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Guthrie couple celebrates 68-year marriage

By Karen Berland

Worldwide Marriage Encounter recently honored Lloyd and Velma Cox for being the longest married couple in Oklahoma. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a faith-based marriage enrichment program that is nationwide and accepts couples from all faiths. 

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Oklahomans awarded Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope Francis

By Diane Clay
Oklahomans Larry and Dodie Wells were honored by Pope Francis April 8 with a medal for distinguished service during a Mass celebrated by their son Archbishop Peter Wells at the Catholic Pastoral Center. The medal, which is one of the highest medals that can be awarded to the laity by the pope, was presented by Archbishop Coakley.

Larry Wells served for more than 16 years as manager of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Summer Camp before retiring in 2015. Their son, Bill Wells, a carpenter by trade, succeeded his father this year as camp manager.

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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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Priests’ council recognizes work of Father Bird with Rother Award

On March 22, the priests’ council, led by Archbishop Coakley, recognized the work of Father Stephen Bird, pastor at the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord in Oklahoma City, with the Father Stanley Rother Faithful Shepherd Award.

“Father Bird has tirelessly promoted the ideals of good liturgical style and the focus of good liturgical worship for all of the years of his priesthood,” said Father Don Wolf, who presented the award. “Stephen Bird’s service to the priests and the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is a gift to all of us.”

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A Deeper Vision: The Catholic intellectual tradition in the 20th century

By Colin Osborne
Special to the Sooner Catholic

“The Church is a synthesis of everything human” writes Robert Royal in his new book “A Deeper Vision.” This wide-ranging exploration of the Catholic Church in the 20th century considers philosophers, theologians, scholars and poets to examine the intellectual dynamic within the Church and its role in the world.

Aimed at “non-specialists,” the book considers both stilted and inspired thinkers, including well-known names such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar as well as many lesser known like Christopher Dawson, presenting them in all their humanity.

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Cultivate personal contact, pope tells new U.S., Spanish bishops

Oklahoman Peter Wells ordained archbishop

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis, ordaining two Vatican officials as bishops, including Oklahoma’s Peter Bryan Wells, told them to remember that behind every letter they receive, there is a real person.

Archbishop Wells, the new nuncio to South Africa, and Spanish Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, were ordained by the pope March 19, the feast of Saint Joseph and the third anniversary of the formal inauguration of Pope Francis' papacy.

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