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Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by admin No Comments

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Free downloads for 9/11 (and peace!)
#MakePeaceTheNews

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From Albanian to Zulu, 
download your free translation of the
“international passage for peace” 
Mattie penned on September 11, 2001…
CLICK HERE…  

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Click here for Peace Tips & Activity Links, 
and suggestions for commemorating PEACE
on the anniversary of 9/11 (or ANY day). 

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EWTN Interview:
Mattie Matters

Tune in 
Thursday, June 20
(first airtime 8 pm EST)
to watch Raymond Arroyo’s
EWTN The World Over
interview with

 Dr. Jeni Stepanek
(Mattie’s mom)
and Cheryl Kerwin
(Mattie’s Guild). 

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Link to video will be posted when available.
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More about Mattie’s possible
Cause for Sainthood:
www.MattieMatters.org

#MattieMatters  #MattiesGuild

 

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WMET Radio Interview:

Mattie Matters 

Tune in Monday, June 17
in the 1 pm (EST) hour
to listen to an interview
with Mattie’s mom, Jeni Stepanek –
airing on Guadalupe Network’s
WMET 1160AM
program,
“Catholicism on the Beltway.” 

Link to live streaming: https://www.radio.net/s/wmet

More about Mattie’s possible
Cause for Sainthood:
www.MattieMatters.org
#MattieMatters

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Good Morning Washington
featured the Mosaic & Music event
during a recent Mattie segment
with Jeni Stepanek, PhD. 


To view the clip on Facebook


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PHOTOS POSTED
Mosaic & Music event
#MakePeaceTheNews

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CLICK HERE for the album…  

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Order your $25 early bird ticket

for our Mosaic & Music event
before June 2 and
pick up a free
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 bookmark

when you check-in
for the event,
AND receive a free

 bonus entry in our
Peace Swag Bag drawing.

--> JUST CLICK HERE <--
to reserve your
$25 early bird ticket for our
June 2  (3-5 pm) event at
Dawson’s Market in Rockville

 

Peace Matters, Mattie Matters:

Why? How? What Next? 

 

Want to learn more 

about HOW

Mattie Stepanek

is still serving as the 

“Champion for Change”

Chris Cuomo is featuring

on CNN this week? 

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Read the opinion essay offered by
Jeni Stepanek, PhD (Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace)
to accompany the CNN video
(PDF version) HERE…

 

Mattie’s Foundation

– sharing information about his peace missionPeace Day Campaign, upcoming events & activities, Pathways to Peace, life & legacy, more:

Mattie’s Guild

– gathering information for his possible Cause of Canonization (sainthood), information about his spiritual life, events, activities, more:

CNN’s website with…

– Jeni’s “Why Mattie Still Matters” reflection essay & videos:

What next? Forthward

Support Mattie’s peace mission

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Mattie Selected as “Champion of Change”
by Chris Cuomo for CNN Special

CNN invited 12 correspondents to share a story on their “Champion of Change” - someone who they have interviewed or reported on across their years of working in journalism.
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Chris Cuomo (who won an Emmy for one of his Mattie features back in 2001 and who now supports the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild in the effort to advance Mattie’s possible Cause of Canonization) – selected Mattie J.T. Stepanek as his Champion. Wow!
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Thank you, Chris, for choosing to #MakePeaceTheNews
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This is the info received from the CNN producer:
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  • CNN’s feature on Mattie Stepanek’s legacy is scheduled to air on
    – Tuesday, May 14 in the 9pm hour,
    – and Thursday, May 16 in the 10pm hour — barring breaking news.
  • The Champions for Change one-hour special airs on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm.
    The story producers are not told in advance if a particular piece will
    make it to the final show, since it’s considered a week-long event.
  • You can see the promo at the link below
    –> https://www.cnn.com/specials/living/champions-for-change
  • Mattie’s video story will be uploaded to that digital page once the show airs on the network.
  • Additional media – including more from Chris Cuomo and an
    essay penned by Jeni Stepanek (Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace)
    - will also be posted to the page once the video airs.

Enjoy! #PeaceIsPossible #MakePeaceTheNews

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SUMMER  SALE
Personalized Gift Bricks in
Mattie’s Park & Peace Garden

Celebrate a family member or friend,
Mother’s/Father’s Day, graduation,
  a colleague or group — with peace!

Single brick only $150
Two bricks only $270
(Regular price $199 per brick)
SALE ENDS July 31, 2019

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bricks to be installed BEFORE Peace Day!)

100 percent tax deduction!!!

CLICK HERE TO SPONSOR YOUR BRICK… 

Click here to view current sponsors…

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Main Street Project
Inclusivity Redefined

New housing complex
in downtown Rockville, Maryland
with units designated for
adults with disabilities

to include
“Mattie’s Peace Room”

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Learn more here…

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Read the Main Street newsletter
article featuring

Mattie’s mom here…  

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Just Peace Summit 2019

32 new Global Teen Leaders
from 17 countries on 6 continents
with 1 purpose — PEACE.

