Denver Newsroom, Jul 28, 2021 / 06:00 am
Not much is popularly known about Blessed Stanley Rother, the small town Oklahoma native who was declared blessed in September 2017 by the Catholic Church.
One of the newest blesseds, he became a priest and missionary at a parish in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. He served the local Tz’utujil people at the time of the Guatemalan civil war, where he was on a hit list and eventually assassinated on July 28, 1981.
These are five things you need to know about this American on the path to sainthood who died 40 years ago today.
Blessed Stanley Rother is the first American-born martyr.