5 Minutes With the Saints
, Ann Primus Berends
Building on the popularity of 5 Minutes with Christ (2011), this unique book of meditations draws on insights and anecdotes from great Catholic saints on the subject of education to encourage and inspire teachers and others on the front lines of Catholic education.
Drawing its inspiration from the great saints and founders of religious orders dedicated to teaching, 5 Minutes with the Saints offers today’s educators the bite-sized moments of spiritual motivation and affirmation they need to continue their challenging and often thankless work. Each reflection features a short excerpt on the spirituality of Catholic education by saints such as André Bessette, Ignatius Loyola, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, followed by a personal reflection and a short prayer. Like 5 Minutes with Christ, this book was crafted from the writings of members of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), the most prestigious Catholic educator–training program in America.
Features & Benefits:
- A unique gift for teachers in public and Catholic schools, principals, administrators, and catechists; this book effectively supports the spiritual dimension of a teacher’s work for personal use or for teacher retreats.
- In 2014, DelFra is personally reaching hundreds of schools in fifty cities across the United States as part of ACE’s twentieth anniversary celebration http://ace.nd.edu/20/.
Rev. Louis A. DelFra, C.S.C., is a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, where he serves as director of pastoral life and a faculty member. Fr. DelFra has also served as a middle school and high school teacher at Malvern Preparatory School in Philadelphia, as well as associate pastor and middle school religion teacher at Holy Redeemer Parish in Portland, Oregon. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Ann Primus Berends is associate director for the Education, Schooling, and Society program in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. Berends obtained her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College. She has served as an associate director in the Alliance for Catholic Education, church director of in-house ministries in Nashville, program manager for education research at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and coordinator of a literacy program at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Additionally, she has worked for more than twenty-five years as a freelance writer and editor in both the public and the private sectors.