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Go Make Disciples: A Vision for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Paul S. Coakley:

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7, 2013

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Within a few months of my installation as Archbishop of Oklahoma City, Pope Benedict XVI published his Apostolic Letter “Porta Fidei,” which proclaimed a Year of Faith beginning the following year on October 11, 2012, and concluding with the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 24, 2013. We are nearing the end of the Year of Faith as I write.

The Year of Faith commemorates two of the most significant events of the twentieth century in the life of the Catholic Church. It marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It also coincided with the convening of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops whose theme in 2012 was “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” 

As Pope Benedict wrote at that time, the Year of Faith is “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the World” (PF 6). This Year of Faith has been an opportunity for Catholics to renew and rediscover their relationship with Jesus Christ and with his Church. It has been an occasion of grace.

As one way of preparing for and celebrating the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, I chartered a team of clergy, religious and lay leaders to assist me in prayerfully discerning a mutually shared vision for the Archdiocese. 

Many of you participated in one of the eight listening sessions held in various locations around the Archdiocese from Guymon to Lawton, to Norman and Enid and other places as well.  Perhaps you submitted your thoughts in written or electronic form. I am grateful to all who participated in those valuable and energizing sessions. Over the course of thirteen months we prayed, listened, gathered information, and reflected on all we had heard and learned.

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Vayan y Hagan Discípulos: Una Visión para el Futuro de la Arquidiócesis de Oklahoma City

Una Carta Pastoral del Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

Nuestra Señora, la Virgen del Rosario, Memoria

7 de octubre de 2013 

 

Mis Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo: 

¡Alabado sea Jesucristo!

A pocos meses de asumir mi cargo como Arzobispo de Oklahoma City el Papa Benedicto XVI publicó su Carta Apostólica "Porta Fidei", que proclamó un Año de la Fe a partir del año siguiente, el 11 de octubre de 2012, y concluyendo con la Solemnidad de Cristo Rey el 24 de noviembre de 2013. Nos estamos acercando al final del Año de la Fe, mientras escribo.

El Año de la Fe conmemora dos de los acontecimientos más significativos del siglo XX en la vida de la Iglesia Católica. Se conmemora el quincuagésimo aniversario de la apertura del Concilio Vaticano II y el vigésimo aniversario de la publicación del Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica. También coincidió con la celebración de la Asamblea General del Sínodo de los Obispos, cuyo tema en el 2012 fue "La Nueva Evangelización para la Transmisión de la Fe Cristiana."

Como el Papa Benedicto XVI escribió en aquel momento, el Año de la Fe es " una invitación a una auténtica y renovada conversión al Señor, único Salvador del mundo" (PF 6). Este Año de la Fe ha sido una oportunidad para que los Católicos renuevan y redescubran su relación con Jesucristo y con su Iglesia. Ha sido una ocasión de gracia.

Como una forma de preparar y celebrar el Año de la Fe en la Arquidiócesis de Oklahoma City comisioné un equipo de sacerdotes, religiosos y laicos para que me asistieran, en un ambiente de oración, a discernir una visión mutuamente compartida para el futuro de la Arquidiócesis. Muchos de ustedes participaron en una de las ocho sesiones de escucha realizadas en diferentes lugares de la Arquidiócesis desde Guymon a Lawton, a Norman y Enid y otros lugares también. Tal vez usted presentó sus ideas en forma escrita o electrónica. Agradezco a todos los que participaron en esas valiosas y energizantes sesiones. A lo largo de trece meses hemos orado, escuchado, reunido información y reflexionado sobre todo lo que habíamos escuchado y aprendido.

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"Don't forget the poor"

When it became apparent who would be elected pope during the March conclave a brother cardinal whispered into the ear of Cardinal Bergoglio, “Don’t forget the poor.”  Six months into his papacy it has become very clear that Pope Francis has no intention of overlooking these least of our brothers and sisters.  His special concern for the poor and marginalized has already become the hallmark of his pontificate. 

