Celebrating Father Rother – Archbishop Coakley

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“Celebrating Father Rother- the Shepherd who didn’t run”

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D.

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley was born to John and Mary Coakley in Norfolk, VA in 1955 and lived there with his father, mother and older brother, John, until he was two years old. The family relocated to Metairie, LA where his sister, Mary Christina was born. After beginning his elementary education at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School the family moved in 1965 to Overland Park, KS. Archbishop Coakley’s secondary education was completed in public schools in Overland Park.

After graduation from high school he attended the University of Kansas where he completed his undergraduate studies in English and Classical Antiquities in 1977. During this period he was a student in KU’s Integrated Humanities Program, where he studied under John Senior, Dennis Quinn and Frank Nelick.

Upon completing university studies Archbishop Coakley traveled in Europe and briefly considered a monastic vocation at the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault in France, before he returned to begin seminary studies for Diocese of Wichita in 1978.

After completing studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, he was ordained a priest on May 21, 1983. After serving as a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for twenty-one years, he was appointed Bishop of Salina on October 21, 2004. Bishop Coakley was ordained and installed as Bishop of Salina on December 28, 2004.

On December 16, 2010, Bishop Coakley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop on February 11, 2011.

Chair of the Day


Patrick Raglow serves as the
Executive Director at Catholic
Charities of the Archdiocese
of Oklahoma City, a $5M not for-profit agency serving the residents of Central and Western Oklahoma through 14 social service programs.

Under his leadership, Catholic Charities has conducted a $9.5M capital campaign to construct a new main facilities building in Oklahoma City.

Patrick Raglow retired from the U.S. Air Force in the grade of Colonel in 2009. His final assignment was the commander of the 505th Operations Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, with more than 260 personnel in three active-duty squadrons and two detachments across nine states.

Patrick’s other assignments have taken him to more than
23 countries of the world, with two tours in Germany and
one in the Republic of Korea.

He is a combat veteran, with service in Operation DESERT
SHIELD/STORM, and humanitarian relief operations over Bosnia-Herzegovina, among others. Patrick flew one of the first AWACS air sovereignty missions following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Patrick has a distinguished background in education and instruction, with two master’s degrees and multiple assignments as an aircrew or academic platform instructor, including curriculum development, delivery and oversight, and from entry-level to senior officer environments.

Patrick is married to the former Andrea Lynn Hunt of
Oklahoma City, and they are blessed with three children.

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