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Mary Ellen Robinson
Chief Operating Officer

March 2015

Dear Friends,

               This 70th anniversary year of our organization is shaping up to be an inspiring continuation of the vital mission begun in 1945 by our founder, Father James Keller, M.M.

In this month, we return to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago on March 20-22 for a Christopher Leadership Course Weekend. Seminarians and laypeople will explore leadership within the context of the Gospel message. In celebration of our 70th anniversary, The Christophers are offering a special anniversary rate for the weekend program. Please see our link here http://christophers.org/page.aspx?pid=925 and encourage any potential leaders in your community to sign up for what promises to be an inspiring gathering for all.

We recently put out a press release on our new video series with Father Jonathan Morris entitled “Christopher Reflections.” Tony Rossi, our Director of Communications, is quoted as saying, “Storytelling that inspires positive action is at the core of The Christophers’ mission, so we are fortunate to have such an engaging storyteller as Father Jonathan sharing his thoughts in our ‘Christopher Reflections’ video series.”

            Father Morris’ new video “Relationship with God” encourages us to invite God into our lives through prayer and service to others. Please spread the word about these short meditations and remember to check back here regularly for new installments.   

            In a recent interview for our “Christopher Closeup” radio show and podcast, Tony Rossi spoke with Brian Ivie, a young filmmaker whose remarkable new documentary, “The Drop Box,” explores the ministry of South Korean Pastor Jong-rak Lee, who takes in disabled babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets by providing a drop box that allows mothers to deposit their babies without being seen. Pastor Lee is responsible for saving the lives of over 600 babies so far, and he was inspired to do this work by his own son who was born with severe brain damage. Pastor Lee is an inspiration to us all, and his ministry embodies the mission of The Christophers to be a light to the world by sharing our gifts through service to others.

            One of the most important ways The Christophers’ help people invite God into their lives is through our inspirational print materials. This month we have our “Patience” and “Forgiveness” magnets in-house, so please be sure to order some and pass them around. These short meditations serve as wonderful reminders of the simple gifts that await us in life when we open our hearts to God. Our meditation on forgiveness is also available as a Prayer Card.

We also send our prayers and condolences to the colleagues, friends and family of “60 Minutes” correspondent and CBS News veteran Bob Simon, who was killed while riding in the back seat of a livery cab on February 11.  Two short years ago, Bob was a winner at the 64th annual Christopher Awards ceremony for his work as correspondent on the segment “Joy in the Congo.”   It told the story of Armand Diangienda, an unemployed pilot in Africa’s Congo, who decided to create an orchestra because he thought classical music could bring beauty to the bleak, war-torn lives of his countrymen.  Bob Simon had seen much violence in his life due to his war coverage, so a piece about the beauty of music was likely balm for his soul.  May his soul rest in peace.

            Lastly, in this month of March, we celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph, the patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, social justice, and of the dying, because he died with Jesus and Mary close to him. Let us pray for his intercession in our lives so we may keep Jesus and Mary close to us in all we do.

            We are thankful to our friends and donors for your letters and notes telling us how much our message means to you. Please continue to pray for us throughout this important year, and be assured of our prayers and best wishes for all of you and for your loved ones.

       Joyfully,

 

Mary Ellen Robinson

Vice President/COO

 

“The New York Leadership staff enjoys a visit with inspiring Detroit Instructor, Gloria Henry (second from the left).”