Archbishop Paul S. Coakley ordained Kelly Lynn Edwards to the priesthood on June 24 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.
Archbishop Coakley was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran, dozens of brother priests, deacons, seminarians and Father Edwards's family and friends.
On July 16, the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their community with an open house.
The seed that would grow into the community was planted in Bentley, Okla., on July 16, 1917. Carmelite Father Edward Soler recruited two young women from the east coast to help teach Choctaw Indian children in Atoka County in southeastern Oklahoma.
By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic
Being faithful observers of the Rule of Saint Benedict that is epitomized in the motto Ora et Labora – pray and work – the Benedictine monks at Saint Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee live lives of community and private prayer, spiritual reading and manual labor.
For 60 years, they used a two-story cinder block and brick building for various work. But, an earthquake in 2011 that caused catastrophic damage to Benedictine Hall also severely damaged the monks' workshops building. They continued to use the damaged building in a limited way until deciding its future.…
At a recent Catholic Foundation Board meeting, Archbishop Coakley and foundation board members approved the creation of the Saint John Vianney Seminarian Education Endowment Fund.
The fund will benefit seminarian education in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with a permanent endowment that will make grants annually from its earnings and growth to the seminarian education program at the archdiocese. The archdiocese has seen increased seminarian enrollment, and with this growth comes a unique financial burden for the diocese, which already dedicates a large portion of its annual budget to the recruitment and education of seminarians.…
Fundraiser supports OKC’s homeless women, children
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will hold its eighth annual “Reds, Whites and Brews” fundraiser July 27 at 6 p.m. at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Event Center in Stockyards City.
Reds, Whites and Brews features a tasting of Oklahoma craft beer and fine wines from California, live music from local artist Kyle Dillingham, a raffle with items valued at $500 or more and an auction.
Archbishop Quinn oversaw diocese’s reorganization
By Sooner Catholic staff,
Archbishop John R. Quinn, the first Archbishop of Oklahoma City, died June 22 in San Francisco at age 88.
His funeral Mass was held July 10 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, attended by Very Rev. William Novak, vicar general for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.