- Sep 20, 2020
Father Stanley Rother grew up on a farm near Okarche, Oklahoma. After high school, he left home for seminary in Texas, but he was asked to leave after struggling with Latin. Undeterred, he transferred to the Emmitsburg seminary, where he met Harry J. Flynn, who was three classes ahead of him. Flynn later became Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Rother was martyred in Guatemala. Flynn will be at his beatification on September 23.
Sister Marita Rother will be among those participating in a beatification ceremony for her brother Father Stanley Rother on September 23, in Oklahoma City. Pope Francis acknowledged Rother’s martyrdom in December, making the Okarche, Oklahoma, native the first recognized martyr to have been born in the United States.
Whether or not people should be legally allowed to ask for money in public places is under review by many cities across the country. While there are safety concerns being cited, Christian and other religious leaders are conflicted about where to stand on the issue given their desire to encourage charitable giving.
Msgr. Daniel H. Mueggenborg – who has met St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Fr. Stanley Rother, the first recognized martyr to have been born in the United States – has been named an auxiliary bishop in Seattle. He is the second priest from the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma to be appointed bishop recently, after Oklahoma native Msgr. Peter Wells was made an archbishop in 2016.
Pope Francis recently recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest serving the poor in Guatemala who was murdered there in 1981, whose biographer describes him as “an ordinary person, who desired to love God with his whole heart, mind, and body.”
Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, who was brutally murdered in Guatemala during the country’s civil war while he administered to the poor. Rother, of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, will become the first martyr born in the United States.