Parents of the Saints

The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints

by Patrick O’Hearn


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About Parents of the Saints

Discover the hidden heroes behind Sts. Faustina, Giana Molla, Josemaría Escrivá, Pope John Paul II, Maximilian Kolbe, Padre Pio, Thérèse, and countless others. Learn how over 100 parents formed their children into great saints by way of their virtuous lives, namely their seven hallmarks: sacramental life, surrender, sacrificial love, suffering, simplicity, solitude, and the sacredness of life. Each chapter of this book examines a particular hallmark in depth.

This 300-plus page book is not your typical biography of the saints nor does it sugar coat these holy lives as do many saints books. Rather, the Parents of the Saints is filled with fascinating stories that will make you laugh, cry, and above all, inspire you to raise up saints. From great saints like John of the Cross to lesser known blesseds like Chiara Badano, you will learn how these holy parents formed their children in the school of virtue, which is the domestic classroom.

“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.”

Dr. Jim Caviezel

Husband, father, grandfather, and chiropractor

“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.”

Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV

Vocation Director of the Sisters of Life and international speaker

“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!”

Danielle Rose

Wife, mother, and singer / songwriter

About the Author

Patrick O’Hearn

FOUNDER, author

Patrick O’Hearn grew up in the Midwest and spent close to three years in a Benedictine Monastery before discerning the call to marriage. He graduated with a master’s in education from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a bachelor’s in marketing from St. Ambrose University. He is a husband and father of three children-two in Heaven. He founded Contemplative Heart Press to lead readers to a deeper union with God.

What Others Have Had to Say

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EWTN Interview 

At Home with Jim and Joy – 2021-05-26 – Patrick O’hearn Pt. 1

At Home with Jim and Joy – 2021-05-27 – Patrick O’hearn Pt. 2

Index of Saints & Parents In the book

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Patrick’s Interview with Jason Evert

Chastity Project | Jason Evert
ep. 28 – Parents of the Saints: How did they do it?


Patrick’s Interview On Cath-Lit Live!

Cath-Lit Live! | Amy J. Cattapan

Book of the Month – St. Josemaria Institute


Religious Life or Marriage? Vocational Wisdom from the Parents of Saints  – PAtrick O’HEarn