Catholic astronauts discuss taking their faith to space

Catholic astronauts discuss taking their faith to space

Several Catholic NASA astronauts discuss how they practiced their faith in relation to going into space. From the basic of going to confession before the flight to preparing for six months without Mass to how seeing the universe from that perch affected their perspective, it’s an interesting look into what it takes.

Under a special arrangement with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and with the help of Father James H. Kuczynski, pastor of Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, Texas, Hopkins’ parish, the rookie astronaut carried a pyx with six consecrated hosts broken into four pieces. It was enough so that he could take Communion once a week for the 24 weeks he was aboard the ISS.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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