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May 21, 2014 – Marika Zimmerman

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Marika Zimmerman of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Beavercreek, OH and Carmine Marotta, Director of the St. Padre Pio Shrine at St. John the Baptist Church 210 West 31st Street, New York, New York, 10001 (212-564-9070) about the spirituality of Padre Pio, OFM Capuchin, his charitable works building a hospital, The House for the Relief of Suffering on a side of a mountain, the American socialite Mary Pyle who became the only English speaking contact at San Giovanni Rotunda after coming to visit Padre Pio with Maria Montessori and their own experiences with Padre Pio. Learn of the many great works associated to and with Padre Pio. Padre Pio and America, the new book documenting St. Padre Pio and the experience of his American spiritual children. Participate in the program sharing your experiences with St. Padre Pio. Learn how his father came to America to earn money for Padre Pio to attend seminary, how Carmine’s dad met and served Mass for Padre Pio during WWII when he was stationed in Italy. (Foggia, Italy is located at the foot of Mount Gargano and was the site of a US Air Force Base and the home and workshop of Count Caproni who developed planes for the USA during the war and trained pilots. ) Call 1-866-333.6279 to join in the program.

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May 14, 2014 – Fr. Antonio La Rocca, SMC and Fr. Javier Alsom, SMC

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FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. TALKS WITH FR. ANTONIO LA ROCCA, SMC AND FR. JAVIER ALSOM, SMC ABOUT THE SOUTH AMERICAN BISHOPS CONFERENCE ON THE NEW EVANGELIZATION AND WHAT WE THE PEOPLE (THE ANAWIM) NEED TO DO IN THESE PERILOUS TIMES REGARDING OUR FAITH, CHURCH, PARISH AND COMMUNITIES DEALING WITH SPIRITUAL WARFARE; OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS IN THE NEW EVANGELIZATION; POPE FRANCIS’ LETTER ON EVANGELIZATION AND JOY,EVANGELI GAUDIUM; AND MARY STAR OF EVANGELIZATION.

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May 07, 2014 – Marika Zimmerman

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Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Marika Zimmerman about the attack on Christianity and what we can do about it personally and corporately. “When I return will I find anyone watching?” What did Jesus mean by this statement….and also in the Garden….”Could you not watch one hour with Me?” Jesus is calling on us to stay awake, to watch and respond In this time: THE TIME OF MERCY and This Time of Visitation. We have been given instruction from on high from The Blessed Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and by Our Blessed Mother! IS ANYONE LISTENING AND DOING WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKED AND TOLD TO DO OR ARE WE ALL SLUMBERING THINKING WE CAN DO NOTHING OF IMPORT, WHILE THE WORLD IS CAVING IN TO EVIL AND THE DARKNESS through distraction, drugging of the physical, mental and spiritual parts of our beings? The Fatima Message of our Lady from May-October 1917 still stands and most Catholics do not even know about it. THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA is THE PEACE PLAN FROM HEAVEN! The MERCY MESSAGE given to St. Faustina by Jesus Himself in 1930′s still stands! Messages to St. Catherinee of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, Sr. Josefa Menendez, Sr. Consolata Bertrone, Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade, St. Padre Pio, St. John Paul II, St. John XXIII in our own time cry out for souls to Repent, Repair, Renew and be counted among the saints personally and communally. Call in, ask a question, add a comment to be a part of this Spirit filled program of concern and compassion for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary which are so much ignored and set aside in neglect and abuse. Do you console the Heart of Jesus? Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr.Michael Gaitley, MIC (Marian Helper; Marians of The Immaculate Conception priest of The Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA will be discussed along with the works of St. Faustina and the others mentioned above and beyond.

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April 40, 2014 – Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos

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Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with prolific Catholic author Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos, Mother of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother of all humanity and her special role in family life. As a wife and mother of six children ranging from six to twenty five years old, a Catholic business woman, author of numerous Catholic books and holy cards for children, Julie speaks to adult Catholic formation and Mother’s groups. She runs St. Mary’s Bookstore and Church Supply with her husband Allen, their six children and other family members in Nashville, Tennessee. Julie shares her family’s vacation experiences visiting Marian Shrines throughout the USA and how she turned her family ‘s fun vacations into her newly released book, Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces (Servant Books) and gives tips for adding pilgrimages into the travel plans for family vacations throughout the USA. Julie is one of the original board members of the Catholic Booksellers Association, a member of The Catholic Marketing Network and the National Church Goods Association. She writes a weekly blog, “Hand Me Down Heaven” at www.juliecragon.blogspot.com and hosts a web site at www.juliecragon.com and www.stmarysbookstore.com.

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April 23, 2014 – Fr. Tom Alkire, OC

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Francesca Franchina MS Ed. continues her riveting talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC from Los Angeles, California about his travels and seminars focusing on The Divine Mercy Message given to St. Faustina by Jesus concerning Mercy for all souls and the world today. Divine Mercy Sunday 2014 is April 27th and the Day of Canonization for two recent Popes: Bl. John Paul II (The Great) and Bl. John XXIII elevating them to sainthood by Pope Francis on this significant Mercy Sunday 2014! Why is the message given to St. Faustina Kowalsko of Poland in1938 so important for today? Read and pray The Diary of St. Faustina the approved teaching messages including the The Divine Mercy Novena and The Mercy Chaplet. Hear about the Importance of Divine Mercy and what the Mercy Message of Jesus to St. Faustina mean to us today. How are you collaborating in The Time of Mercy and The Harvest? Are we living in times of trial, travail and tribulation and what are we or should be doing about it? Fr. Tom Alkire, OC is a seasoned Carmelite priest and exorcist affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a home missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

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April 16, 2014 – Jack Davis

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues discussion with Jack Davis, retired communications executive, focusing on The Passion, Crucifixion and Death of Jesus,The Seven Last Words Spoken by Him on the Cross and the Attendance of His Sorrowful Mother at His Suffering on Mount Calvary as recorded by Mary of Agreda. in Mystical City of God. The Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. John the Evangelist and the three Marys were at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. Chapter XXII is discussed found in THE TRANSFIXION Volume dictated by 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. 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.

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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.

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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,

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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: www.udayton.edu

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