Like other such guilds around the world, the Father Stanley Rother Guild formed to advance the cause for sainthood of a 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. For example, Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun from Wichita. His guild was started after the Korean War ended. However, Kapaun’s cause did not officially open 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.
The first and foremost goal of the guild is to pray for the cause of Father Rother. For the guild members to pray and to invite others to pray for Father Rother’s cause is important. The call to make someone a saint proceeds from the people calling the Church to declare a person a saint. One of the most powerful ways to do that is through prayer.
The second goal is to tell Father Rother’s story. The members of the guild aim to tell as many people as possible the story of Father Rother’s life, ministry and death as possible. The more peo- ple who know of him, the more people can pray. The guild spreads knowl- edge of Father Rother by using as many forms of communication as they can, including the guild website, Facebook, Twitter, parish bulletins, Sooner Catholic articles, guild Masses and presentations.
The guild also encourages others to share what they know of Father Rother — whether they acquired that knowledge through a personal relationship with Father Rother or by reading his book, by coming to a Guild Mass or by listening to a talk on his life and ministry. Even sharing and retweeting on Facebook and Twitter are ways to share the story of Father Rother. The guild is here to create those opportunities to share and spread the story.
The third goal of the guild is to provide financial support for the cause of canonization. There are many financial considerations when a diocese opens a cause for sainthood.
“Another important aspect is, when the person is in need of a miracle,” Father Oswalt explained “the guild serves as a place where people can write to speak of the favors they are receiving through the intercession of the candidate. We are not at this stage as yet.”
Join the Guild!
If you become a member of the Rother Guild, you don’t have to wash altar cloths or plan bake sales. That is all done by the Rother Guild Board, which includes: President Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Director Father M. Price Oswalt, Father John Peter Swaminathan, Cara Koenig, Sheila Morgan, Edith Miranda, Jim and Jamie Biller, Nancy Schudalla and Tammy Jacobs.
If you do become a member of the Rother Guild, the board asks you to pray and spread Father Rother’s story. Anyone and everyone can do this with or without being a member of the Rother Guild but, by becoming a member, you help to financially support the cause. To become a member, you can attend a Rother Guild event, purchase a membership by requesting a form at info(at)rotherguild.org.