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June 15, 2015 – Chris Stefanick and Mark Hart

Chris Stefanick is the author of The Chosen confirmation series. He speaks to more than 50,000 , young adults and parents every year. Chris is also founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a nonprofit organization based in Denver, CO dedicated to reengaging a generation. Additionally, Chris is a syndicated columnist, author, and regular on Catholic TV and radio. Mark Hart is a man on a mission: spreading the gospel. Affectionately known as the Bible Geek, Mark serves as executive vice president for Life Teen International. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the author of seven books, Mark’s creative work on videos and in written sources is known internationally.

New Lineup on Friday Evening

We want to let all of our listeners know of an upcoming schedule change on Friday evenings. Living on Purpose, hosted by Dr. Rick Sarkisian and Mike Wick, is moving from Fridays at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, to Fridays at 6:00 p.m. Central/7:00 p.m. Eastern, effective on Friday, March 20, 2015. We invite you to catch Dr. Rick and Mike at their new time (just one hour later) as they skillfully put their professional experience to use, helping us to discover and become the unique person God created.

Taking the 5:00pm central time slot will be a new program to hosted by Fr. Thomas G. Morrow. Fr. Morrow was ordained in 1982 for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He has a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Dominican House of Studies, and in 1999 earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Father Morrow has extensive experience in radio, having hosted a program on Catholic faith in D.C. He has appeared on EWTN’s Mother Angelica Live, and The Abundant Life. Father is also the author of multiple books, including Achieving Chastity in a Pornographic World; Overcoming Sinful Anger: How to Master Your Emotions and Bring Peace to Your Life; and Christian Courtship in an Over Sexed World, which is the title of his upcoming program. He is currently parochial vicar at St. Catherine Laboure’ Catholic Church in Wheaton, Maryland, where he is known as a wonderful and inspiring preacher and speaker. We invite you to tune in on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, starting March 20, 2015, for Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World.

March 01, 2015

Today Deacon Robert Ovies joined us. He is the author of the novel, The Rising, which is an amazing page-turner in which a nine-year-old boy has the ability to resurrect people. You will stay awake a few nights while reading this utterly Catholic story. You can find study questions for the book on the-rising.homestead.com. We also spoke about the Couple’s Prayer Series, which teaches married couples to pray with each other. After listening to the show, you can find out more information at www.coupleprayer.org.

February 23, 2015 – Judy Klein and Thomas Awiapo

Judy Klein is a Catholic theologian and founder of Memorare Ministries, a ministry dedicated to bringing a hope to those who are suffering. A “revert” to Catholicism, Judy is a public speaker, blogger, and author. Her newest book, Miracle Man, chronicles her late husband Bernie’s near death experience and deathbed conversion. Visit Judy Klein at www.memorareministries.com

Thomas Awiapo was orphaned before the age of 10 in Ghana. His search for food led him to a school where CRS Rice Bowl funds were providing lunch.Thomas survived and continued school, earning a master’s degree. Today, Thomas works for Catholic Relief Services and trains community leaders throughout Ghana. Learn more about Rice Bowl at www.crsricebowl.org

TOP BOOKS of 2014 – Ken Huck of Meet the Author

Ken Huck host of Meet the Author                                                                                         

Meet the Author

with Ken Huck every Thursday at 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern

I love being a Radio Maria volunteer!  Hosting Meet the Author for nearly four years and I still can’t believe it because each week I have the privilege of talking with the best Catholic authors.   What is my favorite book of 2014?  How can I possibly choose among so many wonderful books!!  Here are my thoughts on my favorites for 2014.

I love conversion stories and we had several wonderful examples this year.  Here are my favorites:

  • “Something Other Than God” by Jennifer Fulwiler May 8, 2014
  • “A Voice UnDefeated” by country music superstar Collin Raye May 29, 2014
  • “Not God’s Type” by Holly Ordway.  Holly’s conversion is about as improbable as St Paul’s! October 16, 2014
  • A book that has had a great impact on my prayer life is “The Better Part” by Fr. John Bartunek November 6, 2014
  • “St Peter’s Bones”by Thomas Craughwell. Because of this book I was able to arrange a visit to the excavation under the Vatican this summer and venerate the bones of St Peter! February 20, 2014
  • For pure fun Simcha Fisher’s “The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning” March 13, 2014
  • But if you really, really, really pressed me, my favorite book discussed in 2014 was “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” by Dr. Brant Pitre April 3, 2014

I know 2015 will be another great year of insightful interviews with top authors of great books.   Listen live every Thursday 2pm central/3pm eastern – rebroadcast Saturday midnight central/1 am eastern and again Tuesday 5am central/6am eastern.

