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Inspired at Camp OLOG, Okarche teens support Rother Guild with T-shirt sales

Every person who has been to camp can tell you a week of campfires, cabins and summer activities can change your life. The same was true for Abbey Shelley, Kara Robinson and Maddie Wofford, but in a way they didn’t expect.

            The three friends had gone to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Youth Camp since they were in third grade. But this, their first time attending as high school students, delved deeper into the richness of their faith.

            Kara described how this year, Father M. Price Oswalt, pastor of Saint Wenceslaus Church in Prague and spokesperson for the Father Stanley Rother Guild, had talked to the campers for an hour about Father Stanley Rother, a priest from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who was murdered in Guatemala in 1981.

            The girls knew who Father Rother was, of course. All three of them had graduated from Holy Trinity School in Okarche, Father Rother’s hometown. Sister Marita Rother of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Father Rother’s sister, had taught at their school.

            Something was different when they heard the story this time.

Father Stanley Rother Guild: What is it and why do we need one?

By Cara Koenig

Like other such guilds around the world, the Father Stanley Rother Guild formed to advance the cause for sainthood of an exceptionally holy person – in this case, Father Rother.

“The guild is a necessary component of the canonization process,” said Father M. Price Oswalt, the director of the Father Stanley Rother Guild. “It helps unite the people of God behind the candidate.  Some guilds begin well before the cause is ever opened.  Take, for example, Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun from Wichita. His guild was started after the Korean War ended. However, the Diocese of Wichita and the Archdiocese for Military Services did not officially open his cause until 2007.”

 The purpose of the Rother Guild is three-fold: (1) to pray, (2) to tell Father Rother’s story and (3) to financially support Father Rother’s cause for sainthood.


32nd Anniversary Mass and celebration

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Big THANK YOU to the over 400 people who came out to Holy Trinity in Okarche to celebrate the life, ministry and death of Fr. Rother. It was a wonderful day that started with Mass and ended with a grave side prayer service after an old fashion parish picnic. The Mass was said with Fr. Rother personal chalices which would be considered a second degree relic.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.

First Guild Mass

The Fr. Rother Guild Board Members would like to thank Fr. Jacobi and St. Eugene’s Parish for hosting our first Guild Mass. We saw lots of familiar faces and lot of new faces. Thank you all who came to pray for the Cause!!


Prayer for Father Rother

Prayer for the Cause of Canonization of
Servant of God
Father Stanley Rother

O God, fount of all holiness,

make us each walk worthily in our vocation,
through the intercession of your Saints,
on whom you bestowed a great variety of graces on earth.

Having graced Your Church
with the life and ministry of
your missionary priest
Stanley Rother,
grant that by his intercession
this humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone.

Grant that Your Church may proclaim
him as Martyr and Saint
serving in Your presence
and interceding for us.
Through Christ our Lord.




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