April 19, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Archbishop Coakley gave the blessing at the memorial ceremony, which President Bill Clinton, Governor Mary Fallin and others attended. Archbishop Coakley also celebrated a Mass commemorating the event at nearby St. Joseph Old Cathedral. Photos Diane Clay and Cara Koenig.
Father Timothy Fuller celebrates the Easter Vigil liturgy at Saint Philip Neri Church in Midwest City. During this Mass, the Paschal candle is lit from the Easter fire, baptismal water is blessed, catechumens receive the sacrament of baptism and candidates are confirmed in their faith. Photos Cara Koenig.
Father Prakash Madineni, pastor, and the faithful of Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Harrah venerate the cross on Good Friday. Photos Cara Koenig.
The Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated at Saint Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City. Father M. Price Oswalt, pastor, washed the feet of the faithful. Photos Cara Koenig.
Archbishop Coakley celebrated the Chrism Mass with his brother priests, the deacons, the seminarians and the faithful of the archdiocese on March 31. At the Chrism Mass, the priests renew their vows and the archbishop blesses the Holy Oils used at parishes throughout the year to bless the sick and to anoint those being baptized or confirmed. Fr. Gerard MacAulay received the Father Stanley Rother Faithful Shepherd Award for his ministry to the archdiocese. Photos Cara Koenig.
Catholic Charities' Green Tie Gala 2015 was held on March 6 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The proceeds supported Catholic Charities' Homeless Services: Sanctuary Women's Development Centers and Holy Family Home. Jim Connelly, President of Connelly Paving, was honored at the event. Photos Cara Koenig.
Fr. Bill Ross's funeral was held March 4, 2015, at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Archbishop Coakley celebrated the Mass. Photos Cara Koenig. Click to read the obituary.
The 2015 Rite of Election took place on Feb. 22 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Archbishop Coakley called forward those entering the Church at the Easter Vigil to publicly recognize their commitment to the Catholic faith. Photos Cara Koenig.
During Catholic Schools Week 2015, students participated in service projects. Photos provided.
The annual pro life day at the Oklahoma State Capitol took place on Feb. 5. Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, was the main speaker. Many of the roses given to legislators were provided by the Center of Family Love in Okarche. Photos Cara Koenig.