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Wish List

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FOP Staff “Wish List”

These are things we need.  A donation of all or part of the cost listed is most appreciated.  Where brand, size, and other details are indicated, this is what we actually can use, substitutions can cause some problems. Check with us first before dropping anything off.  Thank you for your generosity.

  1. 32 Chairs for Bede, stackable.  $26.15 each +250 shipping = $1086.80–Thank you Jim Mazzei!
  2. Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  3. 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  4. 2 new Stoves.   Kenmore 5.6 cu. ft. Gas Range 5 burners, w/ Convection Oven – Stainless Steel  ($1100-1400 ea)
  5. Dishes.  Add to current set to handle large groups: Corelle–$200–Thank you Reverie!
  6. Easel for presentations.   Best-Rite Oak Presentation Easel – Natural – 69 1/2″H x 30″W x 31 1/2″D (Best-Rite BES-745)   ($120 – 150)
  7. 3 new CD/tape players.    Jensen CD-540 Portable Stereo Compact Disc Cassette Recorder with AM/FM Radio  (Walmart $34 ea)
  8. Headphones   JVC HARX300 High-Quality Full-Size Headphone  (Walmart $16 ea)–Thank you Jon Hart!
  9. LCD projector.       Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)

Your donations are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


January 8-10: Three Radical Acts of Love

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Dirje Childs, MS, LPC, mental health therapist and freelance improvisational cellist, will facilitate this contemplative weekend. The format will be relaxed, to include teaching sessions followed by periods of “soft time”, when participants may choose to enjoy quietude, rest, walk, journal, or read. Dirje will also use brief periods of solo cello as a contemplative balm.
From the crucible of her own life’s path, both personal and professional, Dirje has crafted these teachings on the Three Radical Acts of Love. Come, breathe, be in the forest, eat great food, spend quiet time, and learn some easy tools. Three radical acts of love are simple, practical choices that you can make to change the way you experience your life, day to day. The teachings work alongside your own faith and spiritual traditions. Come be refreshed and learn with us!
Date/Time:  1/8, Friday  – 1/10, Sunday, Noon

Cost:  $320 for single occupancy and $280 for double occupancy (includes two nights lodging, Friday supper; Saturday breakfast, dinner and supper; Sunday breakfast and brunch) .

Deposit:  $15 nonrefundable

Registration:  Please call 918.245.2734 or email

 colorful cello

November 26 and December 6, Eucharistic Mass

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Eucharistic Mass is offered monthly in our chapel.

In November, the mass will be held on Thanksgiving day at 10am.

In December, Eucharistic Mass will be held on Sunday, December 6 at 10:30am by Father Brian Pierce who is here for the Advent Retreat.  All retreatants and non-retreatants are welcome.

December 4-6: Advent Retreat: The Birth of God in the Soul with Fr Brian Pierce

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This retreat with Father Brian Pierce (Friday evening to Sunday Noon) offers us a chance to enter into the Advent season within the context of meditation, accompanied by the teachings of Mesiter Eckhart (13th Century Christian mystic) and Thich Nhat Hanh (a contemporary Vietnamese Buddhist monk).

Advent is a time of birth and rebirth, a sacred time which invites us to welcome the birth of the divine Word in our soul.  Silence, meditation, chanting, free time to take walks and a teaching each day will be our guides. The retreat will end with a celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday, December 6, followed by a brunch.

The retreat also includes a concert Saturday with Cindy Novelo.

Date/Time:  12/4, Friday 5pm – 12/6, Sunday, Noon

Single Cabin:  $85/night

Double Cabin:  $110/night or $55/person

Cost:  $125 (includes Friday supper; Saturday breakfast, dinner and supper; Sunday breakfast and brunch)

Deposit:  $15 nonrefundable

Registration:  Please call 918.245.2734 or email



Attention: Bishop Kelley Alumni — Brother Norman Memorial Fund

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Please give in memory of Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC

        The Brother Norman Sustain The Forest Fund


To touch the hearts of students is the greatest miracle you can perform.”   -St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers (1651-1719)

Dear Bishop Kelley Alum:

Decades of Bishop Kelley High School alumni were deeply influenced by the life and teaching of Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC, who served at BK from 1992 until his death in 2008.  For many, Brother Norman’s Belief and Spirituality class opened their hearts and minds to explore the depths of their faith and understanding of discipleship.

Brother Norman touched the hearts of faculty, staff, students and parents. He was widely beloved, especially by the members of his Men’s Forum group (which became the model for the Women’s Forum group). He introduced many of his students and fellow faculty to the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and also to a special place in his faith development and interfaith understanding: The Osage Forest of Peace in Sand Springs, OK.

The Forest of Peace was dear to Brother’s heart. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in 1979, it continues today as a nonprofit retreat center governed by an interfaith board of directors. The Forest offers hospitality, retreats, workshops and contemplative prayer opportunities to all who seek to deepen their spiritual practice. Mass is offered once a month in the main chapel, and Eucharistic Adoration is available 24 hours in the Sr. Pascaline Coff Chapel.

In memory of Brother Norman, would you be willing to donate to the Forest of Peace, so it can continue to serve those who seek spiritual growth and practice here? The needs of the Forest are relatively simple, but the work of the Forest—which Brother Norman delighted in sharing–cannot be sustained without contributions from friends.

Please check out our website, or call 918-245-2734 to schedule a visit to The Forest. You may donate with PayPal online. Or send your check, payable to Forest of Peace, to 141 Monastery Road, Sand Springs, OK 74063. Designate checks to the Brother Norman Fund. Please consider a $5000, $1000, $100, $50 or $25 donation. Or consider making a monthly donation. Whatever amount is right for you, your gift will be stewarded well.

Thank you for helping sustain the mission of The Forest in memory of Brother Norman.  Blessings to you from The Forest!



Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ

Director of Spiritual Life

Osage Forest of Peace

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