“I led a group of young adults and they responded with much enthusiasm. There was such a good balance of Scripture, stories, Catechism quotes, discussion, prayer and focus on service, and the program was very do-able for busy people. The members of our group found many thought-provoking connections to their daily lives. They especially liked the stories that brought the Scripture themes to life. Everybody really looked forward to coming to the meetings!”
Who is My Neighbor?
Christopher Ruff M.A. S.T.L.
Learn about modern day individuals who devoted their lives to the service of others in Christopher Ruff’s small group program, Who is My Neighbor.
This program gives the inspiration needed to live out our individual call to a life of service to others. Featuring heroic individuals such as, Dorothy Day, Saint John Vianney, Edith Stein, Jean Vanier, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and Norma McCorvey, Who is My Neighbor has something for everyone. The DVD program and companion participant book combine beautifully for the perfect small group program. The program can be done with close friends, small parish groups, as a family or within a Catholic or Christian company.
Looking to serve others? You’ll be inspired by Christopher Ruff’s Who Is My Neighbor as he weaves together prayer, reflection, fellowship, and service in this six session DVD.
For a Friend:
Join with a friend or a small group and let it inspire you to volunteer as a group at either your parish or apostolate and help your neighbor.
For Your Parish:
Order for your parish small groups (adoration, bible studies, ministry groups, etc.) and receive a bulk discount!
“Jesus’ message is that there are no special criteria that make other people my neighbors. No, it is I who must make myself neighbor to them, to anyone and everyone, especially if they are in need. And it is not just a matter of sweet sentiments—no, it must engage me in actions of love on their behalf.”
About the Author
Christopher Ruff is passionately committed to writing engaging, inspiring small-group resources carefully crafted to fit people’s busy calendars. He calls the small-group experience “a powerful engine for faith formation, personal renewal and community-building, and an amazing platform for joyful outreach.” He notes that in 25 years of working for the Church – first for a large Minneapolis parish, then for the Diocese of La Crosse – he has seen nothing that rivals the fruitfulness of small groups.
Christopher lived and studied theology in Rome in the 1980’s, receiving his S.T.L. from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. He also has an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. In Rome, he met Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa multiple times and translated dozens of the Pope’s addresses into English for L’Osservatore Romano (the Vatican newspaper).
He has also contributed articles to the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Columbia magazine and other publications, and has been interviewed multiple times on Relevant Radio. In addition, he has taught many classes as an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. He has been the Director of the Office of Ministries and Social Concerns for the Diocese of La Crosse since 2001.
Christopher has been married nearly twenty-five years to the love of his life, Clare. They have been blessed with five beautiful children.