OKLAHOMA CITY – As the rain slowed and The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help filled, Deacon Jonathan Brannon Lepak stood at the back of the church watching quietly in anticipation. His faith journey was a long, winding path that started, stopped and started again – all leading to June 26 when he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
by María Ruiz Scaperlanda, for the Sooner Catholic
OKARCHE – On July 28, 1981, at 1:30 in the morning, three Spanish-speaking Ladino (non-indigenous) men snuck into the rectory of Santiago Apóstol Catholic Church in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, looking for the parish priest.
SULPHUR – On a hilltop along Highway 7 in southern Oklahoma is the quaint church of Saint Francis Xavier. The honey-colored shiplap lining the A-frame ceilings tops the beautiful sanctuary that is home to many growing families.
NORMAN – Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Norman celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 12. The parish community came together for a day of worship and celebration. The event kicked off with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Coakley and six other priests from the archdiocese.
The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Bernard Mutsaers arrived in Oklahoma in 1900 by way of Tilburg, Holland. He was one of several priests from that area who came to Oklahoma for the adventure of missionary work. Although he left the state after 20 years of service, he left a mark as a leader and trusted confidant to Bishop Meerschaert.
by Jim Beckman, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
I had a dream several months ago. I don't remember it that clearly, but it woke me in the middle of the night. As my head cleared and I tried to remember what I had just seen, I felt a sense of urgency to pray.
The concept of the “collegiality” of bishops has been sharply contested since the Second Vatican Council debated it in 1962, 1963 and 1964. That discussion was sufficiently contentious that a personal intervention from Pope Paul VI was required to incorporate the concept of episcopal collegiality within the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church in such a way that the pope’s primacy and universal jurisdiction were safeguarded. The debate about collegiality has continued ever since.
A 23-year-old woman named Keira Bell recently brought a pivotal lawsuit against the National Health Services Gender Identity Development Clinic in London, better known as the Tavistock Clinic. Keira experienced significant personal harm from puberty blockers, testosterone and an operation to remove her breasts. She claims the medical staff at the clinic failed to challenge her seriously about her decision as a teenager to transition to a male. In a landmark ruling delivered in December, a British court upheld her claim that she’d been rushed through gender reassignment without proper safeguards.