Decatur Roman Catholic community declared quasi-parish
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Photo by Janelle Jessen The Decatur Catholic congregation cheered at the Sept. 24 Sunday afternoon ceremony when it was declared an official mission of St. Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs. The Decatur mission is the first church in the world to be named after Stanley Rother, the first U.S. born priest to be declared a martyr and to go through the beatification process. Rother was beatified at a ceremony in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 23.
DECATUR -- On Sept. 23, Father Stanley Rother, the first official martyr born in the United States, was beatified during a mass attended by more than 20,000 people in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is also the first U.S. priest to be beatified. The following day, Sept. 24, the Decatur Catholic community became the first church in the world to be named in his honor -- The Blessed Father Stanley Francis Rother Mission -- during a mass held at Decatur Northside Elementary School. The Decatur church is a mission of St. Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs.