Why “The Middle,” “Once Upon a Time,” & “Person of Interest” Deserve Emmy Noms

While I have a say in what projects win Christopher Awards every year, I have no say in what TV shows or stars get nominated for Emmys. A lot of my favorites are often overlooked to recognize edgier shows that push the envelope. While the voting process is ongoing, I figured I’d throw a few [Read More…]

The 2014 Christopher Awards: A Night of Celebrating Quality in Media and the Arts

Joined by a capacity crowd, the 2014 Christopher Awards were another rousing success, thanks to several factors: the quality of the work created by our winners, their presence at the ceremony, and the outstanding presenters who left the crowd feeling inspired – Master of Ceremonies Ernie Anastos from Fox5 New York, NBC News’s Senior White [Read More…]

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Once They Get Into the Shelter, There’s the Concept of Grace

Just ahead of this year’s Christopher Awards ceremony, where the film “Gimme Shelter” (now on DVD) will be one of our honorees, Catholic News Service profiled one of the movie’s inspirations: Kathy DiFiore, the founder of Several Sources Shelters, who I’ve interviewed a few times myself. Kathy, age 67, has been in the business of [Read More…]

Blind Army Captain and Christopher Award Winner Offers Encouragement to Boy Losing His Vision

In 2011, we recognized Captain Scott Smiley (seen here with his wife Tiffany) with a Christopher Leadership Award. Why? On April 6, 2005, while Captain Smiley was on patrol with his platoon in Iraq, a suicide bomber exploded a car bomb that sent shrapnel and debris into Smiley’’s eyes and brain, permanently destroying his vision. [Read More…]

Faith, Chivalry & Timely Messages: A Look at Hallmark Channel’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

“Being a gentleman doesn’t make you a wuss.” That’s one of the truths that former “Touched By an Angel” writer and executive producer Martha Williamson hopes to pass on to viewers in her new and refreshingly retro Hallmark Channel series, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” which airs Sunday nights at 8:00pm. The show’s got a unique concept, [Read More…]

Role Models, Celebrities Behaving Admirably, & Patheos’s Fifth Anniversary

Now that “Star Wars Day” is over (May the 4th be with you), it’s time to celebrate another special occasion: namely, Patheos.com’s 5th anniversary! It was a mere three-and-a-half years ago that I started hounding Elizabeth Scalia (a.k.a. The Anchoress) every couple of weeks to see if she wanted to post articles based on my [Read More…]

Prison Chaplain Father David T. Link & Comedy Writer Tom Leopold Win Special Christopher Awards

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 — At the 65th annual Christopher Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 15th, The Christophers will honor a chaplain, who works at six Indiana state prisons, with this year’s James Keller Award, and a veteran comedy writer for hits including “Cheers” and “Seinfeld” with the 2014 Christopher Spirit Award. Father David [Read More…]

Traveling 4,200 Miles To Deliver Puppy Love

When Christine Davies was deployed in Kuwait as a member of the U.S. National Guard, her young daughter Lylia understandably missed her absent mom and talked about her a lot. One thing that lessened the loneliness, however, was an abandoned dog named Nigel that they found online through the Rescue Road Trips website, run by [Read More…]

College Students Pursuing Careers in the Arts Highlight John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists”

Writer/producer Brian Bird (Touched By an Angel, Step by Step, When Calls the Heart) shared the video below on his Twitter feed, saying “Absolutely love this from students of John Paul the Great University — Letter to Artists.” As stated on the school’s Youtube page, “On Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999, Pope John Paul II [Read More…]

New Trailer for Jim Caviezel’s “When the Game Stands Tall”

If you’re a fan of sports movies and “Person of Interest” star Jim Caviezel, then you’ll be a happy camper this summer when his new feature film “When the Game Stands Tall” is released on August 22. Inspired by a true story, the film tells the story of Concord, California’s De La Salle High School [Read More…]

A Christopher Prayer for Easter

Lord, Instill us with the hope we celebrate this Easter, the hope we’re supposed to experience because of Jesus’s resurrection, the hope that’s difficult to believe in when we live in a world with much pain and suffering. Every day, we’re surrounded by signs that life isn’t fair. Good people suffer hardship and we wonder [Read More…]

“Dancing with the Stars” Contestant Makes Dream Come True for Young Woman with Down Syndrome

James Maslow has attracted a lot of fans as a singer with the band Big Time Rush. One of those fans, 23-year-old Hannah Wackernagle who was born with Down Syndrome, likes him so much that she made a video asking Maslow to go to her prom with her. The video went viral and came to [Read More…]