On Dec. 2, 2016, Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.
Father Stanley Rother was an Oklahoma priest that was killed in Guatemala on July 28, 1981 in his own rectory. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City opened a Cause of Canonization for Father Rother on October 5, 2007. The Archdiocesan phase of the Cause was closed on July 20, 2010.
On September 3, 2014 Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, presented the Positio of Father Rother to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome. Currently his Positio is under review.
June 14, 2015, the Theology Commission of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome voted to formally recognized Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Rother, a martyr.
In these pages you will learn about his life, ministry, death and canonization process.
Vatican commission approves martyrdom in the Cause of Oklahoma’s
Servant of God Father Stanley Rother
|June 25, 2015
A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Father Rother beatiﬁed, the ﬁnal stage before canonization as a saint. “Father Rother laid down his life for Christ and for the people of his parish in Guatemala, whom he dearly loved. It is very encouraging to move one step closer to a formal recognition by the Church of Father Rother’s heroic life and death as a martyr for the Gospel,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.