Twenty-two men from more than 20 parishes and missions were ordained into the permanent diaconate on Nov. 3 for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It is one of the largest classes of deacons in the history of the diocese.
By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic
“O God, grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have not, and whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
During this time of year, parishes around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are preparing to offer Thanksgiving dinners to embrace their communities and offer a warm meal and fellowship.
November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
By Dana Attocknie
The Sooner Catholic
Kate Barnard felt a calling from God to help people, no matter the cost.
Born to Irish-Catholic parents on May 23, 1875, in Geneva, Neb., Catherine Ann “Kate” Barnard was eventually brought to Oklahoma by her father when she was 12. Her mother had died when Barnard was an infant. Barnard attended, and would later teach, at Saint Joseph parochial school in downtown Oklahoma City.
Deacon San Nguyen of Oklahoma City received the Liberty Bell Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association at its 113th annual meeting Nov. 1-3 in Tulsa.
Deacon Nguyen, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1975, received the award for assisting members of the Vietnamese community and others in obtaining legal representation. He earned a law degree in Vietnam and a master’s degree at Oklahoma City University.
“I thank God for blessing me in many ways in which I cannot repay Him,” Deacon Nguyen said.
The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma awards grants each year in support of education-related projects to parishes, schools and religious education programs throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
In addition to program materials, many grant requests focus on computers and technology as a means of engaging more students in the education process.