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Blessed Stanley shrine

Published November 8, 2019

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor was on hand Nov. 3 to assist Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley and other dignitaries break ground for the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in south Oklahoma City.

Also in attendance were Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran, Tulsa Bishop David Konderla, Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen and nearly 2,000 priests, deacons and lay faithful. During the ceremony, Archbishop Coakley blessed the cornerstone of the shrine and the ground where the future main altar will be located. He then processed with the bishops and priests to bless the area where Blessed Stanley Rother will be entombed in the chapel. 

“What we are about the construct here we are building for the honor and glory of God whose goodness, whose holiness, whose faithfulness, whose mercy shown through the life of Father Stanley Rother,” Archbishop Coakley said during his homily.

The $40 million shrine site will include a 2,000-seat church, a chapel where Blessed Stanley Rother will be entombed, an education building, an event space and several areas designated for shrines and devotion.

An additional element will be a museum and pilgrim center, which will be an additional $5 million.