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Tulsa Bishop Requests Prayers for Shooting Victims

By Tablet Staff

TULSA, Okla. — Bishop David Konderla of the Diocese of Tulsa has requested prayer for all involved in a mass shooting at a medical office building near the city’s Saint Francis Hospital, which has left five dead, including the gunman.

“Bishop Konderla, several priests, and the Religious Sisters of Mercy are on-site to offer pastoral support to those affected by today’s shooting at Saint Francis Hospital,” said Adam Minihan, communications director for the diocese. “Please join us in prayer for all involved. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,” he added.

The Tulsa Police Department has confirmed five casualties of the shooting, including the shooter, which took place June, 1 at the Natalie Building, on the south side of the Saint Francis Hospital campus in Tulsa.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said, “I commend Bishop Konderla, the priests of the Diocese of Tulsa, and the Sisters of Mercy for their swift response to attend to the pastoral needs of those involved in this latest act of mass gun violence.”

“I ask Catholics and all people of faith to pray for the men and women killed today and for their families who now must grieve tremendous loss,” he added. “We need to speak louder in defense of all human life from conception until natural end, and find ways to stop the mass killing of innocent human beings.