treat fish with tetracycline in food dexamethasone 0 5 mg obat apa ya can you give kittens pill form of amoxicillin 875 mg side effects of metronidazole 50 mg amoxicillin 875 for kitten mexican viagra online amoxil suspension 400 mg potid x 10 days olanzapine and alcohol pdf pastillas cytotec redondas can you inject gabapentin 800mg oxalates and anastrozole can you use metronidazole gel after abortion can we use azithromycin in treatment of ringworm clomid 150mg twins lisinopril and metoprolol tartrate revista 2g descargar gratis anastrozole with alcohol side effects can taking too much neurontin be lethal metoprolol tabletas25 efectos secundarios en espanol augmentin drug treat typhod finasteride online forum clomiphene tab 100g when is it used price of viagra at walgreens double dose of amoxicillin accidentally infeld 20 piroxicam 20 adalah buy prozac nation book efek samping obat dexamethasone 0 5 mg nortriptyline 10mg tablets side effects bactrim 960 cena terbinafine hcl cream for psoriosis order dexamethasone iontophoresis order provera online no prescription marketing plan azithromycin sachet colchicine 1mg opocalcium colchicine vibramycin 100mg any side effects in periods pengara sildenafil tablets pil viagra 6800 cheap cialis olanzapine lilly 4115 lisinopril 40 mg pill identifier topamax 100 mg twice a day is.cipro a good a antiobotic will my urine change using metronidazole 500 open forumcytotec in phil rite aid viagra price wellbutrin message board sertraline 100mg efectos albuterol 2.5 mg 3ml sa ampicillin 500mg dosage albuterol steroid inhaler sale purchase amoxicillin online uk buy amoxicillin in germany plavix 75 mg used. for double vision doxycycline side effects in dogs dapoxetine 15mg asda pharmacy sildenafil is ciprofloxacin used to treat sinus infections meloxicam 75g co tac dung gi generic dutasteride clomiphene citrate price mercury drug prednisone side effects yahoo order propecia no prescription obat panu salap fungasol ketoconazole veterinary use escitalopram combo of bupropion zinc and vutamin b gabapentin 300mg street value is buspar good for tooth ache lesofat or xenical which is most effective do you have to wean from ritalin to switch to strattera how to use viagra spray for men bayer levitra losartan prometrium 100mg generic ketoconazole antifungal cream price in uae propranolol erectile dysfunction levaquin espanol ciprocinal 500 mg para que sirve el luvox cilostazol vs clopidogrel in stroke can lisinopril 40 mg be cut in half can you buy zoloft online zyban sr 150 mg can i take ginkgo with wellbutrin and cymbalta citalopram together doxepin depression can i take citlapram and seroquel allegra pediatrico da diarreia tab.metformin side effects in mims amoxicillin 500mg is used for generic strattera 40 mg cost walmart cytotec sale online doxycycline hyclate 100mg and sinus infection diflucan versus lamicil for fungus information singulair us sales obar generik dexamethasone lanadexon can you swallow zofran whole bactrim and clindamycin together cost of xeloda 500mg erythromycin 1000 mg db amiodarone 6 months tenormin 25 mg price how quickly does metoprolol work does levaquin cover pseudomonas help how do i stop taking prescription diet pills best pharmacies in pakistan making paroxetine tablets interaction melatonin and gabapentin.1mg compare gliclazide and glucophage finasteride pfizer 5 mg tagliare can protonix bactrim and flagyl be take together can pamelor cause teeth grinding in sleep cytotec misoprostol em piracicaba hydrochlorothiazide 500mg alternative to tamoxifen premenopausal flagyl philippines tablet price muscle weakness weight gain with mirtazapine 15 can singulair be used to make meth antiviral daily dosage for suppression of cold sores citalopram 15mg better than prozac cytotec misoprostol plm augmentin 1g prospect ciprofloxacin brands in sl kaboom vs viagra synthroid and ethinyl estradiol interactions cheapest place to buy propecia online acyclovir 200 stada viagra generic mastercard precription cheap cialis online india una pastilla de disulfiramcuanto tarda en eliminarse whats the street value for amitriptyline 25mg what will happen if i take overdose of kamagra prednisone 50 mg mood side effects lipitor 10mg price malaysia cipro cost without insurance can i take 2 doxepin 6 mg buying levitra mexico how long is the menstrual cycle after taking diflucan prednisone effects 6 days topamax 50 mg price in pakistan phenergan dosing for 8 yr old verapamil oral tablet 40 mg information azithromycin dosage for campylobacter does buspar cause dilation period how much metronidazole costs price of propecia in costco furosemide 40mg tab ran obat grazeo 20 piroxicam untuk apa generic lexapro at walmart synthroid 88 mcg equivalencia para armour augmentin 500mg for boils actavis sildenafil persantine 25 mg azithromycin 1 gm for 5 days diclofenaco y meloxicam cyal es mejor buy nizoral shampoo uk dose flagyl 125mg 5ml voltaren 500 mg gel pris i norge periactin 4mg side effects lisinopril 40mg valtrex 250mg how much prednisone shuts off adrenal gland diltiazem er generic equivalent seroquel xr astrazeneca canada spc shaking hands when starting quetiapine does eating grapefruit affect metronidazole 250 mg ivermectin cost kenya zoloft side effects after 3 months alere zofran drip flomax cr o.4 mg apoteka dosage of prednisone for hives amlodipine article 30 referral buy lamisil singapore prometrium suppositireis have peanut oil if you are on cialis can u still ejaculate the next day prices of viagra and cialis buy seroquel xr orlistat usp 35 monograph fungsi metronidazole azithromycin for chlamydia 2 weeks ago pseudomonas putida and septra coverage how many days should i use metformin tablets for pcod antibiotic tablets over the counter voltaren tablets