Archbishop Coakley, Father Joseph Irwin, Director of Seminarians, and Father Brian Buettner, Vocations Director, join the seminarians on retreat before they returned to school.



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A letter from Father Brian Buettner, Vocations Director

The Beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother on September 23rd was an extraordinary day for every Catholic in Oklahoma. It was particularly meaningful for priests and those considering priesthood throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to recognize one of our brothers who gave his life in service to his people. 

While struggling with Latin in his first seminary, Father Rother went on to graduate from Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and was ordained a priests in 1963. After five years serving the people of Oklahoma, he accepted the call to serve as a missionary in Guatemala in 1968. During this time, Father Rother's formation as a priest was made possible from parishioners who wanted to invest in his future. I am asking you to do the same today for the next generation of med who will dedicate their lives in service to the Church. 

As Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, I enjoy talking with young men about listening to the often small, whispering sound of the Lord through their prayer. Because of your support of the Seminarian Education Fund, the men discerning priesthood have a much greater ability to say yes!

We are blessed with eighteen young men who have accepted God's call to enter priestly formation. This year, I am asking you to please consider a monthly gift. 

Monthly givers are part of the Living Faith Society providing ongoing support and prayers for the seminarians and those considering the priesthood. To educate and form the next generation of priests, we need your prayers and we need your sustaining financial support. 

Below, the calendar includes the names and photos of the men being formed as future priests. Please keep this calendar on your fridge and prayer for these men and for all those considering God's call to priesthood.


Fr. Brian






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From the desk of the Archbishop

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Who would have known when Blessed Stanley Rother was ordained a priest in 1963 that he would become America's first martyr and the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified? Like Stanley Rother, there is no doubt God has a plan for each of the seminarians. 

Blessed Stanley Rother's life and faith inspires each of us to more fully embrace the call to missionary discipleship. He would not have been able to answer God's call without the support of many people, beginning with his family and parish, and extending to those who prayed for him and supported his seminary studies. 

Please join me as a member of the Living Faith Society. Together we can pray daily and help encourage these young men through regular, monthly gifts to suppot their formation as seminarians. Each young man faithfully seeks to be of service to God and the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. 

Thank you for helping our seminarians respond to God's call to live out their vocation with clarity and joy. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley

Archbishop of Oklahoma City