A Coach Fights to Save His Catholic School

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: If you’ve ever heard of St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, chances are it had something to do with basketball. The New Jersey school has a record in that sport that borders on the unbelievable: 27 state championships; innumerable careers at the college level; [Read More…]

Twelve-Year-Old Enthalls “America’s Got Talent” Audience with “Pie Jesu”

Arielle Baril, a 12-year-old with a powerful voice, enthralled the audience of “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday night with her rendition of “Pie Jesu.” Not only that, she brought out a mellow side to judge Howard Stern, who said after her performance, “My wife is here tonight, my daughter is here tonight, I just want [Read More…]

How Hope & Faith Got Two Young Women Through 10 Years of Captivity and Sexual Abuse

Considering that Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were kidnapped, held hostage, abused, and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro for 10 years, it might seem odd that they named the memoir about their experiences “Hope.” But that is the word that perfectly describes these two young women who endured more darkness [Read More…]

A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness

You might expect a school for children who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a sad or somber place, but I found a different reality when I visited the International Academy of Hope (a.k.a iHope) last week. In fact, this converted nightclub above a Conway’s department store on the corner of 116th Street and [Read More…]


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