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    Default Re: Archdiocese Begin Capital Campaign For Rother Shine, 2,000 seat church.

    Quote Originally Posted by jedicurt View Post
    awesome... maybe this will start soon. i think think this will look amazing from I-35 as i drive by everyday.
    Will not start until late Quarter 4 of 2019

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    Oklahoman, August 14, 2019

    A shrine to the former Okarche priest who was murdered in Guatemala is one step closer to reality.

    The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, on Tuesday announced that the groundbreaking for the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine will be Nov. 3. at SW 89 and Interstate 35.

    The event from 3 to 5 p.m. will include children's and family activities. It is free and open to the public.

    Rother was serving as a priest with the Oklahoma City Diocese when he was killed in his parish rectory in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

    “The groundbreaking for the shrine will be a significant moment in the life of the Church in Oklahoma and for the broader community,” Coakley said. “The shrine is being built to honor Blessed Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma original and the first U.S.-born priest and martyr ever beatified. It will be a place of pilgrimage where the faithful will come from near and far to honor Blessed Stanley at his final resting place and to seek his intercession for their many needs. It will be a place of welcome, serving all people.”

    The $40 million shrine will include a 2,000-seat church, a chapel where Blessed Stanley will be buried, an education building, an event space and several areas designated for shrines and devotion. The Spanish colonial-style church will be the largest Catholic church in Oklahoma. The property also will include a $5 museum and pilgrim center where visitors will get an experience that leads them through the life, witness and martyrdom of Blessed Stanley, the archdiocese said in a news release. The church will help accommodate the growing Hispanic population whose parishes are significantly overcrowded, the release said.

    Design architect for the project is Franck & Lohsen Architects in Washington, D.C., supported by the local architectural firm ADG. The general contractor is The Boldt Company in Oklahoma City with Cooper Project Advisors serving as the owner’s representative. To RSVP for the groundbreaking, email rsvp@archokc.org. Tickets are not required.

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    The Oklahoman articles are getting better.

    But still, only thing left out is how long it will take to complete the shrine. ....
    Oklahoma City, the RENAISSANCE CITY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOT ROD View Post
    The Oklahoman articles are getting better.

    But still, only thing left out is how long it will take to complete the shrine. ....
    Oklahoman articles are getting better? Pete, The Gazette & The Oklahoma City Free Press may have a lot to do with that.

    Met Father Rother the year he spent at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in OKC. Found him to be a very concerned person, firm, fair, serious faithful & helpful always greeted you with respect; smiled and a genuine person on the up-and-up; more serious and concerned than most priests I've met, truly an impact person who made a difference in the lives he touched.

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    The Rother Shine & Basilica will be a $100 million project that will combine beauty, art & simplicity for a basilica, a characteristic of Father Rother, an ordinary man; it will make the south side an enclave for visitors, guests, pilgrims, poor, rich, pure in heart & curiosity seekers from far and wide.

    Father Rother, an ordinary man, a good shepherd who knew his flock. The Shine & Basilica will be a testament, shine & memorial in remembrance of a man who blended with the fold.

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    An interesting article about the Shrine here:

    Building on a Prayer
    https://www.constructor-digital.com/...icleId=1503677

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    Building $100 million basilicas while sitting on the findings of "independent" investigations into clergy sex abuse.I wonder what Rother would have thought about that.

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    We Catholics that donated the money for the shrine, donated it for the shrine to be built. The Archdiocese did not take it out of some hidden bank account to build it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laramie View Post
    The Rother Shine & Basilica will be a $100 million project that will combine beauty, art & simplicity for a basilica, a characteristic of Father Rother, an ordinary man; it will make the south side an enclave for visitors, guests, pilgrims, poor, rich, pure in heart & curiosity seekers from far and wide.

    Father Rother, an ordinary man, a good shepherd who knew his flock. The Shine & Basilica will be a testament, shine & memorial in remembrance of a man who blended with the fold.
    I believe he would condemn abusers and those that aid them whether Catholic, Baptist, non-denominational, teachers, priests, preacher, or parents. At the same time he honored the saints before him.

    The issues are totally separate as much as the haters want to conflate them.

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    Are there examples of him condemning abusers? After all, these things were happening during his time 50+ years ago, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by checkthat View Post
    Are there examples of him condemning abusers? After all, these things were happening during his time 50+ years ago, too.
    You obviously have no idea who Rother was or what he stood for. Making controversial statements trying to sow doubts about a truly holy man is small indeed, or worse.

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    Correct. I have no idea who Rother was or what he stood for. It was an honest question with no ulterior motives. Do such examples exist? If so, it would be kind of you to provide one or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by checkthat View Post
    Correct. I have no idea who Rother was or what he stood for. It was an honest question with no ulterior motives. Do such examples exist? If so, it would be kind of you to provide one or two.
    I know it sounds crazy today, but sexual abuse was not a top of mind subject back in the era Father Rother was alive. It would be easy for me to believe that he was never in a position that required a direct statement. Although, I believe his life story that I have read suggests that he was a pure heart that was opposed to all human abuse and indignity.

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    Thanks, Dob. I read a bit about Rother since this morning. While I did not find any examples of him speaking out about abuses by the church, he did speak out about atrocities that our government was committing at the time. He was absolutely correct about what was going on and that's what got him killed. The Oklahoma Gazette did a fairly detailed profile in 2006 for anyone who is interested in his story:

    Heart of a martyr

    Does anyone have a transcript of the March 1981 homily described in the article?

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    I also recommend this book for a history of Father Rother https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLCPVDB...ng=UTF8&btkr=1
    I was a teenager at McGuinness when Father Rother was killed. I have also attended St Charles Borromeo for most of my life. Our parish helped support his mission in Guatemala while he was alive so we were very much aware of how he was risking his life by staying. The part our government played in the Guatemalan civil war is disturbing to say the least.

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