for swollen lymph nodes tendon rupture and cipro mechanism avergae length of time to take lamisil albuterol sulfate frequency liquid ibuprofen and metformin together femara tablet price in india bloated while uti taking levofloxacin and buscopan is metronidazole 500 mg bitter tasting nexium how much does it cost nitroglycerin nycomed 0.5 mg generic name bactrim forte amoxil 125mg 5ml side effects taking provera for 3days only compare avapro and generic irbesartan ed from verapamil er viagra price walgreens accidentally took bactrim allergic prazosin farmacodinamia dan lasix nexium 24 hours otc price atarax 6mg drops valacyclovir for strep throat en guatemala cuanto cuestan cuatro pastillas cytotec augmentin 1000 mg twice a day has anyone took maxalt 10 mg from india can i take my husbands cialis bactrim coverage do you lose energy taking amitriptyline cost of viagra generic cyproheptadine use in cats dose to give how long does it take prednisone to work for croup twins on clomid 50 mg where can u get kamagra nottingham lipitor nus pojavi piroxicam drug action zofran for a hangover amitriptyline price uk can you drink alcohol when taking metronidazole gel flagyl 375 mg can ezetimibe and atorvastatin cause hand tremors amlodipine 5 diflucan 150 mg cost generic levitra vs levitra any side effects and or law suits on micardis order metformin no prescription prozac first couple weeks SUNNYDUVET.COM can my 15 month old take albuterol warfarin 2.5 mg color roaccutane day 30 mobic 15 mg usos for bacterial vaginosis i was prescribed flagyl mg montelukast palpitations bactrim 800 mg pre?§o purchase arimidex canada do i have to take flomax 30 minutes after a meal cialis no prescription in uk arimidex peptide under tongue taking cytotec not pregnant flomax 40 mg levothyroxine levels of 0.075mg voltaren retard 400 finasteride 2.5 mg mujeres mifepristone e misoprostol como usar montelukast singuler sold in mexico can i crush or split zyprexa cost of diovan at walmart flagyl indications for 8 years old metformin 250 mg tablets albuterol price costco anafranil retard. eyaculacion precoz buy levitra ecuador sildenafil 50gm olanzapine 10mg with seroquel 25mg doxycycline hyclate and cyclosporine mechanism of action tetracycline in std i took clomid 50mg my cycle 30 when i ovulation ivermectina 4 antibiotics and frozen wmbryo transfer walmart levitra special pricing prednisone 40 mg 4 days diflucan and burning cuanto cuesta el montelukast en mexico feldene for sale diflucan side effects and herxheimer plavix 75 mg cena polska nebulizer prescription for dogs can you take celexa and unisom together generic flomax not working nortriptyline 10 mg cap teva manfaat dari obat fluconazole ranbaxy atorvastatin calcium tablet reviews heavy period after clomiphene citrate treatment avodart sleepiness can i take hawthornberry with coumadin warfarin can i take clonidine tablet while using patch nizoral 2 cost bactrim forte suspension posologia can you eat myrtle when taking warfarin analysis of metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg albuterol sulfate not working propranolol 240 mg when is cymbalta going generic buy lasix furosemide cheap escitalopram lexapro and alcohol side effects t.c. tetracycline for fish. tooth infection dosage cara memakai obat invitec misoprostol singulair 30 hydrochlorothiazide. results transgender tablet viagra 100mg purchase viagra in canada online viagra drugs zithromax ghonorea 2 gram antidote of sildenafil amoxicillin 250 finger infections alendronate costco strattera costco price can you buy dexamethasone over the counter propecia finasteride price what is the difference between avapro and irbesartan cheap dapoxetine ketoconazole and miconazole cream in india cheap propecia 1mg buy 250mg azithromycin in europe genesis finasteride 1mg hair regrowth how long before albuterol wears off how much does metronidazole gel cost at walgreens who is the brand leader of esomeprazole in pakistan purchase cozaar online effects of metronidazole clumpy discharge stopping mirtazapine cold turkey levitra professional maximize pens info bangladesh montelukast overdose on.5 klonopin and 400 seroquel ubat clopidogrel bisulphate how to get mutiple erections in one day metronidazole 500 mg antifungal can i take viagra if i am on hydrocodone and neurotine cipro for mrsa propranolol and clonazepam indication bactrim for uti prevention what happens if u drink beer and take 40mg of paxil lipitor off patent australia duloxetine hcl reaction mechanism clomiphene citrate 300 mg ciprofloxacin 500mg uk viagra buy on line septra cross reaction with penicilin amlodipine 209 azithromycin 1000 mg take effect nizoral ketoconazole philippines on risperidone and citalopram can i take codeine purchase tamsulosin viagra rectal fexofenadine montelukast generic para sirvenexium tamsulosin ototoxic dosis e indicaciones de septra ds ip 272 singulair 10 mg directions singulair dosage in adults doxycycline acne mercury drug can you fail a urine test by taking valtrex remeron plus 5htp acyclovir cream 30 gram vardenafil free trial coupons buy viagra online uk no prescription nitroglycerin cream online side effects of ic acyclovir how long does it take zofran to work para que que es el atenolol paxil price at walmart plavix and ercp cvs amoxicillin 500mg viagra professional canadian pharmacy duloxetine dr 30 mg buy cheap accutane in usa nolvadex pct buy australia weight loss metformin 750 mg cipla amoxicillin 200 mg la metformina es anfetamina finasteride 360 finasteride uric acid allegra allergy 70 count lipitor 40 mg pakistan price 150 mg hydroxyzine finasteride in women side effects new viagra pill doxycycline hyclate capsule 175 mg buy thyroxine at boots nizoral penggunaa cuanto cuesta el cytotec en bolivia

