We are all called to be missionary disciples, but how exactly do we accomplish that?

The saints provide expert advice, as a new series from the Pontifical Mission Societies of Philadelphia demonstrates. All are welcome to attend the Missionary Saints Summer Series at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

Each session will feature a presentation on one or more saints, followed by beverages, light snacks and hospitality.

Admission is free, but an offering will be gratefully accepted.

Details for upcoming presentations are below. For more information and to register, visit http://phillymissions.org/signup/.

The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Archdiocesan Educational Fund.


July 26 at 6 p.m.
St. Joachim and St. Ann, Parents of God’s First Missionary  
Presenter: Kristi M. Bushner

Mom and Dad, certainly in this case, know best! What a profound privilege to be chosen by God to be the parents of a daughter that all generations would call “blessed,” and to be grandparents of the Son of God. In fact, this beautiful couple fittingly serves as the patron saint of grandparents. Come and explore what they teach us concerning the power of faith-filled parenting and grandparenting, perseverance in prayer and submission to God’s perfect will in all things.  Discover their teachings, which led Mary to respond to God’s call and be more of a Mission Disciple.

Kristi M. Bushner is an adjunct professor of theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, where she teaches in the seminary’s college division, School of Theological Studies and permanent diaconate program.  She is also the adult faith formation director at St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk. Kristi is a member of St. Margaret’s Parish in Narberth, where she serves on the adult faith formation committee and as an occasional speaker on various topics.

August 6 at 6 p.m.
St. Dominic: Inspiration for Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Presenter: Dr. Antone Raymundo

Discover the dynamic story behind the great St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and his role in unlocking the power of the rosary as a spiritual weapon. Learn the fascinating interplay and development of the rosary into a most favored sacramental to grow in faith and love for Christ and his beloved bride, the Catholic Church. Hear about Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s love for missions and how to pray his innovative “world mission rosary” to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

Dr. Antone Raymundo is a physician, Wharton M.B.A. alumnus and lay Discalced Carmelite, who practiced anesthesiology and currently works as a medical consultant. He is a passionate Catholic speaker who inspires people with his personal testimony and stories of miraculous healings. Dr. Raymundo speaks on spiritual health and fitness, resurrection miracles, spiritual warfare, angels and saints, Catholic masculinity, marriage, family, fatherhood and discovering one’s true self and mission in Christ. He is a proud member of The King’s Men and The Knights of Immaculata, and resides in suburban Philadelphia with his family.