Mary Ellen Robinson
Chief Operating Officer
The Christophers conducted two dynamic weekend leadership courses this past month at Saint Mary’s Retreat House in Oxford, Michigan, and at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. Both of these beautiful settings provided the tranquility necessary for students to come together with volunteer instructors to explore their God-given talents so they can make a positive difference in the communities they serve.
We’re already receiving amazing reactions from those who took the course. One student said, “The course provided a wonderful affirmation of my calling. It also helped me to put myself at peace with my ability to make a difference right where I am.” Another student said, “Thank you all for making this such a wonderful experience. The memories created here will be with me for the rest of my life. I was blessed with an awesome group! What a joy!”
A special thanks to Pam Hammond, our National Leadership Coordinator, and to all our volunteers for making these weekends such a rewarding experience for those seeking to hone their communication skills and broaden their horizons.
We are currently looking ahead to our 65th annual Christopher Awards ceremony on May 15, when we will recognize the best the year has had to offer in books, films, and television programs. The list of this year’s winners will be posted on our website on April 2, and includes many stories about courage, faith, hope and selflessness. We’ll also be announcing our special Award winners later in the month, so be sure to check back then as well.
This past weekend, Father Jonathan Morris gave an inspirational talk at Chaminade High School in Long Island, New York, about the ways in which teens and adults can incorporate the Christopher message into their lives. Response to the event was overwhelmingly positive, and we are grateful to reach a new audience with Christopher ideals.
On April 27, 2014, - Divine Mercy Sunday - Pope Francis will be canonizing two great church leaders who walked in the footsteps of Christ: Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The Christophers have a wonderful News Note about the holy journey each of these popes followed on their path to sainthood. It’s a great way to spread the word about the exceptional lives they led and inspire others to a similar kind of selfless leadership. Please also be sure to have a look at our beautiful News Note on Lent, which sheds light on the meaning of the season as we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter.
We hope these News Notes will bring the light of Christ into the lives of all who read them during this special time of year, and we wish everyone the joy that comes from faith in the resurrection and confidence in the mercy of God.
Mary Ellen Robinson