Mattie J.T. Stepanek
July 17, 1990 – June 22, 2004
Message from Mattie
“One day, for all to know, our legacy will simply be the shape of the life we leave behind, for eternity…
We are created by God – with purpose – in God’s image. God is all-goodness. God is great. God is love.
We, then, are created with purpose – to be good and great and love.
Let us remember this, and move forthward knowing and believing and living this truth, as we shape our lives and our legacies, and our eternity with God.”
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek
About Mattie’s Guild
The mission of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild is to gather, organize, and share information and testimony about the life, virtues, writings, ministry, and inspiration of the late teen poet and peace ambassador, Mattie J.T. Stepanek to advance his possible Cause of Canonization in the Catholic Church.
The vision is of Mattie’s Guild is that through formal recognition by the Church, Mattie will be granted the opportunity serve as a more recognizable and visible source of inspiration and intercession for youth, families, leaders, and communities seeking hope, peace, and purpose for generations to come.
The Directors and members of Mattie’s Guild value the support of all global neighbors and encourage prayers for the advancement of Mattie’s Cause, for living a devotional life, and for the realization and celebration of God’s purpose within and among all global neighbors and communities.
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Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild: A Message from the Directors The Founder and Directors of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild are preparing a special welcome message as we launch this new website. Please check back soon, as we hope to have most of the pages ready for a full...
Mattie was a young child and teen when he received and shared messages of hope and peace, both from God and from his own heart. The Guild encourages all people to learn more about Mattie’s life and the messages he shared, but offers special materials for youth, families, and educators as they seek to live a devotional life.
Mattie’s Prayer was created with youth, families, and for those who lead and teach children, to support them as they pray to live with purpose and faith as Mattie did. The prayer also invites people to pray in support of Mattie’s cause of canonization, so that his heroic virtues may be formally recognized by the Catholic Church.
Join us on this journey:
Prayer – for living with purpose and faith as Mattie inspired, and to further Mattie’s cause of Canonization.
Share – reflections on Mattie’s life and virtues, and his impact on your life and faith.
Care – support the Guild with membership, donations, and inspirational materials.