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Trailer released for Fr Rother documentary

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released a three-minute trailer to a forthcoming documentary on Fr Stanley Rother, a US priest who worked in Guatemala for 14 years until he was brutally murdered in 1981 and who will beatified in September.

The documentary is titled The Shepherd Cannot Run: Father Rother’s Story. According to the archdiocese, it will be shown immediately prior to his beatification Mass on 23rd September at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Celebrating the Mass will be Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes and Pope Francis’ personal representative. The pope recognised Fr Rother’s martyrdom last December, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

The trailer is in English and Spanish and can be viewed at It was shown to the US bishops during their spring assembly in Indianapolis, which took place from 14th to 15th June.

Picture: Fr Stanley Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was brutally murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor, is shown baptising a child in this undated photo. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced the North American priest will be beatified on 23rd September in Oklahoma. (CNS).