The Story Behind the Pillows
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Prayer Pillow was the dream and inspiration of Father Joe Steffes, CSSR. Father Joe has a personal devotion to Our Lady and it was his desire to make that devotion possible in the hearts of everyone. His Primary focus was for the sick and the elderly especially those individuals in nursing homes.
The design for the Prayer Pillow came to Father Steffes quite by accident. He saw a young man with a tee shirt on the front of the tee shirt was the picture of Our Lady and the back contained the prayer. Father Steffes purchased the tee shirt from the young man and thus decided on a design for his Prayer Pillow.
The original focus of the Prayer Pillow has seen much expansion. Starting in the direction of elderly and sick in nursing homes, the Pillow is now in the homes of confirmation candidates, first communion children, home bound sick and elderly, young married couples, grieving families and pregnant women. We all walk our own road to Calvary and just as Our lady stood steadfast for her Son, she will surely stand with those of us who go to her in prayer and hold her close to us in times of troubles and fears.