Oklahoma Missionary Lived, Died for God
Father Stanley Francis Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, born in 1935 in Okarche, Okla., ordained in 1963, was one of many American priests who went to serve in Latin America, responding to Blessed Pope John XXIII’s appeal.
Assigned to Santiago Atitlan in the rural highlands of Guatemala, in addition to regular pastoral duties, he started a hospital and translated the New Testament into Tzutuhil, a local indigenous language.
He enraged some political extremists, furious at the Church’s call to respect human rights. Ignoring threats, he was assassinated in his rectory on July 28, 1981.
Atlanta Priest Reaches Youth by Social Media
Ordained in 1993 for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Father Tim Hepburn already had a degree in architecture from Alabama’s Auburn University.
As a priest, he began a special outreach to youth, stressing prayer as a deeply personal conversation with God, and frankly discussing his motives for being a priest and the rewards the priesthood has brought him. Using social media to communicate with young people, his message is accepting God, responding to God’s love, discipleship and vocation.
Along the way, he obtained a degree in the New Evangelization. He is the archdiocesan vocations director and spiritual director for permanent deacons.
Fifty Years Ago
In April 1964, an article looked at the theology of Father Hans Kueng, whose writings at the time were both widely reported and controversial. Another article looked at the historical and theological backgrounds of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
Holy Week Liturgies
In 1955, Pope Pius XII dramatically changed the liturgies of Holy Week, wishing to make the ceremonies more engaging for average Catholics and to restore the oldest traditions. It was a major incentive for the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
‘Go in Peace’