Chris Herren cautions students at Bishop McGuinness not to make same mistakes
By Diane Clay
On a typical Wednesday in June 2008, Chris Herren dropped off his kids at the door of their school and drove away. He couldn’t wait to get home, so within a few miles of the parking lot, he prepped his arm and inserted a heroin needle into his vein. It didn’t take long before he overdosed, wrapped his car around a cemetery fence and sat unconscious; the needle still stuck in his arm. After years of being a celebrated basketball star, the 32-year-old’s life had…
More than 600 people joined Archbishop Coakley, Pastor Walter Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation, Fr. Pruett and Sr. Maria for a prayer vigil and Walk for Life on Oct. 4 in southwest Oklahoma City.
The procession, which began at Saint James Catholic Church, included prayers, singing and a balloon Rosary. The procession walked along S.W. 44 and Blackwelder Avenue, passing Oklahoma City’s new abortion center, before returning to Saint James for a final blessing.
By Maria Anna Mendoza
Father Manuel Magallanes greets visitors with a sincere smile. A Benedictine priest, he celebrated 40 years of priesthood on June 25.
His face reflects the serenity of those who live the presence of the Lord. He has devoted many years to identifying and unifying the Hispanic communities through the project 40/81 and through seven parishes in western and central Oklahoma.
By Diane Clay
In the middle of Janet Elizabeth Jaime’s living room in northwest Oklahoma City, a slab of white birch meticulously transforms into a light-filled 8-foot icon of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
The Oklahoma iconographer was commissioned this year by Archbishop Coakley to create the icon in honor of the Church’s newest saint. Archbishop Coakley recently blessed the icon during a dedication Mass at the new Saint Teresa of Calcutta Chapel at Catholic Charities in midtown Oklahoma City, where the icon now hangs.
New archive at the Catholic Pastoral Center to house historical documents
By Sally Linhart
Over the span of 35 years, George Rigazzi has held a multitude of positions in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, including religious education director, teacher, principal and tribunal judge. After spending the past 16 years as the director of the Office of Family Life for the archdiocese, Rigazzi has made yet another move. He will be serving as the new full-time archdiocesan archivist.
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has designated eight Holy Doors for pilgrimages through Nov. 20.
At each Holy Door site, passports are available with information on corporal and spiritual works of mercy, how to gain a jubilee indulgence and how to attain a Year of Mercy pin.