The Spanish priests and nun represent the first Carmelites who began arriving in Oklahoma City in the 1910’s. They established a parish and a school for Spanish speaking Catholics. In the background is Little Flower church.
The Sister pushing a wheelchair represents the religious orders in Oklahoma with a focus on health care, such as the Sisters of Mercy who established Mercy Hospital, and the Franciscans who established St. Anthony’s hospital.
When Bishop Kelly was appointed in 1924, he faced the problem of how to get priests to the many rural churches in Oklahoma. He founded the Catholic Church Extension Society and established the traveling railroad “chapel car”.