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5 Minutes with the Saints

5 Minutes with the Saints

More Spiritual Nourishment for Busy Teachers 

Edited by: Lou DelFra, C.S.C.

Edited by: Ann Primus Berends

Price: $13.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-448-1

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: September 22, 2014

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Building on the popularity of 5 Minutes with Christ (2011), this unique book of meditations draws on insights and anecdotes from great Catholic saints on the subject of education to encourage and inspire teachers and others on the front lines of Catholic education.

Drawing its inspiration from the great saints and founders of religious orders dedicated to teaching, 5 Minutes with the Saints offers today’s educators the bite-sized moments of spiritual motivation and affirmation they need to continue their challenging and often thankless work. Each reflection features a short excerpt on the spirituality of Catholic education by saints such as André Bessette, Ignatius Loyola, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, followed by a personal reflection and a short prayer. Like 5 Minutes with Christ, this book was crafted from the writings of members of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), the most prestigious Catholic educator–training program in America.

Features & Benefits:

  • A unique gift for teachers in public and Catholic schools, principals, administrators, and catechists; this book effectively supports the spiritual dimension of a teacher’s work for personal use or for teacher retreats.
  • In 2014, DelFra is personally reaching hundreds of schools in fifty cities across the United States as part of ACE’s twentieth anniversary celebration


"Delightful collection."

"5 Minutes with the Saints is a valuable resource, particularly for anyone working in Catholic education. Its simple format is especially useful for the busy teacher allowing the reader to open to any page to find a brief reflection related to the life of a saint in light of the lived experiences of Catholic educators. A good Catholic school should help all its students to become saints; what better support than this delightful collection that inspires readers to share the life of such witnesses!"

Timothy J. McNiff, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York

"Wonderful resource."

Another wonderful resource for our teachers and catechists. Following the format of Five Minutes with Christ, the reflections contained in Five Minutes with the Saints provide much-needed spiritual nourishment for Catholic educators. Spending a few minutes a day with these reflections will result in many hours of spiritual growth and personal peace."

Diane Starkovich, PhD
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of Atlanta

"A book for every faithful and faith-filled Catholic educator."

"5 Minutes with the Saints is a much needed resource for Catholic School teachers who are challenged on all sides by the secular demands imposed on education today. If we, as Catholic educators and administrators, are to promote authentic Catholic identity in our schools, then we must be led and inspired by those who truly embrace what it means to teach as Jesus did. 5 Minutes with the Saints unites thought-provoking and uplifting quotations from the saints with anecdotes and insights from dedicated Catholic educators of our time. Whether you read an entry a day, search for inspiration on a particular topic which is challenging you, or simply read the text straight through, 5 Minutes with the Saints is a book for every faithful and faith-filled Catholic educator."

Maria Steen
Religion Department Chair and Campus Minister
Archbishop Chapelle High School
Metairie, LA

"Inspired by the variety of saints."

"After 40 years in Catholic education, I was encouraged by three aspects of Five Minutes with the Saints. I was inspired by the variety of saints, from the well known and  established such as Joseph and Paul, to those who were more contemporary. The stories of the saints dedicated to Catholic education re-affirmed my belief in the communion of saints, and the reflections and personal stories of my fellow Catholic educators became a springboard for my own prayer and contemplation."

Robert F. Siccone
Assistant Principal
Archbishop McCarthy High School
Southwest Ranches, FL

"Will inspire and encourage, challenge and comfort Catholic educators."

"These reflections on the words, wisdom, and lives of saints, many of whom were teachers, will inspire and encourage, challenge and comfort Catholic educators. They remind us that teachers are the instruments of the God who called them to teach, and that Christ is and has always been the center of our educational mission."

Kathy Schoen
Director of Elementary Religious Education Curriculum/Personnel
Archdiocese of St. Louis

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  • Rev. Lou DelFra, C.S.C., on the Son Rise Morning Show, November 2014