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Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild

Hope is real.
      Peace is possible.
             Life is worthy.
                     Prayer is powerful.
~ by Mattie J.T. Stepanek

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

Heartsongs Fundraiser: Celebrating the Spiritual Legacy of Mattie

Friday, June 21, 2024 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Please join the Guild and premier sponsor Knights of Columbus Father Rosensteel Council for a friendraiser/fundraiser for the Guild. Help us continue spreading the Catholic faith through Mattie’s life and virtues. 

$50 per person

Sponsorship opportunities available

Visit mattiematters.org/heart for details and tickets.


Who Is Mattie: Come to our Virtual Conversations

Online Series on Mattie’s Life & Virtues

We remember Mattie and seek to expand and deepen our Catholic faith. Register here.

Mattie never reached his 14th birthday, yet his spiritual writings and life of faith endure. This year, 2024, is the 20th anniversary of his death and the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild is hosting a free monthly online seriesMattie Matters Virtual Conversations – to share Mattie’s life and virtues.

The series will feature Guild Directors and friends who knew Mattie, educators and students, and Mattie’s Mom, Jeni Stepanek, PhD.

7:00 – 8:30 pm ET on March 5, April 9, May 7 and June 4.

Please contact Kathy Dempsey, President of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild, with any questions or if you would like the Guild to speak at your school, parish or organization. info@mattiematters.org

Visit our 20th Anniversary webpage for details on other events and activities in remembrance of Mattie.

Mattie Matters Virtual Conversations – “Who is Mattie”

March 5, 2024 – Peace / Purpose / Play

April 9, 2024 – Faithful Servant / Hope & Gratitude

May 7, 2024 – Now: Schools Share Mattie & the Virtues

June 4, 2024 – Now: The Mosaic of Mattie

Resolution Blessing

Sit and Pray with Resolution Blessing

Composer Joseph Martin set Mattie’s prayer Resolution Blessing to music in 2016. Here it is beautifully performed by the Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press Church Choral.

Mr. Martin, whose music has been performed at the Vatican, wrote, “From the inspired words of young poet and peacemaker Mattie J.T. Stepanek comes this benediction for peace.”

Premier Sponsor

And special thanks to Jesse Spanburgh of St. Leonard, Md

for our printing needs.