The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released the new documentary on the life of Blessed Stanley Rother, the first U.S.-born martyr, who was beatified this weekend.

From the unassuming town of Okarche, Oklahoma, Blessed Stanley became a missionary priest in Guatemala during a violent period of civil war. His name on a death list, Bl. Stanley came back to Oklahoma for a brief period, but soon returned to his people, because “the shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” he famously said in a letter to home.

Fr. Stanley was killed in 1981, so most of the people telling his story in the documentary knew him personally.


Fr. Stanley was officially declared a martyr by Pope Francis in December 2016. His beatification took place on September 23, 2017 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Watch the full documentary here:

A previous version of this article was published on CNA on August 25, 2017 and included the trailer for the documentary, which can be found here: