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Beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother, Servant of God

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On this day in 1981, Fr. Stanley Rother was killed in his parish rectory in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.

Father Stanley Rother, is known by many tittles, missionary, martyr, The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run, Servant of God. He will soon add Blessed to those titles. As a missionary Father Rother served in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala for 13 years. He is the first American born martyr.

The political turmoil and violence in Guatemala escalated in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By December 2, 1980, Father Rother reported that a total of ten men had been taken from the area. In mid-December 1980, his name appeared on the death list. In his December 1980 letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa, Father Rother stated: This is one of the reasons I have for staying in the face of physical harm. The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger.”  He was repeatedly warned to leave, but refused. On July 28, 1981 he was shot and killed. He was one of 10 priests murdered in Guatemala that year.

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The Beatification of Father Stanley Rother is set for September 23, at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City. This is a once in a lifetime event and all are encouraged to attend. The mass is a free event and seating is open but parking will be limited. Holy Family Cathedral would like to make the pilgrimage easier for everyone. In keeping that in mind we have Holy Family chartered a bus. The cost is just $35/person and includes lunch at Chelino’s in Bricktown. Because seating is first come first serve the bus will leave Holy Family Cathedral at 6:30 a.m.

Registration forms can be found in the bulletin and online. Please make checks payable to Holy Family Cathedral. Seating on the bus is limited so be sure to reserve your spot.


More information about Fr. Stanley Rother can be found at

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