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The Cause of Blessed Stanley Rother

Date approved for Beatification of Father Rother

March 13, 2017

Archbishop Coakley received official word from Rome that Servant of God Father Stanley Rother will be beatified in Oklahoma City in September. Pope Francis approved the date of September 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

December 2, 2016

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement December 2, 2016. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

Vatican commission approves martyrdom in the Cause of Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother

June 14, 2015

A special Theological Commission at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s Cause to have Father Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.

“Father Rother laid down his life for Christ and for the people of his parish in Guatemala, whom he dearly loved. It is very encouraging to move one step closer to a formal recognition by the Church of Father Rother’s heroic life and death as a martyr for the Gospel,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City.