Address

4804 S. Fulton
Tulsa, OK 74135

Phone: 918-663-1907
Fax: 918-663-2533

Office Hours:

Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30

 

Church History

In September 1967, five Catholic women, in what was then the southeastern suburb of the city of Tulsa, met to discuss the religious instruction of their children. As Tulsa had grown southward, the existing parishes seemed too far away. "Fellowship and Service Guilds" formed. Eight months later, Bishop Victor J. Reed was approached and given a letter expressing the desire to form a new parish community. In part, the letter read:


Modern day Christians should be challenged through their community to lead a more purposeful and active Christian life. The basis for this community is: It will be family centered. It will be instrumental in instructing us in the true meaning of living the gospel in today’s world. It will be uncomplicated in structure.


FrSkeehanBishop Reed readily agreed it was time to start a new community. In June 1968, Fr. William K. Skeehan was sent by the Bishop with a mandate to experiment with a parish that ideally would remain within 300 families. Masses were first celebrated in the cafeteria of Memorial High School on 56th and Hudson and continued there for four years. For parish offices, Fr. Skeehan rented retail space in a shopping center at 61st and Sheridan.
A committee of parishioners, together with Fr. Skeehan, explored many options of a permanent facility, from buying property and building new, to purchasing an existing structure and remodeling. A primary goal was to keep the building part "simple" and not an end in itself – in keeping with the parish’s commitment to service. Thus, the parish chose not to follow through on a generous offer from the philanthropist William K. Warren to build a new parish and rectory adjacent to St. Francis Hospital.


Instead, the parish purchased the "Darlington Church of God" – which curiously was located on South Fulton! The building was remodeled (the immersion baptism pool removed), yet kept spartanly simple. An altar, ambo, presider’s chair, a project screen and 400 plastic chairs were added. The offices remained in the shopping center. The first Mass in the new Church was celebrated on Easter Sunday, 1972.


JimCrawfordResurrection became known as a community that really sang in vibrant contemporary style. Jim Crawford, our Music Director, has been with the community from its beginnings.
Resurrection also became known as a community that really serves. In a marvelous way, the friendship between Fr. Bill and Dan Allen, who founded Neighbor for Neighbor in 1968, took off in the minds, hearts and lives of our community. Many people in Resurrection knew Fr. Dan from his previous assignment: training Confraternity of Christine Doctrine Instructors. They shared Dan’s passion for justice and commitment to the social justice gospel of the Church. From the first days at Neighbor for Neighbor (NFN) in the rectory of St. Jude on 46th Street North to its move to an "office/house" on the parish property, members of Resurrection were there. It was a time of coming together – black and white, Catholic and Protestant and Jew, to serve in a common cause. Every stage of NFN, its medical and dental clinics, its food store, and clothing and emergency assistance has been touched by members of Resurrection – some of whom have volunteered weekly for 30 years. Since 1971, Resurrection parishioners have contributed financially to an NFN fund drive that Fr. Skeehan nicknamed "Give-a-Damn."


Fr. Skeehan completed the then standard pastor’s term in 1978 and was transferred to the community of St. James in Bartlesville, where he was pastor in until he retired in 2003.   He now lives in Tulsa.


FrPickettFr. Robert Pickett, Resurrection’s second pastor, was a long-time friend of Fr. Skeehan and Dan Allen. The parish continued its commitment to service, especially through NFN, its joy in song and liturgy, and focus on adult faith formation. Fr. Pickett and a very talented parish staff faced a number of challenges: the dislocations caused by Tulsa’s economic downturn in the 1980’s; the needs of a parish community no longer in Tulsa’s youngest neighborhood; and the practicalities of adding offices and a small hall to the Church when the retail space lease ended.
Fr. Pickett, who was loved for the poetry of his homilies, among many other things, served as Resurrection’s pastor for sixteen years: 1978-1994. In that time, the parish celebrated its own Silver Anniversary, as well as Fr. Pickett’s 35th Ordination Anniversary (1990) and his retirement (1994). Fr. Pickett died peacefully in his sleep on February 4, 2011.


Although never formally assigned to Resurrection, Fr. Bill Hamill, OSA, an Augustinian, has assisted the parish faithfully for many years following his ordination in 1972.


FrKnipeFr. Michael J. Knipe became Resurrection’s third pastor in June 1994. The parish commitments to service, liturgy, and faith formation were affirmed. At the same time, new directions developed. Alongside the relationship and friendship for Neighbor for Neighbor, new bonds were formed with Catholic Charities, a sister parish in Leflore County, and the diocesan mission in Santiago Atitlán in Guatemala. New families arriving in our neighborhood led to new avenues for ministry. We began a joint-effort with Bethany Lutheran to provide after school tutoring to neighborhood children. We work hand in hand with the Tulsa YWCA Intercultural Center to provide English as a Second Language to adults. And in the 2000-2001 school year our parish began another after-school program providing ESL tutoring for elementary age children.
Special emphasis was placed on Pastoral Care with the community and new ministries took shape. A growing number of families with children saw the expansion of our Children’s Religious Education program.
The same sense of change and opportunity gave life to a process of renovation of the Church in 1997-1998. The committee set out to remain consistent with the charisma of our community; to seek simplicity, yet to update our sanctuary, with a classic and contemporary design.
The ability to be bilingual has joined our charismas of simplicity, singing and service. We are becoming one community that speaks two languages. From very small beginnings, our Sunday Mass in Spanish has grown into a vibrant and active part of our community. Every aspect of parish life has been touched and changed by the experiences of Hispanic Catholics from across the Americas.


The Church of the Resurrection continues as an evangelizing community in every sense of the word.  As new opportunities and needs for God’s care become evident the people of The Church of the Resurrection have and will respond in Christ.   (What God has in mind for us – only the future will tell.)  Our present call is to continue the work of Jesus Christ as a family of families centered in the Eucharist and its call to service.  
 With Fr. Mike’s move to St. Pius X Church in December of 2004, our community was without a resident pastor for five months.  During that time Fr. Paul Donovan was our parish administrator.  Our parish benefited from his thoughtful homilies and his guidance.   

Effective June 1, 2005 Fr. Stephen Austin Fr. Austinwas assigned to our Church as Pastor.  It has been Fr. Steve’s stated commitment to support the Parish’s founding ideals of a caring parish family, uncomplicated and joy-filled worship and social concern and outreach that give life to the gospel of peace and justice.


In May 2008 the Resurrection Community celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a dinner held at Bishop Kelley High School on Saturday evening followed by a Mass on Sunday at Memorial High School.  In June 2009 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Fr. Austin’s ordination. In February 2012 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Fr. Hamill's ordination, along with his 75th birthday.

Effective July 1, 2015, Bishop Slattery assigned Fr. Austin to Idabel, Oklahoma, and transferred Fr. Daniel Campos from Idabel to the Church of the Resurrection in Tulsa.