Father Stanley Rother
- Born: March 27, 1935 in Okarche, Oklahoma
- Ordained: May 25, 1963 for the Diocese of Oklahoma City
- Martyred: July 28, 1981 in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
- Servant of God: Nov. 25, 2009
- Martyrdom Recognized: Dec. 1, 2016
- Beatification: Sept. 23, 2017 in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released a three-minute trailer to a forthcoming documentary on Fr. Stanley Rother, a U.S. priest who worked in Guatemala for 14 years until he was brutally murdered in 1981. Fr. Rother, who was known in Guatemala as “Padre Francisco” or “Padre Apla’s,” will beatified in September.
The documentary is titled “The Shepherd Cannot Run: Father Rother’s Story.” According to the archdiocese, it will be shown immediately prior to his beatification Mass Sept. 23 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. He will be the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified and the first man to be beatified on U.S. soil.
Celebrating the Mass will be Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and Pope Francis’ personal representative. The pope recognized Fr. Rother’s martyrdom last December, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
The trailer is in English and Spanish and was shown to the U.S. bishops during their spring assembly in Indianapolis June 14-15.
Fr. Rother, born in rural Okarche, Oklahoma, was nearly expelled from the seminary because he had a hard time learning Latin, the language in which all classes were taught at that time. He transferred to another seminary, overcame his language difficulties and was ordained a priest in 1963 for the…
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