Depth, Mystery and Authentic Friendships Keys to Evangelizing Young People

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This article was originally posted on Patheos in January 2011: Chances are that the leaders in your parish have asked the question, “How can we get young people more involved in the church?” As part of a Catholic Young Adult group myself, I know that question doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all answer. However, two guests I’ve [Read More...]

A Christopher Awards Video and Picturepalooza

(From l to r) Kevin Tedesco (Publicist, "60 Minutes"), Producer Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson (Winner, "60 Minutes: Joy in the Congo"), NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson (Presenter of the Books for Adults category), Correspondent Bob Simon (Winner,, "60 Minutes: Joy in the Congo")

When a rainfall of Biblical proportions began falling in Manhattan during the afternoon of May 23, I was afraid our guests for the Christopher Awards ceremony that evening might need an ark to get there. Thankfully, the majority of winners and guests made it to the event and had a wonderful time celebrating the talented [Read More...]

There’s a Lot of Beauty in Ordinary Things: The Brilliance of “The Office” Series Finale

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“There is a crack / A crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen In the history of TV sitcoms, “The Office,” which ended its nine season run on May 16, certainly had its share of cracked characters. But the show proved the last part of that Leonard Cohen lyric as [Read More...]

Mother Dolores Hart Discovers Twitter at the Christopher Awards

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More pictures from the 2013 Christopher Awards ceremony, which was held last night, will be coming soon. But for today, I’m sharing this cute shot taken by Olga Segura of “America” magazine. It shows “America’s” Associate Editor, Kerry Weber, teaching Mother Dolores Hart what Twitter is. So if “the nun who kissed Elvis” suddenly sets [Read More...]

The Prodigal Son Meets SEAL Team SIX: The Short, Humble, Fearless Life of Adam Brown

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“That was the day that he sold his soul.” That’s how Eric Blehm, author of the Christopher Award-winning biography “Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown,” described the day that Adam Brown first tried crack. Taking drugs was an uncharacteristic move for a young man whose childhood [Read More...]

“American Idol” winner Candice Glover and Other Women Who Derive Their Self-Worth from God

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Candice Glover was crowned the winner of “American Idol” season 12 last night – and much like her gospel-tinged performances throughout the year, her new single – “I Am Beautiful” – is a declaration of the sense of self-worth she derives from God. In a way, that message is particularly appropriate in the aftermath of [Read More...]

The Afterlife of “Lost” and Why the Show Still Matters

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Since the TV series “Lost” wrapped up its six year run in May 2010, I’m reposting a couple of articles I wrote immediately following the finale – and another, one year later. Some people are only watching the series now on DVD or via streaming, so be forewarned, these articles are full of spoilers: The [Read More...]

Mr. Rogers on Judgment, Need and Holy Ground

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The Christopher Awards are just around the corner; next Thursday, to be exact. It’s made me think back to one of the best Christopher Award moments in the 17 years that I’ve worked here: Fred Rogers’ acceptance speech when “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” won the 2001 Special Christopher Award. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Mr. Rogers shared [Read More...]

A Christopher Prayer for Mother’s Day

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Lord, Today we thank you for our mothers: The ones who gave us life, the ones who chose us through adoption, and the unofficial mothers who were a strong and compassionate presence in our lives when our biological mothers weren’t up to the task. We remember the selfless love with which they cared for us [Read More...]

The Legacy of Father Dollar Bill

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The following column was written by Jerry Costello: “You don’t have to solve all the world’s problems,” the priest told his parishioners. “But don’t ignore them, either. Do what you can to improve things, even a little bit. That’s what Jesus wants us to do.” That’s good, sound advice. And each time I hear something [Read More...]

Actress Bonnie Hunt’s Brother and a Catholic Priest Are Saving Lives in Uganda

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You likely know Bonnie Hunt from her years as a talk show host and from her roles in popular movies like “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Jerry Maguire,” “The Green Mile,” “Return to Me,” “Cars,” “Dave” (“We’re walking, we’re walking”) and more. Well it turns out that Bonnie has a brother who is quite accomplished too, [Read More...]

CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and PBS’ “Medal Quest: American Athletes and the Paralympic Games” To Receive Special Christopher Awards

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NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 — The Christophers will honor a television series and an online documentary with special Christopher Awards during their 64th annual ceremony on May 23rd. The CBS television series Blue Bloods will receive the 2013 Special Christopher Award – and the PBS/WGBH online documentary series Medal Quest: American Athletes and the [Read More...]


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