Gianna (Gigi) Hanover
Gianna (Gigi) Hanover

Flip through the photo gallery to see images of saints that Catholic school kids would like to meet.  

Catholic saints surely watch over all children, but it is Catholic children whose lives are especially enriched by the saints, because it is Catholic children who learn the saints’ stories. Their faith and holiness are timeless role models.

That said, which saint would you most like to meet?

The Sentinel asked students at archdiocesan schools and received these thoughtful — and unedited — responses.

“I would like to meet St. Nicholas because he helped people and worked miracles.”

— Teddy Bernards, fourth-grader at Valley Catholic Elementary School in Beaverton

“I would want to meet St. Joan of Arc because she’s brave and she had a choice to stay home and do chores for her family but she did not. She fought for the French.”

— Rose Helton, fourth-grader at All Saints in Northeast Portland

“I would like to meet Saint Gianna Beretta Molla because (1) We share the same first name (2) she was Italian and I am half Italian and am excited about going to Italy next summer, (3) she was a mom and I love babies and can't wait to be a mom when I grow up and finally, (4) she was a doctor and I am interested in also being a doctor someday.”

— Gianna (Gigi) Hanover, fifth-grader at Cathedral School in Northwest Portland

“I would be interested in meeting St. Sebastian because he was very brave and is the patron saint of athletes and I enjoy playing sports.”

— Tristan Bernards, seventh-grader at Valley Catholic Middle School

“I would say St. Vincent de Paul, mainly because I’m big on helping others and giving back. I’ve done a lot of volunteer work and he’s someone I look up to.”

— Malia McKeen, eighth-grader at Valley Catholic Middle School

“I would choose to meet St. Joan of Arc because when she was my age she had a close connection with God which helped her to achieve great things.”

— Leah Nerenberg, eighth-grader at Valley Catholic Middle School