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One Church, Many Disciples

November 26, 2017
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

This is truly an exciting time for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City! The recent beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother bore witness to God’s presence and the vitality of the Church here in Oklahoma.

Blessed Stanley’s life and ministry inspires each of us to more fully embrace the call to missionary discipleship. We are greatly blessed by his example. Now, we are called to build upon his legacy.

The One Church, Many Disciples campaign is the culmination of many years of prayerful planning, and focuses the whole of the Catholic Church in central and western Oklahoma on three priorities – new evangelization, faith formation and Hispanic ministry.

This extraordinary, first-ever campaign in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is in answer to explosive growth of the local Catholic population, Jesus’ call to missionary discipleship, and your response – the faithful people of the Church.

The campaign will provide funding for a beautiful shrine for Blessed Stanley Rother, enhancement of our noble Cathedral, our local parish needs, seminarian education, faith formation, priests’ retirement, and to help plan for future parishes.

I am asking all 108 parish and mission communities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to join together as “One Church” to participate in the campaign. All parish families will be given the opportunity to help advance God’s Kingdom with their gifts of time, talent and treasure.

The success of the One Church, Many Disciples campaign is only possible if each of us prayerfully considers making a sacrificial gift. As you pray about how you will participate, please reflect upon the many gifts with which God has blessed you and how you will respond in kind.

Please know I am personally committed to investing myself in this effort. I hope you will join me and help this campaign succeed for future generations.

Thank you for opening your heart and mind to the message of One Church, Many Disciples, and for all you do in the life of the Church!