VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' call for church of missionary disciples who go to the peripheries to listen and accompany those most in need may have seemed radical and new at the start of his pontificate.
Archbishop Paul Coakley on Friday officially signed the contract with The Boldt Company of Oklahoma City to build the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine. The signing comes two months before the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be on Sunday, Nov. 3.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Archbishop Paul Coakley on Friday officially signed the contract with The Boldt Company of Oklahoma City to build the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine. The signing comes two months before the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be on Sunday, Nov. 3. “The shrine will be a place of welcome, serving all people in our community and pilgrims from around the world,” said Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. “The Boldt Company recognizes that this project is about much more than constructing a building; it is a labor of faith and devotion to honor one of our own. To better understand Blessed Stanley’s life and martyrdom, a representative from Boldt accompanied me to Guatemala this summer to walk where Blessed Stanley walked and to meet the people he loved and served. I am excited to include them in this celebration.” Representing Boldt at Friday’s signing were Tony Yanda, director of operations, Chris Holmes, preconstruction manager and Tina Fairless, marketing manager. “Boldt is humbled and blessed to be a part of something so sacred and inspirational that will honor Blessed Stanley and those he served. We look forward to our partnership with the archdiocese to ensure the shrine is built with excellence,” Yanda said. The shrine is being built to honor Blessed Stanley Rother, the first martyr from the United States and the first U.S.-born priest ever beatified by the Catholic Church. It will be a place of pilgrimage where the faithful will come to honor Blessed Stanley at his final resting place. The $40 million shrine is the signature element of the first-ever capital campaign for the archdiocese, “One Church, Many Disciples.” The site will include a 2,000-seat church, a chapel where Blessed Stanley will be buried, an education building, an event space and several areas designated for shrines and devotion. The site will be developed over time. Along with the Spanish colonial-style church – which will be the largest Catholic Church in Oklahoma – an additional element will be a museum and pilgrim center, which will be an additional $5 million. The center will welcome thousands of visitors each year to an experience that leads them through the life, witness and martyrdom of Blessed Stanley. The church will host many large diocesan events and will help accommodate the growing Hispanic population whose parishes are significantly overcrowded. The design architect for the project is Franck & Lohsen Architects in Washington D.C. They are supported by local architectural firm ADG. The general contractor is The Boldt Company in Oklahoma City with Cooper Project Advisors serving as the owner’s representative. The groundbreaking event will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the future site of the shrine. The event will include kid and family activities and is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. To sign up for updates on the shrine, view a video tour or to give a gift to the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma’s Blessed Stanley Rother Endowment Fund, go online to archokc.org/shrine or call (405) 709-2745. MEDIA: For media credentials to cover the groundbreaking, go online to archokc.org/mediacredentials. For further questions, contact Diane Clay at email@example.com. PHOTOS: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rv2o2ez93way402/AAAOUe1cxL7-Rmo90_TOMooma?dl=0 B-ROLL FROM SHRINE SITE: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tcukkmjamqu7xsr/AAAsly-xFo3g8mKnaHo1k0fRa?dl=0 VIDEO TOUR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=wbAVznyc7bE Cutline: Archbishop Coakley signed the official contract Friday selecting The Boldt Company of Oklahoma City to build the Bl. Stanley Rother Shrine. (L-R) David Johnson, chief financial officer for the archdiocese; Peter de Keratry, executive director of stewardship and development; Miguel Mireles, associate director of development for the shrine; Steve Cooper, owner of Cooper Project Advisors; Dcn. Norm Mejstrik, executive director of the Cause for Canonization; Michael Scaperlanda, chancellor; (seated) Tony Yanda, Boldt director of operations; Archbishop Paul Coakley. Photo Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
A menudo he descubierto que cuando escucho, leo o pronuncio un texto sagrado de la liturgia o las Escrituras, una palabra o frase puede cobrar vida con un poder inesperado. Puede aportar perspicacia o comprensión.
by Pedro A. Moreno, O.P. Secretariado de Evangelización y Catequesis
Lucas, el autor del tercer Evangelio inspirado por Dios que es un preludio requerido para esta obra, continúa abierto a la inspiración de Dios y nos prepara la primera historia de la Iglesia de una manera única.
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The relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., commonly known as Padre Pio, are touring the United States and will be available for veneration on Friday, Sept. 27, at Christ the King, 8005 Dorset Dr. in Oklahoma City.
Saint Peter in Woodward long has been a hub for ministry in northwestern Oklahoma at one point serving four missions (now three). Missionary activity predates the arrival of the Benedictines by at least three years as a Jesuit priest, Father Paul Ponziglione, visited nearby Camp (later Fort) Supply in 1872.
by Jim Beckman, director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
I shared in my last column the many powerful events I experienced over the summer. There was something else I experienced that is worth sharing as well. Early in the summer, at one of the camps, a friend introduced me to a novena I had never heard of – The Surrender Novena.
Initially, when asked to write a book review on Chris Alar’s “After Suicide,” I had concerns as to whether I could relate to the content well enough. I have not had a family member or loved one commit suicide.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of "the missionary vocation of the church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth."
CIUDAD DEL VATICANO – El papa Francisco anunció que creará 13 nuevos cardenales el 5 de octubre, escogiendo prelados de 13 diferentes países como un signo de "la vocación misionera de la iglesia que continúa proclamando el misericordioso amor de Dios a todos los hombres y mujeres de la tierra".