By Diane Clay and Tina Korbe Dzurisin
A few minutes before 9 on the morning of April 19, 1995, Father Louis Lamb backed his car from the garage at Saint Joseph’s rectory at NW 5 and Harvey Avenue and drove past the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building headed to the bank.
He stopped for pedestrians at the front doors of the federal building and then continued. Behind Father Lamb at the end of the block, bomber Timothy McVeigh sat in the Ryder truck, lighting the second fuse on the truck bomb that two minutes later would deface the nine-story building, killing 168 innocent people and traumatizing a community, state and nation.
Editor’s Note: In 1995, Diane (Plumberg) Clay was a cub reporter at The Oklahoman assigned to the police beat.
It’s hard to fathom that many of our co-workers, children and friends were mere toddlers in 1995, or perhaps not even born. We have raised an entire generation of Oklahomans who view the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building as part of a history class. It is important, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary, that we share our experiences from that fateful day and fulfill our promise to Never Forget.
By Tina Korbe Dzurisin
Bishop Ed Weisenburger now helms the diocese of Salina, Kan., but, 20 years ago, he was a relatively new priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
On the morning of April 19, 1995, he felt a sudden shake of the chancery building, 14 miles northwest of the Oklahoma City federal building.
By Ted King
In the Catholic high school I attended, my religion class during one of those years was taught by an assistant football coach. He said something in class to the effect of while Christmas is nice, it would be meaningless without Easter. He was telling us that if Jesus had not risen from the dead, as He said he would, He was not what he claimed to be: God.
The Easter Vigil is the “Mother of All Vigils.” Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times. Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.
By Sooner Catholic staff
Archbishop Paul Coakley on Tuesday presented Rev. Gerard MacAulay with the 2015 Father Stanley Rother Faithful Shepherd Award on behalf of the priest’s council.
The Father Rother award is named in honor of the late Servant of God Stanley Rother, an Archdiocese of Oklahoma City priest who was killed in Guatemala in 1981. The award was instituted in 2003 to recognize a priest who has exhibited an unwavering commitment to the spiritual lives of his parishioners.
By J. E. Helm
A beautiful, sunny Saturday was the perfect spring day to host the 2015 Women of Achievement Luncheon at Saint Joseph Church in Norman. The Central Region Council of the National Council of Catholic Women sponsored the event on March 14.
The Catholic women’s groups from respective parishes nominate women for their contributions to the Church with support of social functions and by participation in fundraising, special projects and charitable activities. The women each have offered many years of service, often balancing their Catholic women’s activities with raising a family as well as the demands of a full-time career.
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