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…
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
Fred Bird handed his young son a nickel to drop into the collection basket before offering to help usher at Mass. The nickel quickly fell from Stephen Bird’s fingers and flopped under the pews, slowing rolling out of sight. He ran to his father pulling on his shirt, begging for another five cents. His father obliged, and Stephen proudly tossed it in with the envelopes. If Fred Bird gave time and money to the Church, Stephen Bird wanted to do the same.
It was a pattern that helped shape the character, faith and pastoral path of Father…