Learning About the Saints
As discussed on Relevant Radio, below are resources to help you and your family learn about and draw closer to the saints. Additional titles and resources can be found in our book Dare to Live Catholic by Pamela Patnode, MA, OblSB
Teaching Kids About the Saints
Learning about the saints has never been easier for parents, children, teens, or adults of any age!
If you have teens who are about to be confirmed – and they need to choose a saint name quickly – here are two great places to start:
www.FORMED.org – this website is a collection of some of the greatest Catholic resources available today. Many parishes have a subscription – which allows you to access books, movies, podcasts, and documentaries – for free.
On the FORMED website, they have videos about saints – they even have them divided by male and female saints. Furthermore, they have audio presentations about saints, they have videos appropriate for children, videos appropriate for teens, and they even have Spanish language content.
In addition, for some quick summaries/short articles/short videos about saints, go to www.Catholic.org - You can click on their Saints tab and then click any letter of the alphabet or click by feast day or by topic.
These two options might be the quickest way to gain information, for the Confirmation student who doesn’t quite know where to begin but does want to find accurate information.
Other resources for learning about the saints:
Preschool: Catholic Treasure Box books are a delightful way to introduce young children to the saints. In addition to age appropriate stories about the saints, these lovely books also include fun songs, games and activities to do with your young children. Go to: www.holyheroes.com
While you are at this website, be certain to check out the Glory Stories audio CD’s! These are excellent tools for teaching elementary children about the saints. Listen to them in the car while driving to and from school or activities. Or, listen as a family in the family room after dinner. In short, dramatic fashion, these audio CD’s bring the stories of the saints to life. www.holyheroes.com
In addition, author Tomie dePaola has wonderful story books for children about the saints.
Middle school and high school children will love the books and videos by Ignatius Press and Pauline Media. Both publishers have an excellent collection. Read the books aloud together as a family, or encourage your children to read them on their own. Likewise, the videos make for enriching family entertainment. Consider beginning with St. Padre Pio, St. John Vianney (The Cure of Ars), St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe, or Blessed Miguel Pro. For books and movies about these and other saints go to: