Hoffner’s New Book Details Catholic Traditions

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Dr. Helen Hoffner, a professor in the School of Education, has recently finished her latest book, Catholic Treasures and Traditions. The illustrated encyclopedia examines the perplexing questions about the history of Catholic school and church practices, as well as dispels superstitions followed by Catholics. The book was published by Sophia Institute Press.

“I wrote Catholic Treasures and Traditions to show the origins and purposes of religious articles and practices,” Hoffner said. “For example, the book explains that the custom of burying an image of St. Joseph to sell a house was not started by today’s real estate agents but was practiced by St. Andre’ Bessette as well as by St. Teresa of Avila.  It was St. Anthony himself who turned to prayer when his book of psalms was lost and couldn’t be found. Knowing the stories behind traditions dispels myths and leads to greater appreciation.” 

Hoffner’s book led to a Facebook Live session with Dan Burke, President of EWTN News, Michael O'Neill, host of Miracle Hunter on Relevant Radio, and the Kyle Heimann Show on Redeemer Radio. 

This is Hoffner’s sixth published book and her most recent since The Rosary Collector’s Guide was published in 2013 by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

“While there are many excellent books that help individuals pray and reflect upon the rosary, The Rosary Collector's Guide is the only book that enables historians, antique enthusiasts, and those who wish to identify family religious heirlooms identify the many variations of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals used throughout the world,” Hoffner said. “The book explains the development of the rosary and contains over 240 color photographs that help individuals understand unusual forms. The book is the result of a lifetime of research and travel to many shrines, mission churches, and antique centers.”