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"No Olviden a los Pobres"

Cuando se hizo evidente que sería elegido Papa en el cónclave de marzo un hermano cardenal le susurró en el oído al cardenal Bergoglio: "No te olvides de los pobres". Seis meses después del comienzo de su papado se ha vuelto muy claro que el Papa Francisco no tiene ninguna intención de pasar por alto estos pequeños hermanos y hermanas nuestros. Su preocupación especial por los pobres y marginados, ya se ha convertido en el sello distintivo de su pontificado.

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Alabado sea el Señor, que levanta a los pobres

En la Visitación, incluso antes de que las palabras del saludo alegre de su prima Isabel hubieran dejado de sonar en el aire, María proclamó las grandes cosas que Dios había hecho por ella en el cántico conocido como el Magníficat.

"Proclama mi alma la grandeza del Señor, y mi espíritu se alegra en Dios, mi Salvador", exclama María. "El Poderoso ha hecho obras grandes por mí: ¡Santo es su Nombre!" (Lucas 1:46-47, 49).

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Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor

At the Visitation, even before the words of her cousin Elizabeth’s joyful greeting had ceased to ring in the air, Mary proclaimed the great things God had done for her in the canticle known as the Magnificat.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior,” Mary exclaims.  “The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:46-47, 49).

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Prayers along the Camino Portugues

Editor’s Note: From Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, Archbishop Paul Coakley journeyed on foot along the Camino Portugues from Barcelos, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the cathedral city of Saint James the Apostle. During his pilgrimage, he carried the prayers and intentions of many in our archdiocese. What follows are excerpts from the archbishop’s Facebook account.

Aug. 15 -- Day 1 on the Camino Portugues! On our way to Santiago de Compostela we came upon a wonderful procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this Solemnity of her Assumption into heaven. It was a very long and challenging day physically but beautiful scenery and weather!

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Oraciones a lo largo del Camino Portugués

Nota del editor: Desde del 15 al 22 de agosto, nuestro Arzobispo Pablo Coakley viajó a pie por el Camino Portugués de Barcelos, Portugal, a Santiago de Compostela, España, la ciudad de la Catedral de Santiago Apóstol. Durante su peregrinaje, llevo consigo las oraciones e intenciones de muchos en nuestra arquidiócesis. Lo que sigue son extractos de la cuenta de Facebook del Arzobispo.

15 de agosto - ¡Día 1 en el Camino Portugués! En el camino a Santiago de Compostela nos encontramos con una maravillosa procesión en honor de la Santísima Virgen María en esta Solemnidad de su Asunción a los cielos. ¡Fue un día muy largo y difícil físicamente pero hermoso paisaje y clima!

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Dismantling the globalization of indifference

Last month, before his historic trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, Pope Francis made his first apostolic visit off of the Italian peninsula by travelling to the little island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea.  He was inspired to visit this out-of-the-way place after reading the headlines about migrants from Africa who had died at sea in search of a better life in Europe.  He went to Lampedusa to pray and show his concern and solidarity with the suffering and forgotten people living and dying on the margins of society.  It was a simple gesture of charity.  It was also an important key for understanding this new pontificate.

The Holy Father went to Lampedusa to reawaken our consciences, which are too often numbed by one of the tragic consequences of sin: indifference.  Like the priest and Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan we can too easily sidestep the real human suffering that we often encounter right under our nose.  “It’s none of my business,” we assure ourselves.  After repeatedly ignoring the troubling pangs of conscience that rightly disturb us, we find that conscience troubles us less and less.   We become deaf to the cries of human suffering and blind to its many manifestations.

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Twenty-five young men pursue path to priesthood

By Brianna Osborne

From Aug. 6 to Aug.9, the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City met at the Catholic Pastoral Center for fellowship, education and service before heading back to their respective seminaries for the school year. As the 25 young men prepared to return to the North American College in Rome, Italy, Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Ind., Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colo., and Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo., they took the time to become better acquainted with the archdiocese they are called to serve.

The archdiocese welcomes two new seminarians this year: Martin Parizek, from Saint John Nepomuk in Yukon, and William Banowsky, from Saint Thomas More in Norman.

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