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September 10, 2014 – Lisa Donigian and Immaculee Ilibagiza

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Lisa Donigian of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Dayton, Ohio and Immaculee Ilibagiza of New York, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that she recounted in her first book “Left To Tell” regarding her personal experience twenty years ago when this holocaust occurred in Africa. The conversation focuses on Immaculee and her family’s fate and deep faith walk, their deep spiritual formation, the need today for familial conversion of heart, metanoia, reconciliation, and personal/communal healing prayer. Immaculee speaks about her ministry that revolves around her deep commitment to Jesus and Our Lady, her numerous books, talks and retreats that focus on “Forgiveness, Healing and Hope” to be addressed in her weekend retreat held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio on Friday and Saturday, October 17th & 18th. Imaculee now travels extensively throughout the world. Lisa joined her in Belgium for a retreat this summer which brings her to Dayton in October. Immaculee’s ministry focuses on leading Marian pilgrimages and continuing to encourage all age groups to turn away from sin, be renewed, evangelize and pray, pray, pray. The approved Marian Apparitions at Kibeho warned of the gravity that occurred in the genocide twenty years ago. Our Lady’s words are startling and need to be taken to heart and invoke her in deep personal and communal prayer. Information can be found on the internet with the prophecies and spiritual instructions given to the world by our Blessed Mother at Kibeho. Also see the approved Marian apparitions at Akita. For more information on Imaculee’s ministry & retreat info see www.Immaculee.com

May 06, 2014 – Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, & Fr Peter Pomposello

I’m not an authority on chastity and “abstinence” education programs, but I’m pretty sure that for many (most?), FEAR is the prime motivator–fear of pregnancy, disease, and emotional trauma. Teen STAR is unique in emphasizing the beauty and blessing and purpose of human sexuality. Teen STAR treats young men and women with the dignity and reverence appropriate to their age by teaching them about their bodies and how God intends for their bodies to be treated and cared for.

As Fertility Educator Emily Sederstrand says, “When you teach a woman [anyone, really] how her body works, you are teaching her about her creator”. I say, “Learning about your Creator is THE most important purpose/value of Teen STAR”.

Teen STAR was developed by internationally renowned Dr Hanna Klaus, Ob/Gyn, NFP teacher and advocate for the Billings Ovulation Method. Dr Klaus spent 7 very busy years as a Medical Mission Sister in Pakistan. In 1980, she developed the Teen STAR Program that is now popular in over 30 countries primarily in Europe, Africa and South America.

Joining us will be Teen STAR Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, and Fr Peter Pomposello-pastor of Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx where Dorothy has been teaching Teen STAR to JHS students for 5 years. We can also expect Mr Ernie Zalamae, Principal, Holy Cross School, and some of the students to be with us to share their experience with the Teen STAR Program.

August 21, 2013 – Brother Don Neff, SM

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Brother Don Neff, SM. an everyday missionary serving in the Marianist Family (Marianists) Founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. A world traveler, educator, evangelizer, Bro. Neff is truly a missionary, a man with a purpose serving Jesus and Mary through a charism given to the Founder while exiled in Saragossa, Spain during the French Revolution. “Rebuild the Church in France!” Today that mission continues throughout the world. What can we learn about evangelization from Bl. Chaminade’s experience and the history of the Marianist Family that we can practice today? Learn how things are happening that carry out the Year of Faith and New Evangelization here in the USA, Africa, India, Europe, South America through Blessed Chaminade: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord….”Evangelization through education!”

World Family Mariathon

World Family Mariathon


The World Mariathon, organised by the World Family of Radio Maria Association (www.radiomaria.org), is scheduled to take place from the 10th to 12th of May. It will involve listeners of Radio Maria stations worldwide in the evangelising mission that has characterised this Catholic broadcasting station for more than twenty five years.

It will be an important radio event with a special continental and world programming schedule to inform listeners of the new projects that the World Family has launched around the world. The opportunity will be provided to support them through offerings and donations according to the methods provided by the individual broadcasting stations or directly on the event’s website (www.mariathon.org).

“We are entrusted with a great responsibility: to spread the evangelical message and develop the Radio Maria projects worldwide. The idea of the World Mariathon came up during the World Convention in Collevalenza last October. It is a spiritual and editorial event targeted at the birth of 11 new radio stations in Europe, Africa and Asia”
– Fr. Livio Fanzaga and Emanuele Ferrario

The eleven nations which will soon become home to a Radio Maria station are:

  • AFRICA: Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria and the Republic of Guinea
  • AMERICA: Haiti
  • ASIA: China (Macao) and India
  • EUROPE: Ireland and Latvia
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    To open a Radio Maria station in one of these 11 countries assumes an added value for both Radio Maria and the Universal Church, since the Christian population is a small minority. It is an ambitious initiative which has a wide-reaching social, even before Christian, value. The event will serve as an aggregator for all the 64 member radios, for a broadcasting station which reaches almost half a billion people worldwide.

    July 12, 2012 – Mary in Africa

    In this program, Father Denis Vincent Wiseman, O.P. speaks about Mary in Africa.

    Healing Prayer – July 10, 2012


     Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need. Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed.  A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr. Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him,  Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.

    Fr. Rapheal – July 3, 2012

     Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need, Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed,  A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr, Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him,  Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.

    Fr. Gregory Bramlage – Feb. 14, 2012

    Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with  Fr.  Gregory Bramlage (www.missionariesofthenewevangelization.us) who will teach  and minister “In The Footsteps of The Lamb,”  the CREDO Apostolate Healing Conference and Miracle Prayer Day  at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Rd. Dayton, OH  45432 on  Saturday February 18 from 9-4 PM   about Scripture, the steps to help us experience the Healing Power of the Kingdom of Jesus,  the mission and goals of (MNE Missionaries of The  New Evangelization);  his experiences in various  countries from South America to Africa, India, Mexico, The Philippines, Europe and the USA; his most recent trip to Guatemalan and  what  happened last weekend at The Word of God Community in Gaithersburg, MD.   Francesca’s Recipe Today: Italian Minestrone and Heart Healthy Taco Soup from her family’s favorite recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.  

    Pam Long – November 30, 2011

    Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Pam Long, Regional Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office, Dayton, OH about her ADVENTURESOME trip to Africa this past summer, visiting  artisans who  design and make the unique handmade, holiday gifts of jewelry, clothing, home décor items, toys, ornaments  and   farmers who raise the coffee, chocolate  from more than twenty five developing countries for The Fair Trade Sale held at Bergamo/Mount St. John; 4400 Shakertown Rd.; Beavercreek, OH, 45430 on  Saturday, December 3, 2011 from   9:00 AM ­ 4:00 PM.   Local area residents from these developing countries  provide entertainment throughout the day. All products are sourced from a nonprofit, 100% fair trade organization to ensure the artisans and farmers are treated with dignity and respect. Do your Christmas shopping and  help support the Fair Trade artisans and farmers!   Encore airing Monday December 5, 2011  at  2:30 AM and 8:30 PM and pod cast on Radio Maria. 

    October 31, 2011 – Jonathon Van Maren andFr. Ubald Rugirangoga

    Communications Director for Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform, Jonathon Van Maren focuses on the injustices directed toward the unborn, especially those with disabilities.

    Rwandan Missionary, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga and Ashley Gauthier, coordinator for Fr. Ubald, talk about “forgiveness” and Fr. Ubald’s healing ministry in Rwanda and the U.S.

    Immaculee Ilibagiza – September 14, 2011

    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLDS OF WAR, PEACE, FORGIVENESS AND HEALING?

    FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. speaks with Immaculee Ilibagiza, author, motivational speaker  and the recipient of the 2007 Mahatma Gandhi Reconciliation and Peace Award about her experiences during the genocide in Rwanda, Africa; her books Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust; Led by Faith:Rising From The Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide and Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to The World from The Heart of Africa and the upcoming Freedom & Healing Through Forgiveness” Conference featuring Immaculee to be held Saturday October 15, 2011 in St. Leon, IN.  (812-623-8007) hosted by Fr. Gregory Bramlage and the Word of God Prayer Ministry an outreach of Missionaries  of the New Evangelization.  www.healingthroughthepowerofjesuschrist.org  Link on to www.radiomaria.us to hear the program live and for Francesca and Friends Program Archives . 

    July 4, 2011 – Spiritual Healing in Rwanda

    Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, Rwanda Missionary who was present at the apparitions of Our Lady of Kibeho and friend of Immaculee Ilibagiza, will be talking about his spiritual healing services and work with trauma in Rwanda. Also, Katsey Long from Wyoming tells of ministering in Rwanda to those suffering from the 94 genocide.

    That They May Have Life and Live It – Nov. 24, 2010

    Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Sr. Beatrice Chipeta a Rosarian Sister, and Peter Daino of Karonga, Malawi (Africa), Tess Kunesch (Dayton) and Jim Lund National Director of Catholic Relief Services (Baltimore MD) about the Lusubilo (Hope) Community Based Orphan Care Project in Malawi, serving over 9,000 children and 800+ adults in 66 villages to improve the nutritional status of orphans and to increase food production capacity so that nutritional improvement is substantial. Sr. Beatrice was recently awarded the prestigious Fordham University OPUS Prize for Humanitarian Entrepreneurship.

    Project Congo – June 9, 2010

    Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Fr. Pascal Tuyisenge of Africa and Dr. Sylvia Gleason, DO of Dayton, OH, about PROJECT CONGO, a charity helping to meet the medical and nutritional needs of the refugee and orphan population of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (www.projectcongo.org); the cause of the war there and what is happening medically since Dr. Gleason’s last visit there to , pick up the pieces of life with agricultural, medical, and building projects; help from around the globe and in particularly the USA. How Dr. Gleason brings medical help to help women and families through outreach with medical and lay community action.

    Work In Africa – May 26, 2010

    Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. SPEAKS speaks with Father Paschal, from Rwanda and Dr Sylvia Esser Gleason, DO of Dayton, Ohio about the work being done in Africa to help the victims of the genocide. The great ministry occurring in the health and education professions serving widows and orphans who have suffered greatly due to ethnic genocide, extreme violence through building and servicing schools, farming cooperatives, medical facilities, micro-financing and Small Christian communities.