In 2006, Amy D’Ambra found herself 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.
She returned to Los Angeles and developed a collection of 12 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.
In 2009 Amy faced another crossroads—she had an offer to sell the My Saint My Hero line to another company. Struggling with the decision, she was inspired in prayer to reach out to Christine Rich. Although Amy hadn’t known it, Christine had been praying about going back to work. She answered Amy’s call for help with, “I’m all in!” Amy and Christine committed to work together to build a different kind of business, one founded in and inspired by prayer. Their vow was to bring the sacred to now–to be a reminder that God is real, prayer works and love heals.
Throughout their journey together Amy and Christine have 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, Amy watched as local women hand wove bracelets with love, praying with every knot. Wanting to share a bit of the 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 signature Benedictine Blessing Bracelets, includes necklaces, earrings and sacramental pieces.
Together Amy and Christine continue to do business differently and to create Wearable Blessings™ that serve as constant reminders of purpose, hope and inspiration. May you be blessed by the love and prayers of the community of My Saint My Hero.