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 Gülen 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