Large Multi-Million Dollar Shrine Honoring the 1st Recognized US Born Martyr Blessed Fr. Stanley Rother is Dedicated in Oklahoma - FULL Video

In Oklahoma, the people remember their Catholic priest named Blessed Stanley Rother who served as a missionary in Guatemala when he was shot and killed, at age 46, by assailants in the rectory of his parish church in July 1981.  This martyred priest's body was brought to a new Catholic Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City.

The Reverend William Novak, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said the blessing before the casket was lowered into the altar in the new shrine's chapel. 

Pope Francis declared him a martyr for the faith in 2016. He is the first recognized martyr from the United States and the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified by the Catholic Church. 

The shrine, with an estimated cost of more than $40 million, was dedicated and the public was allowed into the shrine church and chapel for the first time. Thousands of people, including more than 35 Catholic bishops from across the country; Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. from the Vatican and a group of clergy and lay people from Guatemala.

The priest's remains, minus his heart, which is still in Guatemala, had previously been buried at the cemetery of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche after his death in 1981. His body was taken from the Okarche cemetery in 2017 for a required examination as part of the canonization process. Rother's remains were temporarily buried at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery at that time before being exhumed on Sunday to be taken to Our Lady's Cathedral, and later, the shrine.

A vespers service celebrated by Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was standing-room-only.

Many people came from around Oklahoma and the U.S.A to pray and honor Rother.