Our Mission

Founded in 2017 by Oklahoma’s Catholic bishops, the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma serves as the official voice of the Catholic Church in Oklahoma on matters of public policy. The Conference operates at the intersection of faith and politics. By applying Catholic moral principles to the important political questions of the day, the Conference strives to ensure that citizens and elected officials evaluate public policy options in light of a moral framework that transcends party affiliation or partisan politics.

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Public Policy Pillars

Below are the six policy areas the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma has defined as essential priorities for our advocacy efforts.

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Life & Human Dignity

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Criminal Justice & Punishment

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Education, Health & Welfare

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Labor & Economics

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Immigration

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Marriage & Family

Board of Governors

Meet the members of the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma Board of Governors

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Chairman

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. Read more…

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Most Reverend David Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa

Vice Chairman

After graduating from the University of Dallas in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in history, he earned his Master of Divinity from the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s Seminary, and was ordained on June 3, 1995. Read more…

Fr. William Novak, Vicar General of OKC

Member

Fr. Novak was born in Chicago, IL. and moved to Oklahoma City in 1979 with his parents and four brothers and sisters. He attended Mount St. Mary High School, St. Meinrad College and St. Meinrad School of Theology and was ordained a priest on May 30, 1997. Fr. Novak is currently the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese. Read more…

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Fr. Elkin González, Vicar General of Tulsa

Member

Fr. Elkin was born in Colombia, South America and ordained a priest in 2008 for the Diocese of Tulsa by Bishop Edward J. Slattery. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Education from the Catholic University in Rionegro, Colombia; a Master of Divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana; and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Institute Teresianum in Rome. Read more…

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Brett Farley, Executive Director

Member, Ex Officio

Brett Farley serves on the boards of numerous committees, organizations, non-profits, and is the founder of Veritas Strategies, a digital media consulting firm. He is the author of the short apologetic novel entitled The Dream. He and his family are converts to the Roman Catholic Church (2011), members of St. Monica Catholic Church and are active in the Edmond and greater-OKC community. Read more…