Benedictines in the Bible Belt

Saint Gregory’s University growing in Oklahoma.
by Anthony Flott | Source:

It’s easy to feel out of the loop when you’re the only Catholic university in the middle of a Bible Belt state.

“Make no mistake,” says St. Gregory University professor Jean Thornbrugh, “Catholicism is not the prevalent religion.”

Yet even that is not without its advantages at St. Gregory’s, a Benedictine-run liberal arts institution in Shawnee, Okla.

“If somebody says, ‘Are there any Catholic institutions?’” says Thornbrugh, “pretty much everyone knows there’s just one, and it’s St. Gregory’s.”

Now, university officials are hoping the good word gets beyond the Sooner State. Benedictine Father Lawrence Stasyszen, the 10th abbot of St. Gregory’s Abbey and SGU chancellor, wants to become more visible and accessible to Catholic families throughout the country.

“Our goal is to increase the number of Catholic students on our campus so that our Catholic culture can be increasingly strengthened,” says Abbott Stasyszen, an Oklahoma native. “One way that we are doing this in the coming year is significantly increasing our scholarship program which offers support to students simply for being Catholic.”

That’s in keeping with one way that Abbot Stasyszen describes the university, calling it a “missionary institution … located on a frontier of the Church where Catholics are a minority and often-persecuted population.”

Deep Roots

St. Gregory’s roots stretch back to 1875 when French Benedictine Father Isidore Robot and Brother Dominic Lambert came to Indian Territory and began ministering to the Citizen Band Pottawatomi Indians in south-central Oklahoma. That’s marked as the beginning of the Catholic Church in Oklahoma, and no wonder: The two monks soon established a school for the children of American Indians and white settlers in present-day Konawa, Okla., the first of more than 45 Oklahoma missions and parishes founded by the order.

In 1913 the Benedictines began constructing a new high school and college in Shawnee. Two years later it was incorporated as the “Catholic University of Oklahoma,” though popularly known as St. Gregory’s.

SGU today has 800 undergraduates, 330 of them traditional students at the main campus in Shawnee (the “Redbud” city of Oklahoma 35 minutes east of Oklahoma City, population 28,600). Roughly a third of the students come from outside Oklahoma, representing 15 states and 18 countries. Abbot Stasyszen calls it a diverse campus whose Benedictine hallmarks of hospitality and community welcome a variety of religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

As its Shawnee campus approaches its centennial anniversary, St. Gregory’s is stressing faith, focus and flexibility.


The first of those, not surprisingly, is led by the witness of 28 monks, most of whom reside at the on-campus monastery, others in area parishes.

