By Diane Clay
More than 1,000 faithful from multiple Christian denominations gathered Aug. 15 in downtown Oklahoma City for the first-ever Unity Prayer Service and Walk. The event provided an uplifting opportunity to pray, sing and praise Jesus in response to a satanic ritual performed in the city and against violence and hatred around the world.
New stewardship office established
The Catholic community of central and western Oklahoma is rich in history and increasingly vibrant. In his October 2013 Pastoral Letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Coakley encouraged the community to “Go Make Disciples.”
To bring the message of Jesus Christ to more people, and to bring that message in a more effective way, the archdiocese has begun to institute a variety of new initiatives. The office of the New Evangelization was created, a new director of communications was hired, and significant planning is underway to better serve the Catholic community.…
By Judy Hilovsky
Saint Joseph in Norman took its first mission trip ever and it brought the group of 15 to Coahuila, Mexico. From July 17-23, the missionaries spent time in four different “ranchos,” visiting homes, learning about lives and inviting residents to meet at the chapel to pray the rosary, sing and offer up prayer intentions for the day.
Sixty-six pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Little Rock traveled to Guatemala in late July to mark the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother, who was killed in his rectory in Santiago Atitlan on July 28, 1981.
Archbishop Coakley celebrated Mass at Cerro de Oro and participated with more than a dozen bishops and thousands of local parishioners at a Mass outside Father Rother’s former parish in Santiago Atitlan. At the end of Mass, bishops were presented with homemade stoles and hand-carved wooden gifts.…
Catholic school to offer education, work opportunities to underserved children
By Diane Clay
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced Thursday that Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School will open in fall 2017. The school will offer families with limited educational opportunities an affordable and transformative educational option.
Opening in a leased space at OSU-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) located at 900 N. Portland Ave., the school’s full enrollment goal is 500 students. The school will serve 125 ninth-grade students in its first year of operation and will add an additional 125 students each subsequent year, until it serves grades nine through…
By Tina Korbe Dzurisin
At 60 years a priest, Father Richard Beckman remains wry and active, his friends say, with a still-sharp sense of humor and a humble, sacramental imagination that sees an opportunity to serve the Lord in even the smallest of tasks.
Father Beckman says that 60 years of priesthood have made him “more feeble” – but also have left him with “an appreciation of the mercy of God.”