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Catholic men’s conference to bolster faith, friendship

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By Ted King

A big event for Catholic men in Oklahoma is coming to Norman on Saturday, Feb. 28. The 19th annual In the Father’s Footsteps Oklahoma Catholic Men’s Conference, titled Forged by Grace, will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

The main speaker will be author George Weigel, who wrote “Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.” This work is considered an authoritative account of the holy pontiff’s life. It is available in 12 languages with a Chinese translation in the works. Mr. Weigel has written many books on Catholicism and is the Vatican analyst for NBC News.

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Annual Rose Day to celebrate life

By Ted King,

The 24th annual Rose Day will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Oklahoma State Capitol, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Everyone who participates in this pro-life event will bring red roses for their state representatives and senators, the lieutenant governor and governor. Participants also go to the fourth floor where they visit with their legislators about enacting pro-life legislation. The red rose symbolizes the unborn.

At 11:45 a.m., a rally will be held inside the House chamber. The keynote speaker will be Melissa Ohden, who survived a botched abortion in 1977.

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Catholic Schools Opportunity Scholarship “saving grace” for Oklahoma family

By Tina Korbe Dzurisin,

Luz Martinez and Sarah Martinez-Bowlby were committed to providing a Catholic education for their children, but, when circumstances gravely challenged that commitment, the Catholic Schools Opportunity Scholarship provided the reinforcement they needed to maintain it.

Sarah’s oldest son, Carlos Vasquez II, and the couple’s three children – daughters Leticia and Azriela and son Zavdiel – attend Rosary Catholic School in Oklahoma City. Carlos began kindergarten there in 2005, and the family has been a part of the community ever since.

“My youngest daughter, Azriela, was 3 days old when we dropped off Leticia in early childhood on her first day of school,” Martinez-Bowlby said.

Then, in 2010, Leticia developed significant health problems.


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Oklahoma Catholic College Student Conference


For young adults ages 18-25

Featuring: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio & Chris Padgett

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Camp

February 20-22, 2015

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Archbishop Coakley shares his story of faithPodcast
by Archbishop Paul Coakley
Archbishop Paul Coakley was raised in a Catholic family. But when he went to college, his life soon went adrift. Last month our Archbishop spoke at a conference in Minnesota, where he told the very personal and compelling story of how the Lord gradually led him into a relationship with himself. (It may take a few minuets to load.)
Date: 11/5/14
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Catholic Relief Services values partnerships

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Each time I have had the privilege of travelling as board chairman with Catholic Relief Services to one of the 93 countries where CRS serves, I have gained a deeper appreciation of the work CRS undertakes on behalf of Catholics in the United States.

Last week (Jan. 13-16), I was part of a small delegation to Haiti that included Dr. Carolyn Woo, CRS president and CEO, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). While there, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our CRS presence in Haiti and marked the fifth anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake that left so much destruction in this already impoverished country.

My takeaway from this trip has been a deeper appreciation of one of the distinctive ways in which CRS operates around the globe. Catholic Relief Services places great value on the quality and importance of its partnerships. It is through CRS partnerships with the local Church, other Church organizations, relief and development agencies and governments that CRS is able to have its greatest impact in enhancing human dignity, responding to natural disasters, promoting peace and justice, and building sustainable mechanisms for greater food security, healthcare and economic opportunities for families and communities.

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Escuelas Católicas: Un legado que vale la pena preservar

Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

Por más de 200 años, familias católicas, clérigos y religiosos han apoyado a las Escuelas Católicas en los Estados Unidos. Ante una cultura fronteriza, a menudo hostil a sus valores, las Comunidades Católicas construyeron escuelas que permitieron que sus hijos crecieran en conocimiento y su fe - como buenos católicos comprometidos en mejorar sus vecindarios y la sociedad. Y con su sudor, determinación, y oración, estos inmigrantes construyeron el mayor sistema de escuelas no públicas que el mundo haya visto jamás. ¡Hemos heredado un legado notable!

Las Escuelas Católicas han educado a muchas generaciones de jóvenes católicos, formándolos en la fe, virtud, conocimiento y la disponibilidad de servir. Han dado vida a las parroquias y comunidades y, lo más importante, han acercado los niños a una comunión profunda con Cristo y la Iglesia. Es precisamente debido a estos beneficios que la comunidad católica de hoy debe seguir invirtiendo en el futuro de nuestros niños y sus escuelas.

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