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Meet St. George

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. George, an early Christian martyr who is the patron saint of soldiers, Boy Scouts, and more. His story can give us all encouragement to not be driven by fear.

Hear his story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

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1. Meet St. George – Video Teaser

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Meet St. Dominic Savio

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. Dominic Savio, a student of St. John Bosco and a role model for people of all ages.

Hear his story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

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1. Meet St. Dominic Savio
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2. Discussion
Listen as we discuss how St. Dominic Savio can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

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Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!

Our thanks to the Rawicki family in honor of Deacon Luke Rawicki, for their sponsorship donation toward this Social with the Saints!


1. Meet St. Dominic Savio

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Meet St. Valentine

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. Valentine, a real holy man and role model for us.

Hear his story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

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1. Meet St. Valentine
At the time listed, watch the video below (or via our social media).

2. Discussion
Listen as we discuss how St. Valentine can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

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Our thanks to Veronica Montalvo and Great Commission Theater for their sponsorship donation toward this Social with the Saints!

St. Valentine image credit: Wellcome Collection, used under Creative Commons Attribution License. All rights reserved.


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Becoming Saints by Working from Within

St. Angela Merici, is the founder of the Ursuline Order of religious sisters. The Ursulines were the first order of women religious who served God outside the cloister. Today as they did at their founding in 1534, the Ursulines educate women and girls and tend to the sick around the world. St. Angela is considered instrumental in reforming the Catholic Church during the tragedy of the great Christian division that became known as the Protestant Reformation.

No one argues that the Catholic Church was in need of reform when in 1517 then Catholic priest Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses; a list of what he condemned as excesses and corruption in the Church. No one argues this because the Church was, is and will always be in need of reform. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

“The Church . . . will receive its perfection only in the glory of heaven,” at the time of Christ’s glorious return. Until that day, “the Church progresses on her pilgrimage amidst this world’s persecutions and God’s consolations.” Here below she knows that she is in exile far from the Lord, and longs for the full coming of the Kingdom, when she will “be united in glory with her king.” The Church, and through her the world, will not be perfected in glory without great trials. Only then will “all the just from the time of Adam, ‘from Abel, the just one, to the last of the elect,’ . . . be gathered together in the universal Church in the Father’s presence,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 769).

Men and women throughout the history of the Catholic Church have achieved sainthood by responding to the call of the Holy Spirit for reform. St. Theresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John of the Cross, St. Jean Vianney, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Francis of Assisi just to name a few.

St. Angela Merici, during the time thousands were choosing to leave the Catholic Church and follow Martin Luther and his teachings told her Ursuline sisters,

“Each one of you should first obey the commandments of God . . . Secondly, obey him who governs Mother Church, because He who is truth has said: “Who hears you, hears me, and who despises you, despises me.” And then in descending order, obedience is to be given to priests, the spiritual director, to mother and father, to the laws, statues and civil authorities.”

Today as it was then, the Catholic Church is undergoing great trials. Persecutions from the outside are numerous but more troubling to the unity Jesus Christ commanded of His disciples is the vitriol coming from within the Church. Any scroll through social media gives evidence of the divisions forming among priests, bishops, the religious, and lay faithful. But as the Catechism states, “The Church, and through her the world, will not be perfected in glory without great trials” (CCC, no. 769).

An Opportunity to Step Up and Serve

It is when these trials overburden the Church, the Holy Spirit works to form leader saints; men and women of faith who step up and work from within to reform her. We are witnessing the Holy Spirit’s call now through the Holy Father’s declaration to the Church for the  Synod of Synodality. Pope Francis says,

“Synodality is a style, it is a walk together, and it is what the Lord expects from the Church of the third millennium.”

The Pope gives three reasons why all Catholics should embrace this invitation to participate in the upcoming synodal process:

  1. To grow and thrive in the world we live in, the Catholic Church needs to strengthen cooperation in all areas of her mission, which is why the Church of the third millennium must be a synodal one.
  2. The development of a synodal church will have a great impact in the field of ecumenism. The more we learn to listen and work together — with and under the pope — the better suited we will be to work and collaborate with other Christians
  3. The testimony of a synodal Church will have a positive impact in a world in which small and powerful groups tend to determine the fate of entire peoples.

