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

Msgr. John J. Enzler Celebrated Mattie’s 2023 Memorial Mass

“We celebrate tonight the gift of a young man who was truly holy,” said Msgr. John J. Enzler at the 2023 Memorial Mass for 19th anniversary of Mattie’s death held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington Maryland.

“Mattie’s ‘yes’ is what made him such a special young man – to be able to give that gift of his faith to so many others,” said Monsignor.

Read more of Msgr. Enzler’s homily, watch the Mass in full, see photos on our Events Page.

Two women with photo of Mattie at the mass

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.”

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