Pope formally recognizes Oklahoma’s Fr. Stanley Rother as first U.S.-born martyr

From the Catholic News Service: Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.   Read the full report here. […]

Funeral Services for Fr. Shane Tharp – OKC

Funeral Arrangements Smith & Kernke, 14624 N. May Ave, OKC Vigil Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, Lawton Celebrant: Rev. Joseph Irwin Homilist: Rev. John Lanzrath Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Oklahoma City Principal Celebrant and Homilist: Most Reverend Paul S. […]

Fr. Shane Ian Tharp, RIP

Word this morning from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is that Fr. Shane Tharp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in Lawton, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at age 42. Noted columnist Mark Shea has more here. Fr. Tharp was known to many throughout the Catholic community of Oklahoma and he will be dearly […]