Simply put, this Synod is to be the Church walking together so that we can all walk together!

The process of this Synod is in three phases. The current phase concluding in April 2022 is the Diocesan Phase when the Church calls on many voices to come to the table. Pastors throughout the world are calling on their parishioners to participate. For lay Catholics, this is our time to step up and respond to the Holy Spirit’s call for reform. When your pastor asks you to participate with the Synod, say yes! If he has not asked yet, ask him. Great saints are made during these times of trials of the Church . . . don’t miss the chance to be one of them!

Much of the information for this blog on Synod can be found at the Archdiocese of San Antonio website.


Nan Balfour is a grateful Catholic whose greatest desire is to make our Lord Jesus more loved. She seeks to accomplish this through her vocation to womanhood, marriage, motherhood, and as a writer, speaker and events coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Our Mother of Africa Chapel – Washington, D.C.

Join Angela Sealana as she embarks on this week’s spiritual pilgrimage, to the beautiful & highly symbolic Our Mother of Africa Chapel, which is located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Along our journey, meet an African-born saint, St. Josephine Bakhita!

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Traditions and cultures of Africa that are part of our faith tradition.
  • Learn how all of us find healing and hope today
  • Reflect on the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a remarkable woman who can teach us lessons for daily life in perseverance, faith, hope, and radical forgiveness.
  • Much more!

Image of Our Mother of African Chapel captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception official website


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Jewel for the Journey

The whole of my life has been God’s gift. – St. Josephine Bakhita


A Closer Look at the Our Mother of Africa Chapel:

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Meet St. Angela Merici

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. Angela Merici, a champion of women and girls, who founded the Ursuline Sisters.

Hear her story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

How-To

1. Meet St. Angela Merici
At the time listed, watch the video below (or via our social media).

2. Discussion
Listen as we discuss how St. Angela Merici can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

3. Live with Hope!
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Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!

Our thanks to Mary Jo Quinn for her sponsorship donation toward this Social with the Saints!


1. Meet St. Angela Merici

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Italy – San Giovanni Rotondo and Padre Pio

Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we spiritually travel to San Giovanni Rotondo, located in southern Italy. San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916, until his death on September 23, 1968. Mary Jane Fox will join Jason in the first part of our journey, to share her experiences to this sacred destination! The life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be the focus in the second half of this week’s audio pilgrimage.

During this program, our hosts will discuss:

  • What is the journey from the United States to San Giovanni Rotondo like?
  • What kind of an experience can pilgrims expect to have?
  • What does the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy look like?
  • How can Padre Pio help us on our daily pilgrimage of life?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“The life and mission of Padre Pio prove that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness, which opens onto the horizons of a greater good, known only to the Lord.” – Pope Saint John Paul II


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Meet St. Cyril of Alexandria | Socials with the Saints

Have a Social with the Saints! Enjoy tea & treats at home as we meet St. Cyril of Alexandria, Doctor of the Church who had a major role in theological debates of early Christendom.

Hear his story, and be inspired to know & love God more, thanks to the example of St. Cyril.

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1. Meet St. Cyril of Alexandria
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2. Discussion
Listen as we discuss how St. Catherine can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

3. Live with Hope!
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Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!


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Meet St. Joan of Arc | Socials with the Saints

Have a Social with the Saints! Enjoy tea & treats at home as we meet St. Joan of Arc, the determined and faithful battle leader who was martyred for her commitment to answering a call from God. Excommunicated and burned at the stake, she later was proclaimed a saint for her heroic life of virtue.

Hear her story, and be inspired to know & love God more, thanks to the example of St. Jeanne d’Arc.

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1. Meet St. Joan of Arc
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Listen as we discuss how St. Joan of Arc can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

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Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!

We especially thank Joanne Kirschbaum for sponsoring this episode of Socials with the Saints! Pilgrim Center of Hope is grateful for all our Missionary of Hope supporters who make possible everything we do.


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Assisi Part III – Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels – NEW DATE

Thank you for joining us for the conclusion to our 3 part virtual pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox bring us along to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels. Built over a very small church called the Porziuncola, which translates from Italian, means “little portion.” Listen in as we learn about the rich history of this holy site!

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Jewel For The Journey: 

“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.” – St. Francis of Assisi