His new feast day is celebrated on July 28.
According to Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, his biographer, “He was a farmer from Okarche, Oklahoma, who served the Church as a devoted priest both here and in the Oklahoma mission in Santiago Atitlán — where he literally farmed the Guatemalan fields side by side with his parishioners.”
His name was eventually put on a “death list” in Guatemala for his missionary activities, and he was gunned down by militants at the age of 46.
Rother’s life was a shinning example of holiness and he left many profound words for us to ponder. Here is a short selection of seven quotes from this faithful shepherd.
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