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Tiny Saints Colorful Rosary

Tiny Saints Colorful Rosary

I’ve been in love with Tiny Saints from the very first moment I laid eyes on  their precious “Little Flower” charm last Spring — since then, this family apostolate has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, founder Joe Klinker steps in for an interview and is giving our readers the chance to win a fantastic prize package. And even if you’re not our lucky winner, you win with a 10% discount – use CATHOLICMOM10 at checkout when you order to save! And with Tiny Saints, shipping is always FREE.

One lucky winner will be selected randomly to win our Tiny Saints prize package with one of each of the below products:

  • Bracelet (choose between Popular Saints or Saints for Girls)
  • Rosary (choose between Colorful or Black)
  • Paracord Necklace
  • Pope Francis Charm
  • Mary, Blessed Mother Charm
  • Tiny Saints charm of your choice
Tiny Saints Bracelet

Tiny Saints Bracelet

Q: Please briefly introduce yourself and your family to our readers.

I’m Joe Klinker, the founder and owner of Tiny Saints. My beautiful wife Colleen and I live outside Boston with our three little ones (Gracie, JT, and Noelle) and I’m a full-time Coast Guard lieutenant. When our kids are in bed and the house is clean, Colleen and I sit down each night to watch some HGTV and work on Tiny Saints; that’s the routine. And it’s only possible by the grace of God and the help of my brother Mark and his wife Megan. They work out of Virginia and keep the business side of things running!

Q: I know that Tiny Saints started as a family apostolate. What prompted you to start the business?

Tiny Saints started as something special for our kids, although the circumstances were a bit difficult. Our third child, Melody, was stillborn on her due date in October 2011. Although Melody is now such a beautiful and joyful part of our lives, we were devastated to say the least and we miss her every single day. Gracie and JT had a hard time understanding why her crib, clothes and toys needed to be put away and as a Christian, I didn’t want to shy away from telling them the truth about where Melody was: Heaven. If I showed them pictures of the saints (all of Melody’s friends in heaven) on the internet, the images were often a bit intimidating or uninteresting to a child. So I wanted to meet our kids where they were at. At first, Tiny Saints were just pictures we made together on the computer. The idea grew into a business and ministry a little down the road.

Q: What are some of your favorite products?

My favorite products are the charms. The rosaries and bracelets are awesome, but the charms are the heart of the company. I probably should have stuck with just 20 saints, but have enjoyed creating them so much that we’ll have all 54 available online this fall. It’s just such a fun process to learn about the saint, design them based on what I’ve learned, commission the mould, and eventually hold that charm in hand. My favorite charm is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. I like to think it’s because of the role he played in my life as a young man, but it’s probably because he’s got a really cool pipe and hiking stick. I also love the St. Brigid charm and think it’s very pretty.

Tiny Saint Kateri

Tiny Saint Kateri

Q: How have you selected the saints you feature?

The first saint designed was St. Kateri, the “Lily of the Mohawks.” I did that because we felt like our daughter Gracie could best picture Melody with Kateri. Gracie loves the outdoors and nature, so who better to picture Melody with! So some of the saints were chosen for reasons like that (St. George with his shield and armor for our son, JT). Others were chosen simply because people love them (St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Francis of Assisi). Others, like Moses the Black and Edith Stein, are saints who many people may not have heard of but have just the most amazing stories.

Q: I see a tiny Pope Francis on your site and love him! What can children learn from carrying an item like this on their backpack or keychain?

Tiny Pope Francis

Tiny Pope Francis

Pope Francis made the cut for a couple reasons. The first is that all of us, through our baptism, are ALL members of the communion of saints! So it’s a perfect piece for starting that conversation. Second, Pope Francis asked us to pray for him – first thing he did. I’m in the military and when the boss “asks” you to do something, you do it!

Q: What are your hopes for Tiny Saints as a business and as a service to families?

I hope Tiny Saints the business can grow into something that demonstrates how hard work and use of our talents can lead to different types of success. Whether we remain a “just squeaking by” company or build into something more, I’ll leave that in God’s hands. He’s a lot smarter than I am! In the meantime, we’ll keep our focus on serving the people and families who might just give the saints a second look if they see a Tiny Saint.

Q: Are their any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share with our readers?

One of the most inspiring parts of this experience has been seeing the reaction of non-Catholic or folks who have fallen away from their faith. Whether a person is hardened, sad, hurt or just on a difficult path, sometimes all they need is the smallest spark of grace. I’d give a Tiny Saint to every one of those people if I could afford it. I’m yet to meet a person who didn’t smile after being given one. And once the gift is given, it’s nice knowing God can take it from there.

Order your Tiny Saints at www.ShopTinySaints.com use CATHOLICMOM10 at checkout when you order to save! And with Tiny Saints, shipping is always FREE.

To enter this contest, leave a comment below by midnight Pacific time on Sunday, September 1, 2013. One random winner will be selected to win our Tiny Saints prize package!

