Monday, December 23, 2013

Floyd M. Schoenhals Distinguished Ecumenist Award

On November 7, 2013, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC) honored Monsignor Patrick Gaalaas with the third annual Floyd M. Schoenhals Distinguished Ecumenist Award. The award was instituted in November 2010 to recognize Bishop Schoenhals' significant ecumenical and interfaith accomplishments during his 17-year tenure as bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod. 

Among his many accomplishments, Bishop Schoenhals chaired the council of communion leaders for the OCC, worked closely to foster shared ministry with Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Church of Christ and Methodist clergy and congregations, hosted a Roman Catholic dialogue, and participated in many inter-faith dialogues with the Dialog Institute of the Southwest (formerly the Institute of Interfaith Dialog), which recently honored him with their Fethullah G├╝len Peace Award.

The 2013 recipient, Rev. Msgr. Patrick Gaalaas, was honored for his ecumenical and interfaith work in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa over his 41 years as a priest.  Msgr. Gaalaas has served as the CADEIO representative and Vicar General for the Diocese of Tulsa and on the boards of OCC, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries and the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (formerly the Oklahoma Conference of Christians and Jews).

Pictured (from left to right) are: Msgr. Patrick Gaalaas-2013 Schoenhals Distinguished

Ecumenist Award recipient, Bishop Emeritus Floyd Schoenhals, Dr. Dill Tabbernee-Executive

Director of OCC, Pr. Nathan Allen-President of OCC


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