“This is a true blessing”

Thoughts from the Beatification Mass of Blessed Stanley Rother.

Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll
Sisters of Charity - Houston  

“In 1981, I was studying Spanish in Guatemala. I attended his funeral Mass at the parish. I remember the two indigenous women taking his heart and blood in a glass jar. It was very moving. Fr. Rother was a great witness for our Church and a peacemaker. We, like Fr. Rother, also have a call to give of ourselves. We are all an instrument to give especially to the poor.”

Robert Burkitt
Thomas, Okla.
“It's an extremely special day. My 93-year-old mother-in-law is here and loving it.”

John Miskin
St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana

“It means so much as a country. For someone like Father Stanley Rother who was born here in the U.S. to become Blessed. We can obtain that holiness. I think it becomes more real to us.”

Cheryl Standburg
Blessed Stanley’s cousin - Minnesota

“It gives us hope. People need to defend their faith, be proud of their faith and live their faith.”

Tom Goldsworthy
Deacon, St. Eugene Catholic Church, Oklahoma City

"I've never experienced anything like this before. This is a true blessing."

Misty Humpert
Wichita Falls, Texas

“I thought it was a once in a lifetime experience. It was something my children could see and learn that when people who live their life in the faith and do everything that God had in His will for them, sainthood is possible. It’s awesome for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, and what a blessing for them to have a priest from its diocese that may one day be a saint.”

Marilyn Baker
Archdiocese of Kansas City

"It's great to be a Catholic!" (Baker slept in her car in the parking garage of the convention center to get a good seat. She took her place in line at 5 a.m.)

Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

"Fr. Rother's witness is to be faithful to the end. He was the Good Shepherd who didn't run. We are all celebrating solidarity with him here."

Sister Teresa Marie
Lincoln, Neb.

"He helps me understand the difficult student. It was amazing to be present at a once in a lifetime event."

Bearden Jones
14, Oklahoma City

"He was a regular Okie farmer!" (Bearden and his three brothers were up before dark to make their way to the convention center.)

Brett Jones
9, Oklahoma City

"It's awesome to be here!"

Justin Byrne
Chancellor, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

“I am overcome that something like this can happen in Oklahoma. To me, it’s not just a Catholic event it’s an Oklahoma Catholic event.”

Sister Lois and Sister Fiat
Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawka, Ind.

"This is an exciting time for the Church to have an American martyr, the first time. This allows us to share our faith and be with everyone here.”

Judy Hilovsky, Eliana Tedrow and Steve Gust, freelance writers for the Sooner Catholic, contributed to this article.