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Pope appoints Oklahoman Msgr Peter Wells as Nuncio of South Africa, Botswana

Pope Francis has appointed American Monsignor Peter Bryan Wells, who currently serves as Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, as the Holy See’s new Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa and Botswana. The Holy Father has at the same time elevated Msgr. Wells to the titular see of Marcianopolis, with the dignity of archbishop. 

“We are very proud of the Archbishop-elect! He and his family are well-known in the archdiocese. His parents, Larry and Dodie, are members of Saint Mary’s parish in Guthrie and his brother, Bill, is director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Camp. Archbishop Wells has been well-prepared through his years of service to the local Church and to the universal Church to assume these new and weighty responsibilities. I am grateful for his generous response to this call,” said the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. 

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Archbishop Coakley's Message for the ADF Appeal

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.”

With these words Pope Francis announced his plan for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The New Evangelization challenges us to be missionary disciples sharing this mercy with one and all.

My prayer for every Catholic during this Jubilee of Mercy is that we all come to know more intimately Jesus Christ, “the face of the Father’s mercy,” so that we can share this Good News with others. This is the hope that inspires our theme for the 2016 ADF Archbishop’s Appeal: “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known, Disciples Advancing the Church’s Mission.”

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Oklahoma students brave blizzard to March for Life

By Olivia Biddick

Bitter cold and a multi-state blizzard didn’t keep tens of thousands of marchers from honoring the sanctity of life at the 2016 March for Life in Washington D.C. on the anniversary of the supreme court decision legalizing abortion.

A group from Saint Gregory’s University in Shawnee attended the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22. The University of Central Oklahoma sent a group of students to the 12th annual West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco on Jan. 23.

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Catholic high school considered for Oklahoma City

By Sooner Catholic Staff

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is conducting an education feasibility study to determine if a Catholic high school for lower-income families is a viable option in the Oklahoma City area.

Cristo Rey consists of a network of 30 college preparatory high schools with a unique model that allows students to attend school four days a week and work at a local business one day a week.

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Catholic schools: Communities of faith, knowledge and service

National Catholic Schools Week: Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2016

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. 

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

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Long-time Catholic camp manager retires

By Ted King

After 16 and a half years, Larry Wells has retired as manager of Our Lady of Guadalupe camp.

The 480-acre camp located between Luther and Wellston began operation in June 1999 with Wells in charge of getting it up and running. By summer 2000, Our Lady of Guadalupe camp hosted youth for the first time.

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