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New Host For Thursday’s Catechism Hour

Fr. Richard Bretone

We’d like to announce a new priest who has joined the Radio Maria family. On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Fr. Richard Bretone will come onboard, hosting Thursday’s Catechism program. Fr. Bretone has been a Roman Catholic priest of the Brooklyn Diocese for 25 years. He is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries; part-time associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; part-time Chaplain at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; and, Director of Heaven’s Embrace (a 46 acre retreat property of the Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries). Fr. Bretone has diverse interests, including teaching courses for The Diocesan Pastoral Institute on Vatican II, and the New Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. An artist, his art work has been featured in articles in The Tablet, and he participated in the inaugural art show of A.S.A.P. in Soho, New York. He has given Days of Recollection and Retreats for Religious, Deacons and the Laity throughout his local and surrounding dioceses, and has also conducted Healing Masses. Please tune in on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern, and meet Fr. Bretone, as he instructs us on the faith.

“Friday Night With The Capuchin Friars” To Begin on Friday the 13th of February


We are proud to introduce a new program to our listeners. Starting Friday, February 13, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. Central/9:30 p.m. Eastern, we will present Friday Night with the Capuchin Friars. Fr. Matt Janeczko OFM Capuchin will spearhead this program, presenting a broad range of topics relevant to the Church today. Initially focusing on the “consecrated life” and its importance in the life of the Church, he will then concentrate on the Church’s liturgical season of Lent as we journey towards Easter. The various charisms of religious life will be featured, and we will hear from various Friars and young men in formation as they share their experiences and hopes for religious life in the future. Please tune in for Friday Nights with the Capuchin Friars at 8:30 p.m. Central/9:30 p.m. Eastern, beginning Friday, February 13, 2015, and get to know the Capuchin Franciscans.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, interview with Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)

On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves ‎Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‎Church.

Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement — the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.

(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: and

“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a ‎chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ‎Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).  This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the ‎episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.”

In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:

The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.

(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at:

More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at

Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at:

loughran_picOur host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.

New York welcomed World Family president and RM US priest director

Pictured are (l-r) Father Robert Young, national priest director of Radio Maria US, World Family President and Founder Emanuele Ferrario, and Carlo DiMaggio, president of Radio Maria US.
Pictured are (l-r) Father Robert Young, national priest director of Radio Maria US, World Family President and Founder Emanuele Ferrario, and Carlo DiMaggio, president of Radio Maria US.

As announced in January’s Newsletter, 2015 promises a great year for Radio Maria.

On the 13th, New York staff and RM President Carlo DiMaggio, welcomed national priest director of Radio Maria US, Father Robert Young, World Family President and Founder Emanuele Ferrario, and WF technician James Mora to discuss about upcoming editorial, technical and fund raising activities. As mustard seeds are sown early in the spring and produce crop in the early fall, so is Radio Maria patiently striving to harvest the fruits of its work and see the World Family of The Blessed Mother growing in the United States. With our endeavor and your spiritual and economical support, this mission will be accomplished. Thank you for listening to Radio Maria!


Tune in every Thursday at 9 am (Eastern Time) for the celebration of the Holy Mass live from St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan, Lower East Side

On December the 4th 2014, Radio Maria NY started broadcasting the 9 am Holy Mass live from St Mary’s Church in Manhattan, Lower East Side. We are glad to confirm our commitment to bring such a beautiful celebration to all of our listeners and wish to thank once again the congregation of St. Mary’s and its Pastor, Andrew O’Connor, for welcoming Radio Maria into their parish.

Father Andrew O’Connor
Father Andrew O’Connor

Besides being the third oldest Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of New York, St Mary’s Church is also headquartering Father O’Connor’s Goods of Conscience project:”an apparel line employing local craftspeople and importing wild cotton produced by Mayan Indian weavers who are paid a living wage, that fosters the “cycle of charity”, a process that includes becoming involved in the lives of the poor in a manner that respects and enhances the dignity of all parties involved in the transaction. As O’Connor explains on the Goods of Conscience website, it’s about fulfilling a vision of “a global network of interconnected, interdependent local, self-sustaining businesses—a global social fabric.”

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New York’s studio facility revamped

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In the first week of December, James Mora, WF technician from our Spanish network in Houston, and Marco Cech, WF Audio Frequency Supervisor, came to assess and upgrade Radio Maria’s studio facility in Oliver Street, New York. New mics have been mounted; rack-room re-wiring, consoles’ hardware and software tweaking, and cable testing to analyze and ensure standards for audio performance have been run. After this upgrade, our studio facility looks like new, shiny and functional. NY’s staff is grateful to James and Marco for their hard work!

Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn

“A historic exhibit of medieval manuscripts and papal documents associated with St. Francis of Assisi will be on display at Brooklyn Borough Hall from Dec. 2 to Jan. 14.

It was on view this past week at the U.N. Speakers at the opening in Manhattan affirmed the saint’s association with the world body’s peaceful aims and hoped his namesake pope would pay a visit next September.

“Friar Francis: Traces, Words, Images” is a collection of 19 manuscripts and artifacts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.

