Catholic Order of Foresters Through the Years
Catholic Order of Foresters is founded in 1883.
Our commitment to caring began on May 24, 1883, at Church of the Holy Family in Chicago, Illinois. 42 men saw a need in their community, so they decided to financially protect their families by each placing $1 on a wooden desk to be used to protect any family in need. This desk resides in the Memorabilia Room at the Home Office in Naperville, Illinois.
Blessed Stanley Rother
Stanley Francis Rother, a priest and member of Catholic Order of Foresters (COF), was martyred in Guatemala in 1981. He is the first martyr from the United States and the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified. In 2016, seven years after Pope Benedict XVI opened the cause for Blessed Rother’s beatification, Pope Francis declared that Rother had been killed in odium fidei (in hatred of the faith) and approved his beatification. One year later, at a Mass attended by 20,000 people, he was beatified.
Rother became a COF member in 1942 and belonged to Holy Trinity 1816 in Okarche, Oklahoma.