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USCCB statement on “Doctrine of Discovery”

WASHINGTON - The Dicasteries for Culture and Education and for Promoting Integral Human Development released a joint statement March 30 on the “Doctrine of Discovery.” The matter at issue involves documents (papal bulls) issued in the fifteenth century with regard to European exploration of land beyond continental Europe. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City and secretary for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement in response to the joint statement by the dicasteries:

Bishops respond to OK Supreme Court abortion decision

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and Most Rev. David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa, issued the following statement:

Saint Mary Academy in Guthrie offers cooperative learning program to families

Families in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City now have another option to consider for the education and faith formation of their children.  ​​​​​​​ Saint Mary Academy in Guthrie is now enrolling students in a home-school cooperative program for the 2023-24 school year. The program expands school choice by providing parents with the tools and training to serve as the primary educators of their children. 

New Discipleship Conference prepares for inaugural event

A new bilingual conference in the archdiocese will be held this year at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. The new Discipleship Conference will be taking the place of the annual Catechetical Conference and the Sembradores de la Fe conference. 

From the Archives

The impact of the Sisters of Mercy on the Church in Oklahoma is profound. Having arrived at Sacred Heart in Konawa on July 9, 1884, four courageous sisters began to carve out their niche on the expansive, and sometimes unforgiving, plains.

Annual women’s conference attendance soars

The 2023 Oklahoma Women’s Conference was held on March 4 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Be Blessed.” It is the final of Mary’s prayer, “Ecce, Fiat, Magnificat’… behold, be done, be blessed,” said Leigha Liuzza, local artist who designed the logo for this year’s conference.

Children’s collection feeds more than 41,000

Every Sunday, Father Joseph Jacobi sits on the steps of the altar during Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mustang holding a small wicker basket labeled “children’s collection.” The children of the parish bring coins and small bills, happily placing them in the basket. 

“Santiago: The Camino Within” in theaters for one night only

The movie “Santiago: The Camino within” will be in select theaters on March 28. The movie follows pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago, sharing their stories, the transformation of their souls and the radiance that will be revealed at the conclusion of their journeys. This deeply contemplative film projects in color and sound an epic journey of the heart and soul changing lives forever.

Official priest assignment

The following assignment is effective Monday, March 20, 2023

Center of Family Love to host annual Backyard Block Party

OKARCHE, Okla. - The Center of Family Love Teen Board members are hosting their annual Backyard Block Party from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Center of Family Love located in Okarche just 20 minutes west of Oklahoma City. The Block Party is a celebration for the centers residents.