father stanley rother

Blessed Rother ‘an authentic light’ for Church and world, says cardinal

Blessed Stanley Rother’s sister, Sister Marita Rother, ASC, read the first reading during the beatification Mass for her brother Sept. 23 at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. Blessed Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, was murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered.

OKLAHOMA CITY — If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother "fills us with sadness," it also "gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

The 13 years Blessed Rother spent as a missionary in Guatemala "will always be remembered as the glorious epic of a martyr of Christ, an authentic lighted torch of hope for the Church and the world," the cardinal said in his homily during the U.S. priest's beatification Mass.

Oklahoma set to welcome world for beatification of ‘ordinary’ native son

Father Stanley Rother baptized a child in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Father Rother, who will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma, was a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was marytred in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor.

WASHINGTON — Catholics in Oklahoma have been preparing for a long time for this moment. Many, like Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, had faith it would come, but there's still a sense of awe, to think that a farm boy, one of their own, is about to take a step toward official sainthood.

Syndicate content