Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the Divine Dozen Saints – With Videos!

It’s Sunday of the MLK Holiday weekend and I am finally getting back to posting here.

I do enjoy posting and I appreciate those of you who’ve continued to read (and “like”) posts here – even if they aren’t particularly new when you read them.

As I’ve watched (and participated) in the Sunday mass from St. Columba’s Church in Oakland, CA, I’ve been reading short answers from my Juniors (on their quarter final exam) regarding a Saint with whom they relate.

The mass celebrated Reverend King in important ways and I’ll try to write about him tomorrow after I celebrate, in my local community, his birthday.

I do want to share this video here, filmed the night before he was assassinated in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968.


I’m on a bit of a mission to make sure that others see and hear the power of Reverend King’s final public words before his death at just thirty-nine years old.

I do this b/c never in my early studies did I encounter this sermon. In fact, I only got to know of it in the mid-1990’s when the band U2 would play it at concerts during their powerful “Pride (In the Name of Love.)

Thinking of this song and also of calmer, more inspiring times in Washington D.C. – here’s their performance before Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009:


From MLK to the holy men and women beatified and canonized by the Catholic Church:

I had my students get to know this set of saints, with feast days between September and December, that I call the Divine Dozen.

You’ll see below, in order from least frequently to most frequently cited, as the saint to which my Juniors “most relate.”

NOTE: The links are to Screencast-o-matic videos which I’ve made to tell the story of each of these saints. Please click and watch if you’d like to get to better know this holy man or woman.

St. Pope John XXIII

St. Andrew Kim Taegon

St. Martin de Porres

St. Francis Xavier

St. Padre Pio

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Hildegard of Bingen


St. Frances Cabrini


St. Therese of the Child Jesus


St. Teresa of Avila


St. Pope John Paul II


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