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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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“Living on Purpose” is back!

We are happy to announce the return of two former hosts to Radio Maria – Dr. Rick Sarkisian and Michael Wick. Many of you may remember their program, Living on Purpose. We are pleased to be bringing this excellent program back to the airwaves.

Host, Dr. Rick Sarkisian, was born and raised in Fresno, California. He is the founder and president of Valley Rehabilitation Services, Inc., specializing in vocational and career guidance since 1976. He earned his BS and MBA in Business Administration from California State University-Fresno, and his MA and Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Rick is the author of LifeWork: Finding Your Purpose in Life; The Mission of the Catholic Family; The Real St. Joseph and the Tools for Real Manhood in the Home, the Church and the World. He has produced a number of Catholic videos, and writes for various Catholic publications, including Religious Life, Lay Witness, Guardian of the Redeemer, and Vocations and Prayer magazine.

He has been active in Catholic scouting, and works closely with the Oblates of St. Joseph, California Province, promoting devotion to St. Joseph, as well as the Institute of Religious Life, in helping to form a culture of vocations. He and his wife, Cheryl, have five children.

Returning co-host, Michael D. Wick, is the executive director of the Institute on Religious Life, located in Chicago, Illinois. Mike is married and the father of four children. He has a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) and is completing a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary. Mike is an author of several books, including Powerful Channel of Divine Grace:Meditations on the Most Holy Rosary from the Writings of Servant of God Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J., and Lord of the Harvest:Vocation Prayers of Pope John Paul II. Mike is also involved with the Knights of Columbus, Militia of the Immaculata Movement (National Vice President/Past Board Member), and Catholic Knights/Catholic Financial Life, St. Peter’s Parish, Volo, Illinois.

We invite you to tune in at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern, every Saturday, beginning on April 15, 2017, for Living on Purpose. You will truly enjoy the lively, uplifting and informative dialogue between Dr. Rick and Mike.

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Regional Meeting Lafayette, LA February 4, 2017

Fr. Emilio Garraud, Priest Program Director for Radio Maria  was  main speaker at his first Regional Meeting of Radio Maria to discuss the future of the commitment to evangelize the Truth of the Church through radio media.  It was hosted in Lafayette, Louisiana at the Holy Trinity Catholic Resource Center with Carolyn Abdalla, Glenda Mathers and their  faithful  volunteers. 
Mass preceded the day celebrated by Fr. Keith Landry who is the laision priest for Radio Maria and  the Diocese of Lafayette and was concelebrated by Fr. Emilio Garraud.
Fr. Emilio gave the history of Radio Maria around the world which is the most important Catholic radio in Italy.  He also  stated how Vatican Radio uses Radio Maria for their networking around the world and how  the founder,  Mr. Emanuel Ferrario,  brought it to the US.  Radio Maria is in 86 countries of the world.  His amazing schedule involves travels from Italy to Houston, Miami, Cuba, etc. this month as an octogenarian. 
Respresentatives from different broadcasting areas gave their proposed Liturgical events and fund-raising ideas for this year.  Networking on a personal basis at the meeting stimulated ideas and created the unity necessary  to  keep Radio Maria as a vibrant and innovative family.
Terry Peco
Fr. Emilio Garraud
Mike Daigle
Fr. Keith Landry
John Tuminello
Fr. Emilio Garraud
Deborah Tuminello
Staff from RM Alexandria
Herb Jacobsen
Denise Smith
Shellie Slocum

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Heart Warming 2017

I am writing from Alexandria, where Radio Maria has its office, a warm chapel, a friendly group of volunteers and all together are living as a family of Radio Maria.

Many of these people have shared with me their very heartwarming life stories and they are so happy to have reached peace and joy through Radio Maria.

Unfortunately, there are still people with a “Cold” soul and heart and I am trying to get them every day through Radio Maria. They need Our Lady’s message of hope, healing and peace to warm up their hearts.

Radio Maria today is launching a Heartwarming Campaign to share stories of people that put their hearts in the warm hands of God and our Blessed Mary.

We are going to share their voices and stories in a few videos on our website and Facebook account.

During the Heartwarming Campaign, your “warm” donations to Radio Maria will give extra warmth!

Thank you in advance for helping Our Lady to help us!

Padre Emilio

Please call us now with your donation at 1-888-408-0201 or visit our website at


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Vigilant Heart is back! With Annie Karto

We are proud to re-introduce a former member of our Radio Maria family of inspiring presenters, Annie Karto.  Annie is an award winning Catholic singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker.  Called the “Catholic Joan Baez” by her contemporaries, Annie has traveled the country extensively these past 15 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad.  Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.  If you want to be brought out of the darkness of this world into the light of Christ, Annie will do that not only with her magnificent voice, but also by being Annie.  Her program, Vigilant Heart, will focus on having our hearts ready to receive the Lord on a daily basis, and fine tuning our hearing for the Holy Spirit to guide us.  Please tune in for Vigilant Heart, starting Monday, February 13, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Central/7:00 p.m. Eastern, and let Annie give us ways to uplift and heal our souls.

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New program “Good Night, Good Day” with Marta Vargas

We would like to introduce our listeners to Marta Vargas, a new presenter on Radio Maria. Marta is a singer, songwriter and speaker, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Although music is a huge passion of hers, her greater passion is simply being present to the moment as God takes her on her journey, regardless of what that might look like, what she may be doing, or how. She currently moves in the corporate world in the field of sales and has served in a wide range of industries from hospitality and conference planning, to consumer products, television advertising, and medical sales. Prior to that, she worked 10 years for the Archdiocese of Miami in various roles for the offices of Campus Ministry, Family Life, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry. During her time there, she served as blogger, TV Mass Cantor, and Producer/Host for two radio programs. She continues to serve the Archdiocese of Miami in various ways including teaching for the School of Lay Ministry and singing at two parishes. We invite you to join Marta on Fridays, at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, beginning February 10, 2017, for Good Night, Good Day, and let her guide us on our path as she helps us discover that our greatest passion is to simply share God’s love and hope and be an instrument of peace and unity.  

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