1Kelly Fanning = "Bishop Theophile Meerschaert was the first bishop of Oklahoma, which became a state in 1907 during his tenure. From the History of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Oklahoma City: St. Francis of Assisi Parish HistoryIn 1904, the Vatican empowered the Bishop of Oklahoma, Theophile Meerschaert, to build a “fitting and commodious” residence on what was then known as the Walch Family farm. Complete with chapel and offices, it was the first residence built for a Catholic bishop. Catholics came by horseback and covered wagon to gather at the Bishop’s chapel for Sunday Masses. The building, dedicated in 1906, and has been declared a landmark by the City of Oklahoma City Historic Preservation Society. Bishop Meerschaert occupied the residence until his death in 1924. Bishop Kelley stayed in the residence until 1932."