A Christopher Prayer for Father’s Day

Heavenly Father, Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children. We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort; for teaching us to show courage and [Read More...]

Wisdom Doesn’t Always Wear a Suit: NBC News’s Bob Dotson on the Power of Ordinary People

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“The one overriding theme I found is that wisdom doesn’t always wear a suit.” Considering that NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson has traveled more than four million miles during his 40 year career covering American stories, you can trust that he knows what he’s talking about. In fact, his “American Story” segments have won a [Read More...]

A D-Day Hero Who Put His Trust in God

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: He didn’t like the “hero” label, and he thought “the greatest generation” phrase is tossed around a little too much. But Joseph Vaghi Jr. qualified as a genuine D-Day hero when he served as the Navy’s youngest beachmaster in France, and “the greatest generation” tag [Read More...]

Choosing Your Words Wisely: Insights on Improving Communication Skills

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Considering how often poorly chosen words can lead to friction and arguments between family, friends or even strangers, we could all brush up on our communication skills – and even invite God to take part in our conversations. To help with that, here’s the text of the Christopher News Note “Choosing Your Words Wisely:” And [Read More...]

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) Producer Erica Baumgart (Winner, "NY Med"), Dr. Debbie Yi (NY Presbyterian Hospital), Marina Dedivanovic, RN (NY Presbyterian Hospital), The Christophers' Tony Rossi, Diana Costine, RN (NY Presbyterian Hospital)

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

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...]


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