Father Marvin Leven is a legend in religious circles in Oklahoma and beyond. His colorful personality coupled with profound faith has drawn crowds of parishioners to whatever church he was serving. Part of his intriguing story, however, is that he was the best friend of the martyred priest, Father Stanley Rother, who is featured elsewhere in this exhibition. I had the opportunity to meet him when we unveiled my major portrait of Father Rother at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche in July, 2019. I was honored to spend some time hearing firsthand about Father Rother’s character, courage, and commitment to his faith from his dear and devoted friend.
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