To honor Oklahoma’s native son, the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine will serve as his final resting place. The Shrine will include a 2,000-seat church, chapel for devotional prayer, religious education classrooms and large indoor and outdoor ministry facilities.
Once complete, the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine will be the largest Catholic church in Oklahoma, allowing for large diocesan events such as ordinations, the Rite of Election, high school graduations and other events.
In addition to the church, the Shrine complex will feature a two-story ministry building to respond to the religious education needs of the growing Catholic community. This building will provide much-needed classroom and gathering space, administrative offices and an event hall to host large archdiocesan gatherings, receptions and retreats for pilgrims visiting the Shrine.
Above and beyond the archdiocesan campaign to build the Shrine church, chapel and ministry facilities, is the Blessed Stanley Rother Museum and Pilgrim Center. Located on the campus of the Shrine, the goal of the museum is to tell the story of Blessed Stanley Rother’s life of missionary discipleship. The museum will serve as an archive for materials related to his life, martyrdom and beatification.
The Pilgrim Center will be the first arrival point upon reaching the Blessed Stanley Rother Shine and the pathway for pilgrims to reach the main church and chapel. Inside the 6,000 sq. ft. facility, pilgrims will find an orientation room with a video documentary, and the museum will feature artifacts from every stage of his life.