Update: Congratulations to our winner Mary (notified by email) and thank you to all who entered this contest! LMH

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

185 Comments

  1. Don’t enter me in the contest as I already have done a giveaway for Tiny Saints and don’t want to be greedy. I just wanted to weigh in and say Tiny Saints are indeed awesome, as is Joe. I also want to implore anyone with connections at your religious education department, be it church or school, to have them order some of these products as prizes or faith encouragers. Let’s help make this company a great success. Also, I’m still holding out hope for St. Dismas. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Coulter on

    very cool! we study the saints daily in our homeschool classroom—my kids would love these! God Bless!

  3. Those are just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! My kids would love them, and they would be amazing teaching tools.

  4. Cynthia McIntyre on

    Thank you for sharing the story! I am always amazed at how people end up creating something so cool and wonderful! I look forward to browsing the tiny saints site– would be great for my 1st grade Faith Formation class. God bless all of you for what you do!

  5. Tiny Saints is an excellent idea. I wish I’d thought of it — and agree with Mr. Klinker: I can’t imagine that anyone wouldn’t smile upon seeing one. My daughter would absolutely love the set. If we don’t win, I may have to go shopping. 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness, these are adorable and so much fun! I haven’t seen Tiny Saints before… What a sweet way to teach us all, especially children, about our saints. I would love to have these for my little family 🙂

  7. Michelle Dart on

    Thankyou for sharing this great company! It is great to see those around us using their gifts that God has given to them to glorify and make Him known to all. Can’t wait to get some Tiny Saints to our house!

  8. Susie Klausmeyer on

    This seems like a great company. I would love to win and I will pass their information to the vendor chair for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita. It would be great for them to have a booth!!

  9. I love this idea! I really think there is a big market for tiny saints as the world is quickly becoming ready for a larger presence of God.

  10. Thank you for these. I wish I had these when I was little. This brings the faith into the little hearts of the world.

  11. How adorable! I would love the charms to put on my kids’ backpacks. I think the hardest part will be which ones to choose…

  12. Jenny Elliott on

    I lived reading about this company. What a wonderful way to bring the lives of saints to the hearts of our children.

  13. These are adorable! I just saw them in person thanks to a friend. Would love these goodies for my kids as they head back to school!!!

  14. Montana Momoo on

    I’ve spent a lot of time in groups with other stay at home moms who are Christian but not Catholic. When they ask me about the Saints, I usually talk about how we ask Saints to pray for us in the same way I ask friends to pray for me when I face a particular challenge. These charms are an amazing way to make that point for children – they are a sweet representation of our friends in heaven. Please enter me in the give-away, but look for my order online too!

  15. I came across this site through a friend. I have not converted to Catholicism but will be starting the process soon. My husband and I married in the church and are striving to raise our boys in the faith. I’m currently gathering supplies to make rosaries with my toddlers to help us learn together. These are just adorable and your story is beautiful. Thanks for offering a giveaway! It would be awesome to win.

  16. Jennifer Galbraith on

    I love these. I first saw them on my sisters facebook page, but have no had the chance to purchase one yet. I would love the Rosary to give to my daughter. It would be perfect for a 9 year old!!

  17. So cute! Love these “tiny saints!” Great way to teach kids about the ultimate role models in our faith – what we all strive to achieve!

  18. I can’t wait to show these to my children. They will love, love them! I would like
    to hook some the charms to their school backpacks.

  19. These charms are so cute! My daughters with special needs would definitely love them and be able to understand the saints better!

  20. These items are great gifts. My 6 children would love them and I could easily send one to my husband in a care package, when he is away at sea with the Navy.
    Thank you

  21. Katie Bettini on

    My kids would love these products! Thanks for introducing me to a great company. Headed over to check out their website now!

  22. Beautiful product and beautiful witness! Thanks so much for stepping out in faith to do this. (Do I get bonus points for my name? Just kidding. :))

  23. Wow! I love so much about this company already–and I only just heard of them. And their products are adorable! I know where I will be doing some holiday shopping. And by “holiday,” I mean Christmas, Easter, Flag Day, or any given saint’s feast day. 🙂

  24. I can honestly say that Tiny Saints are *the* most fabulous saints around. I love everything about them. No need to enter me in the contest, I just want folks to know they’re high quality, super cool and very durable. Love this company!

  25. What a neat way to teach the young about the saints. Your story touched my heart as I too struggled to explain to my toddler where her baby brother went.

  26. Jennifer DeCaux on

    I just love these and think they would be great gift items for our Confirmation students. I think I’m going to mention your product to the parents at our Confirmation meeting!

  27. I love tinysaints! In just the last couple of weeks, I’ve ordered one for each of my kids to take have with them as they go back to school. I’ve also given some as gifts to friends and teachers. I just placed an order yesterday for a few more. I am really looking forward to the extended line in October! 🙂

  28. These are so dang cute and make me laugh every time I see them! Love them all and excited to see all of them this fall!!!

  29. These look absolutely adorable! Would love to win as I teach a 1st grade PSR class and they would love to see them!

  30. Gloria Miramontes on

    I would love to see this tiny saint hanging on my son’s backpack now that he is back to school, God bless you.

