MOST REVEREND EUSEBIUS J. BELTRAN
Eusebius Joseph Beltran, born in Ashley, Pennsylvania, on August 31, 1934, is the son of Joseph C. Beltran and Helen Rita Kozlowski. His college and theological schooling was received at Saint Charles Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia. He was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georogia, on May 14, 1960, by Most Reverend Francis E. Hyland.
Regarding his episcopacy, he was elected on February 28, 1978 and was ordained Bishop of Tulsa on April 20, 1978, at Holy Family Cathedral, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The principal consecrator was Most Reverend Charles A. Salatka of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Co-consecrators were Most Reverend Thomas A. Donnellan of Atlanta, Georgia and Most Reverend Andrew J. McDonald, Little Rock, Arkansas.
On November 24, 1992, the announcement of Archbishop Beltran's appointment as Metropolitan Archbishop of Oklahoma City was made. He was installed on January 22, 1993, in the Oklahoma City Civic Center, in the presence of Most Reverend Agostino Cacciavillan, the Papal Pro-Nuncio and Most Reverend Charles A. Salatka, the retired Archbishop of Oklahoma City.
During the years 1960 to 1978, he served as a priest, including the position of Vicar General, in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. From 1978 to 1992, his role was that of Bishop of Tulsa. 1993-2010, he served as Archbishop of Oklahoma City.
Archbishop Beltran is a long-time member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Southwestern Lieutenancy, with the rank of KC*HS and has earned the silver palm. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Gregory's University, Shawnee. He also served on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on the Liturgy; the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for the American College, Louvain (as chairman); the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for the American College, Rome; the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Latin America Committee and twenty years on the Board of Regents for Conception Seminary, as well as serving on the National Conference of Christians and Jews and various local boards, organizations and committees.
As required by Church law, Archbishop Beltran submitted his resignation to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI on August 31, 2009. His retirement became effective on December 16, 2010, at which time he assumed the title of Apostolic Administrator until February 11, 2011. He now enjoys the position of Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City.
A Pastoral Letter
Raising Our Voices:
In Opposition to Violence Against Women
Violence and abuse affect women every single day, in every country of the world, in every walk of life. Social scientists note that sexual discrimination, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, sexual assault, rape, detention, isolation, control of money, shelter, time, food, etc., financial exploitation, trafficking and other forms of abuse and violence against women most often respect neither race, culture, wealth, status, religion nor age. Violence against women is rampant and is egregious. As such, as people of faith, we are called and required to raise our voices in opposition.
Addressing this important issue, however, requires a return to, and a very thoughtful reflection on, our biblical “beginning.” For our biblical “beginning” reveals a fundamental truth that looms as imperative, a critical truth that women, as well as men, possess an inherent dignity, derived not from acts or efforts, but, rather, from the very fact that women are made in the image and likeness of God.