Archbishop Coakley suspends Mass through Easter Sunday

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Archbishop of Oklahoma City, Paul S. Coakley has suspended public Mass in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City through Easter Sunday, April 12, as a precaution to protect at-risk parishioners and to slow the spread of coronavirus. “I know this will be difficult for many of us, especially our priests for whom […]

Archdiocese breaks ground on Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Construction is officially underway for what will be the largest Catholic church in the state. Archbishop Paul Coakley, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran, Tulsa Bishop David Konderla and Little Rock Bishop Anthony Taylor gathered on Sunday at the future home of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine. “The […]

Groundbreaking for multi-million-dollar Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine set for November 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Groundbreaking for a multi-million-dollar shrine at a site that will honor Blessed Stanley Rother is set for November. Archbishop Paul Coakley announced Tuesday the groundbreaking for the shrine, which will be located at SE 89th and Shields in Oklahoma City. According to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the $40 million shrine “is […]

Gov. Stitt proclaims July 28 as Blessed Stanley Rother Day in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt has proclaimed July 28, 2019, as Blessed Stanley Rother Day in Oklahoma. The day commemorates the Oklahoma priest’s Feast Day, “which is celebrated every year by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the Diocese of Tulsa and the Diocese of Little Rock in remembrance of the anniversary of his martyrdom […]

Oklahoman could be canonized a saint

EDMOND, Okla. — On Good Friday we have a story of faith involving an Oklahoma priest that has been unfolding now for decades. There is some promising news from the Vatican involving a beloved member of the clergy who many believe should be canonized for sainthood. Archbishop Paul Coakley said, “We think it’s a wonderful […]

Oklahoma priest’s beatification to be broadcast globally

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Roman Catholic Church’s beatification of an Oklahoma priest killed during a mission in Guatemala more than three decades ago will be broadcast live on the Global Catholic Network. The Rev. Stanley Rother is scheduled to be beatified during a Sept. 23 ceremony at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. A […]

Prayer service held for Oklahoma priest on path to sainthood

OKLAHOMA CITY – About 200 people filled St. Eugene Catholic Church Friday evening on the anniversary of an Oklahoma priest’s murder in his Guatemalan parish 36 years ago. Rev. Stanley Rother was killed by masked gunmen in his church in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala on July 28, 1981. Last December, Pope Francis declared Rother — who […]

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest, making him first martyr born in U.S.

VATICAN CITY – An Oklahoman is one step closer to sainthood after the Vatican office in charge of sainthood causes officially declared him a martyr. This week, Pope Francis signed a martyrdom decree for the Rev. Stanley Rother of Okarche, Oklahoma. Father Stanley Rother was ordained in 1963. Five years later he went to Guatemala to […]

Oklahoman one step closer to sainthood

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoman is one step closer to sainthood. Father Stanley Rother was ordained in 1963. Five years later he went to Guatemala to serve the people there. He chose to continue serving his people in spite of death threats, and on the morning of July 28, 1981, Father Rother was shot to […]

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