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April 9, 2014 – Jack Davis

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. Radio Maria Ohio Programming and program presenter, continues discussion with Jack Davis, retired expert communications executive, focusing on the happenings and remarks by the Council who decided to turn Jesus over to Pilate to die on the Cross by Crucifixion accusing Him of blasphemy. Hear the conversations and steps leading up to Jesus being condemned to death, and what the Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. John the Evangelist and the three Marys were doing,seeing and saying at this time. Early on Good Friday Jesus was in a dungeon at Caiphas’ house being tortured and taunted by the soldiers. Jesus was pummeled and spat upon, fettered and roped, described and dictated by Jesus’ Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and communicated to and written by a Spanish nun, Sr. Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God. This classic four volumes of the Blessed Mother’s personal testimonyof her life and teaching received the Imprimatur and is translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). It is still in print, contact any Catholic Book Store like Veritas in Dayton, OH area or order on line. This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of The Mystical City of God with Jack Davis. The several other programs that have been aired on The Blessed Mother’s life, conversations, and teachings can be found on the Radio Maria Program Archives, linked on the Home Page, scrolling down to Francesca and Friends to find the various years and program descriptions. The fascinating conversation and discussion today highlights information from the Volume titled: “THE TRANSFIXION.” If you have the book follow along with us, if not listen and learn so much; call in if you have questions or comments. We love to hear from you when we are airing live, and your letters are very much appreciated too.


April 2, 2014 – Susan Ferguson

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. hosts Susan Ferguson, Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) and Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D. Min. focusing on contemporary education in a digital world and distance education with the internet and digital technologies. Sister Angela Ann is a former member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Director of the UD Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, and Director of the Caribbean School of Communications in Trinidad,is a Professor of Religious Studies and teaches in the UD School of Education. She serves as an international consultant addressing topics related to communications and education and gives workshops, seminars and lectures around the world. Dr. Zukowski, D. Min. serves on several boards related to Catholic education, including the Catholic Leadership Academy Planning Committee (United States), Board of Governors of CREDI (Catholic Religious Education Development Initiative) and as Animator for Mary Queen of Peace (five merged schools/parishes ) as a consultant for cultivating a Beatitude Culture within the school, families and local neighborhood communities. Dr. Zukowski is a Marianist Education Associate (MEA) and has been teaching at UD for 34+ years. Call toll free at 866-333-6279to participate in the program,


March 26, 2014 – On the Way to the Summit

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Susan Ferguson Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) and Dr. Shauna Adams, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Center for Early Learning at the University of Dayton. As the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences Faculty Liaison to The Bombeck Family Learning Center,(UD’s Early Childhood Demonstration School) Dr. Adams is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in child development, curriculum and assessment, early childhood research,advocacy and leadership. She is an extremely effective educator and a high creative in her numerous writing endeavors as author and co-author of educational textbooks, early childhood programs and grants. Her experience in schools as a special educator (P-12), school psychologist and working with families brings depth to everything she does. Susan and Shauna will also address the University of Dayton CCE Educational Summit to be held July 14, 2014 focusing on: Charism, Culture and Curriculum. For more information and registration see:


February 26, 2014 – Dr.Benjamin Keyes

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Dr.Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D; Ed.D,Psychotherapist, Pastor and Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA and Chair of the Association of Christian Therapists Psychotherapist Specialty Group ( Dr. Keyes has written books, articles and been published in numerous professional journals including ACT’s Journal of Christian Healing.
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) affects many people suffering the effects of trauma on the body,mind and spirit of all age groups; war veterans, victims of terrorism, catastrophic weather calamities, sex and drug trafficking, addictions, and abuse situations. Professor Keyes not only teaches graduate students, he teaches and trains medical and allied health professionals, first responders, clergy and students throughout the world. Prayer is included in the treatment/healing process and Dr. Keyes speaks about his experiences in recent trips to treat aftermath victims in the Philippines, Haiti and Lebanon to train priests and NGOs to work with Syrian Survivors of Chemical Genocide and War (December 2013);and the upcoming trip to Romania with Regent U Graduate Students for work with gypsy and underprivileged populations. The recipient of many awards for his professional achievements as well as community endeavors, Dr. Keyes is over-the-top able as well as amiable and offers us his vast experience in professional development and acumen coupled with highly effective Christian approaches to dealing with traumatology encompassing inner healing,spiritual healing, physical and mental illness.