  31. These are so cute! Can’t wait to get my daughter some. Good luck with your ministry, and your career. (We are a CG family as well!) Thank you for your service. May God bless you and your family.

  32. These are fantastic! Thank you for sharing your story and your talents. What a wonderful way to share the Saints with children.

  33. Such detail, yet such simplicity. What a wonderful way to share the saints. These would be great to put on my kiddo’s backpack zippers for school.

  34. I’d love to win this package for my daughter & I plan to order a charm for each of the students in my First Communion class!

  35. Michelle Wetterling on

    God Bless you, these are precious for people of all ages. I think you are doing a wonderful thing, I hope God continues to grace you with much success

  36. Thank you for sharing this write up!! It’s so inspiring to see how little Melody has worked blessings through this family!!

  37. Allyson Svigelj on

    We love Tiny Saints! My 12 yr. old has one and we are trying to get the local Catholic bookstore to carry them so we can buy more!

  38. Ann Cunningham on

    I love to have a variety of ways to keep me focused on following God’s footsteps. Tiny Saints are cute, visual, and tangible reminders of others doing just that. I might use these with my Sunday School class.

  39. Thanks so much for offering the prize package and creating a product like this geared towards getting kids interested in the Faith. My children would love to win 🙂

  40. Beautiful ministry and beautiful story. Ive been blessed with nine awesome Godly grandchildren. I would love to share TINY SAINTS with them. I’m sharing this site.

  41. Thank you for introducing us to Tiny Saints. What a great concept! Looking forward to ordering some in to see them in person and give as gifts. Thanks for the contest too.

  42. Love the Tiny Saints! Thanks to Kathryn Whitaker (Team Whitaker) for introducing them to me and for linking to your blog!

  43. Chrissy McKibbin on

    Love the Tiny Saints and though my kids are older now (6th and 7th grade) they are still excited about hanging one on their back pack for school. They will share them with all their friends at St Joes this year!

  44. I am a big fan of the saints in so many ways. these are a great way to share their stories. I have nieces, nephews and a god child I would like to gift with these tiny saints.

  45. WHY have I never seen these before?!
    These are the cutest things ever and answer the question of what to purchase for gifts for my younger God children.
    Thrilled to have become aware of these!

  46. What an awesome way for our children to learn about saints, the Pope and our Catholic Faith! Exciting way for them to evangilize too.

  47. Jason Champagne on

    I love the Tiny Saints. I bought one for my Godson and thankfully they had a Francis tiny saint and I bought it for him. I also had to buy his brother and two sisters tiny saints. They really liked them. Great inconspicuous sacramentals for anyone.

  48. Thank you for finding a way to share our faith in a world of commercialism. These Tiny Saints are something I would love to carry and to share with others. They are a great way to strike up a conversation of faith. 🙂

  49. I have looked at the Tiny Saints website to help teach my children about the saints. I think they are adorable representations of the saints and would love to see even more of them! Oh, I’d love to win the prize pack, too!!! 🙂

  50. What an amazing concept, only to be trumped by turning tragedy into triumph. AMAZING! I will definitely be buying pieces for my daughters, and possibly as gifts for their classmates.

  51. As a DRE of a parish and a proud mom of a student at Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville, I am going to spread the word about these precious items! God bless the wonderful apostolate! I am ordering today!!!!

  52. This is such a great idea! I have been looking for a way to introduce the saints to my kids in a way that they can relate.

  53. I love your response to the question about Pope Francis! And thank you for providing such wonderful gifts for our young Catholics:)

  54. We love Tiny Saints! Our boys have chosen a Saints to to accompany them to school and are so excited! God Bless!

  55. My kids would love these. I am so sorry for the loss of your little one. We lost our third child to stillbirth in Feb. of 2011. Bless you for this beautiful thing you do for children.

  56. Tiny Saints are adorable!
    What a great thought to include Pope Francis.
    I’d like to see a charm for Our Lady Star of the Sea, Stella Maris. My son-in-law is in the Navy.

  57. I think these would be awesome gifts for St. Nicholas day. I’d love have one on each of my children’s backpacks. What a great and easy way for our children to share their Catholic faith!

  58. Rahnell Perez-Linden on

    I am crazy in love with Tiny Saints!! My Kindergartener will will be the talk of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School! Do you do fundraisers?? These would be a HIT!! +JMJ

  59. Jenetta Padilla on

    The mom next to me in church today just showed me her Tiny Saints rosary! How beautiful and a blessing to share with our children. Thanks!

  60. I have 6 going on 7 children and all think these are adorable! (Even the teenagers) definitely on the Christmas list. Always looking for cute zipper pulls for the backpacks.

  61. Margaret Kramer on

    Your “tiny saints” charms are so adorable! We have 6 beautiful grandchildren, and our Kateri celebrated her 10th birthday on October 21, 2012: the very day of St. Kateri’s canonization! She so wanted to go to Rome that day! I’d love to get some Tiny Saints for our grand kids…

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