Courageously Living the Gospel: The Road to Sainthood

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Day of Prayer and Reflection on Saturday, November 9, 2019

Many of the saints who came before us courageously lived the Gospel and they can inspire us to do the same! That’s why the Diocese of St. Petersburg is presenting a Day of Reflection that will focus on the lives of six American candidates for sainthood. These heroic individuals faced difficult challenges, such as discrimination, poverty, illness and some even suffered the tragedy of slavery. Yet, these brave men and women stayed true to their faith in God and accomplished amazing things in their lifetime.

The Day of Reflection is titled “Courageously Living the Gospel: The Road to Sainthood” and is being organized by Dale Brown, Director of the Diocese of St. Petersburg Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute and Director of Black Catholic Ministry. The six candidates for sainthood are Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853), Elizabeth Clarisse Lange (1784-1882), Henriette Delille (1812 – 1862), Augustus Tolton (1854-1897), Julia Greeley (ca. 1833-48 – 1918) and Thea Bowman (1937 – 1999). (Click here to read more about them.)

“The Day of Reflection is for all who love our Catholic faith, want to learn more about our Catholic history, especially here in the United States, and who are looking for models of faith, courage and virtue,” said Brown.

The main presenter for this event is Father Canon A. Gerard Jordan of Chicago who has done extensive research on these inspiring individuals. Organizers say “The Road to Sainthood” is designed to be a day of prayer, catechesis and motivation to become more actively engaged in the faith.

“When you look at the lives of these six individuals, their commitment to the faith, their love for God and the trials they experienced you can see their very courageous faith and determination to proclaim, invite and encounter all with love,” said Brown.

Details for The Road to Sainthood

When:  Saturday, November 9, 2019
Where: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4520 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
For More Information: Contact Dale Brown, or 727-344-1611, ext. 5458
Register:   Submit form (click here) and payment to:
Diocese of St. Petersburg, Black Catholic Ministry
6363 9th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33710