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Universal Church celebrates “Year of Consecrated Life”

Year of Consecrated Life MEDIUM

Pope Francis declared 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life to recognize the immeasurable contributions to the Church made by the 895,595* men and women who are professed members of religious orders. These are Catholics who feel called to live a life devoted to extra prayer and extra service for the rest of us. They forgo marriage and secular pursuits.

 

Where would the Church be without them?

Pope Francis asks us, “What would the Church be without Saint Benedict and Saint Basil, without Saint Augustine and Saint Bernard, without Saint Francis and Saint Dominic, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Angelica Merici and Saint Vincent de Paul.”

 

We might ask ourselves, “Where would Holy Family be without religious orders?” Although no members of religious order currently work at our church or school, we need to look back only a few years to see the work of Sister Eugenia Brown, a Benedictine sister from Saint Joseph Monastery in Tulsa. Our School was graced recently with the presence of several Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, a local community of sisters that primarily serves St. Catherine School in Tulsa.

Holy Family Church

If we look further back in our parish’s short history, we find eleven Associate Pastors from three orders: the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S), the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity (M.S.SS.T), and the Jesuits (S.J.). Their names are listed in the center vestibule in the Cathedral. The initials following their names indicate their religious order.

Holy Family School

Our school was financed by Saint Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Several orders taught there including the Sisters of Mount Carmel, the Sisters of Divine Providence, the Sisters of the Holy Family, the Franciscans Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George.

Bishop Kelley and Cascia Hall

The charisms of the Christian Brothers and the Augustinians influence the spiritualities of Tulsa’s two Catholic high schools.

 

 

 

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