My mission is simple and has one focus: to serve God and be an instrument of God’s love and light. Whether it is by Initiating a global movement for radical change, or helping a single teenager find their way. Whether it is opening my home for live celebrations of the arts and conversation, or using the internet to spread art and knowledge. Whether it is my own performances and artistic creations, or providing opportunities for a single child or family to lift themselves out of poverty, Whether it is conducting programs for young people to discover and cultivate their spiritual nature, or initiating ways for people of all ages to come together in love.
I invite you join in my adventures as we transform life on this planet, one person, one gathering at a time, all the while having as much fun as possible.
The Fast Lane
The adventure of a lifetime
The only book ever written to present being a disciple of Jesus Christ as an adventure. Written in the same simple down-to-earth language of Tony’s presentations, it is a summary of his basic retreat messages and how to build on them. Excellent resource for anyone bored or disillusioned with Christianity. Includes dozens of powerful illustrating stories and spiritual growth ideas.
Also available in Spanish: (“La Via Rapida, La aventura de toda una vida”)
This book lays out Tony’s bold vision for a profoundly different future. He presents the case for urgent change in order to build a more humane way of living together on this planet. This book includes the principles of and practices within a Civilization of Love. This is a simple and concise realistic addressing of the challenges of radical change.
Also available in Spanish: (“La Civilizacion de Amor”)
Mijo is a thorough, yet down to earth guide to real male spirituality, motivated by Tony’s retreat, youth, and prison ministries where he sees on a daily basis the effects on boys, teens and men never being shown the path of true manhood. Mijo’s holds out the hope that boys and men of all ages do not have to resort to lifetimes of constant posturing to prove their manhoods. As males we play many roles in life, but our ultimate identity is that we are God’s beloved sons. When men open up to, and develop our spiritual core and live as men of God, we become more of a man, not less, and lives of real courage, strength and integrity are possible. It is rich with scriptural and inspirational quotes, as well as numerous questions for personal reflection and group discussion.
(Also available in Spanish)
Amigo is the companion journal for Tony's book titled "Mijo" featured above. Amigo is the perfect accompaniment for Mijo and is recommended by Tony himself for those really wishing to get the most out of Mijo.
The book’s title is an acronym for a method for healing and change that Tony teaches young people every day in his retreat, youth and juvenile prison programs.
D (Don’t pretend it didn’t happen)
A (Always bring it to God)
R (Remember to talk about it with someone you can trust)
E (everything can be handled).
Young people are often not taught the correct way to handle life’s challenges and painful situations. Many are spoiled by parents and family, and lied to by the culture that tells them they should not feel any pain and if they do, to cover it over with drugs, alcohol, and self-harming etc. This book features actual questions submitted to Tony in his programs and his responses are simply written to insure being understood by middle school and high school teens.
More than 2 million Catholics and Christians worldwide of all ages have enjoyed these powerful life-changing guided meditation experiences. While each of the Cds utilizes the powerful prayer form of guided meditation, each is a unique journey, exploring different spiritual truths and unique encounters with Jesus
This is the basic guided meditation used by Tony in his retreat programs.
A wonderful walk with Jesus on a favorite beach.
Encounter with Jesus and His Mother Mary in a favorite Church.
A seashore encounter with the apostles and Jesus Himself.
Hope for the Children
Tony is the founder and director of Hope for the Children Foundation, which works for justice by providing opportunity and relief in the poorest countries in the world and in the United States. His primary focus is the empowering of youth. All the funds from any of Tony’s programs go directly to the children and families in the Foundation’s projects. Hope for the Children Foundation sponsors economic empowerment, disaster relief, youth leadership training, and educational programs always at the grassroots level.
“Let us go about our lives in such a way so as to give Hope for the Children”
The Civilization of Love
Tony is spearheading a global movement to shift national and international policies and practices to be governed by the law of love; love defined as working for the well-being and development of others as hard as we do for ourselves.
While dreamed of and hoped for by people everywhere throughout human history, this is a new voice that says our collective lives should be governed by the same highest principles that we personally aspire to. When implemented we have a totally new way of conducting human affairs that would significantly change the way we live on this planet for the better.
While Tony’s book “The Civilization of Love” lays out the need for and foundation of the movement, his website provides a place for like-minded people in every country on earth to connect and come together to form action groups and political parties.
“We’ve tried the law of the jungle, an age of reason, an information age. It’s time to build a Civilization of Love.”
The Conversation Place
Starting in March 2017 Tony opens his home in Queens Village NYC as a safe place where neighbors and friends can come together to get to know each other and have conversations about news in the world, nation and neighborhood. In a time where people just don’t talk with each other anymore, “The Conversation Place” exists to facilitate much-needed communication and understanding It is a response to the growing isolation in our American society as well the increased practice of demonizing others who think and believe differently. Monthly sessions are facilitated to insure a civil atmosphere as people share their thoughts and experiences. This is a model for a movement where every community in America might have Conversation Places. The website exists as a place where meetings can be listed and people connected.
Tony conducts over 500 spiritual retreats, youth, and prison programs annually. His work is about bringing people together for spiritual awakening and healing, speaking truth in love. Based in New York City area, Tony travels widely offering a wide variety of presentations for every age group anywhere in the world.
Pope Francis Journey
Tony greatly admires Pope Francis as a human being, church, and world leader. His website PopeFrancisJourney,com promotes the work of Pope Francis, archiving his teachings on a great variety of subjects, memes to spread those messages on social media, and a forum for like-minded people to discuss and connect.
The Shack Experience
Inspired by the book “The Shack”, a powerful book detailing a profound God encounter, Tony has created a Shack in the attic of the Relig Youth Home as an opportunity for Youth to have one-on-one quiet time with God. “The Shack Experience” website is a virtual presentation of some of the offerings in the New Rochelle Shack.
Youth Ministry Library
Tony has worked in the Youth Ministry field for many years, collecting over 8,000 resources for working with youth which are available at his YMLibrary.com site.
Tony is founder and Editor-in-chief of this unique online journal that has reached quite an audience beyond Antarctica. The site features environmental issues affecting the continent, as well as under-covered, important, and sometimes quirky news stories. We feature poetry, short stories, satire, art, and photography submitted from all over the world, as well as cartoons,and inspirational quotes.
Tony Bellizzi is a performance artist whose vision and work transcends borders. His art consists of the interplay of stories, words, music, images, and people, often breaking down the barriers between audience and artist. His performance art opens up the audience to the world rather than merely providing an escape from it. His hybrid work of art, poetry and written word, film and photography are featured on his Zero Gravity website as well as the Antarctica Journal website.
Tony is the founder and director of “The Vault” an underground art and performance venue in Queens Village, New York City that rejects the business model for creative expression. Located literally in the first floor of a home, we have been a home for artists of all ages, levels, and art-forms for over 20 years as a safe, welcoming environment for artistic expression and experimentation. Poets, actors, singer-songwriters, comics, musicians, bands, spoken-word and performance artists are all invited. The Vault also includes an art gallery.
“Fear no Art”
“Rage against the machine”
East Timor Arts Society
The East Timor Arts Society was established to showcase the beautiful artistic capabilities of the citizens of Timor-Leste (EastTimor). Without such artistic venues, much of the local artistic creations would go unseen, never having been able to portray their beauty or tell their story. Every artistic work on display at The East Timor Arts Society tells a unique story of the people of East Timor. Stories that envelop their hopes, their dreams, their fears, and their despair. A testament to their heritage of both past and future. We invite you to visit our gallery and experience for yourself the amazing artistry that awaits.