“The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger.”

– Blessed Stanley Rother

“He said, ‘yes’ to the promptings of grace in his life and was very generous in his response. So God calls all of us to be holy. All of us are called to sanctity, but the path that each of us walks is uniquely ours.”

– The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Blessed Stanley Rother

Born: 3/27/1935
Ordained: 5/25/1963
Martyred: 7/28/1981
Beatified: 9/23/2017

Blessed Stanley Francis Rother (ROW-THER) was an Oklahoma diocesan priest who was killed in his parish rectory in Guatemala on July 28, 1981. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City opened a Cause for Beatification for Father Rother on October 5, 2007, under the leadership of now Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius J. Beltran. The archdiocesan phase of the cause was closed on July 20, 2010.

On September 3, 2014, The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, presented the Positio of Father Rother to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome.

On June 14, 2015, the Theology Commission of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome voted to formally recognized Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Rother, a martyr. And, on Dec. 2, 2016, Pope Francis officially recognized Father Rother as a martyr for the faith, clearing the way for him to be beatified.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect for the Congregation, celebrated the Rite of Beatification for Blessed Stanley on September 23, 2017, in downtown Oklahoma City.

In these pages, you will learn about Blessed Stanley’s life, ministry, death and canonization process.