Modern Saints: A SmartCatholics Online Event

Each century, the Church gives us real-life examples of holiness. Saints are missions from God to the modern world! Join this online conference and community to find out how you can live your own mission of holiness today.
October 10-11, 2020

Catholic veterans & new voices


Live & recorded video


  • Watch the Collection Talks from this event, completely free, for a limited time.

$10 Member

  • Everything in Free, plus:
  • Access to the community to watch the live events, workshops, and fellowship
  • Keep the audio recordings from this event

$25 Full Access

  • Everything in Free and Member, plus:
  • Free, on demand access to all the replays
  • Support a Catholic Mission

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How you can live your mission of holiness today

On October 22-23, 2020, the ‘Modern Saints: Missions from God’ Online Conference brings you a range of veteran speakers and new voices.

Many Catholics today don’t ‘get’ the special witness that modern saints are. Join us for confidence in the truth, how to be a magnetic Catholic, and to learn the secret joy of the saints – why life is worth living!

Catholic experts
Real-life examples
Sacred Scripture
New voices from the JPII generation
Practical advice
The Church in the modern world
Short stories
Saints to relate to
Fellowship in community

“Each saint is a mission, planned by the Father to reflect and embody, at a specific moment in history, a certain aspect of the Gospel. ”

Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exultate

Meet the Sponsors

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Welcome Letter from Dominic

Every saint is a mission from God! These missions are messages for us right now.

In a nutshell, the Church gives us saints in each century for a specific reason: to help us have tangible examples of holiness from our cultures. As much as we love the saints great and small from history, the saints from our time are oursThey’re meant for us. 

They walked our streets, saw our headlines, thought about similar futures, lived through the same World Wars. Modern models of holiness.

This is the challenge that our ‘Modern Saints’ event seeks to answer; what is the ‘certain aspect of the Gospel’ that the saints lived? If we don’t know, then we won’t understand the ‘point’ of the saints’ lives.

Most Catholics like you and me are struggling just to get by.

We punch in to Mass on Sundays (usually!), donate to Peter’s Pence, and hit ‘like’ for the parish live stream.

‘Life in Christ’ doesn’t mean much to us.

So it’s strange when the Pope gets excited to tell us that some of us Catholics made it to Heaven.

Some surprising men and women fought hard against popular influences, demonic temptation, and their own weaknesses, and made it through. They allowed the living, bursting life of God to fill every cell of their being. And when they passed, they entered a deeper, richer, wilder life – Heaven.

Every single one of us is called to live that same life of holiness, whether in Bangladesh, Boston, or Brisbane.

Every human being is called to plug into Christ right now. To literally go online with Heaven. That’s the definition of sainthood – someone who ‘got it’, and checked in to what ‘holiness’ means.

But there’s another problem. Holiness usually sounds like being weak, flippant, and petty. But the lives of our saints don’t show that. They were powerful. Exciting. Challenging. Troubling. Confusing. Welcoming.

They were truly alive.

We are called to this same kind of exciting, passionate, life. Called to be unlikely, surprising heroes. Each of us has a unique and individual path, with our own skills and interests, and dreams.

Just like the saints, you and I have a mission. The very fact that we’re alive and privileged to be baptized into Christ means we were born with a job to do. A job that is the only way we will find holiness.

But if you’re like me, and most of us, we need to find out what that mission is. We need to hear these saints’ stories in a way that’s relatable to who we are today.

And the best people to learn from are the ones who made it to Heaven ahead of us.


Today, our recent saints are examples to us of how we should be. Right now.

This is what the conference aims to show us.

  • What does it mean to be a saint today?
  • How do the saints of the last 100 years show us sanctity with a smartphone?
  • With international travel and Instagram trends?
  • With gang warfare, government pressure, and Twitter?
  • With broken families and young love and social media?

“The saints surprise us, they confound us, because by their lives they urge us to abandon a dull and dreary mediocrity.” Pope Francis

Support a Catholic mission

For every Full Access pass ($25) you purchase, we donate $1 to a Catholic mission or charity. This event is supporting ‘The Pontifical Missions Society in the United States.’

Description: The blasts in Beirut’s killed many and injured thousands. People aree homeless and desperate for humanitarian aid. Help is critical. Our support will bring things like food packets to feed families, first aid kits, and shelter to the needy. Send your own donation →

“We are a single human family. It’s critical to find little ways to support each other. Join me in sharing a little of what we have with those who need help today.”
– Dominic de Souza

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get audio files?

Yes. Everyone who purchases an access pass will get a folder of audio files to keep.

How can I watch the videos?

The videos will be sent to the email you registered with. You’ll be able to watch them for free during the 7 days before the live event.

I can’t attend the event. Will there be replays?

Yes, all the recordings will be stored in a beautiful, on-demand library that you can watch any time.

Access the replays is $10 a month. Everyone who purchases a full access pass gets a 100% free coupon to the collection.

The replays will be stored on

Can I meet and chat with the speakers?

Yes, we will have live events, workshops, and Q&As during the live part of this event.

Is there a community?

Yes, this event is launching an ongoing group within the SmartCatholics community, here for you for years to come. Get formation, feedback, answers, and new friends!

Register for free today. When the passes are ready for pre-order, we’ll send you an email. We look forward to joining you in this event!

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