The Sooner Saint

Beatification set for Oklahoma priest Stanley Rother, martyred in Guatemala in 1981

Posted: September 23, 2017 at 1:58 a.m.

The Rev. Stanley Rother is shown in Guatemala at Carnival, the Roman Catholic celebration held just before Lent. Rother is to become the Blessed Stanley Rother at a beatification ceremony today being held in his honor.
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The Rev. Stanley Rother is shown in Guatemala at Carnival, the Roman Catholic celebration held just before Lent. Rother is to become the Blessed Stanley Rother at a beatification ceremony today being held in his honor.

The road to sainthood can last many years, but an Oklahoma priest and the first American-born male martyr will take the final step required before canonization today when the rite of beatification is performed in his honor before an audience of thousands.

Performing a baptism was one of the ways in which the Rev. Stanley Rother ministered to his parishioners. He also translated the New Testament into Tz...

The Rev. Stanley Rother is photographed with a child in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Today marks the the first time an American priest and martyr rais...

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