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Now nearly 350 global teens and young adults
are tending to basic human needs and bringing
Mattie’s peace message to global neighbors.

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This year, CNN’s Chris Cuomo hosted a
Town Hall style interview with many of
the 2019 GTLs and several GTL alumni.
This will be posted on CNN’s website May, 2019,
along with an interview with Mattie’s mom (“Mama Peace”)
and a CNN “ChangeMaker” profile on Mattie.

Learn more here:
ThreeDotDash.org
WeAreFamilyFoundation.org 

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Mattie’s GUILD


The Mattie J.T. Stepanek GUILD
(the group gathering information
for Mattie’s possible
Cause of Canonization
or sainthood)
has launched
a new website.
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Please check out
www.Mattie4Sainthood.org
to learn more.

Please NOTE:
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Mattie’s FOUNDATION
and this website
www.MattieOnline.com
is related to
Mattie’s peace mission.
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Mattie’s GUILD
 
and the new website
www.Mattie4Sainthood.org
is related to
Mattie’s spiritual journey.

 

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Rosalynn Carter Institute’s
Laura Bauer named
new Executive Director of the 
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
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Jeni Stepanek, PhD, moves to 
CEO & Chief Peace Officer role.
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READ MORE HERE…  


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COLLABORATION SPOTLIGHT:
Jackie Zamora & ZamDance

Feature article and photo gallery — CLICK HERE… 

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Annual Fundraiser
We Need You!
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Mattie’s Birthday Campaign
CLICK HERE
to share your gift for peace.

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Celebrating Mattie’s life and peace legacy…
Please support our annual June 22 – July 17
“anniversary to birthday”
fundraising event now… 
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Share your peace messages here, and
on our annual Peace Day poster
during our summer peace event!

More information here…

DONATE HERE… 

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The Who’s ROGER DALTREY Accepts the
2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award 

“When the worlds of legendary rock, meet dance and funk, meet hip hop,
it will be a music celebration like no other!”

– Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-winning Musician, Humanitarian,
and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation. 

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The We Are Family Foundation honored The Who’s Roger Daltrey CBE and entertainment icon, LL COOL J at the annual Celebration Gala on April 27, 2018 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event celebrated longtime peacemakers and humanitarians while raising funds to support the work WAFF does with young peacemakers and humanitarians through the Just Peace Summit (based on Mattie’s peace message and final book) and their Three Dot Dash program. It is (truly) “the best party of the year.”

Daltrey — legendary frontman for the 1970s rockbound The Who and famous for the music that created the hit “Tommy” — was honored for his humanitarian work, including his role with the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Trust is a non-profit that enhances psychosocial care for adolescent oncology patients. Daltrey has been a part of this effort for decades,  helping to grow this effort throughout the United Kingdom, and is now bringing the work the United States.

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Other 2018 honorees and VIPs included LL Cool J (who received the WAFF Humanitarian Award), “Parkland Teens” (students representatives speaking out about gun control and anti violence following a recent shooting at their Florida high school), and Nile Rodgers and Chic (who performed an incredible concert with Daltrey and LL Cool J.

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Read more about Roger Daltrey, Nile Rogers, WAFF, and the event:

PHOTOS –> Roger Daltrey with Jeni Stepanek (Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace) during his June performance at Wolftrap in Vienna, VA

 

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Message from Mattie’s Mom:
On Jeni’s Thriving Heartsong

 

Thank you to all for sharing your lovely and inspirational thoughts in response to this month’s Washingtonian Magazine article about Mattie and me. In many ways, the piece is beautiful. But I do want to re-assure everyone that I am still defying all medical odds, and moving through each day with purpose and gratitude and a celebration of life.
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I am working and playing and living and praying. Yes, I have many medical challenges and they can be life-threatening, and I rely on much medical support every day – from the ventilator and oxygen to the wheelchair and IV fluids to a pacemaker and more… but despite it all, I look good (yay) and I am doing quite well (super yay).
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None of us knows how much time we really have on earth. I guess, like Mattie (and many others who have statistical odds stacked heavily against them due to multiple life-threatening conditions), I am keenly aware of the sacred gift of each moment. So – by choice – I endeavor to give depth to each of those moments, which somehow helps me focus less on length of living.
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That said, I also am hoping to reach my goal: “When I grow up, I want to be 83, and a beach chair philosopher.”
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I am ever-grateful for ongoing prayers, which I believe has much to do with how well I am doing at this time – despite everything I have been through and continue to go through medically and emotionally.
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Today, and each tomorrow, I encourage each of you to take a deep breath, and with purpose, exhale with the words “wow!” (about something or someone in your life) and “thank you!” (about you and your gift of life, and the gift you can choose to be for others).
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Moving forthward with hope and gratitude.
Jeni (Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace).
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PS — this article should have had a word like “resilience” or “purpose” or “gratitude” or “forthward” or “hope” in the title, and a bit more balance in the text which seemed to highlight the burdens more than the blessings… missed opportunity by the editors, even though the overall piece offers inspiration.

