Archdiocese announces beatification date for Oklahoma priest


By Rhina Guidos

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American
priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be
beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma.

“It’s official! Praised be Jesus Christ! Archbishop Coakley
received official word this morning from Rome that Servant of God Father
Stanley Rother will be beatified in Oklahoma City in September!” the
archdiocese announced March 13 on its Web page.

Pope Francis recognized Father 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!”


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