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Talk in Lincoln: Martyred Fr. Rother of Oklahoma City to be beatified

LINCOLN (SNR) – A relative of a priest-martyr will speak about the life and sacrifice of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the social hall at St. John the Apostle Church, 7600 Vine St., Lincoln.

The talk will be presented by Nicole Barrett of St. John Church, a relative of Father Rother. St. John’s pastor Father Lyle Johnson and assistant pastor Father Christopher Eckrich will also share their own personal connections to and inspiration from Father Rother’s story.

Father Stanley Rother was an Oklahoma native and missionary martyred in Guatemala in 1981.

During Father Rother’s time as a missionary, Guatemala was in the midst of a civil war. Father Rother’s life was in danger, and he was brought back to Oklahoma for his safety. However, Barrett said, his motto was, “a shepherd does not leave his sheep,” so he went back to Guatemala to be with his flock, and was there martyred in his own rectory.

Last December Father Rother was declared a martyr by Pope Francis, and he will be beatified Sept. 23 during a Mass in Oklahoma City.

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