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Chris Padgett to Begin a Program on Radio Maria

Chris PadgettOn Wednesday, November 12, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joyful Desperation, hosted by Chris Padgett. Chris identifies himself as a “very zealous” convert to Catholicism, who, along with his family, entered the Church in 1999. He is an author (Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple’s Return to Chastity), songwriter, musician (he has four solo albums to his credit), speaker, and worship leader. One of the most effective champions of family life in the church today, Chris can speak from experience. He and his family take the call to “make disciples” very seriously. Among other ministries, Chris is involved with Steubenville youth conferences and expertly speaks to young people about maintaining chastity in the midst of a culture that encourages otherwise. Join Chris on Wednesdays, at 2:00 p.m. Central/3:00 p.m. Eastern as he helps us face our sometimes desperate moments joyfully.

New Program: Living on Purpose

On Friday, October 3, 2014, a new program aired on Radio Maria. Living on Purpose, hosted by Dr. Rick Sarkisian, will now be broadcast every Friday at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern. Dr. Sarkisian is founder and president of Valley Rehabilitation Services in Fresno, California, specializing in vocational and career guidance since 1976. He is the author of multiple books related to finding one’s purpose in life. He has produced a number of Catholic videos and writes for various Catholic publications. Dr. Sarkisian skillfully puts his professional experience to use in this new program, by helping us to discover and to become the unique person God created. Co-hosting with Dr. Sarkisian is Mike Wick. Mike is the Executive Director of the Institute on Religious Life in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the author of several books and is very involved with the Knights of Columbus, The Militia of the Immaculata Movement, and is a Board Member of Lighthouse Catholic Media. We are delighted to have Rick and Mike onboard as new members of our Radio Maria Family. Please tune in on Fridays, at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern for Living on Purpose.

Joseph’s Way with Devin Schadt Starting Oct. 26

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness, hosted by Devin Schadt. In the past, Devin has been a guest on Radio Maria, and we are so happy to have him onboard now as a presenter. The title of his program is taken from the title of his book of the same name. It is a powerful daily devotional for modern day dads and husbands who want to walk in the footsteps of the man who most perfectly fulfilled his vocation as a father, St. Joseph. Devin will guide our audience by transmitting to them the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, glory and irreplaceable effect on families and society. Among other things, Devin is also the founder of Fathers of St. Joseph, an apostolate that works for the renewal of authentic fatherhood. Joining Devin is Brian Gail, author of a remarkable novel Fatherless. This book has also become a powerful tool for catechesis. He is a highly sought after speaker on matters of faith and family. Please join Devin and Brian on Sundays, at 4:00 p.m. Central/5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Beatification of Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VIThis Sunday, October 19, Pope Francis will preside over the Beatification of Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978. Pope Paul VI is best known for being the author of Humanae Vitae, the controversial Encyclical on contraception. He contributed greatly to the implementation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and their directives. Radio Maria US will broadcast a recording of this Celebration at 10:30 AM CDT (11:30 AM EDT). Please join us!

Catholic Kaleidoscope Beginning Oct. 19

Alyssa BormesRadio Maria will introduce a new program on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Catholic Kaleidoscope, hosted by Alyssa Bormes, will be airing at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern. Alyssa holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Catechism of Hockey, in which she uses the metaphor of hockey and sports devotion to explain the responsibility of Catholic parents to raise their children in the teachings of the Church. Currently, she is the Assistant to the President of The American Chesterton Society. In her spare time, she is a popular speaker and retreat leader on a range of Catholic topics, and is known for her gift of igniting a newfound sense of wonder in the church using storytelling, humor and analogy. Alyssa truly has a “kaleidoscope” of gifts to offer our Radio Maria listeners.
You will be able to find archives of the program at: http://radiomaria.us/catholickaleidoscope/

Sept 11, 2014 – William Kilpatrick

Ken talks with William Kilpatrick author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism (Ignatius Press) For many Americans the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was the first time they had considered Islam. Were the terrorists motivated by the true dictates of their religion, or had they hijacked Islam as well as the planes in a political cause unrelated to the teachings of Muhammad? Dr Kilpatrick makes the case that Islam is a religion of conquest and subjugation and that in spite of 9/11, and thousands of other terrorist attacks throughout the world, many in the West still do not know or admit this because it conflicts with their multiculturalism and their belief in the equivalence of all cultures and religions. Dr Kilpatrick’s book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com.

