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Rafael’s weekly journeys

Please meet Rafael Fernandez, our newest presenter in the Radio Maria family. Rafael is a self-proclaimed prodigal son, who was made into a lecturer, Eucharistic minister, lay minister and preacher for many groups and parishes, not to mention, being on the radio worldwide for 27 years! The son of Cuban parents, he was born in New York, raised in Miami and Seville, Spain, happily married to his lovely bride, with 5 kids and 4 grand kids, and many gray hairs! Rafael describes his program, Words of Confidence, as one “in which he will share the Word, then take a real life situation which he has just encountered through that week (by the way, it could be changing a tire to watching how they fix his roof, to putting down tile, or my daughter’s car blowing up for lack of oil, or better yet my wife nagging me for years to do my program in English and thus Radio Maria!) Then somehow God does the miracle of putting it all together, in the mix of laughter and sometimes tears, He never ceases to amaze me!” We invite you to experience Rafael’s weekly journeys on Wednesdays, at 1:30 pm Central/2:30 pm Eastern.

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It’s a Ponderful Life

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern, we will introduce a new program to Radio Maria, presented by two inspirational hosts, Deacon Adrian Marchi and Susan (Suzy) H. Kelly. Deacon Marchi is assigned to Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Chesapeake, VA. Apart from his many duties at the parish, he is the COO of Jo-Kell, Inc., and is married with three children.  Dcn. Marchi grew up in a Jewish home in Argentina, but as a young teen, heard the call to learn more about Jesus Christ. He was baptized into the faith in 1990. This began a life of dedicated service on a parish level, including Bible studies, retreats, workshops and spiritual direction, as well as radio appearances.  In 2012, he was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Richmond, VA. He is co-founder of Catholic Passion Ministries, a non-profit organization bringing the beauty of the Catholic faith to all. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Theology, and has earned a CPA.

Suzy Kelly is CEO of Jo-Kell, a woman-owned business specializing in Navy shipboard and high-tech industrial automation products, systems and services. Under her leadership, Jo-Kell has become a world class electrical distribution firm.  Suzy is connected to the community in many ways, including being an elected member of the Chesapeake City Council. In addition to her community engagement, Suzy is passionate about her faith. Along with Dcn. Marchi, she co-founded Catholic Passion Ministries, and has a blog where she writes about issues of faith and culture. Suzy is married and has four children and six grandchildren.  We invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 20th, at 1:00 Central/2:00 Eastern, for It’s a Ponderful Life, and let Suzy and Dcn. Marchi introduce you to current events of catholic interest. We promise you high-spirited sharing, and inspirational conversation. You will be blessed by it.

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Catholic Disciples in the Public Square

In August, we will be introducing a new program to Radio Maria, Catholic Disciples in the Public Square, hosted by Felipe Vizcarrondo, M.D. After medical school, Dr. Vizcarrondo completed a residency in pediatrics and subspecialty training in pediatric cardiology. He completed a Master’s Degree in bioethics, and has written on a variety of issues ranging from freedom of conscience of healthcare workers, the doctor/patient relationship, to end of life issues. He is currently affiliate faculty , Institute of Bioethics, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics (voluntary) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is president of the Miami Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Dr. Vizcarrondo has a calling to form and inform the Catholic laity of Church doctrine, and where the culture conflicts with the church teaching. The doctor feels that an informed public will be able to stand for the truth with courage and determination in the public square. Along with Dr. Vizcarrondo, special guests, all of whom are medical doctors, will explore cultural issues and the corresponding church doctrine. If there is a conflict, this will be explained.

We invite you to tune in on Tuesdays, at 6:00 pm Central/7:00 pm Eastern, and let Dr. Vizcarrondo and his team of medical professionals inform us, and inspire us, to get involved in the public square.

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Radio Maria is excited to introduce our listening audience to a new program. Starting Friday, June 2, 2017, at 6:00 pm Central/7:00 pm Eastern, get ready for The EPIC Hour!
This new program emanates from the Miami, Florida area, and will be hosted by a number of speakers, all of whom are uniquely qualified in youth ministry. As an added bonus, these speakers comprise a musical group entitled “Epic the Band.”
Be prepared to hear their inspirational sound throughout the program. The group will focus on a high school and college audience, with topics and messages based on the daily challenges that youth go through. They will deliver a message for love, compassion, and service, with the intent to build the future leaders of our beautiful Catholic Church.

Mark your calendars and tune in on Fridays, at 6:00 pm Central/7:00 pm Eastern, starting June 2 nd , for “The EPIC Hour.”

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Fr. John Fletcher presents “Hot Topics”

Our long-time presenter, Fr. John Fletcher, will be presenting a brand new program, entitled “Hot Topics.”

The time and days will not change, so we invite you to continue tuning in on Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 8:30 am Central/9:30 am Eastern, for Father’s informative discussion regarding controversies facing Catholics in these times.

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Our long-time presenter, Francesca Franchina, is changing direction.
Beginning April 26, 2017, we invite you to tune in on Wednesdays, at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT for her delectable, motivational, reparational, inspirational and educational program, “HEARTY RECIPES FOR LIFE AND LOVE” in body, mind and The Holy Spirit!
Francesca will share Biblical Wisdom, Biblical Healthy Foods, and her own “TYBO Tactics and Project TOTL” to help “Turn Your Brain On and Turn On To Life.” Francesca shares the way with bread crumbs from heaven and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, helping to solve personal, communal, national and multicultural situations and challenges with her special “Recipes For Living Love!”

Have your pen and TYBO:)TOTL Notebook and recipe cards handy and ready to roll; Mamma Francesca is back in town!


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The Way of Beauty will start in May

We are proud to introduce Dr. Jem Sullivan to our listening audience. Dr. Sullivan is a wife and mother, professor and author. She writes for a variety of Catholic publications on faith and culture, including art essays in Magnificat. Jem holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of America and serves as professor in the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Jem is the author of three books, A Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults; The Beauty of Faith: Christian Art and the New Evangelization; and Opening the Door of Faith: A Catechists’ Guide to the New Evangelization. She has also written an illustrated children’s book on Saint John Paul II titled, Karol: The Boy Who Became Pope. She is a catechetical consultant for various dioceses. Jem is a featured guest on EWTN News Nightly television program where she discusses masterpieces of Christian art. She has served as a docent at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC., where she led tours of the museum’s masterpiece collections.

Beginning in May, we invite you to listen for THE WAY OF BEAUTY, a daily sacred art devotional segment which invites listeners to ponder masterpieces of Christian art as a source of daily inspiration, and a path to encounter the Lord Jesus in the beauty of faith.

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