A cause for canonization must be opened in the diocese of death. In Father Rother’s cause that would be the Diocese of Guatemala. The cause must also be opened within 30 years of the individual’s death. The Diocese of Guatemala was unable to pursue the Cause for Father Rother so Archbishop Beltran asked permission from the Diocese of Guatemala and from the Vatican for the cause to be moved and opened in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Permission from both were granted and in October of 2007 the cause was officially opened with a Mass and swearing in of the Committee at Holy Trinity parish in Okarche. Once a cause has begun, the individual is called a Servant of God.
The committee then researched Father Rother’s life by examining documentation and by interviewing people he knew and worked with. This documentation was compiled, sealed and sent to the Vatican for review.
The official Archdiocesan phase of the Cause for Father Rother was closed July of 2010 with a Mass and closing ceremony at Our Lady’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City.
The documents were received and accepted by the Office of the Cause in the Vatican and went through the first review, which was to see that the research on Father Rother was done according to the norms. When that was accepted the actual documentation was reviewed.
After the documentation was accepted a Relator was appointed. This Relator along with Dr. Andrea Amdrosi, our representative (postulator) for the Cause in Rome, worked for two years to prepare the case or the Positio, to be presented on Father Rother’s behalf.
In August of 2014, Archbishop Coakley presented the Positio along with Dr. Andrea Amdrosi to the Office of the Cause in the Vatican. A formal letter was sent to Archbishop Coakley stating that Father Rother’s Cause would begin the formal review in the spring of 2015.
In June of 2015 the Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted to formally recognize Oklahoma’s Servant of God Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The determination of martyrdom is a critical step in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s cause to have Father Rother beatified, the final stage before canonization as a saint.
With in the last six months of 2015 the Office of the Cause in the Vatican will all meet and discussed Father Rother’s cause if they accept his cause he will then be beatified and he will then be called Blessed.
Dec. 2, 2016 Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.
The date is set for Father Rother’s Beatification. The Mass will be September 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. More information to come!
We than have to wait for a miracle to accrue and for that miracle to be researched and presented to the office of the cause. If that miracle is accepted his case is then presented to the Pope for canonization.