August 28, 2014 – Patrick Madrid and Blythe Kaufman

Ken talks with Patrick Madrid author of Why Be Catholic? : Ten Answers to a Very Important Question (Image) Patrick Madrid learned a great deal about why people leave Catholicism and why others stay. His book offers a deeply personal, fact-based, rationale for why everyone should be Catholic or at least consider the Catholic Church. Patrick’s book is available at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com To learn more about Patrick visit: www.patrickmadrid.com The Children’s Rosary is a lay prayer movement for children. It is an effort to begin parish rosary prayer groups composed of children and led by children. The target age of the children for these prayer groups is between 4 and 14 years old. The children of Fatima and Bernadette of Lourdes were all within this age range. Through prayer of the Rosary Our Lady will guide our young people while at the same time sanctify families and Parishes. To learn more and to purchase booklets and CDs visit: www.childrensrosary.blogspot.com To learn more about Blythe watch this wonderful interview with Fr Apostoli : Click for video.

August 26, 2014 – National Day of Rememberance for Aborted Babies – Monica Miller, Eric Scheidler & Gary Anderson

Millions of our American children have been legally murdered in their mother’s wombs to satisfy a disordered craving for immoral sexual activity. Most of their bodies were flushed into urban sewage systems; their remains known but to God. But a precious few–their bodies rescued from dumpsters and garbage bags–have been dignified by burial in hallowed ground at sites scattered around our country.

Today, we call attention to these unwanted children who never nestled in their father’s arms or suckled at their mother’s breasts. Instead, they have been sacrificed on the alter of convenience, accommodated by the professions of medicine, law, and religion.

Our Guests today are Monica Miller (Citizens for a Pro-Life Society), Eric Scheidler ( Executive Director of Prolife Action League) and Gary Anderson (Culture of Life Director for Ohio Knights of Columbus).
Monica has rummaged through hundreds of dumpsters and buried the human remains of thousands of aborted children. She is the author of Abandoned, The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.
Eric is a second generation activist leader of abortion mill presence, sidewalk-counseling, and a multitude of activities aimed at protecting women and children from the abortion scourge.
Gary represents the Knights of Columbus, an organization that has steadfastly supported pro-life for decades by providing free ultrasound machines to pregnancy support centers, and establishing a network of shrines that honor our aborted children.

August 25, 2014 – David Scott, Author, The Love That Made Mother Teresa

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best-selling author, David Scott on his book, The Love That Made Mother Teresa. They discuss her secret visions, dark nights, service and sanctity. David shares about the example Mother Teresa gave to the world to remind us of the universal call to holiness. Mother Teresa who conquered death’s stronghold on the poor of Calcutta shows us how to conquer the sin and darkness in what she called the “slums of the hearts of modern men.”

August 19, 2014 – Jason Adams

Jason and Linda parent 5 children; Jason has a BA in Secondary Education from Purdue, and an MA in Theology from Franciscan University (Steubenville); he is Headmaster for Lumen Christi Catholic School in Indianapolis; and author of Called to Give Life, A Primer on the Blessings of Children and the Harm of Contraception.

Called to Give Life is of particular interest now because Pope Francis is hosting a Synod of bishops on Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization–actually two Synods–October 2014 and October 2015. These Synods are a response to the Survey Questions (and answers they generated) sent all over the Catholic world in the latter months of 2013. Answers were compiled to determine what challenges families were facing in this time. After collating thousands of responses, the Synod organizers published a “Working Document” that summarized the world-wide responses and determined the questions the Synods sought to address:
How to preach the Gospel of the Family;
How to deal with pastoral issues arising at this time; and
How to promote openness to children in Catholic marriages.

Why is Jason’s book so important now? Because Called to Give Life answers these questions simply, pastorally and logically in a little over 200 pages. It lays out the Foundations for the Church’s teaching that contraception is always intrinsically evil, and thus can never be permitted, and it explains why the Church considers children to be the Supreme Gift of/to marriage.

