The Morning Brew: How an Oklahoman became a martyr
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How an Oklahoman became a martyr
The late Rev. Stanley Rother is the first U.S.-born male and U.S. priest named a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Oklahoman's religion editor Carla Hinton has been reporting her "Road to Sainthood" series on the events leading up to Saturday's beatification of Rother, who was born in Okarche. Beatification places Rother one step closer to canonization.
In case you missed it, here's more about Rother in the first of the series, "From Farm Boy to Father Rother"
Rother was killed in his parish rectory in Guatemala in July 1981 by unknown assailants believed to be government soldiers. He had been placed on a "hit list" or "death list" because of his preaching and his efforts to help and educate the poor population of his parish.
Tom Rother and his wife Marti said they did not believe beatification, if it came for their brother, would occur in their lifetime.
Now that he is one step closer to Roman Catholic sainthood, they are pleasantly surprised and overjoyed.
"I figured it could take 200 years, so we're just so happy," Tom Rother said. "It's one of those blessed things that is good for the family. It's good for the Church and anybody involved."