Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

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Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Archidioecesis Oclahomensis
OKC Cathedral.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady
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Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of Oklahoma City
Area42,470 sq mi (110,000 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
280,000 (8%)
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 13, 1972
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Current leadership
ArchbishopPaul Stagg Coakley
Bishops emeritusEusebius Joseph Beltran
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City (Latin: Archidioecesis Oclahomensis) is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the midwestern region of the United States. Its ecclesiastical territory includes 46 counties in western Oklahoma. The Most Reverend Paul Stagg Coakley is the current archbishop. As such, he is the metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province which includes the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the Diocese of Tulsa and the Diocese of Little Rock. Previously the bishop of the Diocese of Salina in Kansas, Archbishop Coakley was appointed to Oklahoma City on December 16, 2010[1] and installed as archbishop on February 11, 2011.[1]


The diocese had its roots through French Benedictine monks who entered Indian Territory in 1875 to establish a Catholic presence. The Diocese of Oklahoma City was established in 1905 with Belgian Theophile Meerschaert as its first bishop. St. Joseph's Church in downtown Oklahoma City served the diocese as its first cathedral[2] until Our Lady of Perpetual Help replaced it in 1931.[3] In the 1930s the name was changed to the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa to reflect shifting population trends in Oklahoma. It first achieved international attention when, in 1949, it became home to the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague.[4] On December 13, 1972, Pope Paul VI split the diocese into two, creating the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, which ministers to Catholics in the western part of Oklahoma, and the Diocese of Tulsa, which ministers to those in the east.[5]. On September 23, 2017, Father Stanley Francis Rother (March 27, 1935 – July 28, 1981), a priest of the Archdiocese, was beatified during a Mass at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. He had been murdered while working in Guatemala in 1981. Pope Francis had declared him a martyr, saying he had been killed "in odium fidei" (in hatred of the faith).


Prefects of Indian Territory[edit]

  1. Isidore Robot, OSB (1876–1887)
  2. Ignatius Jean, OSB (1887–1890)

Vicar Apostolic of Indian Territory[edit]

  1. Theophile Meerschaert (1891–1905)

Bishops of Oklahoma City[edit]

  1. Theophile Meerschaert (1905–1924)
  2. Francis Kelley (1924–1930)

Bishops of Oklahoma City-Tulsa[edit]

  1. Francis Kelley (1930–1948)
  2. Eugene J. McGuinness (1948–1957)
  3. Victor Reed (1958–1971)
  4. John R. Quinn (1971–1972)

Archbishops of Oklahoma City[edit]

  1. John R. Quinn (1972–1977), appointed Archbishop of San Francisco
  2. Charles Salatka (1977–1992)
  3. Eusebius Beltran (1993–2010)
  4. Paul Stagg Coakley (2011–present)

Coadjutor Bishop[edit]

  1. Eugene J. McGuinness (1944–1948)

Other priests of this diocese who became Bishops[edit]


The official news and information publication of the diocese is the Sooner Catholic.

High schools[edit]


Summer Camps[edit]

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Summer Camp, in between Luther and Wellston

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Oklahoma City
See: List of the Catholic bishops of the United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Archbishop Paul Stagg Coakley". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^ Skvorc, Krystyna. "About Us". St. Joseph Old Cathedral. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ "Our History". Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  4. ^ History Archived 2012-08-30 at the Wayback Machine,
  5. ^ History, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma Web site (accessed February 17, 2010).

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°33′41″N 97°38′46″W / 35.56139°N 97.64611°W / 35.56139; -97.64611