Father Stanley Rother to be beatified in September

Fr. Stanley Rother. Illustration courtesy of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

The Catholic News Service (March 13, 2017) reported that Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, who was gunned down in his rectory by assassins in Guatemala in April 1981 will be beatified on Sept. 23.

In an interview published March 13 by The Oklahoman daily newspaper, Archbishop Coakley said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, will be representing the pope at the beatification ceremony in Oklahoma City. It will take the priest one step closer to sainthood. In general, following beatification, a miracle attributed to the intercession of the person being considered for sainthood is required for that person to be declared a saint.

The Vatican congregation recognized Father Rother’s martyrdom last December. [See NFPC This Week, #688 – 11/27-12/3/2016]

A 2015 biography of Fr. Rother, published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing described the life and ministry of the Okarche, OK priest. The book written by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, is titled “The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma.”   

For the CNS report, click here.

For the NFPC This Week annotated review of Fr. Rother’s biography, click here.