Staircase for the Sisters
Staircase for the Sisters

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Love, Pamela 

Pauline Books & Media 



Staircase for Sisters

About this Book:

In 1878, the Sisters of Loretto had no way of accessing the choir loft in their newly-built chapel. Carpenters and architects told them it would be impossible to build a structure to get them to the loft, but the sisters prayed a novena for St. Joseph's help to solve the impossible. This engaging picture book tells the story of the sisters, their prayers, and the amazing events that resulted from St. Joseph's intercession.

Children ages 4 to 7 in pre-school through second grade will learn how the Sisters of Loretto experienced prayer in action. The story takes readers on the journey of the chapel's completion, the discovery of the choir loft conundrum, and the sisters' unwavering faith that God would provide. Set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Staircase for the Sisters highlights the American Southwest during a formative time in history.

When a mysterious man arrives to build a staircase, the sisters are perplexed at his identity and his ways. However, when the project is finished, the sisters stand in awe at the beautiful staircase that makes two full 360-degree turns, has no central support, and is made only with a rare wood. Teach the children in your life the power of a novena with this story featuring religious sisters, St. Joseph's help, and a dash of the miraculous-something you can still visit today.

Features & Benefits:

  • teaches children how to pray a novena through a saint's intercession
  • provides an example of a strong devotion to St. Joseph
  • features a local North American Southwest setting
  • tells an intriguing story about religious sisters
  • includes a prayer to St. Joseph and details about the miraculous staircase

About the Author:

After growing up in New Jersey, Pamela Love attended Bucknell University. She worked as a teacher and in marketing before turning to writing. She's the author of numerous picture books and has written many stories and poems for children's magazines. Pamela is the author of Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about Saint Brigid of Ireland and a contributor to Family Matters: Thirteen Short Stories, both published by Pauline Books & Media. She lives with her husband and son in Maryland.

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 6¼ x 7½ inches inches
Pages: 40 Pages

Keywords: Sisters, Staircase, Staircase to heaven, for Sisters, Loretto, Prayer, Staircase story, Staircase ideas, sisters of St. Paul Boston, sisters book,

Keywords: Tales and Legends

Katherine Bogner says...
This sweet picture book retells the holy legend of an impossible staircase being built in a new church for a group of Sisters in New Mexico. After praying a novena to St. Joseph, a mysterious carpenter visited and built an miraculous spiral staircase. The carpenter left without receiving his pay or leaving his name, so tradition holds that St. Joseph himself built the staircase. Included at the end of the book are pages about the real Loretto Chapel staircase in Santa Fe, info about St. Joseph, an explanation of a novena, and a novena to St. Joseph. A perfect book for St. Joseph day or an introduction to novenas and answered prayer, I love how the author and illustrator worked together to tell this inspiring tradition that shows devotion to St. Joseph the Worker. ***Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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