Columnist, Author, Activist
Antoinette Bosco is a long time syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service in Washington, D.C., and the author of sixteen books, the latest titled “Radical Forgiveness” published by Orbis, the Maryknoll Press. Among her other books are “Choosing Mercy, a Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty,” (Orbis) which received a 2001 Christopher Award, and the 2002 Pax Christi Award; and “The Pummeled Heart, Finding Peace Through Pain,” Coincidence, Touched by a Miracle,” “Shaken Faith, Hanging in There When God Seems Far Away,” and “Miracles Abound, When We Open Our Hearts to God,” all by Twenty-Third Publications.
She was formerly a journalist with The Long Island Catholic from 1962 to 1972; the associate news director at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, also holding a faculty appointment there, for ten years; and the executive editor of The Litchfield County Times in Connecticut from 1982 to 1995. She also served as a Human Rights Commissioner for several years on Long Island, working actively for justice, particularly in interracial affairs, mental health and medical issues, and criminal justice reform. She has appeared on over 20 television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, The Christophers, Among Friends, Telicare, The Leeza Show, the History Channel and Point of View.
Ms. Bosco received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y. in 1996. She received the 2005 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at the Vincentian Convocation from St. John’s University; and the 2005 Distinguished Service Award given every two years by the National Council of Catholic Women.
A mother of seven, three deceased, and grandmother of 15, she pursues a personal ministry of helping people hurting from painful loss of a loved one, and also is active in prison ministry work. She is an active worker for the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty.