Father Casimir Cypher, a model for missionaries today


On June 25, 1975, Michael “Casimir” Cypher was arrested and executed by soldiers in Honduras, thereby becoming the first of several U.S. missionaries to be murdered in Latin America over the past half-century. Surprisingly, his story remains largely unknown, even in his native country. An unassuming Conventual Franciscan assigned to the remote Honduran department of Olancho, Father Casimir had launched his ministry at a time when the global Catholic church and Latin…

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