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The Christophers at 75


The Christophers celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020!  We couldn’t have made it this far without the generous support of people like you. Thank you for always remembering us. With your continued support, the legacy of hope we have built together will endure for many years to come. Thanks, and God Bless!

The Christophers


           The Christophers have a long and successful track record of making a positive impact on the culture. Rooted in Judeo-Christian ethics, the organization was founded in 1945 by Father James Keller, during a time when our nation was recovering from war and Americans were looking to build a world of peace and prosperity. It was a time of shared values, when people of good will from all walks of life responded to Father Keller’s message that celebrated the dignity of each individual in society and the need for all of us to live out our God-given purpose.


           The values that built our organization continue to guide every one of our activities. Today, The Christophers have a multimedia outreach that includes inspirational print materials, a radio ministry, podcasts, syndicated newspaper columns, media awards, creative contests for young people, and leadership courses.


           The impact of our prison ministry outreach exemplifies the difference our work makes. We regularly donate our Three Minutes a Day books of daily stories and reflections, Christopher News Notes on spiritual topics, prayer cards, and Christopher calendars to be distributed by prison ministers in their outreach to those who are incarcerated. The response we receive from these ministers is overwhelmingly positive! They note that our materials help to lift the spirits of those on the margins of society, guiding them toward getting back on the right track in life. Our message reminds them that God’s grace brings hope and a sense of purpose, even amid their incarceration. Countless others in a variety of life situations draw the same kind of inspiration from our materials, which offer constant reminders of Christ’s profound love for them.


         Reminding people of Christ’s love is a vital mission in our world today. Those who support our mission understand how important it is to share a message of hope with those who are suffering. Hope changes people’s lives and transforms situations more than any other gift that we could give. That is why The Christophers confidently proclaim that our work brings the gift of hope into the world. Hope shared with those in need is like a seed planted in fertile soil. It grows and bears abundant fruit, transforming countless lives. It is this kind of chain reaction of good that The Christophers seek to set in motion on a daily basis. Those who support our mission have the satisfaction of knowing that together we will touch people’s hearts and make the world a better place.  

A non-profit, founded in 1945 by Father James Keller, M.M., The Christophers encourages people to change the world for the better.

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Kathleen R., Greeley

“Yes, you truly are ‘Christ-Bearers.’ I am a recently retired Middle School teacher. I taught Catholic education at my school, St. Mary, and my parish for over 25 years. Please know that I used many of your News Notes to enrich my Religion classes. Not only was the subject matter important and timely, but those News Notes promoted very good class discussions. I want you to know that I have saved each and every News Note and put them in page protectors in a 3-ring notebook…May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, King of Kings, continue to bless you and the work that you do. Thank you for sending me the News Notes for all these years, even when I didn’t have money to give you monthly donations. You truly have been a blessing to me and my former students.”  - Kathleen R., Greeley, CO


Dennis and Betty W

“I remember when Fr. Keller started The Christophers back in NYC when I was 14 years old – always had a great admiration for him and his work. We lived on 60th St. and 9th Ave. next to Paulist Fathers. I was altar boy and my brother became Paulist with 2 tours in Vietnam as a Chaplain with the 101 ABN. I went to Power Memorial, then to Iona College, then CW Post MBA, went on to the Police Dept. (NYPD)…Life has been good up to now, married 53 years…3 girls: one school teacher 25 years, one nurse practitioner…and nurse in Hospice House.”

 - Dennis and Betty W., Collierville, TN


Mrs. M.