“The monastic community gives witness to the vital necessity of prayer and of the reality of God’s transcendent love to our students, faculty, staff and guests,” says Abbott Stasyszen, a 1984 SGU graduate. “Several members of the campus community join us regularly for our celebration of the Divine Office and for our daily celebration of the Eucharist. We hope that the work of members of the monastic community in the classroom, in administrative roles, in efforts to beautify the campus grounds, and in our ministry as chaplains and mentors to students and members of the faculty and staff have a positive impact on their lives.

“St. Gregory’s remains a vital extension of St. Gregory’s Abbey. The monks of St. Gregory’s consider the university to be our primary offering in service to the Church and to humanity.”

The examples go beyond work and prayer. President David Wagie, who in April 2007 followed Abbot Stasyszen in that post, adds that the “Benedictine value of excellence is reflected in our overall academic programs and focus on the students.”

Abbot Stasyszen provides a few examples:

• The conceptual model for SGU’s teacher education program, “Reflective Practitioner,” immerses students in the practice of contemplative reflection on curriculum, field experiences and the ongoing discernment of a vocation to be a teacher.

• A new core curriculum centered on a four-semester study of great texts called “Tradition and Conversation” draws upon the Benedictine traditions of lectio divina (a slow and prayerful reading of texts) as well as communal discussion.

• The design of new student housing is considering models for “community living and mutual respect and service.”

Ex Corde Ecclesiae

Such immersion in Benedictine and Catholic values was one of the reasons St. Gregory’s was among 21 recommended colleges in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College: What to Look For and Where to Find It, published last November by the Cardinal Newman Society. Editor Joseph Esposito also points to the university’s student-monk interactions and to its religious outreach efforts. The latter includes the Buckley Outreach Team through which SGU students conduct retreats for youth in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. In a typical year the team will conduct 20 retreats for some 50 parishes and nearly 1,000 youth.

Esposito also is impressed with St. Gregory’s commitment to Pope John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae (On Catholic Universities) and with its role in the New Evangelization.

“We are heartened to see a number of older Catholic colleges and universities who have rejuvenated their Catholic identity and rededicated their commitment to Catholic evangelization,” says Esposito. “The reason for this rebirth is the faithful leadership of new presidents and other administrators. Leadership at the top is extremely important.”

Says the Oklahoma-born Father Stasyszen, who was elected abbot in January 2006, “Benedictine spirituality and education is hardly a new fad. It is also a tradition that does not foster extremism. Rather, Benedictine spirituality fosters a sense of healthy balance based on firm identity and purpose. I believe that this resonates well with people today.”

Focused, Flexible

The university’s two other areas of emphasis, focus and flexibility, perhaps are best witnessed by an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

“We all work together to help provide a great education and help students succeed,” says Wagie.

Such personal attention allows for flexibility, most evident in the option of personalized degree programs that SGU promotes as “Design your very own university experience.”

Additional flexibility is illustrated through its College for Working Adults founded in 2003 in Tulsa. The college provides accelerated evening classes for working adults, a student segment not often mentioned in New Evangelization discussions.

“They come to us from many different perspectives,” says Thornbrugh, who taught the first CWA class in 2003 before becoming the college’s dean in 2005. “We might have people who were fortunate to be able to go to college after high school but maybe didn’t take advantage of it as they should and perhaps academically underperformed. And then we have people like me who didn’t have the means to be able to afford to go to a university. I think ‘life happens’ to these adults for various reasons, and now they’re able to complete their education.”

The program began with 15 adult students. Last year, prior to graduation, there were 429 CWA students pursuing mostly business degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels on three campuses. That includes the recently opened third campus in Oklahoma City.

Students meet once a week for a four-hour class. Like communal monks, they also work together in teams of three to four “cohorts,” meeting outside the classroom to achieve team objectives and assignments. Classes last five weeks, and the program is structured for completion in 18 months to two years. Already it boasts 252 alumni, including 26 with master’s degrees. The university hopes to have 600 CWA students by 2010.

President Wagie is hoping for an enrollment boost throughout the college. Plans also call for expanded academic offerings and for improved facilities (new resident halls and a library learning center). Long term, Wagie hopes St. Gregory’s will “become regionally known as a beacon for Christian values, educational opportunity, and community service.”

Word has already gotten out in Oklahoma.

“When I teach,” says Thornbrugh, “I go around and ask, ‘Why did you pick St. Gregory’s?’

“I will tell you, 80% of every class says they chose us because we’re religious. By and large what is the draw is being religious. Being in the Bible Belt, that’s very strong here.’”

Anthony Flott is based in
Papillion, Nebraska.

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular