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Father Keller and Stars on YouTube

The Christophers announced this week that two long-time Christopher favorites are now available in new digital formats, as the organization has uploaded its classic film You Can Change the World to YouTube and made the latest volume in its Three Minutes a Day series available as an e-book.

“Our founder, Father James Keller, was always very much aware of the importance new media can play in spreading our message of hope and responsibility,” said Mary Ellen Robinson, vice president of The Christophers. “He was one of the pioneers in bringing faith-based content to television, and would have certainly embraced the new opportunities technology has created to spread the idea that each of us can change the world.”

Father Keller with stars
Top row (L-R) Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Jack Benny, (L-R) Bob Hope, Ben Hogan, Father Keller and Bing Crosby. Irene Dunne, and William Holden. Front row (L-R) Leo McCarey, Ann Blyth, Father Keller, Loretta Young, and on the armrest, Paul Douglas.

You Can Change the World, originally produced in 1952, features Father Keller, as well as Hollywood legends including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, William Holden, Irene Dunne and Loretta Young. In the film, Father Keller lays out the principles at the heart of the then-new Christophers, emphasizing the importance of good people getting involved in their communities and government. He relates tales of everyday people who have made a difference in the world, and talks about the link between faith, the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence. Bing Crosby performs an original song written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy van Heusen.

The film, also available on DVD, can be viewed in three parts on The Christophers’ Web site at christophers.org/youcanchangetheworld or at youtube.com/TheChristophers.

Three Minutes a Day, currently in its 45th volume as a print publication, features brief, inspirational reflections for each day of the year. The perennial favorite, which is also available as a daily e-mail message, is now available as an e-book for the first time and can be read on any PDF-enabled device or e-reader.

Father Keller with stars
(L-R) Bob Hope, Ben Hogan, Father Keller and Bing Crosby.

Three Minutes a Day, Volume 45 can be purchased in a softcover print edition or as an e-book at http://www.christophershop.org.

The Christophers, a non-profit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, uses the mass media to encourage individuals to use their God-given abilities to change the world for the better. The Christopher motto, adopted from the ancient Chinese proverb, is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.


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