Mattie’s 10 Year Anniversary Mass

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by jeni No Comments



Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 3 pm
Franciscan Monastery
1400 Quincy Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017


A spiritual celebration of Mattie’s life
and 10 year legacy of hope and peace


People of diverse faiths, ages, and abilities gathered
for a spiritual celebration of Mattie’s life & legacy.
Following the Mass there will was an opportunity to
reflect with others on hope and peace, and Mattie’s message.
It was also an opportunity to share video messages for
a brief documentary celebrating Mattie’s life and legacy,
and to learn more about the work being done by
the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild
(Cause for Canonization Committee).


Donations collected during the Mass
were offered for the work of the Franciscan Monastery
where the event was held for Mattie. 

Signed books were available 
for purchase following the Mass – to benefit
the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild (Committee gathering
information for possible Cause for Canonization)




Mattie with Cardinal James A. Hickey during the Washington DC Archdiocesan Jubilee Celebration, Spring 2000. At the age of 8, Mattie received the sacrament of Confirmation from Cardinal Hickey, taking the name “Jude Thaddeus” as a source of spiritual inspiration.

Mattie (3rd from left) in 2000 with some of his 2nd grade CCD students. Following his confirmation at age 8, Mattie began serving as a Lector (reading from the Bible during Mass) and then a CCD (Catholic Sunday School) teacher at Holy Rosary Parish in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.



To view the EWTN interview &
Mass Information flyer — >


To view the
Reception flyer — > 


To view the
June 22 Mass Program —>



To read Jeni’s Reflections
shared during the Mass —>


Learn more about Mattie’s spirituality

and the message of hope and peace he shared here… 

Mattie’s 10-year Anniversary Mass

(MASS photos by Teresa Ann Crisman)
(Mattie photos by Jeni Stepanek) 





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