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Alliance for Catholic Education recognizes Sister Catherine Powers with prestigious Sorin Award

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 11, 2014) – At a Mass and subsequent ceremony this morning at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Oklahoma City, representatives of the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame recognized Sister Catherine “Kay” Powers, CND, with the prestigious University of Notre Dame Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools.

Named for the founder of the University, the Reverend Edward Sorin, CSC, the Sorin Award honors those whose tireless commitment to support, sustain and transform Catholic schools has shaped the lives of countless children, their families and communities.

That description perfectly fits Sister Kay, says her nominator and current Catholic Schools superintendent Cris Carter, Ph.D.



Archbishop Coakley on death of Christ the King student: “Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family and community”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 25, 2014) – Between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., during morning car pool at Christ the King Catholic School, pre-kindergartener Quaid Thomas Dolan, 4, was struck by a car and subsequently died.

“It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the painful tragedy that occurred at Christ the King this morning,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. “As an archdiocese, we grieve the loss of Quaid Thomas ‘QT’ Dolan and pray for the peace and comfort of all those who are affected by this sad and unexpected occurrence. My sympathy and concern go out especially to the Dolan family and to the entire Christ the King community in this time of suffering.”

Dolan was the son of Sheryl and Brian Dolan and the grandson of Susan and Robert Dolan, all active parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church; he is survived by five older brothers and a younger sister.



Catholic Charities director announces annual Green Tie Gala; Names Linda Haneborg as Chair, Jim Everest as Ambassador

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 4, 2014) – The 32nd annual Green Tie Gala is slated for Saturday, March 8, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City executive director Patrick Raglow recently announced.

The always-anticipated Green Tie Gala offers attendees the opportunity to “eat, drink and change a life.” The event, which features fine dining and exciting auctions, benefits the Sanctuary Women’s Development Centers and Holy Family Home of Catholic Charities, which provide assistance to homeless women in the metro area.

Raglow also named marketing consultant and media strategist Linda Haneborg as chair of the event and long-time philanthropist Jim Everest as the 2014 Green Tie Gala Ambassador.



Archbishop Coakley on overturn of Oklahoma morning-after pill law: “We offer support to women who fear an unintended pregnancy”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 24, 2014) – Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis yesterday ruled that an Oklahoma law that requires women 17 and older to have a prescription and show identification to obtain emergency contraceptives violates the state constitution.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, today said the ruling underscores the ongoing need for increased cultural awareness of the risks and consequences of emergency contraceptives, as well as for support of women who wish to choose life when they find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.



Archbishop Coakley on ruling on Oklahoma marriage amendment: “Neither church nor state can alter the basic meaning of marriage”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 15, 2014) – U.S. District Judge Terence Kern yesterday ruled that an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman” violates the U.S. constitution.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, today said he is profoundly disappointed by the decision.


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