CATHOLIC MARTYR SAINT OF THE DAY FOR JULY 28th
SAINT Stanley Rother PRAY FOR US!
He is the first martyr from the US
He sought and received permission to join the staff at the Oklahoma diocese's mission in Santiago Atitlan,
Guatemala. He served the native tribe of the Tz'utujil, who are decedents of the Mayans. Although he struggled with Latin in the seminary, Father Rother learned Spanish and the Tz'utujil language in Guatemala. He celebrated Mass in their language and helped translate the New Testament.
While he served in Guatemala, a civil war raged between the militarist government forces and the guerrillas.
Within a few months, three men entered the rectory around
1 a.m. on July 28, 1981, fought with Father Rother and then executed him. His death shocked the Catholic world. No one was ever held responsible. The people of Santiago Atitlan mourned the loss of their leader and friend. They requested that Father Rother's heart be kept in Guatemala where it remains enshrined today.