Pope Francis, I Announces Ten Canonizations in Rome at Saint Peter's Square!

Pope Francis, I Announces Ten Canonizations in Rome at Saint Peter's Square!

   We’re excited to confirm that we will definitely be in attendance when Pope Francis I holds a public Mass and Canonizes 10 New Saints on Sunday, May 15, 2022. It has been 3 years since we attended the last official Vatican Canonization on October 13, 2019, when Saint John Henry Newman was honored, among others.

     Blessed Charles de Foucauld, is French. from Strasbourg, France. Like Saint Augustine, Foucauld strayed from religion in his youth but after seeing devoted Muslims he was inspired to return to Catholicism.

     Father Titus Brandsma was a Dutch theologian, journalist, and author who forcefully opposed and spoke out against the anti-Jewish laws and their horrific treatment by the Nazis. Blessed Titus refused to publish Nazi propaganda and was injected with carbolic acid in Dachau and was then killed - martyred - for his conscientious bravery.

     Sister Maria Rivier was born 1768 in the eastern French town of Montpezat-Sous-Bauzon. When she was 16 months old, she fell off her bed and broke her hip, leading to 10 years of suffering. The ordeal aroused a desire in her to dedicate herself to God.  Later, she had another fall which kept her handicapped. Her determination and faith led her to fully recover in 1777.  

      Blessed Sister Maria of Jesus, born Carolina Santocanale, was the foundress of the Capuchin Sisters of Immaculate Mary of Lourdes. The order continues to work with the sick, the poor, the disabled, and abandoned.

Others to be canonized are:

      Blessed Pillai, an Indian martyr who was given the name Devasahayam, a derivative of Lazarus. Pillai/Devasahayam was a trusted soldier of a Hindu King who refused to renounce his faith, even after being tortured. 

      Blessed Cesar du Bos, a French founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine.

      Blessed Luigi Maria Palazzolo, an Italian Priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor

    Blessed Anna Maria Rubatto, founder of the Capuchin Sisters of Rubatto.

     Blessed Giustino Maria Russolillo, founder of Society of Divine Vocations. 

     Maria Domenica Mortovairi of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.

     We will surely learn more about these Saints-to-be while we are in Rome!


     As many of you know, we send out free souvenirs from our trips to the Canonizations in Rome. Usually, it’s a Rosary or other items we find during our saint medal and trinket hunting on the streets of Rome. We’ve been doing this for decades! So, in case you are one of the newer folks added to this always growing mailing list, here’s how to get the free gift from Rome commemorating the upcoming canonizations on May 15, 2022.

   Please send us ONE SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE -”SASE” ( Please do not use very small envelopes and if you want something for a friend, have the friend send us the envelope on their own. Each person must send their own SASE. ) We will then use your SASE and mail you a free gift upon our return to New Orleans. YOU CAN ALSO WRITE US A NOTE AND ASK FOR SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR. Perhaps there’s a certain something a friend or family member would truly appreciate! We are not sure whether we will be able to fulfill your request exactly, but we promise to give it a good try. We know the true gift of giving is in the giving…. 

     We never know which medals we will be discovering on our trips. If we find a Saint medal we do not have in our line-up yet, that we can afford to buy, we always buy it and add him or her to our collection.


     We’ve added alternative options to the web site too. In earlier days, some will remember we sent out hand-written postcards to everyone on the mailing list. We simply can’t afford to both physically or financially continue that endeavor any longer. We’re delighted our mailing list is just way too long now. 

     However, if you would like us to send you something directly from Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City in Rome, with the official Vatican Postmark, we will happily do it. Use link below and pay for postage and handling and we will mail you a personally hand-written postcard straight from Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican!


     There is something indescribably rewarding to sit on the steps of the Vatican, write notes, and mail them all over the country. Although they are often sent to people we have not officially met, we still feel a bond, especially with those of you whom we have often shared our finds with.

    The best way to keep up with and follow our trip will be through our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages. Tell your friends and family. “The More the Merrier.” We’ll post photos, notes, and messages as often as we can, hopefully many times a day.

     All of the medals and rosaries we bring to the canonizations are then designated as “Blessed by Pope Francis, I” during his public Mass. We look forward to sending those gifts to you. The sooner you send something to us, the sooner we can begin coordinating, so please do mail us your envelope, the SASE, today, or as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might forget. Spread the word!

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