Parents of the Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints

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The greatest legacy any parent can bestow upon the Church is to raise a saint. In these pages, you will discover some of the holiest parents who ever lived and how they raised their children to become saints through seven hallmarks: sacramental life, surrender, sacrificial love, suffering,simplicity, solitude, and sacredness of life. Each chapter of this book examines a particular hallmark in depth.

With over one hundred couples featured, including the parents of Saints Teresa of Ávila, John Vianney, Faustina, Josemaría Escrivá, Pope John Paul II, Maximillian Kolbe, Padre Pio, Thérèse of Lisieux, and countless others, Parents of the Saints reveals some of the most forgotten yet influential souls in the history of the Church. Through the joys and sorrows of life, these parents offered their children the greatest gift—passing on the Faith through a virtuous example.

Compared to eternity, parents have only a short window to form their children into heroic men and women. When we stand before Almighty God on the day of our judgment, we will be accountable for the way we raised our children. This book is filled with inspiring and authentic stories of parents, who endured many trials and persevered in God’s grace. Every parent should read Parents of the Saints to uncover the wisdom and zeal necessary to guide their children to heaven.

Patrick O'Hearn
Publication Date:
May 11th, 2021
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    Parents of the Saints, the Hidden Heroes behind the Saints

    Posted by Barbara B. on May 24th 2023

    As a parent, this book opened my eyes and inspired me to think of parenting in a new way. I always tried to love my children unconditionally, but Patrick O;Hearn highlights "seven hallmarks" that help assist in discerning what are priorities in one;s life. Living these hallmarks provides the graces needed to help raise holy children, and these hallmarks will become anchors for the occasional storms in our lives. You;ll appreciate the community of saints you;ll come to know as you read about their lives, struggles, and triumphs, and you will assuredly rest knowing that this community of saints is praying for you on your journey of raising your children.

Editorial Reviews

Kimberly Hahn ( Speaker and author,

“Parents of the Saints provides numerous examples that enrich my daily prayer and spur me on to specific ways to encourage our children and grandchildren, including sharing this book. These parents’ fascinating lives will inspire you to become holy while providing a blueprint for raising saints. This book is a treasure!”

Dr. Jim Caviezel (Husband, father, grandfather, and chiropractor)

“Patrick gives excellent illustrations on how parents, such as Karol Wojtyla Sr., the father of Pope St. John Paul II, and many more, by their example, are truly the hidden heroes of the saints. A most awesome guide for getting our children to Heaven.”

Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV (International speaker)

“This exposition of the often hidden lives of husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, striving to fulfill their vocation to holiness reveals the beauty of spousal love and the fruit of heroic sacrifice . . . a thorough, captivating, and timely work for the renewal of the culture.”

Danielle Rose (Wife, mother, and singer/songwriter)

“If the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree . . . finally, someone has unlocked the gate to the hidden orchard whose family trees have gifted us with the fruits of saintliness. The Parents of the Saints is nourishing to the core!”

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