• ‘They killed a man but created a saint,’ archbishop says of slain priest

    ‘They killed a man but created a saint,’ archbishop says of slain priest

    • Sep 23, 2017

    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.

  • Kansas nun shares memories of her brother who is on path to sainthood

    Kansas nun shares memories of her brother who is on path to sainthood

    • Aug 31, 2017

    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.

  • People of faith wrestle with major crackdown on panhandling

    People of faith wrestle with major crackdown on panhandling

    • May 28, 2017

    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.

  • Priest who met three saints named auxiliary bishop of Seattle

    Priest who met three saints named auxiliary bishop of Seattle

    • Apr 7, 2017

    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.

  • Martyr recognized by pope was ‘ordinary’ Oklahoma priest

    Martyr recognized by pope was ‘ordinary’ Oklahoma priest

    • Dec 13, 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 recognizes first U.S. martyr killed helping the poor in Guatemala

    Pope recognizes first U.S. martyr killed helping the poor in Guatemala

    • Dec 2, 2016

    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.