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Pilgrimage to beatification leaves Little Rock Sept. 22

First American martyr will be named "blessed" in Oklahoma City Mass

Published: August 4, 2017   
Courtesy Archdiocese of Oklahoma
Father Stanley Rother is shown during Carnival in Guatemala in this undated photo. Father Rother, recognized as the first American martyr, will be named “Blessed” in a beatification Mass in Oklahoma City Sept. 23.

Arkansas Catholic is organizing a pilgrimage to attend the beatification Mass of Father Stanley Rother in Oklahoma City Saturday, Sept. 23. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will be concelebrating this historic Mass for the first American-born martyr.

The luxury motorcoach (with WiFi) will leave at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 from St. John Center in Little Rock and pick up additional passengers at St. Michael Church in Van Buren. We will return to Arkansas following the Mass. The pilgrimage will include overnight lodging for one night, transportation, ticket to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and Saturday lunch.

Additional details available here. To register or more information, visit The deadline to sign up is August 30. To learn more about Father Rother, visit

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