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Recent Bishop Columns

To serve God, open your eyes, ears, hearts to people

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 15, 2021   

Closed often feels safer than open, but open is usually where the life is. A closed store is less likely to be robbed because there is no money in the register, but unless you open the store for customers, the business will die. You can avoid wrecking... More 

We never can stray from Jesus’ cross if we truly follow him

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 9, 2021   

Like many of you, when I was discerning whether to enter the seminary, I attended a few activities sponsored by our vocations office, some of which were helpful, but others missed the mark. I remember viewing one film intended to show how much fun... More 

Jesus: Don’t just believe, believe in him

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 25, 2021   

The Gospel reading we have today is just perfect for our celebration of Father James Ibeh's 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. It comes from Jesus' Bread of Life discourse in which Jesus unpacks for us the meaning of the Eucharist... More 

Learn from the example of St. Bridget during pandemic

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 19, 2021   

Two thousand years ago, when God poured out the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost, it was to empower the disciples and equip the Church with all the gifts they needed to proclaim the Gospel in such a way as to convert the hearts of those who heard the... More 

In crisis, rely on Jesus and Eucharist

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: August 12, 2021   

When the first Oklahoma missionaries went to Guatemala in 1963, they took a boat to an isolated place on Lake Atitlán where they found thousands of people who had been abandoned for generations and their hearts were moved with pity for them.  They... More 

Pause to thank God for all that he has provided

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: July 29, 2021   

When you and I were babies, we were totally dependent and yet our needs were met. The reason is divine providence. God gave us parents, and especially a mother, to provide for us. And they provided for us out of love. We learned to trust our mother... More 

Stability and obedience only work if you live them

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: July 27, 2021   

In the Gospel you just heard, Peter and the other disciples want to know what reward they will get for having left everything to follow Jesus. Jesus answers that: 1. They will sit on 12 thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel, 2. They will... More 

Jesus interested in how we love family and vulnerable

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: July 15, 2021   

Most of us look forward to going home from time to time for a visit, especially if we live a long way from where we were raised. I certainly look forward to my visits to Ponca City.  In today’s Gospel we see that this was true for Jesus... More 

Universal Church: Different opinions, people have a home

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: June 24, 2021   

In today’s Gospel we have two parables, the second of which is the famous parable of the mustard seed, something that starts small and then grows bigger, which seems very appropriate for our Alumni Day celebration in which we worship in our beautiful,... More 

Priests must represent Christ 24 hours a day

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: June 18, 2021   

Alex, Emmanuel, Omar, Brian and Ben, as we gather today in the presence of fellow believers from throughout Arkansas whom God has called you to serve as a priest, we recall Jesus' Last Supper 2,000 years ago -- the events of which constitute, in effect,... More