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Link to Washingtonian Magazine article
(August 2017 issue)

“Jeni Stepanek’s Last Heartsong”
by Justin Heckert –> click here…  

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To ALL of our global neighbors
– of diverse race and religion,
of diverse age and ability,
of diverse class and culture,
of diverse thought and tradition,
of diverse pasts and preferences,
of so many other diverse realities –
YOU MATTER.

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As Mattie J.T. Stepanek said,
“We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts…
our differences are unique treasures…
to nurture, to offer, to accept.”  
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#YouMatter.
Believe it. Celebrate it. Share it.
Nurture… offer… ACCEPT…
and be a welcoming person of peace
for all others
in this mosaic of humanity.

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Peace Club Kid Raises
$500 for Mattie’s Foundation 

Hitting #HomeRunsForPeace 

Read about 11-year-old William Forrester 
– “a big hit for peace” –>  here…  

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Election Reflection: On Hope, Beyond Hurt

Read Jeni Stepanek’s 11/9 2016 message here…

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YOUR shopping on AMAZON.com
can support Mattie’s Foundation
at no extra cost to you!
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Please #StartWithaSmile at
smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2743852
for your holiday gifts and
Amazon donates to
Mattie J T Stepanek Foundation Inc.

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Just click on the link above to shop,
and support our peace mission!

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Medical Updates

from Mattie’s mom…

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Prayers always appreciated.

Click here…
for the messages.

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 Peace is for all people…

#StopTheViolence
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Read an excerpt from Mattie’s “Just Peace book. This 7-paragraph e-mail was written more than a decade ago as an outline for a school assignment. The message Mattie shared so many years ago is still relevant —  and needed — today.

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Please take a few minutes to read these thoughts from Mattie.

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This is one of the last messages Mattie ever wrote. He was not strong enough to complete the essay he planned in this e-mail. But his passion for and love for all of humanity never wavered, and I believe that today, he is kneeling in prayer — with hope, for peace.

Mattie’s “We Need to Dream” – essay here… 
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“We Need to Dream”your comments here…

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Documentary
in planning!

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“I Am… Mattie”

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The first full-length
documentary on the
life and legacy of
Mattie J.T. Stepanek.
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Learn more here… 

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Current e-Peace Update posted

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…updates on events & news…
…Mattie quotes & photos…
…Peace Day Campaign info…
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View all current and archived
e-Peace Updates HERE… 

 

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A message of peace… from Mattie.

We Need to Dream
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
An excerpt from Mattie’s final book…
An essential message for our world today.
Click here to read Mattie’s thoughts…  

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Just Thoughts — A Message from Mattie’s mom

Peace Is Possible. 

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e-Peace Update posted December, 2012,
and still relevant today… please read,
then please share your comments
(links here –> e-mail or Facebook)
to be posted on our What You Are Saying page)

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Morning Crunch:

Is Peace on Our To Do List

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CLICK HERE

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to read
Mattie’s Morning Crunch poem

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and our article about
peace on our To Do List…
(and our To Be List)

New! Mattie’s Foundation peace wristbands!
Great gifts, great party favors, and a
great way to support Mattie’s Foundation.
ORDER in our PEACE SHOP —> here…

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EXCITING NEWS
– Peace Day Campaign – 

CLICK HERE TO READ 
WHAT IS HAPPENING
TODAY! 

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Please support our effort
to secure
a National Peace Day
to be celebrated annually
on July 17
(Mattie’s birthday).

CLICK HERE
for information
and links to our online petition and
our  Letter of Support form
for you to sign…

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A Quick Guide to Our Peace Programs

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How are they different? 

Which one(s) are best for you

and for your family or organization?

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Click here to learn more… 

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Just Thoughts
– A Message from Mattie’s mom

——Peace Is Possible. 

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Mattie’s Foundation Needs You

—– Letter from Jeni Stepanek, PhD
—–(“Mattie’s mom” / “Mama Peace”) 

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Press Releases, e-Peace, & Archives

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Read our Press & News Releases here…

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Explore our e-Peace Updates here…

Visit our Archives here…

 

 





November Spotlight

May 5 at Botanero

Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta - FREE ENTRY - All Day Happy Hour & food specials, Music by DJ Genius, ZamDance performances -- join us for a fundraising party that celebrates peace and acceptance! Read more...

June 2 at Dawson's

Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News -- join us for wine & apps, music & mosaic unveiling, conversation & celebration at a fundraising gathering to promote peace! Early Bird Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Read more...

June 21 and 22

Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy – 15-year anniversary Mass on June 22 (11 am) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, MD, followed by a reception hosted by Mattie's Guild - ALL ARE WELCOME. Read more...

July 13 in King Farm

2019 Peace Day Celebration – join us for a FREE street fair (1-5 pm), all day food & drink specials (1-8 pm), and a Happy Hour Dance Party (5-8 pm) – arts, crafts, music, performers, cake, moon bounce… Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek