OUR FAITH OUR FUTURE - St. Thomas More's Capital Campaign
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ST. THOMAS MORE UNIVERSITY PARISH: OUR UNIQUE MISSION
The young people who gather here for Mass, Bible studies, sacramental preparation, service projects and fellowship represent the future of the Church in Oklahoma, Texas and beyond. Our mission is unlike that of any other parish within the Archdiocese: find the next generation, call them to Christ and prepare them for leadership roles. As the University of Oklahoma grows, our mission grows in scope and urgency.
To accomplish our mission, we must also serve the larger university community. Professors and staff, along with their families, provide an invaluable resource by which we are able to provide and model for students a diverse community of faith. At this writing, St. Thomas More University Parish is blessed with well over six hundred families. Together, we are the Catholic presence on the OU campus.
We also need faithful partners from all across Norman, central Oklahoma and the country. Serious Catholics who understand the need to evangelize the nation’s university students are our greatest allies. The rising tide of secularism; the militant atheistic movement; the materialistic culture: all of these forces contend with us for the hearts and minds of today’s students. Without a vigorous outreach effort, many Catholic students may simply leave the Church, unaware of our rich intellectual and spiritual treasury.
If you would like to know more about us, please visit us. I and my staff are always happy to give tours of our facilities and detail our current ministries. This is a very exciting time to be involved in Campus Ministry and we are filled with hope for the future.
Thanks for visiting our website. God bless you.
Father Jim Goins
Dear parishioners and friends,
When St. Thomas More University Parish moved in 1979 from our chapel on Boyd Street to our current site at Jenkins and Stinson, about 56,000 people lived in Norman;17,000 students attended the University of Oklahoma, and approximately 2,000 students and faculty self-identified as Catholics. Today, more than 118,000 people call Norman home; 27,000 students study on the Norman campus and it is estimated that around 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff identify as Roman Catholic. Not only have the numbers increased but the interest in being a part of this faith community continues to grow. Praise God.
The time to expand is now. Making room for the growing number of OU students, young families, established individuals and families and retirees remaining in or returning to Norman, and all those other souls choosing this vibrant university community - converts, lifelong Catholics, people exploring our faith - is urgent. It is our responsibility as disciples of Christ to create room in our hearts and in this place for all who seek to worship him. Please join me in making that happen.
As you learn more about the plans for a true Student Center, a Parish Hall we can use for parish events and celebrations, and most importantly, a new, welcoming worship space with room for a growing parish to worship together (not with some standing in the atrium during Mass or seated in a somewhat detached overflow area) I invite you to engage in the process. Give us your feedback, pray with us about this journey we’ve embarked upon, and support these efforts to the best of your ability. This will take all of us; parishioners, friends, alumni, parents of OU students past and present, and everyone who cares deeply about the spiritual life of Catholic college students. Please contact me or a member of the Capital Campaign Committee with your questions, your suggestions, your concerns and your personal commitment to this project. Be a part of our faith, our future, and St. Thomas More’s next chapter.
Yours in Christ,
Reverend James Aubrey Goins
Pastor and Campus Minister
(405) 321-0990, Ext. 204