2014) – Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis yesterday ruled that an Oklahoma law that requires women 17 and older to have a prescription and show identification to obtain emergency contraceptives violates the state constitution.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, today said the ruling underscores the ongoing need for increased cultural awareness of the risks and consequences of emergency contraceptives, as well as for support of women who wish to choose life when they find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.

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Archbishop Coakley on ruling on Oklahoma marriage amendment: “Neither church nor state can alter the basic meaning of marriage”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 15, 2014) – U.S. District Judge Terence Kern yesterday ruled that an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman” violates the U.S. constitution.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, today said he is profoundly disappointed by the decision.

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National Catholic Education Association to honor local Catholic school principal Karen Carter

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 20, 2013) – The National Catholic Education Association Elementary Schools Department has named Karen Carter, principal of Christ the King Catholic School in Oklahoma City, a "National Distinguished Principal."

Every year, the NCEA Elementary School Department bestows the title of "National Distinguished Principal" on a select number of outstanding Catholic elementary school principals – approximately one from each of the 13 regions that comprise the department. The department will publicly recognize the recipients of the award – including Carter – at a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Penn., in the spring of 2014.

"I was very surprised and humbled and honored to receive the award," Carter said. "It’s an affirmation of what I’ve been doing, but it’s also an affirmation of my pastor, my school, my faculty and staff and other principals in the archdiocese because we work very closely together and I couldn’t do what I do without their support."

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Archbishop Coakley, Catholics of Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to join global prayer campaign to end world hunger

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 9, 2013) – At noon tomorrow, Dec. 10, Archbishop Paul Coakley will lead the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and other men and women of good will in a prayer to end world hunger as a part of a global campaign launched by Pope Francis and sponsored by Caritas Internationalis.

The worldwide wave of prayer will begin at noon local time on the Island of Samoa and will progress around the world in each time zone until it reaches the island again some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later.

Pope Francis has said that “a way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth.”

Archbishop Coakley, too, said we must reevaluate the attitudes that allow some persons to go hungry.

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Archbishop Coakley on “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told”: “The play offends any reasonable sensibility”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 5, 2013) – “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a play billed as “a theatrical offering for the holidays that challenges the norm and appeals to an alternative audience,” opens today at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.

Presented by the Oklahoma City Theatre Company, the play has drawn advance criticism from concerned Christians who object to the script, an intentionally perverse rewrite of the Bible.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, today said he, too, is troubled by the contents of the play.

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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City named Chairman of Board of Catholic Relief Services

BALTIMORE/OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 19, 2013) -- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City has been appointed chairman of the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Kurtz made the announcement Nov. 19.

Archbishop Coakley, a CRS board member since 2012 and a member of the board’s Governance and Nominations Committee, succeeds Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, of Tucson, Ariz., as CRS chairman.

"It is a privilege to be appointed Chairman of the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors, and I thank Archbishop Kurtz for entrusting me with this responsibility," Archbishop Coakley said. "I am also deeply grateful to Bishop Kicanas for his sterling example and dedication as the previous chair. As a member of the CRS board, I have witnessed CRS at work and know firsthand what an effective and essential organization it is."

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Evangelist, scholar, broadcaster to spearhead Archdiocesan Office of New Evangelization

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 18, 2013) -- Evangelist, scholar and broadcaster Carole Brown, Ph.D., will direct the newly created Office of New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley announced this week.

Originally from Faith, S.D., Brown has extensive experience in evangelization both in the United States and abroad; she has served in youth and young adult ministry, campus ministry and international missions.

Most recently, she was on the founding board of directors of the first national Christian radio station in Ireland, Spirit Radio, where she also served as Speech Content Editor and Personnel Director.

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Evangelista, académica y locutora da inicio a la Oficina Arquidiocesana de la Nueva Evangelización

OKLAHOMA CITY (18 de octubre de 2013) – La evangelista, académica y locutora, Dra. Carole Brown,  dirigirá la recién creada Oficina de la Nueva Evangelización de la Arquidiócesis de Oklahoma City, anunció el Arzobispo Paul Coakley esta semana. 

Originaria del pueblo de Faith (Fe), Dakota del Sur, Brown tiene una amplia experiencia en la evangelización tanto en los Estados Unidos como en el extranjero, se ha desempeñado en la Pastoral Juvenil, Pastoral Universitaria y misiones internacionales. 

Más recientemente, fue uno de los miembros fundadores de la junta de directores de la primera estación nacional de radio cristiana en Irlanda, Spirit Radio, donde también se desempeñó como Editora de Contenido y Directora de Personal.

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Archbishop Coakley announces new, five-year vision statement: “Go Make Disciples” will inform all that we do

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 11, 2013) -- “Go Make Disciples” is the new, five-year vision statement of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley announced this week in a pastoral letter.

The vision statement is the fruit of a 13-month process that included the formation of an archdiocesan envisioning team, eight listening sessions across the archdiocese and 12 six-hour discernment sessions facilitated by the Catholic Leadership Institute.

“This vision will guide our archdiocesan family over the course of the next five years,” the archbishop wrote. “It is where we are going. It is the vision against which we will evaluate and justify our initiatives, programs, ministries and expenditures. It reflects who we are and what we do.”

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