August 12, 2014 – JD Author of Drafted To Serve

I was in Chicago for the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. By coincidence, directly across the aisle from my One More Soul display was author “JD” giving away free copies of his new book Drafted To Serve. Drafted . . . is a book about miracles–not the typical physical healing miracles that drive the canonization process. No, these”miracles” COULD be degraded to mere “coincidences” were they not so astonishing and so common. They are a result of JD being financially strapped and desperate to capitalize on Pope John Paul II’s World Youth Day VIII visit to Denver 21 years ago. JD was quite regularly in hopeless situations, praying for JP II for help–and getting it.

I was at WYD VIII with my friend Jim Vititow and 7 young people. It was an incredible “pilgrimage” that Drafted To Serve gave me an opportunity to relive . John Paul II coined the phrases “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death” and popularized their use (as in this program’s title “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”). Who would deny JPII’s impact in leading us to a Culture of Life–a still elusive fact, but a victory guaranteed by a faithful God. I’m thinking especially of his Gospel of Life and Theology of the Body.

JD is a Colorado native, married with two sons, a service disabled Vietnam War veteran, having served five tours on swift boats. He graduated from the University of Denver with a dual degree in finance and real estate and currently owns a nationwide business in Denver. Drafted To Serve is his first book, written during three years of nearly full-time effort, which he felt compelled to complete in order to tell the world what happened when Pope John Paul II came to Denver in 1993.

JD and his buddy TP originally agreed to tell no one but the Catholic Church of the events that had taken place. They felt that due to the incredible nature of the story neither wished to step into the spotlight and have their lives turned upside down by the attention the story was certain to generate.

August 07, 2014 – Susan Conroy

August 7th, Ken talks with author Susan Conroy. Susan is responsible for getting an English translation published of Father Charles Arminjon’s classic “The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life” (Sophia Institute Press). St. Therese of Lisieux was so taken by this book that it spurred her entry into the convent. “Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life,” she says in her autobiography. “The impression I received from it is too sweet to express. All the great truths of religion and the mysteries of eternity plunged into my soul a happiness not of this earth.”

The book is available at shop.sophiainstitute.com

Visit Susan’s website: www.susanconroy.com

July 28, 2014 – Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary

It is always interesting and spiritually rewarding to be introduced to other Carmelite Saints, Blesseds and Venerables. This week Mark and Frances reintroduce the Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary. Venerable Dominic lived a very active life within the Order, withing the Church and in helping to battle some of the most significant military and political issues in his time. He was known and hailed by Popes and Kings for his ability to mediate difficult situations, and also for his ability to rally men to a cause. And, despite his busy schedule and extensive traveling, he never allowed it to interrupt his very assiduous prayer life. Indeed, he was the author of a couple of very important works on spiritual direction and the stages of development in the spiritual life.

July 24, 2014 – Emily Strand

July 24th Ken talks with Emily Strand author of Mass 101 Liturgy and Life (Liguori) Do you wonder why incense is used at Mass, the Alleluia disappears during certain seasons, or how the construct for the Liturgy of the Word was developed? Why do Catholics sing in Latin from time to time? Why all this ritual? Emily Strand takes Catholics through the basics of the Mass taking us step-by-step through our worship, and reminding us of the central mystery of our faith—the Paschal Mystery. Emily’s book is available at: www.liguori.org

July 17, 2014 – Sheila Liaugminas and Patti Maguire Armstrong

Ken talks with Sheila Liaugminas author of Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Human Culture (Ignatius Press) and Patti Maguire Armstrong author of “Dear God” series (Liguori) Sheila’s book goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. It demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why. It anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity.
Sheila’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit Sheila’s blog at www.inforumblog.com In the Dear God series Patti Armstrong, addresses questions that young children face when prayers aren’t answered in a time of adversity – and more importantly, the timeless question of: “Is He even listening?” – Patti’s books are available at: www.liguori.org Visit Patti’s website at: www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com

July 3, 2014 – Ralph Martin and Patricia Ann Kasten

Ken talks with Ralph Martin author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call
(Our Sunday Visitor) and Patricia Ann Kasten author of Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Canonization and More. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful a breakdown of what the New Evangelization is all about, how to engage in it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now. Ralph’s book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Ralph Martin and Renewal Ministries visit: www.renewalministries.net

With the recent canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, people worldwide saw the culmination of a lengthy process of proclaiming someone a “saint.” While most media covered the event, many people are still puzzled by the process, as well as the peripheral elements associated with saints such as relics, patronage, symbols, and more. Patricia Ann Kasten presents a thorough recap of the topic in a fresh, fun, and approachable way. Patricia’s book is available at: www.osv.com Visit Patricia’s “scripture based puzzle” website: www.tri-c-a-publications.com

June 26, 2014 – Timothy Gabrielli

Guest host Spencer Hargadon talks with Timothy Gabrielli author of Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All about Us (Liturgical Press) What are we doing when we confirm teenagers? Why is the religious education of teenagers so perplexing? Why is confirmation often a moment of graduation” out of parish life? Confirmation, more than any other sacrament, has interacted with secular culture to give rise to these kinds of pastoral challenges. At the same time, confirmation has, over the course of the twentieth century, become a sacramental stamp of approval for various Catholic renewal movements. The cultural shifts of the last century have led to various theological themes for confirmation, creating a crisis of meaning today. Is confirmation a personal choice for faith, or is it the deepening of an ongoing relationship with the Divine? Timothy Gabrielli gives us a fresh approach for addressing these pressing questions. Tim’s book is available at: www.litpress.org

June 12, 2014 – Clayton Barbeau

Ken talks with Clayton Barbeau author of The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective (Sophia Institute Press) Here’s the award-winning classic that for over forty years has shown Christian men how to be the loving husbands and gentle fathers that Christ calls them to be. Rooted firmly in Scripture, these pages call on husbands to stop thinking of themselves simply as bosses and breadwinners. Rather, husbands should see themselves as co-creators with God, imitators of Christ’s love for His people, high priests in the domestic Church, teachers of their children, witnesses to society, providers of spiritual and material goods, and models of holiness. Good fathers are the secret to happy homes. Mr. Barbeau’s book is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Visit his website: www.claytonbarbeau.com

May 22, 2014 – Devin Schadt

Ken talks with Devin Schadt, author of Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness – Prayer of Faith: 80 Days to Unlocking Your Power As a Father (Ignatius Press) Society goes by way of the family and the family goes by way of the father. If you want to change the world, change the human father. Joseph’s Way: Prayer of Faith is the first release of a two-volume series, which transmits the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, its glory, and its irreplaceable effect on families and society. It is a tough, bold, game-changing challenge to men of our age to pursue fatherly greatness. By comparing St. Joseph with the great patriarchs of old, Joseph’s Way provides fathers with invaluable practical tools and profound spiritual insights to help them become the great father that God has created them to be. Devin’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Devin Schadt visit: josephswaybook.com and fathersofstjoseph.org

May 19, 2014 – “The Writing and Letters of St. Teresa of Avila #1” with special guest Lisa LaRosa

Although St. Teresa of Avila said she was NOT a writer, she has a compilation of writings that would dwarf many an author today. Special guest, Lisa LaRosa, tells us about St. Teresa’s writing starting with an early novel as well as her four most famous major works. Additionally, St. Teresa’s minor works cover a vast terrain from biblical commentary to post-communion reflections and meditations, to spiritual challenges, satire, poems, instructional works, and more. Her personal letters, of which 468 were found, covered the years 1546-1582. We get a candid look at St. Teresa’s personal thoughts and expressions and concerns as well as gems of wisdom that are very applicable to our lives today. We begin with some of the early letters and will continue the series throughout the year highlighting some of the letters with the most notable points. St. Teresa, pray for us!

May 8, 2014 – Jennifer Fulwiler and Robert Ovies

Ken talks with Jennifer Fulwiler author of Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It and Robert Ovies author of The Rising (both by Ignatius Press) Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, skeptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. In The Rising – When nine-year-old C.J. Walker touches the arm of his mother’s dead friend at her wake service and whispers the wish that she wouldn’t be dead, he’s just trying to do the right thing. But when the undertaker sees the woman’s rosary sliding off her outstretched fingers and tumbling down her raised left arm, the firestorm can’t be held in check.
Jennifer’s book is available at http://www.ignatius.com. Visit Jennifer’s website: www.ConversionDiary.com
Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com To learn more about Robert’s program “Together with Jesus Couple Prayer Series” visit www.coupleprayer.com

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

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.

April 24, 2014 – David Pierre, Jr.

