Fr. M. Price Oswalt talks about the Rother Guild. The purpose of the Rother Guild is to help spread the story of Fr. Rother and his cause around the world.
Father Stanley Rother Guild: What is it and why do we need one?
Like other such guilds around the world, the Father Stanley Rother Guild formed to advance the cause for sainthood of a person — in this case, Father Rother.
"The guild is a necessary component of the canonization process," said Father M. Price Oswalt, the director of the Father Stanley Rother Guild. "It helps unite the people of God behind the candidate. Some guilds begin well before the cause is ever opened. For example, Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun from Wichita. His guild was started after the Korean War ended. However, Kapaun’s cause did not officially open until 2007."
The purpose of the Rother Guild is (1) to pray and (2) to tell Father Rother's story.
The first and foremost goal of the guild is to pray for the cause of Father Rother. For the guild members to pray and to invite others to pray for Father Rother's cause is important. The call to make someone a saint proceeds from the people calling the Church to declare a person a saint. One of the most powerful ways to do that is through prayer.
The second goal is to tell Blessed Stanley's story. The guild aims to tell as many people the story of Blessed Stanley's life, ministry and death as possible. The more people who know of him, the more people can pray. The guild spreads knowledge of Father Rother by using as many forms of communication as they can.
The guild also encourages others to share what they know of Blessed Stanley -- whether they acquired that knowledge through a personal relationship with Father Rother or by reading his book, coming to a talk on his life and ministry. Even sharing a Facebook post or re-tweeting is a way to share the story of Father Rother. The guild is here to create those opportunities to share and spread the story.