Celebrating Two New U.S. Saints!

As you prepare your lessons for this week, you may want to include a little information about this coming Sunday’s canonization of 2 American saints: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, who spent the last 30 years of her life ministering to the sick on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The canonization Mass will take place at the Vatican October 21, 2012.

Included among the seven total saints being canonized by  Pope Benedict XVI this Sunday is also a catechist: Pedro Calungsod of the Philippines, who was martyred for his faith.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

3 Comments on Celebrating Two New U.S. Saints!

  1. Joe, could you please send me a list of the seven being canonized and/or tell me where to located information about all seven for distribution to my Catechist. This year I have asked each Catechist to have a 5 minute talk on the Saint of the Day or week. This would be great to have them learn about the newly canonized. Blessings Janis

  2. Thanks Joe for mentioning Blessed Pedro Calungsod, a catechist from the Philippines among those to be canonized on Sunday! All parishes here in the Philippines are counting the days to his canonization. May there be more saintly and holy catechists!

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