“At my morning prayer time I asked the Lord what could I, an old widow (89 years old), do during these trying times of this awful virus. We have been told to stay in and not socialize etc. I haven’t seen anyone or been out, so how can I be of help??
I picked up a prayer card, where it came from, I don’t know, it’s pretty and titled “Prayer of Gratitude.” When I finished, I turned it over and on the back the quote of your founder, Fr. Keller, M.M., The Christophers and the address – Wow. I had not heard anything about The Christophers in years. When I was much younger I heard of them often where I came from. Well, I took this as a sign that I could do something, even if it’s giving a small amount to you to help in your ministry to others. Thank you and God Bless your work. Thank God for an answer to my prayers.” - Mrs. M., Baton Rouge, LA


Judith B & Miss Stella B

“Happy 75th! I want you to know how much I appreciate your notes and 3 Minutes books. I have been very encouraged over the years. I have a mental illness and the last few years have been difficult as I don’t always understand. You always light that one candle!” - Judith B., Maryland

A few days ago I received your “News Note” #622. I was very moved by it and passed it on to a friend who recently lost her mother, I told her I would write to you requesting at least 5 copies, also requesting Masses for my family. I have “News Notes” on other subjects which have helped me in the past and I still re-read. I thank you for sending these to me, I am 93 years and there are times when I get depressed and lose hope. I am under 24 hour home care as is my 94 year old brother. Thanks again. Miss Stella B.


Kay M.

"The Christopher Notes are wonderful and very INSPIRATIONAL. 'The Christophers' is a a non-profit organization started in 1945 by Fr. James Keller. They try to teach people that 'IT'S BETTER TO LIGHT ONE CANDLE THAN TO CURSE THE DARKNESS'. They encourage people to change the world for the better and and how to handle difficult times, etc. You can receive their news notes by mail 10 times a year. I love the notes and have been saving them almost my entire life. Excellent information to reflect on."

- Kay M. on Facebook


"Thank you sincerely for lighting the way for so many who are searching for the Light of Christ in this world."          

-Sr. Regina

Janet W

Dear friends at The Christophers, A most blessed joy-filled 75th anniversary! As a young child in the mid-1940’s (I was born in 1936), I recall my mother receiving a “newsletter” which she cherished…and the contents of which she read to my two sisters and myself. Our family had survived the “Great Depression” (with a lot of help from relatives), but my father had abandoned our family – so my mother worked two jobs to support us. Although we had minimal financial resources during this decade, I saw my mother mailing a one-dollar bill to the Christophers regularly…Decades went by…my sisters and I left home, married and supported out precious Mom as aging and illness crept into her life. Twenty years ago this month, Mom “left-earth-for Heaven.” In sorting through her belongings, I found copies of “Christopher Notes.” This caused me to re-connect with your ministry of Newsletters and Bookmarks…I want to express my SINCERE GRATITUDE for 75 years of supplying love, hope and “deepening faith” to my family and to my Pastoral Ministry!

- Ever with gratitude, In Christ and His Mother, Janet W. 


Sharon P

"I received in the mail today your most recent News Notes and the Prayer for Life Prayer Card. I want to say 'Thank you,' the prayer cards and News Notes are very inspiring to me when I am sad or experiencing a mental health issue!!"

-  Sharon P.        


Mary Grace

Thank You for the delightful and inspirational daily emails. 


And for today when you have me the acronym meaning behind the lettters TMAD. I knew what it stood for once when i signed up but i forgot and have been guessing,  the most affirmative Daily examples of living Christ like...


3 minutes a day is carrying me thru this COVID time and cheering me up as I drive my neighbor to her daily cancer radiation treatments. 


Sr Regina

Carmelite Sisters

Congratulations on 75 years ! 

May our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ, Her Beloved Son, and all the angels and saints in heaven surround you and the staff of Christopher News Notes in a huge embrace of love and joy as you celebrate 75 years of the Christophers.

Truly, Father James Keller was a “man of hope.” He was also a man of faith and charity. He brought our faith alive and practiced charity all of his life, lighting candles in homes, schools, hospitals, prisons. God bless him!

Rest assured that the Christophers are always in our daily Carmelite prayers.

Lovingly in Christ,

Carmelite Sisters of Rochester, NY

Gloria Vendryes

            I have been receiving News Notes from the Christophers for many years and enjoyed them immensely. Your News Note #627-“Seeking God’s Peace in Troubled Times” really covered so beautifully every aspect of the pandemic that is upon us—with so many positive ways to handle it and ourselves.

Thank you so much!

Mrs. G. V. Ithaca, NY

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