The Christophers join with people of good will around the world in offering our prayers
and well-wishes for France in the aftermath of the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. We are
inspired by the stories of heroism and solidarity displayed by the people of Paris and hope
that this symbol of the Catholic faith will soon be restored.
This month we celebrate the feast of Saint Joan of Arc, the patron saint of France, who
boosted French morale at a critical point in history and helped their people regain control of their
nation and their destiny. We pray that Saint Joan intercede on behalf of the people of France to
continue to unite them around their shared symbol of faith so that the Cathedral of Notre Dame can remain a beacon of peace and freedom for the entire world.
Also this month, we will hold the 70th annual Christopher Awards Ceremony, when we honor books, film, and television that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. On one side of our awards trophy is an image representing the Greek word “Christophoros,” meaning “bearer of Christ,” and on the other side is an image of a candle with the Christopher motto, “Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Contained within these images is the entire meaning underpinning the purpose of our awards – we honor those who bring hope into the world and acknowledge that they raise Christ up in the hearts of all who experience their timeless work.
One of the feature films receiving a Christopher Award this year, Paul, Apostle of Christ, is an excellent example of the kind of timeless work we seek to honor. Starring Jim Caviezel, this film transports the viewer back to the 1st Century A.D. and offers a glimpse of the radical commitment to peace, love, and forgiveness that planted the seeds for Christianity to transform the world.
This year’s Christopher Leadership Award goes to Frank Siller, who, along with his siblings, co-founded the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of their brother Stephen, a New York City firefighter killed on 9/11. Frank Siller serves as Chairman and CEO of the foundation, which brings invaluable aid to catastrophically injured veterans, first responders, and Gold Star families.
On Holy Thursday this past month, Pope Francis travelled to a prison south of Rome to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. There, he washed the feet of prisoners, joining priests around the world in this profound gesture of humility and service to others. We are grateful for the Pope’s leadership in taking the time once again to visit a prison on this special day. His sign of love for those on the margins of society is an example to all of a true shepherd’s care for God’s children.
Our newest Christopher News Note Failure Isn’t Fatal is a reminder that we can all come back from failure in life. Some of our Christopher friends have already received this in the mail and we encourage everyone to request copies to share with friends and loved ones. This News Note is also a wonderful one for us to send out in our outreach to prisoners through the materials we share.
A recent note from the prison ministry team for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, stated, “THANK YOU for the excellent Christophers’ Easter New Notes and prayer cards. You folks sure do quality, SPIRIT FILLED work!”
Thanks to all those who responded to our Easter mailings. It is our great joy to be able to lend support to those in need through our inspirational materials.
May is the month of Mary and also the month when we celebrate motherhood. We pray that Mary intercede for all mothers around the world, that they find support in their efforts to care for their families.
Thanks to our donors for making all we do possible. God Bless!
Mary Ellen Robinson