OKARCHE (May 16, 2017) Early on the morning of May 10, the mortal remains of Venerable Servant of God Stanley Francis Rother were exhumed from Holy Trinity Cemetery in Okarche, Okla., and transported to Oklahoma City. As required by the Church for the beatification process, his remains were examined by medical professionals and re-interred in the chapel at Resurrection Cemetery in northwest Oklahoma City.
Father Rother, who served as a priest in an Oklahoma mission in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, is the first recognized martyr from the United States and will be the first U.S. born male and U.S. priest to be beatified during a ceremony this fall in downtown Oklahoma City. Beatification is the last step before sainthood in the Catholic Church.
It's official! Praised be Jesus Christ! Archbishop Coakley received official word from Rome that Servant of God Father Stanley Rother will be beatified in September in Oklahoma City.
More information will be coming soon in the Sooner Catholic, on social media and online at www.stanleyrother.org.
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Visit the Heritage Gallery at the Catholic Pastoral Center to learn about the life and mission of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother. Fr. Rother is scheduled to be beatified this fall in Oklahoma City.
The gallery exhibit features photos, Fr. Rother's chalice, personal items, his Bible, and letters to and from his family.
The gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and on the following Saturdays 9 a.m. – Noon: April 22, May 20, June 17, July 29 and Aug. 19, at the CPC, 7501 Northwest Expressway.
The exhibit is perfect for adult and student groups. Special tours arranged by calling (405) 721-5651, Ext. 141.
For more information about the Cause for Father Rother, click here.
Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr and priest born in the United States to receive this official recognition from the Vatican! And of course the first from Oklahoma!
The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.
For more information on Father Rother, click here.