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Hendey Presents a Saint Per Week for Catholic Moms

October 10, 2011

Lisa M. Hendey, founder of and bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms, again offers her guidance for mothers in the nourishing of heart, mind, body, and soul. In her new book, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, Hendey presents fifty-two saints to act as companions in the many joys—and trials—of motherhood. With charisma and conviction, she applies the wisdom of the saints to a mother’s unique role, highlighting that these individuals “led ordinary lives and yet accomplished extraordinary things.” Hendey chooses men and women whose stories have influenced her personal perspective on motherhood and encourages fellow moms to welcome these Catholic leaders as both role models and long-time friends.

In each of the fifty-two short chapters, one per saint, Hendey provides:

A short biography of the saint

Reflection on the guidance offered by the saint

Traditions and family activities inspired by the saint

Daily scripture passages

A prayer for families to say together

Hendey’s companions include familiar intercessors such as Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, and Mother Teresa, as well as lesser-known figures like Josephine Bakhita and Mother Théodore Guerin. Hendey marks each chapter with a symbol to signify which dimension—heart, mind, body, or soul—the saint is best known to influence and concludes each chapter with a discussion prompt or journaling question to ponder during the week.

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs, including Catholic Mom TV and Making the Grade, a program aimed at promoting quality Catholic education. Lisa has additionally appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV and as a part of the Momnipotent DVD series. Hendey is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at Patheos, New Evangelizers, Integrated Catholic Life,, and Productivity At Home. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.

Hendey travels nationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics. In 2013, she was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow and traveled with Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda to study and write on the aftereffects of the Rwandan genocide on the eve of its twentieth anniversary. This experience inspired the launch of “World View Wednesday” at, an initiative to keep busy mothers informed about world news developments and to aid their families in prayerfully and materially contributing to global crises and causes. Hendey speaks internationally on faith, family, and technology issues. Her schedule has included the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, the Midwest Family Conference, and the National Council of Catholic Women. Hendey lives with her family in Fresno, California.

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