Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Dolls Made in the Likeness of Saints? Co-Founder of ‘Original Saints’ To Be Interviewed on CatholicTV ‘This is the Day’ Program
On Friday, December 11th, Susie McCrea co-founder of ‘Original Saints’, a line of dolls, and other gifts which feature the saints, will be interviewed on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Also, Major Paul Berg will appear via satellite from Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk Airbase in northern Iraq.
The show will stream live at www.CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV where available.
On “This is the Day”, McCrea will discuss the line of dolls as well as the inspiration behind them. That story comes from co-founder of Original Saints, Chris Opalenik.
Saying his prayers, particularly the Hail Mary, over and over, Opalenik began to dwell on the fact that “you really don’t see a lot of the Virgin Mary other than in church” and thought “how great it would be if we had something for all ages in the house.”
From there, he was inspired with the notion of creating dolls as a gift-giving idea to help spread the faith. In recognition of his original inspiration, their first prototype was of Mary, Queen of All Saints. “I do feel that I was inspired by her,” says Opalenik.
Major Berg is a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003, Chaplain Father Paul Madej was presiding at Mass which Major Berg was attending when rocket launches were taking place right over his base camp in Kuwait.
The interviews may be seen on Friday, December 11th, live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed simultaneously at www.CatholicTV.com and will be available on the site’s archives starting Friday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72