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Three men to be ordained to the priesthood

Three men will be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on June 27. Their faith stories are shared below.

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Vatican commission approves martyrdom in the Cause of Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother

  A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Father Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.

“Father Rother laid down his life for Christ and for the people of his parish in Guatemala, whom he dearly loved. It is very encouraging to move one step closer to a formal recognition by the Church of Father Rother’s heroic life and death as a martyr for the Gospel,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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Sooner Catholic recognized by Oklahoma Press Association

Congratulations to the Sooner Catholic staff and freelance writers! The Oklahoma Press Association recently honored the newspaper during its annual conference for its work in multiple areas, including first place for feature writing. Your efforts are appreciated.

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Retiring priests reflect on decades of ministry

By Tina Korbe Dzurisin, J.E. Helm and Diane Clay

 Effective July 1, three priests from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will be retiring, although they each plan to stay active in ministry.

 The priests are Father Joe Ross, Blessed Sacrament Lawton; Father Charles Murphy, Saint Mary, Guthrie; and Father Dominic Hoang, Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Oklahoma City.

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Fortnight for Freedom: Pray for religious liberty

  By Sally Linhart

 Every year from June 21 to July 4, Catholics join together in prayer, fasting and action to observe the Fortnight for Freedom, a two week period spent focusing on preserving the religious liberties protected by the First Amendment.

 This year marks the 4th annual observance of Fortnight for Freedom, beginning June 21 with Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The event ends on July 4 with Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The dates chosen for the observance of Fortnight for Freedom coincide with the feast days of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, who were persecuted and died for bearing witness to their faith.

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Honoring dads on Father’s Day

Father’s Day – June 21

Fathers are their children’s first role models; a strong, supportive hand that steers men and women on their faith journey in service to others. Here are a few reflections from spiritual leaders in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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