March 14 Workshop: Why Mattie Still Matters

Posted on: February 28th, 2015 by jeni No Comments

Saturday, March 14, 2015

“Why Mattie Still Matters”

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About the event – 

  • Part of the 6th Annual Faith, Deafness, & Disabilities Conference (Saturday, March 14, DeMatha High School, Hyattsville, MD).
  • After lunch there will be a meeting of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild (Cause for Canonization Committee) to discuss strategic planning for this spiritual process.
  • 2:30 pm workshop:
    Why Mattie Still Matters:The Life and Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek Presenters: EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo & Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. – Mattie’s mom

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    Learn more about the late poet and author Mattie Stepanek, who died at the age of 13 in 2004. Many know about Mattie’s health challenges, but few know he was a teen catechist & lector here in our Archdiocese. Mattie’s life and message was based on his profound connection to his faith, his belief of God’s love and mercy, coupled with a commitment to choosing hope and peace. Dr. Stepanek is the author of Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs. Raymond Arroyo, host of ETWN’s The World Over news program, will share more of Mattie’s story as a teen catechist who spoke to millions through his Heartsongs poetry books, his book on peacemaking, Just Peace: A Message of Hope, and through his many television, radio appearances. Arroyo will also introduce the newly formed Guild to promote his cause for sainthood now underway.

  • All are welcome to attend this one-day conference, and to participate in the 2:30 workshop — come learn more about Mattie’s spiritual journey during life, and become a part of the spiritual process towards sainthood.
  • Mass with Cardinal Donald Wuerl follows the workshop at 4pm – all are welcome.
  • Registration information for the conference –> CLICK HERE

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About the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild – 

  • The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild is a group of people gathering information for Mattie’s possible “Cause of Canonization” (sainthood in the Catholic Church).
  • Mattie’s GUILD (with a spiritual mission of furthering Mattie’s journey towards sainthood) is a different organization and group of people than Mattie’s FOUNDATION (with a mission of sharing Mattie’s message of hope and peace through educational and recreational resources and activities).
  • Although the groups are separate entities, they have mutually supportive missions, and are both working to amplify Mattie’s life, message, and legacy as a gift of hope, peace, and joy for our world.
  • Mattie’s Guild was officially launched on September 21, 2012 (the Feast of St. Matthew).
  • The Guild’s website will be launched in a few weeks.
  • Raymond Arroyo (EWTN’s The World Over) is currently serving as the acting director of the Guild.
  • The Guild is seeking volunteers and supporters to help with the logistics that are a part of the process. Many gifts of time, talent, and/or treasure are needed to move the Cause forward — from data entry to outreach efforts to  non-profit and canon law expertise.
  • If you would like to learn more or be a part of this effort, please e-mail Mattie’s mom, and she will put you in touch with members of Mattie’s Guild (HeartsongBooks@gmail.com).
  • If you would like to share a reflection about Mattie’s life, message, or legacy, the Guild welcomes statements from people of all faiths. 

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IMPORTANT RSVP NOTE – 

If you are planning on attending the 3/14 workshop, or would like to learn more about the strategic planning meeting that will be held by the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild prior to the workshop, please e-mail Jeni Stepanek –> HeartsongBooks@gmail.com  

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Learn more about Mattie J.T. Stepanek at 

www.MattieOnline.com 

(About Mattie pages)

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