Catholic Charities of Tulsa Inaugurates and Blesses the Community Plaza

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa invites the public to join in for the inauguration and blessing of The Community Plaza on Friday, August 31, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Catholic Charities’ campus. Special guest speakers Deacon Kevin Sartorius, Executive Director of Catholic Charities; David Preciado Juarez, Consul of Mexico and Heidi Hernandez, Education Coordinator will be in attendance. Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, will offer a blessing to the new program with a reception immediately following.

The Catholic Charities Education Program and the Mexican Consulate have partnered together to bring The Community Plaza to the Tulsa area. The Community Plaza is learning center for the Adult Basic Education Program of Mexico and is accredited by the National Institute of Adult Basic Education of Mexico (INEA). This program, taught by volunteers, offers elementary and middle school level classes to Spanish speaking students over the age of 18. Students will receive an official diploma from the Mexican State Department of Public Education upon completion of classes. After graduation, students can take additional training to get the GED in Spanish and receive their high school diploma from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Morning and evening classes are free and open to citizens of all countries. The first day of enrollment is September 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

For more information on The Community Plaza contact Heidi Hernandez, Education Coordinator, at 918-508-7102 or

The mission of Catholic Charities is to be Christ’s merciful love to those who suffer. Last year, 50,000 people in need benefited from the services of Catholic Charities’ 12 programs. Most services are offered at no cost or on a sliding fee schedule. Assistance is provided without regard for race, color, or creed; approximately 85% of those served are not of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Charities’ staff and more than 2,500 volunteers carry out the mission. Catholic Charities is not a United Way agency, and receives limited federal funding; 90% of the funding for operation is provided by individuals and private charitable organizations.

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