The virtue of America’s first martyr

Model of missionary discipleship

By María Ruiz Scaperlanda
For the Sooner Catholic

In a world that idolizes MVPs, lauds superheroes and glorifies celebrities, for someone to be described as ordinary could be taken as an insult.

Yet, one of the most inspiring things about Stanley Rother – the farmer from Okarche – is precisely how average and ordinary he was.

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Sr. Marita shares memories of her brother who is on path to sainthood

By Christopher M. Riggs
Catholic News Service

WICHITA – Sister Marita Rother really didn’t get to know her brother, Father Stanley Rother, as a priest until she visited him in Guatemala in the 1970s.

She was at the Adorers of the Blood of Christ convent in Wichita when he left to study for the priesthood.

“He went to the seminary right after high school,” she said, adding that he didn’t tell his parents of his interest in the priesthood until after he graduated.

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St. Kateri center opens at St. Gregory’s

By Dana Attocknie
The Sooner Catholic

SHAWNEE – The American Indian Catholic Outreach (AICO) for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City opened the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Spiritual Center of Oklahoma Aug. 28 on the campus of Saint Gregory’s University in Shawnee. The spiritual center is a ministry of the AICO. 

“The center is there as part of the new evangelization effort that Archbishop Coakley has instituted in the archdiocese,” said Deacon Roy, AICO coordinator. “We are there not only to evangelize, but also to re-evangelize those who have drifted from the faith.”

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Peaceful, prayerful 40 Days for Life campaign kicks off Sept. 17

The 40 Days for Life campaign will start with a rally at Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 Northwest Expressway, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

Oklahoma City is one of more than 300 cities conducting simultaneous 40 Days for Life campaigns through Nov. 5.

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New Catholic Charities office in Ardmore already helping residents

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”

Gerald Johnson is not a fisherman, but three years ago he took a new job and now teaches people to change their lifestyles and “learn to fish.” He has been the director of the Ardmore regional office of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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The seeds of delight that Christ sowed in Stanley’s heart

Seeds of love

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry

This column has been a long time in the making. You can even say that my previous columns on saints and martyrs have been leading up to this one. My theory was that by understanding other saints and martyrs I would better know and understand Father Stanley Rother.

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A method for our mission mentality shift

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

Many years ago, I served on a team of missionaries in Austria. Once, when I was attending a German class, the volunteer teacher was helping me with basic conversational skills. Naturally, one of the things I needed to learn is how to ask what someone does for a living, and how to tell them what I do. So, when I told the Austrian lady that I was a missionary, she said, “But, what are you doing here? We are already Christian!”

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Book Review: Official Rother biography honors life, witness of first U.S. martyr

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

A long-awaited narrative of the life and martyrdom of Servant of God Stanley Rother is available in María Ruiz Scaperlanda’s book, “The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Father Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma.”

Since the release of the well-written and highly readable biography, a Vatican commission has officially recognized the Oklahoma priest as a martyr and cleared the way for his beatification, which will be held Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

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Vincent de Paul, Padre Pio and September saints

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
Sept. 16 is the feast day of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian. Saint Cornelius was a Roman priest who was the pope from 251 to 253. He led the Church during an aggressive persecution under Emperor Decius. Pope Cornelius was martyred by the Romans in the year 253. Saint Cyprian, a barrister and later Bishop of Carthage (in modern day Tunisia) and Primate of Africa, was a convert who had personal wealth that he gave away upon his conversion. Saint Cyprian was a great evangelist. He, like Saint Cornelius, faced great difficulties in the midst of Roman persecutions. Saint Cyprian was martyred in 258.

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Adrian Dominican sister who served in OKC marks 70-year jubilee

Sister JoAnn (Marie Bernard) Fleischaker, O.P., a Chicago native, is celebrating 70 years of religious life.

Sister Fleischaker entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 1947. She professed first vows in 1948 and final vows in 1953. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College (University), a master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago and a music therapy certificate from Wayne State University, Detroit.

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