The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one its native sons, Fr Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified on 23rd September in Oklahoma.
‘It’s official! Praised be Jesus Christ! Archbishop Coakley received official word this morning from Rome that Servant of God Fr Stanley Rother will be beatified in Oklahoma City in September!’ the archdiocese announced on its Web page on 13th March.
Pope Francis recognised Fr Rother’s martyrdom last December, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, also tweeted the news about the priest born near Okarche, Oklahoma: ‘Just received notification of the date for the beatification of Fr Stanley Rother, Oklahoma priest, missionary and martyr. September 23!’
Picture: Fr Stanley Rother is pictured in an undated file photo. (CNS photo/Charlene Scott).