“Saints Celebrated and Unsung will lend you a fresh sense of your baptismal calling to holiness of life after the way of Jesus. As needed as ever, it poses models to inspire your own unique path and will prompt you to remember your own unsung saints."—From the Foreword by Thomas Groome, author of Faith for the Heart
“Father James Bacik draws from the deep wells of his pastoral experience to offer a new take on the lives of the saints. The famous, like Augustine, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Martin Luther King, Jr., paired with a parishioner, his father, and a personal friend, make clear why Pope Francis’s exhortation on holiness calls us to ‘rejoice and be glad,’ because among the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ are saints who actually do live next door.”—Sandra Yocum, University of Dayton
"In this timely, accessible book, James Bacik illuminates the hidden corners of holiness that we often fail to see. By exploring those towering models of sanctity already recognized by the church alongside everyday saints that walk among us, Bacik offers a powerful reflection on faith, hope and the extraordinary found in the seemingly ordinary."--John Gehring, author, The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church
Inspired by Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, “On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World,” a priest and pastor shows how personal witness makes real the claims of the gospel real.
Following the structure of Francis’s document, Saints Celebrated and Unsung includes two stories in each chapter—one, a celebrated saint, like Saints Augustine and Thérèse of Lisieux; the other, an “unsung saint” who models a particular kind of holiness for us today.
James J. Bacik, a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, OH, is the former pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo. He holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford and has lectured widely in the United States and internationally. His books include Pope Francis and Campus Ministry: A Dialogue and the forthcoming Pope Francis and His Critics.