The Norman Transcript

September 13, 2013

Hispanic Cultural Institute to return to St. Joseph’s

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Father Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute will return to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Weekly classes will be at St. Joseph’s Parish Center Gym, 421 E. Acres St. Tuesday’s class will be the fall opening ceremony and will feature the Rev. Scott Anthony Boeckman, pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Norman. This marks the sixth year for the institute.

The topic for the opening ceremony will be “Building a Culture of Faith. The institute offers participants an opportunity to learn the Spanish language and cultural studies from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Enrollment for fall classes will continue until Sept. 24. Registration forms are available at the parish center.

Each weekly session will include a speaker for the first hour who will give a discussion related to the history of the Spanish-speaking world. All speakers are recruited from the community or other universities.

The second part of the evening will include language classes. All instructors of the institute are educators of the language. The institute is ran entirely by volunteers.

Sessions also include food from the Hispanic culture.

The institute is named for Stanley Rother, a Catholic priest and missionary to Guatemala. He was executed by a death squad on July 28, 1981.

Rother attended the seminary at Mount St. Mary’s University and graduated in 1963. He was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Oklahoma City — Tulsa (now the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City) on May 25, 1963, by Bishop Victor Reed.

Rother served in Santiago Atitlán for 13 years. During that time, in addition to his pastoral duties, he translated the New Testament into the Tzutuhil language and began the regular celebration of the liturgy.

For more information or to register, call the St. Joseph Parish office at 321-8080, email or visit