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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, March 01, 1910, Image 32

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
The feast of Our Holy Father St. Benedict, which this
year occurred on April 5. was celebrated with usual solem
nity. On this day, the Feast of Our Holy Founder, four of
our Clerics, Bro. James O'Keefe, Bro. Jerome Wichulis,
Bro. Celestine Smith and Bro. Benedict Ryan pronounced
their solemn vows. The beautiful ceremony of profession
took place in the Abbey church and was witnessed by a
large congregation. Mr. and Mrs. O'Keefe of Oklahoma
City, parents of Bro. James and Mrs. Wichulis of Alderson,
mother of Bro. Jerome were visitors for the occasion.
It has been for many years the desire of the Benedictines
of Sacred Heart to establish an educational institution in
Oklahoma, which should be second to none in the State in
equipment and scholastic achievement. This project at
last approaches realization, as the Fathers are about to es
tablish a college in Shawnee which will undoubtedly be
classed among the foremost educational institutions of the
Southwest.
The learning and ability of the Benedictine Fathers of
Sacred Heart is unquestionable, but there has been thus
far insufficient field for the display of their academic at
tainments; but now, thanks to the zeal and business acumen
of the superiors, coupled with the munificence of Mr. Mar
tin Fleming and the Shawnee Development Company, the
plans of the past are certain of execution and the citizens
of Oklahoma will at last be in a position to give their sons
the advantages of a true and thorough Christian education.

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