Hospitaller Region - Oklahoma City, OK
Coats for the Homeless
The Order of Malta Australian Association created Coats for the Homeless to help alleviate the suffering of homeless men and women in cities across the country. The Oklahoma City Coats for the Homeless program seeks to provide a direct and meaningful benefit to the homeless population not only in Oklahoma City, but beyond. This is not a coat collection and distribution program. Rather, the coat is specifically designed for the needs of the homeless living on the street.
Members of the Order of Malta consulted the homeless about what they wanted and needed in a coat. Based on feedback, coats are black, three-quarter length with a hood, quilted and warm, waterproof, comfortable and portable. The color is meant to be inconspicuous, as the homeless indicated their greatest fear is being assaulted in alleys and parks. Secret internal pockets hold valuables. The coats are specifically designed for mobility, allowing for easy movement in an emergency, and can be easily layered in various seasons. Please see our explanatory video to see the coats and learn about its design: https://vimeo.com/495556517.
The specially designed coats are manufactured abroad and shipped to Oklahoma City by sea freight container. In addition to local distribution by members, partner agencies will help with distributing coats to local homeless populations. Coats are also available to there Hospitaller Regions of the Order throughout the United States. Hospitallers with interest should contact the us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first order of coats are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2021. Because the coats are shipped via sea freight to the United States, we are required to utilize a 20’ shipping container. The container holds 3,360 coats and we have made a full order of this amount. The budget for manufacturing, import duties, shipping and other expenses is approximately $25 per coat.
The 2020 Annual SMOM - OKC Retreat
The 2020 Annual SMOM - OKC Retreat was a resounding success featuring Bishop Stephen Lopes. Bishop Lopes led the group in a study of Beatitudes, the foundation for the eight-point Malta Cross and for our lives as Knights of the Order of St. John. Nearly two dozen hospitallers, candidates, and spouses joined Bishop Lopes, along with special guests Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop James Conley.
Class of 2021 Approved for Candidacy
Congratulations to the Class of 2021: Cecilia Guthrie, Carolyn Synovitz, Gabriel Kern, Ed Highberger, Jeremy Webb, Todd Regier, Brian Simmons, and Brett Farley, all of whom were approved for candidacy. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations, each of the candidates are participating in online formation sessions with dozens of other candidates across the nation.
Breakfast for the Homeless
Every last Sunday of the month, Hospitallers, candidates and their families gather at Sister BJ’s Pantry in downtown Oklahoma City to prepare and serve hot breakfast and coffee to the homeless. Additionally, the Oklahoma City SMOM region sponsors the Coats for the Homeless in which donations are collected to fund a coats specially designed for the homeless to ensure warmth and maximum utility.
Order of Malta Healing Mass
On March 7th, the Oklahoma City Order held the first ever healing mass, celebrated at Christ the King parish by The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. More than 150 joined to celebrate the mass and to be anointed for healing.
Quarterly Potluck Dinner
Every quarter, Hospitallers gather with spouses at Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City to celebrate mass, break bread, meet prospective candidates and to learn more about what the Order is doing in our region and around the world.
The Oklahoma City-based group of the Federal Association began an aggressive growth plan in 2019 nearly two dozen already accepted for Investiture or currently undergoing formation. Reverend Rick Stansberry, Pastor of Christ the King in Oklahoma City, serves as Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Order. The OKC group is led by long-time Hospitallers Peter de Keratry and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating.
Introduction to the Order of Malta
In this video, Peter de Keratry, KM provides a brief presentation on the Order of Malta. The 34-minute presentation is intended only as a simple introduction to the history, tradition, spirituality and works of the Order of Malta. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Join Fr. Rick Stansberry, Chaplain, to celebrate Mass on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church. Breakfast to follow.
Oklahoma City Knights and Dames serve at Sister BJ’s Pantry in downtown Oklahoma City, offering breakfast to the homeless on the last Sunday of every month at 5:45 a.m. Members of the Order (and their families) who are interested in participating in this and other activities should contact the Regional Hospitaller, Peter de Keratry.
Angelus Prayer on OKCR.org
Each day at noon, members of the Order of Malta in Oklahoma City can be heard praying the Angelus on Catholic Radio. In addition to live streaming from the Oklahoma Catholic Radio website, the Angelus plays over the air on stations in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, Elk City, Woodward and other cities and towns across the state.