Saints are people, just like you and me, but God calls each one of us on an adventure of our own. Over a period of eight weekly one hour workshops, pupils will work through a short play based on the life of one of the following Missionary Saints, using games, characterisation and workshop activities to explore the themes and leading to a performance, lasting around 20 minutes. The plays are written by Stephen Callaghan and were commissioned by Missio Scotland, aimed at children in P6/7 who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- St Kateri Tekakwitha: The Native American who stood up to the people of her tribe to become a follower of Jesus.
- St Peter Claver: The young Jesuit priest who risked everything to fight the slave trade and bring the healing power of the sacraments to those living in slavery.
- St Mary (of the Cross) MacKillop: The fiery Australian nun with Scottish parents, who founded an order to educate the poor in Australia sometimes with great opposition.
- St Peter Calungsod: The young man who bravely taught the Gospel among his fellow Philippinos and was murdered by a vicious With Doctor along with a priest friend.
- St Paul Miki: The young Japanese Jesuit brother who fearlessly preached the Gospel of Jesus and was put to death on the cross by the authorities of his time.
- St Patrick: The young man who was kidnapped by slave traders and brought to Ireland where he was called by God to return there and preach the Gospel to the people.
- Saint Teresa of Calcutta: The tiny Albanian nun who became world-famous for her untiring work among the poor people of Calcutta in India and founded the Missionaries of Charity.
- Saint Augustine of Hippo: The wild boy who found God after many years and through the persistent prayers of his mother, Monica.
- St Charles Lwanga: The Cambodian servant who, along with his friends, defied a ruthless king to live out the m orals of his Christian faith and was put to death.
- St Columba: the young Irish monk who loved God but was a bit of a troublemaker and left Ireland to make amends for his sins but brought the Gospel to Scotland.
- St Rose of Lima: The beautiful young woman who wanted to be a nun but lived life as a hermit in her parents’ garden, helped the poor and taught us to offer up our sufferings.
- St Damian Molokai: The feisty young priest who wen to a leper colony in Hawaii and lived among the lepers, helping them to lives of Christian dignity, eventually dying as one of them.
- St Daniel Comboni: The passionate Italian priest and bishop who worked tirelessly in Africa, helping the poor and travelled across Europe to gather support from the wealthy.
- St Francis Xavier: The clever young student who lead a wild life but came to God through St Ignatius and brought the Gospel to the people of Japan.
- St Ignatius of Loyola: The soldier who found his way to God after an accident with a cannonball and became the founder of the Jesuit Order.
Development: Performance & Team working Skills
Topics: Sacrament of Confirmation/Lives of Saints/Vocation
Space Required: large open space (e.g. gym hall or empty classroom)
Cost: £200 per class group for 8 weeks of 1 hour workshops
(£300 for 2 class groups – taken separately)