Never Call Yourself a ‘Bad Person,’ but Rather ‘a Saint-in-Training’

Never call yourself a bad person, but rather “a saint-in-training.” That’s the advice of former Director of The Christophers Father John Catoir, and it’s a truth he learned from his years counseling people as part of his priestly ministry. Father Catoir led The Christophers from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, and the job was [Read More…]

When a Homeless Man Says He Will Pray For You

The following letter was sent to The Christophers by Jeff Daws in response to a request for stories that could be used for our “Leadership in Mercy” initiative: My wife had a medical conference in Philadelphia in February, 2015. I tagged along with her and while she was attending the conference one day, I was [Read More…]

John Schlimm on “Five Years in Heaven,” Doing God’s Work, & the Smile That Changed the World

I interviewed John Schlimm one year ago about his memoir “Five Years in Heaven.” It was inspired by his friendship with an 87-year-old nun named Sister Augustine and the ways in which she changed his life. Since that time, The Christophers have honored the book with a Christopher Award; “Five Years in Heaven” has just [Read More…]

Mental Health, Hunger, & Homelessness Winning Themes in Christophers’ College Video Contest

(Photo via VisualHunt.com) NEW YORK, April 28th, 2016 – Today, The Christophers announced the winners of their 28th Annual Video Contest for College Students in which entrants were asked to create a film or video that communicates the belief that one person can make a difference. Jake Spivack, a freshman at Tisch School of the [Read More…]

Lacrosse Moved One Teen from a Life of Crime to a Hope-filled Future

Garan Santicola, a freelance writer for The Christophers, recently penned an article for the website narrative.ly about how lacrosse programs in Albany, New York, are attracting a roster of tweens and teens from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Among them are Native American brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson (appropriate since lacrosse is originally a Native [Read More…]

Broadcaster Ernie Anastos & Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” Win Special Christopher Awards

NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 — At the 67th annual Christopher Awards ceremony here on Thursday May 19th, Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ernie Anastos will receive the Christopher Life Achievement Award, while the family-friendly Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart” will be honored with the Christopher Spirit Award. The Christopher Life Achievement Award recognizes individuals [Read More…]

Love Doesn’t Die: A Mother Remembers Her Daughter with Down Syndrome

“Love doesn’t die.” That’s a quote from a letter we received at Christopher headquarters recently from a woman named Jean, and the story she told is one I’d like to share with you. Jean is a longtime supporter of The Christophers, who found inspiration in our Christopher News Notes. She often quoted them in letters [Read More…]

Choose Hope, Share Hope: Finding the Light in Dark Times

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Choose Hope…Share Hope” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you [Read More…]

Carrie Underwood Celebrates the Power of Baptism on “American Idol” Finale

(Artwork/Photo property of Fox) On last night’s series finale of “American Idol” (yes, it pains me to write that), a lot of Idol alums returned to sing and pay tribute to the show that gave them a leg up in their music careers. There were some outstanding performances, including the country segment featuring Season 10 [Read More…]

As “American Idol” Says Farewell, A Look Back at the God Factor in Contestants’ Lives

(Photo property of Fox) If God were a regular TV watcher, I suspect “American Idol” would qualify as one of His favorite shows (or at least make it onto His DVR). That’s because since it debuted in 2002, “American Idol” has featured many contestants who come from a background of singing in church, either as [Read More…]

The 2016 Christopher Award Winners Are…

67TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNERS HIGHLIGHT FAMILY, FAITH, COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL ISSUES NEW YORK, March 30, 2016 — Country music icon Dolly Parton, silver screen legend Sylvester Stallone, and popular comedian Jim Gaffigan are just a few of the creative forces behind the 21 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people [Read More…]

Young Mother Delays Chemo to Protect Unborn Child That Saved Her Life

Via CBS News: TONAWANDA, N.Y. – For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive brain cancer, it comes down to this: “The baby saved me. Now it’s my turn to save him.” Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma after going to the hospital for headaches and nausea that came on over Christmas. Were it not for [Read More…]


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