This website is a great data bank of information about specific saints of modern times. It gives anecdotal accounts of various saints which include historical facts as well as their impact on the Church and Catholicism. Examples of modern day saints that are discussed are: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena and so on. This site also contains links that gives opportunities to discuss the Bible, book reviews and other related Catholic web sites. This site is beneficial for both educators and families that are interested in a modern perspective of our Church and related topics. This site is also great for students of all ages who need research information! — AL
This site features biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are many links to related sites all pertaining to women’s issues and contributions they’ve made. There are a multitude of topics to choose from, i.e., Activism and Social Service, Archaeology, Education, Human Rights where women are listed and discussed. This is a great site for any unit on women’s issues. — A. Savo Fiorini
This site is dedicated to the great men and women of this world. It provides a brief, concise overview of past and present heroes and heroines of our world. The list includes world leaders, heroes, and humanitarians as well as scientists. It is an excellent resource for students researching lives of those who have lived their lives in ways that have made a positive impact on our earth. — Martina Smith
Corrie ten Boom
This homepage gives a brief introduction to the true story of a brave Dutch woman whose story is told by Corrie ten Boom in her book the Hiding Place which was also made into a film. Comparisons of Corrie are made to Otto Schindler, who also rescued many Jews from the death camps and the story helps us understand the background to the Diary of Anne Frank. This short story (6500 words) can be downloaded for teaching purposes. It includes chapters, photographs of victims and illustrations of the concentration camps in Ravensbruck, as well as biographical information of Corrie ten Boom sharing her experiences as a Holocaust survivor with people on her travels. This site would be useful as a literary tool in teaching social justice and morality issues. This website also contains a test for class and individual study. — Maria Torrone
This homepage includes a history of the Catholic Worker Movement as it originated in the US, as well as current events dealing with updates of the movement. The homepage features the life and writings of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin as well as samples of contemporary Catholic Worker thought and action. This site would be of particular interest to teachers involved in teaching the history of the Catholic worker movement as it collaborates the experiences of workers, scholars, archivists, writers and editors. -Maria Torrone
Topics on the writings of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in particular, as well as works that are produced by the Catholic worker movement. The homepage also includes a newspaper, information about Casa Juan Diego, contacts and a link page. This site is of particular interest to Catholic educators who wish to explore the history of the Catholic Worker Movement with their students as it is seen through the eyes of some of its key players. This builds researching and writing skills as students place this tradition in the context of their present day experiences. — Maria Torrone
This site is devoted to the cause for canonization of Catherine Doherty. It describes the past, present, and future steps that have and will be taken to realize the dream of this cause. Catherine Doherty’s life and her writings are included to help readers better understand the reasons for this commitment to the cause. As a product of political oppression in Russia at the time of the World War I, Doherty eventually immigrated as a refugee to Canada to begin her calling to help the poor and oppressed in a time that the lay apostolate was in its infancy. Catherine Doherty was a talented speaker but felt she needed to do more. During the Depression of the 1930s she started Friendship House to help the poor, and later Madonna House. Catherine did this with the help of a following of men and women who all believed in living their lives as modeled by St. Francis of Assisi. On this website there are links to her writings, prayers, testimonials and other links to websites about Catherine Doherty. Catherine Doherty is an exemplary model of the lay vocation to God. This site can be used for research purposes for Religious Education courses from grade 7 to 12 for students to relate their own call to follow our Lord. — Luisa Busato
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry Foundation
Saint John Paul II
Martin Luther King Jr.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Blessed Maximillian Kolbe An article written by Mary Craig for the Catholic Truth Society before his canonization.
Maximillian Kolbe, Apostle of Mary An article by Fr John Hardon
The unofficial patron saint of the Internet Marshall McLuhan weaves together mystical threads of theology with the perspective on modern life that made him a communications guru.
John Henry Cardinal Newman
Sr. Helen Prejean
Archbishop Oscar Romero
Archbishop Oscar Romero U.S. Catholic‘s rememberance of Archbishop Oscar Romero
Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero United Nations biography
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization.
Fulton J. Sheen, Catholic Champion Article from Catholic Education Resource Center
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
L’Arche communities are made up of people with disabilities and those who come to share life with them. The mission is to create homes where the unique value of each individual is realized and celebrated. L’Arche began in 1964 in a town in France, Trosly-Breuil when our founder Jean Vanier, invited two men with developmental disabilities to live with him. He named the home, L’Arche, in reference to Noah’s Ark–to be a place of refuge and new beginnings. This web site contains writings from the L’Arche community focusing on different themes such as reconciliation, intergenerational relationships and openness. There is also a subscription form available. Letters of L’Arche contain modern ideas and references for Catholics of today. — Michelle Kim