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Fr. Rother

Fr. Stanley Rother, first U.S.-born martyr, to be beatified September 23, 2017

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and alumnus of Mount St. Mary's Seminary who served in Guatemala, making him the first martyr to have been born in the United States. His beatification is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Oklahoma City. 

Fr. Rother

“Servant of God Fr. Stanley Rother has been approved for beatification!” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City announced on Facebook Dec. 2. “He is the first US born martyr and priest to receive this official recognition from the Vatican! And of course the first from Oklahoma!”

Pope Francis had met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Dec. 1, approving decrees for several causes of canonization.

Originally from Oklahoma, Father Rother was ordained a priest in 1963. After only five years in parish work, he went on Mission to Santiago Atitlán, where he exemplified the call to pastoral leadership.

As a pastor, he worked alongside the farming community, eventually learning their native tongue of Tzutihil. He did so despite a deficiency in Latin, which almost got him kicked out of seminary. In a turn that Father Tom Connery says shows, “the Holy Spirit has a sense of humor,” he so mastered the Tzutihil dialect that he translated the New Testament for the natives.

Fr. Stanley Rother in Guatemala

Aside from his work in Guatemala, Father Rother, even when he was a seminarian, displayed a keen interest in the building up of the Church. He spent his time in activities for others, making breviary covers for classmates and devoting his recreation time to the construction the paths and stations in the Grotto. Monsignor John Bergamo (S’ 65) says of Father Rother’s pastoral personality, “When you saw him you could discern and feel the strength of his character,” adding that, “he just lived his faith, he lived his spirituality.”

Today, an average of 5000 people visit Father Rother’s parish in Guatemala each weekend. 

Father Tom Connery (S’ 63) said it was sincere faith and pastoral zeal which got him killed, “They loved him,” he says of the parishioners, “that’s why they killed him.”  Father Rother continues to be one of this seminary’s most revered alumni and an example for seminarians and priests everywhere.

Mount St. Mary’s University has 16 Division I sports and numerous club sports, and this year each team has its own Mount seminarian as its chaplain. Presently, 25 seminarians are involved in the sports chaplaincy program....Click here to read more.

Pope Francis MSMUMembers of the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary community have the opportunity of a lifetime by serving with Pope Francis during this week’s Papal visit to the United States....Click here to read more.

Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, has appointed Monsignor Andrew R. Baker, a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, PA, Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.  Msgr. Baker succeeds Monsignor Steven Rohlfs, who served as Rector of the Seminary since February 2005.  Msgr. Baker’s appointment is effective July 15, 2015....Click here to read more.

Fr. Rother - AlumniMore than 30 years after his assassination, Rev. Stanley Rother, S’63, was formally recognized as a martyr by a special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome....Click here to read more.

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Deacon Class of 2015 received their Master of Divinity degrees on May 1. The ceremony took place in the Mount’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and included 36 Mount seminarians—many also received their Master of Arts in Theology....Click here to read more.

Mount St. Mary’s will welcome 1,600 high school students for this weekend’s annual Mount2000 retreat....Click here to read more.

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary traveled in full force to Washington, DC on January 22th to participate in the 42th annualMarch for Life 2015 March for Life. The seminarians joined hundreds of thousands who gathered as perhaps the largest crowd in four decades to affirm the value of life in the womb against the currents of the pervasive culture of death. In keeping with the custom of Mount St. Mary’s, a number of seminarians traveled to the nation’s capitol on Wednesday night to join in the 36rd annual National Prayer Vigil for Life which began with a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The next morning, the seminary gathered for a Youth Rally and Mass with 15,000 youth and young adults at the Verizon Center, with the Mass celebrated by Washington DC’s archbishop, Donald Cardinal Wuerl. After the Mass, the seminarians made their way to the National Mall to partake in the main event. Along with the scores of other marchers, the massive group made their way up Constitution Avenue past the National Capitol before turning south on 1st Street where the March concluded in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

After their Christmas break, the seminarians returned well rested in time for the annual five-day silent retreat held January 5-9 at the seminary. The retreat master was Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. There were two conferences each day with the talks hinging on the role of the three evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the life of the priest. Strict silence was maintained throughout the week, with the exception of the daily sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer. The silent nature of the retreat allowed the seminarians to enter into the desert with the Lord and delve into the spring academic semester spiritually renewed and fortified.

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