The artifacts date from the 13th and 14th centuries and are outside Italy for the first time in 700 years.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the U.N., said the difficult and costly process to bring the “priceless documents” to New York is “worth the effort, because we believe that the values practiced and preached by St. Francis are also the fundamental values of the United Nations, namely peace, the harmonious development of peoples in brotherhood and love for nature.

“Without these values, we have wars and conflicts, injustices and all forms of slavery, environmental crises and disasters,” he said.

One of the most striking pieces in the exhibit is Codex 338, which contains the oldest existing copies of St. Francis’ writings, including the Rule of the Friars Minor and the original draft of “The Canticle of the Creatures,” dictated by St. Francis. The “Canticle” is considered the oldest poetic text of Italian literature.

The exhibit includes a fragment of a biography of St. Francis by Thomas of Celano, his contemporary, and several papal bulls that refer to the saint and his religious order. The oldest papal document displayed is from 1220.

Steven Acunto told Catholic News Service the manuscripts are “completely irreplaceable and precious.” Acunto is president of the Italian Academy Foundation, an institute of cultural diplomacy that is one of the sponsors of the exhibit.”

Beth Griffin (2014, November 2014). Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn. The Tablet. Retrieved from

Radio Maria NY: work in progress

(From left to right) Fr.Francisco Palacios, Emanuele Ferrario, Fr.Stephen Norton, Carlo DiMaggio

(From left to right: Fr.Francisco Palacios; Emanuele Ferrario; Fr.Stephen Norton; Carlo DiMaggio)

On November the 13th, Radio Maria US and the World Family met Father Stephen Norton, pastor of StBenedict’s Parish in the Bronx. Father Francisco Palacio, WF Editorial Facilitator; Emanuele Ferrario, President of the WF; Carlo DiMaggio, president of RM US; and Valeria Martore, coordinator of RM NY, were present at the meeting to share their ideas and discuss the upcoming editorial activities of the local network station. Father Norton is enthusiastic to join Radio Maria’s mission in New York and we are persuaded that his support will be very helpful for RM.

Radio Maria welcomes Father Stephen Norton as new Priest Advisor for New York

Fr. Stephen Norton
Fr. Stephen Norton

Radio Maria welcomes Father Stephen Norton as our new Priest Advisor for the New York broadcasting station. Born in Boston, after graduating from Iona College, Norton became a member of the Christian Brothers and taught at All Hallows High School and Iona Prep for twenty years. He entered St. Joseph’s seminary and was ordained in 2001. Afterwards, Norton became principal and later president of Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, New York. Father Norton was drawn to priesthood in and through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a sacrament that he is administering with joy. We are grateful about having Father Stephen sharing his talents with us and welcome him with enthusiasm!

Radio Maria NY to start broadcasting Holy Masses from St. Mary’s Church (Manhattan, Lower East Side)

Coming Soon.
Radio Maria NY is inviting you to tune in for the celebration of the Holy Mass live from St. Mary’s Church on Thursdays at 9 am (Eastern Time).

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Located at 440 Grand Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Church of St. Mary is the third oldest Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of New York. Established in 1826 by Irish Augustinian Fr. Hatton Walsh to serve Irish immigrants living in the neighborhood, the church was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God during the feast of the Annunciation in 1827. On the morning of November 9th, 1831, St. Mary’s Church was severely damaged by arsonists. Almost everything was destroyed. Nevertheless, it continued to operate until the cornerstone of the new and present St. Mary’s Church was laid on April 30th, 1832. Today, the Church of St. Mary is home to a lively community composed by different ethnic groups committed to make the parish a ‘community of communities’ celebrating its unity in diversity. We’d like to thank the faithful community of St. Mary’s and its Pastor for welcoming Radio Maria in their parish.

Stay tuned!

Radio Maria US meets with World Family and new friends in New York


On September the 23rd, Fr. Robert Young, national priest director of Radio Maria US met World Family Board of directors in New York to discuss about new programs and topics to be aired from the local studio. The meeting was attended by: Fr. Francisco Palacio, WF editor in chief; Valeria Martore, coordinator RM NY; Vittorio Vicardi, vice president of WF; Carlo DiMaggio, president of RM US; Fr. Paul Lostritto OFM, Director of Franciscan Bread for the Poor; Fr. John Tino and Fr. Richard Bretone, Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries; and (see picture below) Fr. Jonathan Morris, Program Director of Sirius XM’s “The Catholic Channel” and analyst for Fox New, special assistant to Cardinal Timothy Dolan for media and communications; Robert Keighron, Sirius XM Satellite Radio.


New York is renowned for its ever-changing cultural milieu and for being the Capital of finance and fashion. Nevertheless, among its eight million citizens there is a vibrant and active Catholic community. Like many other cities though, New York is often facing the hardship of priest shortage and the merging of parishes as a consequence of financial debt. These factors limit the Parish hours of operation, obliging worshipers to remain home or spend hours of commuting to reach the closest Church which remains open also in the afternoon”,

said Valeria Martore, coordinator of RM US. Then, quoting Father Young she added:

through mass media and means of communication, we have the opportunity to help more and more people to know God’s love and mercy because our doors never close.”

After assessing the positive outlook an increased presence of local contributors and volunteers from the local studio would have on the faithful community of the Big Apple, Radio Maria NY is engaging with new impulse in its promotion and rebranding.