Conrad of Piacenza was a nobleman, living in a medieval castle in Italy. One day, he went out hunting with his servants, and a fire broke out in the forest. What happened next would change his life forever.

In St. Conrad and the Wildfire, children of all ages will discover the power of truth and forgiveness. Introduce children to St. Conrad through Maura Roan McKeegan’s moving retelling and Patty Borgman’s magnificent illustrations that bring the saint to life.


Maura Roan McKeegan is the author of several picture books, including the award-winning The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary and Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb: Jonah & Jesus. Her articles have appeared in various Catholic magazines. Reading aloud with children is her favorite hobby.

Patty Borgman is a graphic designer and artist who lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and six children.


“A beautiful and engaging story that will inspire young readers with St. Conrad’s willingness to give all to Christ.”—Haley Stewart, Author of The Grace of Enough and the Carrots for Michaelmas blog

St. Conrad and the Wildfire is a beautifully told tale of bravery, sorrow, and the rewards that come from doing the right thing, even when it’s difficult. I can’t wait to read it to my son!”—Emily Stimpson Chapman, Author of The Catholic Table

“St. Conrad and the Wildfire is a perfect picture book, and more than that, it does the best that any great book can do: By telling a beautiful and true story, it engages the mind and heart, lifts the soul to God, and leaves the reader better than before. We owe a great debt to the author, illustrator, and publisher for bringing the tale of St. Conrad to life in such an exquisite form—both children and adults will delight in the gorgeous pictures and inspiring text. May this book reach the audience it so richly deserves!”—Suzie Andres, Author and blogger,

“St. Conrad and the Wildfire continues the noble task of storytelling that inspires children and adults in the pursuit of wisdom and virtue. With excellent illustrations and historically-rooted characters, this story demonstrates the power of humility, honesty, courage, and Christian Marriage, in the face of troubling times. I thoroughly recommend this book to any parents and godparents seeking to set before children tales that truly inspire.”—Brandon Harvey, host of The Home Catechesis Podcast

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