First American-born martyr to be beatified

OKLAHOMA CITY (SE): “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” the first United States of America (US)-born person to be beatified, Father Stanley Rother, wrote from his mission in Guatemala to his diocese in Oklahoma just weeks before his death.

“Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the kingdom,” he wrote in what is believed to be his last correspondence with his homeland.

Oklahoma-born Father Rother is set to be beatified in Oklahoma City on September 23. He was a priest of the diocese and is the...