Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine Museum
Nomad Studio and Exhibit Concepts are developing an interpretive plan and exhibit concepts for a new shrine church and museum in Oklahoma City. The Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine will welcome pilgrims from around the world and serve as a resource for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Exhibits are focused on the story of Blessed Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma native who served as priest and missionary in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. Father Stanley’s work included setting up a health clinic, school, and farm co-op, as well as translating religious texts into the local Tz’utujil language. Father Stanley was one of 13 priests killed during Guatemala’s 36-year guerrilla war, a tragedy that claimed an estimated 140,000 lives. On Sept. 23, 2017, Blessed Stanley Rother became the first American martyr and the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified. Should he be canonized, Blessed Stanley will be officially recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church. The design team is developing interpretation and exhibits for a welcome center, museum, shrine church, gardens, and grounds.