One Mother is Changing the Media’s – and the World’s – Perception of Those with Disabilities

(Photo property of Katie Driscoll) As the mom of six children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, photographer Katie Driscoll noticed that she rarely saw advertisements featuring kids with disabilities. She then co-founded a campaign called “Changing the Face of Beauty.” Its purpose was to encourage advertisers to highlight more individuals with disabilities in their [Read More…]

A Deacon’s Tools to Build Spiritual Resilience After Dire Medical News

Deacon Don Grossnickle served the Archdiocese of Chicago for many years as a Disability Outreach Coordinator. That job tied into his work as founder of the Gridiron Alliance, an organization that supports high school athletes who’ve suffered spinal cord injuries. The deacon would help these young people adjust to their new situations, and also develop [Read More…]

How God Worked Through One Family to Bring Kindness to an ‘Invisible’ Homeless Woman

In 2011, The Christophers were happy to honor 21-year-old Shannon Hickey with our James Keller Award (named after our founder) for her work creating Mychal’s Message when she was only 11 years old. Mychal’s Message is a ministry for the homeless that was inspired by the death of family friend Father Mychal Judge on Sept. [Read More…]

Priest Who Knew Mother Teresa Said She Believed It Was Better to Light One Candle

(Photo © 1986 Túrelio (via Wikimedia-Commons), 1986 / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de) In light of the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,” this excerpt from a New York Times story ahead of her canonization stood out: When the Rev. Sebastian Vazhakala, the co-founder with Mother Teresa of [Read More…]