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October 13, 2013
Dear Ringwald Family,

Devastated to have learned last night of Chris' death. He was a wonderful person -- kind, funny, smart beyond words, ambitious in all the best ways. We were close in the mid-80s and I had the great pleasure of meeting his parents and siblings.

I meet him just at the point that he was contemplating leaving Washington for a return to NYC and Columbia. He was so excited and happy to be going back to school to pursue work what he loved -- reading, writing, talking, thinking in new and unexpected ways, and listening. He was a terrific listener and a gifted teacher.

Heartbroken. His children have so much to be proud of in their father and my love goes out to his wife.

He had the most wonderful laugh. A beautiful, beautiful spirit.

Maria Ballantyne Labandeira
September 25, 2013
Hey Amy, Maddy, Jeanne and Mitchell,

In light of recent events we are thinking of you all. We find it interesting that the last 2 posts to the guestbook were on our daughter's 19th b'day and the day before Madeliene's. We are wondering what kind of conversations Chris and Hanlon are having? Two very intellectual people. One spiritual, one not. We hold you all dear in our hearts. My daughter always worried that Maddy would not be the funny, great person she was after her father's death. She would of said, "you all have bloomed in the darkest decay." She may even hopefully shared that she was proud of Mad this summer. She shared with me how proud she was of Mrs. Ringwald. We were always thinking of you. We know you are always thinking of us now. We hold you all dear on this painful anniversary. It is good that there is always a better place in the universe for everyone.

Much love,
Rod, Katy and Quinn MacDonald
October 20, 2012
Just today (10/20) I saw the passing of Chris in an article in the Daily Worker. My deepest sympathies and prayers to you and the family.He will be remembered in the Franciscan Mass League at the Franciscan Chapel at Wolf Road Shoppers Park. If Chris or you never visited you no doubt would have loved its simplicity.
Chris did a puff piece on our woman and childrens' shelter in Bethlehem and other residences which contributed greatly to their long term success and the two homes we still have locally, and the fifteen hundred nationwide. We are grateful for Chris' life, and no doubt he will be doing a piece on the canonization of our new saint tomorrow Kateri T. for the Celestial Times. God bless all of you.
October 19, 2012
I recently learned of Christopher's passing. We graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in 1974.
He was in all of my high school German classes. Although 38 years have passed, I still remember him. I am very shocked and saddened.
December 17, 2011
Dear Amy and Family,

Please accept my most sincere condolences. I worked with Chris in Peru and Washington DC. He was a champion of truth and justice and an living example of Christian faith writ large. May God bless you all.
November 13, 2011
Dear Amy and Family,

My sister Ann Marie and I knew Chris from growing up in Fordham,Bronx N.Y.
When we heard is was already a month that had gone by.I mostly hung around with Tommy for a short while then moved on as I was a couple of years older. Chris was always running about and a very respectful young man. Our condolences and prayers are to you and family....Joe & Helen Pisano and Ann Marie Pisano-Perullo. Peace and God Bless.
November 03, 2011
Dear Amy, Madeleine, Jeanne and Mitchell,

Let me echo John's message here that there are many of us whom you have never met but who mourn with you, pray for you, and send healing grace your way. Scattered across the country are countless numbers whose lives are richer, deeper, more meaningful for having known Chris. We were inspired by him and challenged to do better, to serve as he did. His extraordinary soul and steadfast love for his fellows shone brightly, always. We could count on that. We could also count on a little notebook and pen to be whipped out of a pocket without notice and used to write down thoughts, revelations or contemplative inspiration as it occurred; no doubt material for future books or articles. I first met Chris in the mid-1980s in DC at St. Augustine's and we talked for hours that day. I knew immediately that he was blessed, gifted on every level and meant to change the world. He did precisely that. Some years ago we touched base again briefly when I wrote to congratulate him on his book and then again your book, having stumbled across a review. I was working in the Middle East and his interest was pivoted at that time toward that mysterious and magical, albeit perilous, region. It was evident that his intellect and commitment to social justice knew no geographic bounds. His spiritual footprint was touching new sand and soil. It was also clear that he deeply loved and was so grateful for his family. I have no doubt that his tender spirit is wrapped tightly around you, having just “stepped aside” for now. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
November 01, 2011
I have just stumbled across this devastating news. I knew Chris when we were in high school. To his family: anything I say will be inadequate, but perhaps it may be of some help to know that hundreds of people you have never met, and will never know, have had their lives made richer by knowing Chris. Our thoughts are with you.
October 20, 2011
Dear Amy, Madeleine, Jeanne and Mitchell,
We are the parents of Matthew Curran, a Georgetown classmate of Chris, who died of AIDS in 1990. We learned of Chris's death from a mutual friend, Dan Turbitt. We want you to know that, even after 21 years, we remember that Chris took the trouble to drive here from Albany to visit Matt, who was living with us that spring and summer and fighting for his life. Chris gave Matt the gift of friendship and love, which was a great blessing for Matt and us. We are deeply saddened by Chris's untimely passing; we honor his character, his splendid life, his devotion to family and friends. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences.
October 19, 2011
Chris' light still shines brightly and always will. May you be consoled knowing that he is eternally present in Love, in your hearts and God's embrace ... and where Chris is, so are you, his loving and devoted family.
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