Honoring Heroes of the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 14-October 4

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in partnership with the Anglosphere Society, the Knights of Columbus, and contributing members the Archdiocese of New York, America Media, and the National Review Institute, is producing a multi-media digital experience comprised of photographs, testimonials, videos, and hybrid events intended to honor our frontline workers and commemorate this shared chapter of unimaginable loss and commensurate heroism in our city’s history. This exhibit seeks to capture the profoundly human and transcendent moments in the pandemic experience that the city witnessed every day in 2020.

“No matter how dark some days seemed, we remained united in our unwavering faith in God, knowing that He would bring light out of the darkness, hope from despair, life from death.” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
PORTRAITS OF GRACE is a project born of that spirit. Its purpose is to remember those indelible moments that got New Yorkers through the staggering losses, the shared triumphs, and to honor our city’s anonymous heroes, “the saints next door.”

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“ A KNIGHT there was, and such a gentleman,
Who from the moment that he first began 
To ride about the world loved chivalry
Truth, honour, freedom and all courtesy.”
( General Prologue, The Canterbury Tales)

Andrew Walther, president of EWTN News died in New Haven, Connecticut on the Feast of All Saints after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 45 years old. An ardent Catholic and dedicated family man, Andrew's death came one day after the beatification of the founder of  Fr. Michael, McGivney, the Founder of the Knights of Columbus, whose cause he had done everything in his power to advance. Faith and family were the twin forces that animated everything that Andrew did and was.

 Andrew’s devastating  diagnosis came only a few weeks after his appointment to EWTN in June of this year, following a distinguished career of over 15 years at the Knights of Columbus where he was Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning.  To all these roles, Andrew brought not just immense organizational skills but also an extraordinary creativity, opening up transcendence towards God and people in all his undertakings.

 It was however in the persecution of Christians, particularly in the Middle East, where Andrew found his special mission.  He saw in the suffering of the Christian survivors of ISIS genocide in Iraq, the suffering of the Body of Christ, and became their devoted defender and advocate. At the Knights of Columbus, he not only raised millions of dollars on their behalf, ensuring their survival at a time when they were largely abandoned by the the US and the UN, but he also raised awareness of their dire situation. The millions he raised through the Knights gave these Christians the means to rebuild their villages and maintain their community’s presence in the cradle of Christianity.

Andrew was a uniquely inspirational figure, who brought vision, energy and efficaciousness to the task of touching hearts and minds in Congress. His considerable organizational skills -including relentless energy and dedication -  resulted in a pivotal fact-finding report which led to Secretary of State John Kerry including Nineveh Christians in the US genocide designation against ISIS.  Working closely with other heroic advocates like Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, his actions resulted in both saving thousands of lives and preserving Christianity in Iraq. And in the past 6 months he has brought these same skills and devotion to the cause of saving similarly imperiled Christians sub-Saharan Africa.

Like so many who knew and loved Andrew, I will forever thank God for bringing him into my life, and inspiring in me the passion for those persecuted for their faith that animated him. His legacy will live in all his many friends and admirers,  as well as those who did not have the privilege of knowing him in person, but whose lives he lifted up.  Andrew shared not only Churchill’s birthday of November 30th, but also Winston's lionhearted courage and resilience. 
 May he rest in peace. 

Andrew Walther,

president of EWTN News, remembered as servant of the Church after death on All Saints' Day

Andrew Thomas Walther, president and chief operating officer of EWTN News, died Sunday evening in New Haven, Connecticut. Remembered first as a loving husband and father, in his life’s work he was dedicated to serving the Catholic Church and defending persecuted religious minorities throughout the world. Walther was 45 years old.

In June, Walther joined EWTN News as president and COO. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with leukemia. During the course of his treatment, Walther continued to lead the EWTN News team and to serve both his family and the Church.   
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