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Jesus comes in history, mystery and glory

December 10, 2017
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

The season of Advent prepares us to welcome Jesus Christ who comes in history, mystery and glory. What does that mean?

Jesus of Nazareth is an historical figure. He is not a myth. During these weeks of Advent leading to Christmas, most of our attention is focused on Jesus’ coming in history. More than 2,000 years ago Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. The accounts of his birth are preserved in the Gospels. The word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Eternal Son of the Father truly became a human being. Jesus’ sojourn and saving mission among us began at a particular time and place. On Dec. 25, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity, Jesus’ birth in history.


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 harvest is plentiful

November 12, 2017
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

I began my observance of All Saints Day recently by celebrating Mass for All Saints Catholic School in Norman. To be honest, I wouldn’t miss it! Each year, the fourth-grade students at All Saints prepare to observe their patronal feast by choosing a saint, learning about that saint and dressing like that saint for Mass.

The liturgical procession is something to behold! As you might imagine there were saints from every walk of life: there were bishops such as Saint Augustine; there were priests such as Blessed Stanley Rother; there were religious sisters such as Saint Therese of Lisieux and even a deacon (Saint Francis of Assisi). There were married persons (Mary and Joseph) and single persons (Saint Juan Diego). There were saints who served the poor such as Saint Teresa of Calcutta; and those who dedicated themselves to education such as Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.


Lankford’s SUCCEED Act Is Responsible First Step

October 29, 2017
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Our nation has grappled with the difficult issue of immigration for hundreds of years, struggling to manage the sometimes rapid change in demographics. Throughout the decades, we have wrestled with a profound question: How do we protect our citizens and remain a nation of laws while respecting the inherent dignity of each human person?

U.S. Catholic bishops have long supported comprehensive measures in Congress that take into consideration the significant nuances of immigration policy, and offer a balance of mercy and compassion with the rule of law.


“Go Make Disciples:” Sustaining the vision

October 15, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

This has been an exhilarating time for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. We’re still basking in the joyful radiance of the recent beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother.

During this busy time, it probably went unnoticed that we also marked the fourth anniversary of the release of my pastoral letter called “Go Make Disciples,” which articulated a strategic vision for the archdiocese.


Final remarks: Beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother

October 1, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

September 23, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Praised be Jesus Christ! This is a day of rejoicing for the Church in Oklahoma, the United States, and indeed for the Church in Guatemala and beyond. I want to express my appreciation to all of you for being with us to witness this historic and grace-filled event and to share our joy as we give thanks to God for the witness of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother, priest and martyr.

I am especially grateful for the presence of Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Thank you for your beautiful homily and your support throughout the process that has led us to this glorious beatification.


A personal Invitation

September 17, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When I returned for my second year at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., everyone was talking about the death of Father Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest who had been killed at his mission parish in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. He was a “Mount” alumnus. It was big news; in all of the newspapers. It captured my attention and fired my imagination. From that time on I have always been eager to learn all that I could about the life of this heroic parish priest.


Racism is a sin

September 3, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

It has been a few weeks since violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Va., drew our attention with renewed urgency to the troubling fact of racism in our society. These ugly events have been the latest manifestation of an age-old wound in our national consciousness caused by the sin of racism.

Racism is an attitude of mind and heart that rejects the fundamental equality of all human beings. This basic equality is rooted in our shared dignity as persons created in the image and likeness of God. We are members of the one human family. God is the Creator and Father of us all. We are brothers and sisters.


Are you going?

August 20, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

On Monday, Aug. 21, many Americans will witness an extremely rare astronomical phenomenon, a total solar eclipse. The sun will appear to be darkened for a time as the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting its shadow over much of the earth’s surface. The last time such an event occurred across the whole of the contiguous United States was in 1918! Thousands of people will travel great distances to experience this extraordinary phenomenon.


The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: an historic moment of grace

August 6, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

After years of planning, more than 3,500 Catholics from across the United States gathered in Orlando from July 1-4 for an historic event. As an initiative of the American bishops, “The Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” brought together bishop-led delegations from around the country as well as other Catholic apostolates and movements to pray, reflect and engage in a crucial dialogue about the significant challenges and opportunities offered to the Church at this moment in our history.

Our archdiocesan delegation consisted of 14 dedicated participants who engaged with fellow Catholics by sharing perspectives, experiences and aspirations, and learning from each other.