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Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
March 2015 

Timely information on...
March 14 - "Why Mattie Still Matters" workshop
April 20 - brick anniversary sale deadline 

Saturday, March 14
"Why Mattie Still Matters"

About the event -- 
  • Part of the 6th Annual Conference on Faith, Deafness, & Disability (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 (Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. & EWTN's Raymond Arroyo)
    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

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 non-profit expertise, and from outreach efforts to 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. 

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  

Learn more about Mattie J.T. Stepanek at 
www.MattieOnline.com (About Mattie pages)

Through April 20 -- Mattie's Foundation 
Anniversary Sale on Personalized Gift Bricks!

We are celebrating the 10 year anniversary

of Mattie's Foundation with a special offer... 


--> for ONLY $150 <--

(that's a 25% discount!)



The City of Rockville, MD will be hosting their 

July 4 Fireworks Celebration 

in the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park!


Bricks ordered by April 20 will be installed
in the Peace Garden of Mattie's Park

BEFORE the July 2015 Peace Event.


With your sponsorship, you:

--> Support a peace mission, and

--> Earn a tax deduction

 --> Honor a loved one or celebrate an occasion,

(brick messages make great gifts for
Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations,

retirements, birthdays, anniversaries...) 

Wow! Now that's a great deal! 

Create YOUR inscription NOW - 
Be a part of the celebration

and also a part of peace history! 


Just CLICK HERE.... 


Learn more about our anniversary sale

and view photos and inscriptions already in 

Mattie's Peace Garden

from across the years --> here...