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Remembering Father Rother on the anniversary of his death

By Diane Clay

 Sister Marita Rother was scrubbing floors at her convent 34 years ago this month when she got a calm, yet urgent call from her father, Franz.

 “All he said was ‘They got him.’”

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Don't forget how Christianity shaped you, Pope tells Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia, Jul 8, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News) - In a meeting at the Cathedral of La Paz in Bolivia, Pope Francis urged civil authorities to respect religious freedom in order to allow Christians to play their part in civil life.

“Christianity has played an important role in shaping the identity of the Bolivian people,” the Holy Father said.

“Religious freedom – a phrase we often encounter in civil discourse – also reminds us that faith cannot be restricted to a purely subjective experience,” he said. “It also challenges us to help foster the growth of spirituality and Christian commitment in social projects.”

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Is God calling you to religious life?

Emmaus Days retreat provides prayer, information for young men

 By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick

Young men from around the archdiocese will gather for fellowship and prayer from Wednesday, July 29, to Friday, July 31, during the Emmaus Days retreat.

Emmaus (e-May-us) Days is for all high school age men who are open to the vocation of the priesthood. The summer retreat will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe camp in Arcadia.

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For Service to God’s People

Archbishop Coakley ordains three priests in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

 By Diane Clay

 Wayne and Lynda Walton waited patiently as friends, family, classmates, nuns, sisters and priests filed by them, one-by-one, to hug their son. 

 When it was their turn, they sunk their faces into his chest, tears streaming, as his arms enveloped them in a moment of grace. Years of searching for spiritual meaning, finding the beauty of God and listening to his call had led them to this moment. Their son was now Father Aaron Foshee.

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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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