Saints & Sandwiches: A summer lunch series

News | June 18, 2015

Every Wednesday in July, St. Paul pastors and staff will guide a conversation about saints. The sessions begin July 1, noon-1 p.m. in the Library Commons. Bring a sack lunch and settle in for some thought-provoking discussion.

Each week will feature a different saint, and the work of their lives.

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar most famous for volunteering to die in place of a stranger at the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was canonized by the Catholic Church as Saint Maximilian Kolbe on October 10, 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity.

Oscar Romero was the archbishop of San Salvador, and declared a martyr by Pope Francis in February 2015. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture. He was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass.

St. Francis was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher, born in late 1181 or 1182. He was born into wealth, but as he grew older felt drawn to live a life of poverty. He founded orders for men and women, met with the Sultan in an attempt to put an end to the Crusades, and arranged for the first Christmas nativity scene.

Julian of Norwichwas a 14th century mystic who, following a near-death experience, experienced a series of what are called “Showings.” She wrote about God the Mother. She believed in an entirely benevolent reality, devoid of sin and informed by friendliness, courtesy, and tender forgiveness.

Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert. In the 1930s, Day worked to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. She served as editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper from 1933 until her death in 1980.

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