First Row (L-R) Father William Novak, V.G., Molly Bernard, Archbishop Coakley, Nancy Largent, Mark Ruffin, Carter Hord (Franck & Lohsen)
Second Row (L-R) Michael Franck (Franck & Lohsen), Father Rex Arnold, Diane Clay, Father Robert Wood, Father John Metzinger, Patrick Raglow, Art Lohsen (Franck & Lohsen)
Back Row (L-R) Alan Aneshansley, Father Joseph Jacobi, Father Donald Wolf, David Johnson, Peter de Keratry
The Facilities and Planning Committee of the Archdiocese was formed to help guide and navigate the planning for the Venerable Servant of God Father Stanley Rother Shine, new Church, and ministry complex to be built on property owned by the Archdiocese at I-35 and 89th Street in South Oklahoma City (the former Brookside Golf Course).
The new shrine, church and ministry complex will serve all in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of the large, and growing, Hispanic community. The Committee will also review and make recommendations to the Archbishop on other capital needs of the Archdiocese and parishes over the next several years as the Archdiocese undertakes its first capital fundraising campaign.
Members of the Committee provided oversight for an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) and Letter of Interest process seeking an architectural firm to oversee the Master Planning process of the new campus. Following the initial screening process, ten firms were invited to submit an RFP (Request for Proposal) and five were ultimately interviewed.
The interview panel unanimously recommended hiring Franck & Lohsen Architects from Washington D.C. in partnership with Hord Architects from Memphis, TN. The two firms have worked together on numerous church projects including the new campus for Saint Francis Xavier parish in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The parish is one hour from Oklahoma City, part of the Diocese of Tulsa.
Michael Franck and Arthur Lohsen founded Franck & Lohsen, Architects in 2001. Specializing in traditional building design, they have worked on many projects with parishes, dioceses, and religious communities. Also working on the Master Plan process is Carter Hord who has years of experience planning for and designing parish churches.
Working with the architects, the Committee has conducted an extensive information gathering process to gain input from pastors, parish communities surrounding the I-35 and 89th street site, and others. The detailed program of spaces in the Master Plan includes a shrine to Father Stanley Rother, a new church to seat 2,000, space for religious education, ministry, outside activity areas, office and other spaces to be built in phases over many years. When completed, the campus could include as much as 150,000 square feet in space.
Members of the Facilities Planning Committee:
1. Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City
2. Alan Aneshanseley, St. Mary, Clinton
3. Father Rex Arnold, St. John Nepomuk, Yukon
4. Karl Baldischwiler, St. Mark, Norman
5. Molly Bernard, St. Francis of Assisi, OKC, Chair
6. Diane Clay, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
7. Peter de Keratry, Director of Stewardship & Development, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
8. Ray Haefele, St. John the Baptist, Edmond
9. Father Gilberto Moya Hurtado, Sacred Heart, OKC
10. Father Joe Jacobi, Holy Spirit, Mustang
11. David Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
12. Nancy Largent, Director of Human Resources
13. Father John Metzinger, Rector, Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
14. Father William Novak, Vicar General
15. Patrick Raglow, Executive Director, Catholic Charities
16. Mark Ruffin, Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
17. Father Don Wolf, St. Eugene, OKC
18. Father Robert Wood, St. Mark the Evangelist, Norman
Current Progress at Holy Cross Parish, Madill
Archbishop Coakley has created a Facilities and Planning Committee to help guide and navigate the capital needs of the archdiocese and parishes over the next several years as the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City undertakes its first diocesan capital campaign.
As we move through the process, we will share architectural renderings, building sites and other planning information, including information on the future shrine for Servant of God Father Stanley Rother.