A Look at the 2012 Christopher Awards

The late CBS broadcaster Charles Kuralt once said, “It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.”

In a nutshell, that’s what we did at the Christopher Awards ceremony last Thursday, May 25th, an annual tradition in which we honor books, films, TV programs, and humanitarian achievements that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit” and reflect the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” The Christophers believe that when we’re exposed to stories that shine a light on our struggles and shortcomings, as well as the virtues of faith, love, hope and sacrifice, we’re subtly nudged toward becoming better people ourselves. The fact that so many of the winners attended made it an inspiring night to remember.

To see a brief video segment about the ceremony from The Net’s nightly news show “Currents,” watch the first five minutes of the video embedded below:

Also, here are some pictures from the event:

(from left to right) Emmy Award-winning Fox 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos with Christopher Life Achievement Award winner Mother Dolores Hart and James Keller Award winner Marty Lyons.

 

Msgr. Peter Finn from The Christophers’ Board of Directors presents the Christopher Award for the book “Kisses from Katie” to the parents of author Katie Davis (Mary Pat and Scott Davis) and co-author Beth Clark.

 

(Counter-clockwise from front row) Christopher Awards presenter and best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark; Christopher Award-winning authors of “An Invisible Thread,” Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski; and Maurice Maczyk whose story is featured in “An Invisible Thread.”

 


Two Patheos bloggers from different dimensions…I mean, different Portals…meet.  Me with Amy Julia Becker, Christopher Award-winning author of “A Good and Perfect Gift.”

 

We hope to post more pictures and video in the future so stay tuned.
(Photos courtesy Paul Schneck)

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.


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