// February 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Evangelization

CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN OUR TIME Part VI: How are International Students received on a Marian Catholic Campus? How should they be received? Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STL; STD, (Missionary Sister of The Immaculate Conception who holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology) a member of the faculty at the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, about helping and ministering to and with International Students on a Marian Catholic Campus. Sr. Celia travels extensively and teaches in Canada and China where she also ministers as a nurse. Sr. Celia addresses faculty members as well as Chinese students providing a familiar face and native language to students from China and other Asian countries. Call in. What would you like to ask Sister Celia about international students, students of different faiths who attend Catholic schools, not only on the university level but as students in elementary and secondary school? What does our Catholic Faith call forth in being a friend and a Christian? How do we talk with people at any age who are different, have different belief systems and ideologies? Are we threatened or encouraged to know people outside our milieu? What witness do we present as Christians and Catholics about Jesus, Mary and our beliefs? Do we offer a challenge or an invitation? What would Jesus and Mary do? Does Mary have any part in talking with international students and students who are not Catholic, or who have no religious or faith dimension or are of the New Age? What does Marian Spirituality have to offer an International Student.
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February 5, 2014 – OPEN MIC CALL IN

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TRANSFORMATION OF OUR MINDS; OUR LADY OF LOURDES; APPROVE MARIAN APPARITIONS ; HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS IN CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION Part Vi: BE A SOWER SIGNS OF THE TIMES! What are you doing about them? Prayer the best weapon in times of distress, stress, trial, travail and tribulation. What do you want to talk about Call in toll free -866-333-6279. Prayers, and more about Holy Spirit Filled Spirituality and the how and why for of Catholic Women Mystics: St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Josefa Menendez and St. Faustina. OPEN MIC

What do the Words and Teachings of Jesus really mean to you and what are you doing about them? What can we learn from the Catholic Mystics? We are called chosen and sent by Jesus to “Go and make disciples of all nations; Are you? Are we white washed tombs, walking dead in our spirit or are we Alive, Fully Alive? Where are you in the Body of Christ? How do we make this life of ours work , really work to get us where we are going? Where are you going? How do you plan to get there? Is there a plan for your life? Are you fulfilling it and is it going to get you where you want to go and are intended to go?


January 22, 2014 – ST. REMY INITIATIVE

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues conversations with Susan Ferguson Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) focusing on the St. Remy Initiative with Director Dr. Toni Moore, Ph.D. former Assistant Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools and former Catholic School Principal and Archdiocesan Catholic School Administrator Toni Moore about their work with the St. Remy Initiative: Professional Development for Catholic School Educators. Named for the town of St. Remy de Provence in France where the first Marianist Normal School for the professional development of Christian teachers was established in 1824 by Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade this initiative inspires hope by forming the heart of Catholic Educators through serving the spiritual formation of Catholic School Educators. Experiencing this unique professional development program, meeting as a learning community to strengthen their spirituality, Catholic Educators have advanced instructional skills and developed their leadership potential through this collaborative effort between UD and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Providing educators in Catholic Schools the tools and sense of mission, the St. Remy Initiative keeps growing. Learn more of what they do, continuing to spread and how it can work in your area by contacting Dr. Toni Moore at . Francesca and Friends UD CCE Program Series is archived at (link to Programming/ Francesca Franchina); December 11/18 2013; January 15/22, 2014; February 12/19 2014 and March 12/26th 2014. Don’t miss this series and future programs which will make your heart sing in discovering this successful blest plan being promulgated in Catholic Schools across the USA and other countries.


January 15, 2014 – Susan Ferguson, Rhonda Mercs, and Michelle Sherman

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues  conversations  with  Susan  Ferguson, Director of The University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education,  Rhonda Mercs  Director of Urban Child Development Resource  Center (UCDRC) and Michelle Sherman UCDRC Counselor and  Family Advocate about their   work in Child Development  an Clinical  Counseling, providing violence prevention programs, counseling  services for  individuals  and families, assisting principals and staffs; family  advocacy programs providing  basic needs and  resources  to families including  holiday aid;  The Peacemaker’s  Program developing  leadership groups promoting peace within  schools and communities  along with professional development  for school personnel to learn more about mental illness and the impact of this in the classroom.   The  UD CCE  series airs and is  archived; December  11/18 2013;  January  15/22, 2014;  February 12/19  2014  and   March  12/26th 2014.  Don’t miss  this program and future  programs which  will make your heart sing in  finding out there is a very  successful plan being promulgated successfully in  Catholic  Schools  across the USA  and   other countries.


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