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Dramatic portrayal of a heroic priest
on December 18, 2015
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda has written a powerful narrative of the ministry and heroism of the Oklahoma missionary to Santiago Atitlán in Guatemala, Father Stanley Rother. “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” wrote Father Stanley Rother in 1980, and he was martyred the following year on July 28, 1981. Scaperlanda uses interviews and primary sources to write this first biography of the martyred priest, whose canonization is now being considered by the Vatican. It tells the dramatic story of this shepherd who refused to leave his flock and offers inspiration for all who seek to be missionary disciples today.