Amy D’Ambra, My Saint My Hero
In 2006, Amy D’Ambra was at a crossroads. A busy professional and mother of three, she was dashing through life at a breakneck speed, handling a demanding business and trying to focus on her family. During a vacation in Italy, her husband Anthony asked her to just stop, turn off her gadgets, and take a break. She listened. She stopped to take a breath, and to pray. Kneeling at the altar of Saint Giovanni Giuseppe on the island of Ischia, Amy asked, “What can I do for you?” She heard, “Share our stories so we can be an inspiration to others. Let us be heroes of today.” Amy knew she had heard her calling.
Amy returned to Los Angeles and developed a jewelry collection of 12 Catholic saint medals, each with an inspiring virtue on a tag. The medals were created to serve as reminders that the saints were ordinary people with extraordinary faith who walked the earth in union with Christ, and that we are all called to do the same. My Saint My Hero was born.
Amy had been drawn to the small pilgrimage town of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a place that has been called “heaven on earth.” On a visit there in 2010, she watched as local women hand wove bracelets with love, praying with every knot. Wanting to share a bit of this sacred place, she brought a few bracelets home to Los Angeles. Those pieces now form the heart of the growing My Saint My Hero jewelry line, which today, along with the original Benedictine Blessing Bracelets, includes prayer chaplets, rosaries, consecration jewelry, necklaces, earrings, key rings, blessings for the home, and sacramental pieces.