Who We Are In 1912, the groundwork for Catholic Charities was laid with the founding of St. Joseph's Orphanage. In the following years, other institutions were also opened to serve children, families and other people in need. Among these was a boardinghouse for young working women, a maternity home, and St. Ann's Home for the Elderly.
In 1927, Catholic Charities expanded its services to include adoption, foster care and pregnancy counseling. Its mission was to make Christ's love for all human beings a visible and living reality for those in need.
The needs of our society have changed dramatically since the early 1900s. In turn, the work of the Agency has also changed. In recent years, there has been a national trend away from institutions toward smaller group homes for provision of services to specialized populations. Our Lady of Victory Maternity Home, serving pregnant women and infants, closed in the mid-seventies. St. Joseph's Orphanage closed in 1990 due to a lack of adequate funding by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. St. Ann's Home for the Elderly was operated under Catholic Charities' umbrella for many years until a new St. Ann's Nursing Home opened in 1992 under the administration of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Catholic Charities has adapted to changing times and trends in delivery of social services. The Agency still provides the following direct services: pre- and post- adoption services; pregnancy counseling; marriage, family and individual counseling; immigration legal services; refugee resettlement; emergency rent and utility assistance; disaster relief; homeless services; faith community nursing; and parish outreach.
There is a strong emphasis on providing training and support to parishes so that they may answer their Gospel call to helping the poor and vulnerable. Through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, we work to eliminate the underlying causes of poverty and injustice.
Catholic Charities has a long history of providing loving care to those in need. With your help we will continue to reach out to others in mercy, charity, and justice.
Meet the Board of Directors Catholic Charities is fortunate to have a very active Board of Directors. The current membership includes:
Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop - Chairman
Charles E. Wade, Jr., President
Maria Mendez Wallace, Vice President
Michael J. Milligan, Treasurer
Deacon Anthony Crispo
James Dixson, MD
Rev. Bill Pruett
Rev. Raul Reyes, O.C.D.
Financial Reporting Catholic Charities is held accountable by its Board of Directors, employees, clients and constituency to maintain the highest level of transparency. Please feel free to look through our FINANCIAL RECORDS.
Charity Navigator Catholic Charities received a high overall rating, three stars, from Charity Navigator, America's premier charity evaluator of fiscal management and committment to accountability and transparency. Catholic Charities received the highest possible rating for accountability and transparency, four stars. Receiving four stars indicates that Catholic Charities adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
Catholic Social Teaching The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition and the service of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society in economics and politics, in law and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Rights and Responsibilities The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities--to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
Solidarity We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.”1 The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.
Care for God's Creation We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
National Connection Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is part of a nationwide network of Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities USA, the parent agency, was founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Originally known as the National Conference of Catholic Charities, CCUSA was formed to promote the creation of diocesan Catholic Charities bureaus, to encourage professional social work practice, to bring a sense of solidarity among those in charitable ministries, and to be the attorney for the poor. Today, Catholic Charities USA is the national office for local Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. CCUSA provides strong leadership, advocacy, a national voice, networking opportunities, financial support and training to enhance the work of local Catholic Charities agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families and empower communities. Please visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org for more information.
Our Mission To provide help and hope to all through the Catholic tradition of service.
Who We Serve Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City serves all who come to our door regardless of race, sex, physical disability, religion, age or national origin.
Where We Serve Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City serves Central and Western Oklahoma with offices in Clinton, Enid, Guymon, Lawton and Oklahoma City.
How We Serve For 100 years, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City has served as a stabilizing force in the community, providing critical and necessary services to those in need.
Why We Serve From the Liturgy of St. Basil: "Remember, O Lord, those who bring offerings and do good in Thy holy churches, and those who remember the poor.…Fill their treasures with every good thing…support the aged; encourage the faint-hearted…free those who are held captive by unclean spirits…defend the widows; protect the orphans; free the captives; heal the sick. Remember, O God, those who are in courts, in mines, in exile, in harsh labor, and those in any kind of affliction, necessity, or distress, and remember each man and his request, his home and his need. Amen."
Executive Director Patrick Raglow
1501 N. Classen Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73106 405.523.3000