About The Guild

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild was initiated on September 21, 2012 — the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and the International Day of Peace.

The mission of the 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.

Your support is appreciated and needed:

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Prayer – pray that we all live with purpose and faith, as inspired by Mattie

Care – support the Guild

Mattie, who lived with great suffering and financial need, wanted to live according to the Gospel and God’s teachings. His life, his story, his ministry endures.

Mattie wanted to have a profound relationship with God since he was very young. Mattie believed that his purpose was to be a ‘messenger’ – shaping with words what God placed in his heart for the good of our world.

Just as God formed us, Mattie said that God gave us each a Heartsong, a purpose – our reason for being.

Spread Heartsongs for Mattie; and let us together continue Mattie’s ministry witnessing to the Gospel and ensuring that every one of us realizes his or her Heartsong, that we each have been put on this earth with a purpose.

Officers and Guild Directors

Kathy Dempsey, President
Margaret Kolm, Vice President
Jenn Lynn, Historian
Mary Donovan
Caitlin Keeton, MEd
Cheryl Kerwin
Vincent Spadoni
Jeni Stepanek, PhD

Founding Directors

Eileen Donovan
Mary & Ed Donovan
Maura Donovan
Margaret & Richard B. Kolm
Ron Kuley
Chris Lewis
Terrence Sheehan, MD

Advisors & Honorary Supporters

Anthony Bosnick
Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter
Chris Cuomo, JD
Fr. James Isidore Dixon
Fr. Dominic Eshikena
Fr. Maurice Nutt, CSsR
Timothy Shriver, PhD
Jane Frances Crisman Stack

Rest in Peace

Mary Lou Smith

Guild Founder

Raymond Arroyo