The graphic novel “The Chaste Heart of St. Joseph,” authored by Marian Father Donald Calloway, captivates readers with its vibrant pages brimming with colorful details. The story revolves around an endearing family comprising a mother, father, and their five children, all eager to explore and learn about the life of St. Joseph. The graphics are beautifully rendered by Sam Estrada, who skillfully depicts scenes like a playful St. Joseph and a joyous Baby Jesus. In an interview, Father Donald Calloway spoke highly of the illustrator, Sam Estrada, emphasizing his deep Catholic faith and exceptional talent in creating illustrations for religious themes. Initially, Father Calloway had the idea to create a novel about the Rosary, but after the success and popularity of his book “Consecration to St. Joseph,” he revisited the idea of collaborating with Sam Estrada to create something captivating for a younger audience.
National Catholic Register reports:
Love St. Joseph and comic books?
The graphic novel The Chaste Heart of St. Joseph, by Marian Father Donald Calloway, is for you.
Each page is full of colorful details, with an engaging family of a mother, father and their five children who want to learn about St. Joseph. Along with the colorful graphics, the dialogue is lively and engaging.
Detailed illustrations by Sam Estrada include a scene showing a playful St. Joseph and a laughing Baby Jesus. Also included: what tradition says is the wedding date of Joseph and Mary.
As the presses were rolling, Father Calloway spoke with the Register about the appeal of this graphic novel.
Why did you decide to write this follow-up to your two books on Consecration to St. Joseph as a graphic novel?
The illustrator, Sam Estrada, is an incredible Catholic and an incredible illustrator for these kinds of things. He had already done two on his own, one on Our Lady of Fatima and one on Our Lady of Guadalupe. I was so impressed that I thought, “Wow, I should do something like this employing his talents.” That was a few years ago. I thought I was going to do one on the Rosary, and I just got super busy with my priestly ministries and wasn’t able to do that.
With my book Consecration to St. Joseph being so popular, I resurfaced that idea. I said, “It would be a mistake not to do something for younger people that really draws them with the art.” I contacted Sam, and he said he would love to do it.
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