• Parish youth heed pope’s call for works of mercy

    By Sally Linhart

    Youth from Saint Monica parish in Edmond are participating in several events as part of a “Merciful Summer,” in response to Pope Francis’s declaration of a Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, 2015, and ends Nov. 20.

    During the Year of Mercy, Catholics are invited to open themselves to the experience of God’s mercy as we are called to “Be merciful even as your father is merciful.”

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  • Becoming the heart of Christ: Servant of God Fr. Stanley Rother

    July 28 marks the 35th anniversary of his murder

    By María Ruiz Scaperlanda
    For the Sooner Catholic

    It was dusk. An unusual chill in the evening’s breeze testified to the fact that it was January in the remote lakeside village of Santiago Atitlán. Father Stanley Rother, the parish pastor, sat in the rectory’s living room listening to music, as was his custom at the end of a busy day – or at times, as a much needed respite before an evening full of visitors and parish activities.

    Suddenly, Associate Pastor Father Pedro Bocel ran into the living room, swinging open the

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  • John Paul Lewis ordained to priesthood

    By Diane Clay

    More than 400 friends, family and parishioners filled The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on June 25 to celebrate the ordination of Father John Paul Lewis.

    Archbishop Coakley served as principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass, and was joined by priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran and Salina Bishop Edward Weisenburger.

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  • Bishop Konderla installed as fourth Bishop of Tulsa

    By Sooner Catholic staff

    Thousands of Oklahomans joined friends and family of Bishop David Konderla at the Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa on June 29 to witness his installation as the fourth Bishop of Tulsa. Bishop Konderla succeeds Bishop Edward Slattery, who retired after serving Tulsa for 22 years.

    During Bishop Konderla’s ordination, Archbishop Coakley asked Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio — Pope Francis’s representative to the United States — to read the “mandate from the Holy See,” a statement from the pope calling for Bishop Konderla’s ordination and charging him with the responsibilities of the position.

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  • Celebrate saints during July feast days

    By Ted King

    There are several feast days in July for saints.

    Saint Benedict – July 11
    Saint Benedict, who founded the Order of Saint Benedict, the Benedictines, was born of a noble family in about 480 in Nursia, Italy. He was sent to Rome for schooling and was disillusioned by the corrupt society he found there, a corruption that brought down the Roman Empire.

    Benedict left Rome and went to the wilderness to pray in a cave for three years.Men, inspired by his holiness, started to join him in this life. He founded 12 monasteries in Subiaco, one of which

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  • Year of Mercy pins available for Oklahoma pilgrimages

    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.

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