- May 9, 2021
A Tulsa Roman Catholic priest is being allowed to return to work after officials with the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma say an internal investigation failed to substantiate allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
After a relic from the recently beatified Stanley Rother was presented to his home parish, Father John Peter Swaminathan, Holy Trinity’s pastor, said, “A small town in Oklahoma has now become a prominent place on the U.S. map,” anticipating thousands of visitors.
More than 17,000 people packed the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City for the beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother, murdered in 1981 as he served the faithful at a mission in Guatemala sponsored by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, said the fact that someone as humble and from such ordinary beginnings as Father Stanley Rother was called to holiness and martyrdom, means “that all of us, no matter our beginnings, our circumstances, are called to holiness as well.”
A crowd of nearly 400 gathered in a small church in Oklahoma to pay tribute to a hometown hero who could become a saint. The Reverend Stanley Francis Rother was killed in Guatemala by three masked assassins in 1981 because he had sided with local Indians against the government.