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Heavenly Hall of Fame

You might not be surprised to learn "When the Saints Go Marching In" plays at bar close every night.

The topic of this Spirituality Tap-in event, Heavenly Hall of Fame, was fitting, considering the National Football League Hall of Fame is less than 160 miles from the site of the event, Patron Saints Brewery in Toledo, Ohio. All of the brewery’s beers have significant names; they’re all named in honor of saints. Aaron Grizaniuk, co-owner and operator of Patron Saints Brewery, knows the beer – and the saints – like it’s his job…because it is. “Saint Fiacre is the patron saint of gardeners, so we decided to brew a garden wheat beer in honor of him,” Aaron explained. For the Christmas season, they brewed a Saint Nick Christmas Ale with subtle cinnamon, honey and orange flavors. There’s even a Saint Eve on tap which is – you guessed it – an apple ale!

When Agent Mark Urrutia (Cristo Rey 2522, Toledo, Ohio) and I arrived to set up for the night, Aaron told us, “Today is the feast day of St. Boniface, and he’s the patron saint of brewers!” Two months earlier, the only reason – or so we thought – we selected October 25 as the date for the event was because it worked with all our schedules. As our speaker for the event, Matt Daniels said, “I don’t use the word ‘coincidences’ anymore. Instead, I call them ‘God incidences’”. Matt, who serves as the Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Toledo, explained the importance of recognizing God working through the Holy Spirit in our lives when we experience those “God incidences”.

On a closing note, Matt encouraged us to pray for more saints in today’s world. “Conversion is often a large part of the saints’ lives,” he said. Prayer is a powerful thing, powerful enough to lead to more saints – the brewed kind and the heavenly kind.

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Article by Katlyn Gerken.

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