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Faithful martyr and missionary Father Stanley Rother beatified in Oklahoma

Father Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest martyred in Guatemala, was beatified Saturday during a Mass in Oklahoma City attended by over 20,000 people. At a time of great social and political turbulence, the priest lived as a disciple of Christ, “doing good and spreading peace and reconciliation among the people,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation of Saints, said in his homily. Celebrating the Mass with Cardinal Amato were Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, dozens of bishops, scores of priests and thousands of laity, including some from Guatemala. Among those attending from the Archdiocese of San Antonio were Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS; Father Jeff Pehl, rector of Assumption Seminary; Father Jonathan Felux, archdiocesan director of Vocations; Father Jim Fischler, CICM, archdiocesan vicar for Clergy; and Father Kevin Fausz, pastor of Holy Redeemer Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in San Antonio. About 10 seminarians from Assumption Seminary were also present at the liturgy. The Mass took place at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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