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NEW YORK, March 24, 2008 – Dennis W. Heaney has retired as President of The Christophers, the Board of Directors announced. Heaney, who served five years as President, had previously been Executive Publisher of The Tidings, the weekly newspaper of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Before that he was associate publisher of The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese.

The board elected Ridgewood, NJ, resident Mary Ellen Robinson as Vice President of The Christophers and placed her in charge of the organization’s day-to-day activities. She is also Director of The Christopher Leadership Course, a nationwide program that develops public speaking and leadership skills, and she previously served as Executive Assistant to the President. She has been a staff member of The Christophers for 14 years.

Gerald M. Costello, retired editor-in-chief of Catholic New York, the newspaper of the New York Archdiocese, and a member of The Christophers’ board since 1979, will serve as Interim Director pending the selection of a new President.

Maryknoll Father James Keller founded the Christophers in 1945 with the purpose of encouraging individuals to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world by bringing Gospel values into the mainstream of life. The ancient Chinese proverb – “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness” – guides its publishing, radio and awards programs.

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