Catholic News Service
Nicholas Sparks, the popular Catholic romance novelist, puts his faith into practice in several different ways.
One way is through philanthropy. Sparks has not only volunteered as a track coach for New Bern High School near his home on the North Carolina coast, as a college freshman he was part of the University of Notre Dame’s 800-meter relay team that set a school record, but he also paid for a new track at the high school, and provided for tutoring for disadvantaged students.
Sparks and his wife, Catherine, also co-founded a multidenominational Christian school in New Bern called the Epiphany School. Nicholas Sparks is chairman of the board of trustees for the school, which educates students from fifth through 12th grades.
Sparks spoke in an April 4 interview with Catholic News Service to promote “The Lucky One,” a new movie based on one of his novels that opens April 20. The story tells of a Marine veteran who sets out to find a woman pictured in a photograph he found in the rubble while serving in Iraq, believing her image and her “Keep safe” message on the back side of the photo helped him cheat death several times. Read more »