Ken talks with David Pierre author of Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church, and Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories. Dave Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the media’s coverage of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. Yes, Catholic priests terribly abused minors, and bishops failed to stop the unspeakable harm. That is an undeniable truth. Nothing justifies such an evil. However, major media outlets are unfairly attacking the Catholic Church, and these two compelling books have the shocking evidence to prove it. Double Standard provides background and Catholic Priests Falsely Accused has more specific stories. Both are excellent. David’s books are available on Amazon, and Kindle versions are available for only $3. Visit his website: www.TheMediaReport.com

April 17, 2014 – Elizabeth Ficocelli

Ken talks with Elizabeth Ficocelli author of Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (Ave Maria Press) Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli introduces her readers to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like as she journeyed from a successful career as a marketing executive to what she found was a more authentic, even counter-cultural Catholic womanhood. Ficocelli offers women the wisdom of these saints for their own spiritual journeys. Elizabeth’s book is available at www.avemariapress.com Visit her website: http://elizabethficocelli.com

April 10, 2014 – Dr Aaron Kheriaty and Dr. Christopher Kaczor

Ken talks with Dr Aaron Kheriaty editor of True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented (by Jean Lhermitte and published by Sophia Institute Press) and Dr. Christopher Kaczor author of The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith, and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness (Ignatius Press). Genuine demonic possessions, admits Lhermitte, evade the explanations and exceed the competence of even the wisest physicians. Skilled physicians and trained clergy must discern whether they’re dealing with real possession, or only pathology, mental or physical. You can purchase Dr Kheriaty’s book at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Dr Kaczor explores the nature of marriage, and the love they promise to each other, which is agape, a self­giving love that is the choice to do good for the other. He also examines alternatives to covenant marriage, such as polygamy and same­sex marriage, as well as cohabitation. Finally the book explores the value of children. To make sense of Catholic teaching on contraception, he says that we must first reconsider the value of fertility and having children. Kaczor’s book is available at www.ignatius.com

April 3, 2014 – Dr. Brant Pitre

Ken talks with Dr. Brant Pitre author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper and Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (both by Random House) In his bestselling Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist Brant shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. This book has been out a couple of years and continues to be a best seller. Christians are familiar with the Apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? You will find answers to these questions and more in Jesus the Bridegroom. You can purchase Brant’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com Visit Brant’s website: http://brantpitre.com

March 27, 2014 – Fr. Robert Hater

Ken talks with Fr. Robert Hater author of Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Road Map for the Future (Our Sunday Visitor) Fr. Hater develops his common sense approach within a historical perspective that follows the lines of his own journey of faith. He traces his catechetical story from the 1950’s to the present time. As he tells his story, he takes the best from the memorization approach of the early 20th century, the use of the Baltimore Catechism, the insights of Vatican II, the chaotic period of the late 60s and 70s, the experiential approach of the 80s and 90s, including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the systematic approach of the 90s until today, and finally, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can purchase Fr. Robert’s book at: www.osv.com

March 13, 2014 – Simcha Fisher and Michelle Buckman

Ken talks with Simcha Fisher author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (Our Sunday Visitor) and Michelle Buckman author of Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty, and Faith (St Benedict Press) Simcha lightens the sobriety of NFP with smart-alecky, comic descriptions of real situations, and presents information on how couples struggle with common issues – sexual, communication, even spiritual — and navigate them. Michelle’s novel Death Panels is an exciting and disturbing story of a not-too-distant future in which our current political battles over life and freedom have reached an explosive crossroads and a clarion call to all Christians and lovers of liberty. You can purchase Simcha’s book at: www.osv.com You can purchase Michelle’s book at: www.michellebuckman.com/ Simcha blogs at (I have to sit down): www.patheos.com

March 6, 2014 – Ryan Topping

Ken talks with Ryan Topping author of Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape Our Common Life (Sophia Institute Press) Rarely does a book come along that so succinctly explains the decline of modern culture, articulates a defense of the Church’s teachings, and offers a hope-filled path for building a civilization grounded in Catholic truth. In these pages, Dr. Ryan Topping does all three, pulling back the curtain on the false philosophies of the secularists and showing that in the West today the most formidable threat to freedom is not failing economies or Islam, but secularism. You can purchase Ryan’s book at: http://shop.sophiainstitute.com

March 4, 2014 – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

We are very blessed to have Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this Tuesday March 4th at NOON ET.

Fr Andrew is the author of Fatima For Today, The Urgent Marian Message of Hope. We will be mostly talking about this book. I must confess that I was really skeptical about what Our Lady of Fatima could say that might be relevant to today. But once I started reading Fatima for Today, I could not put it down. I certainly was familiar with much of the Fatima account of Mary appearing to three Portuguese young children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917, but Fr Apostoli puts it all together in one place and adds MANY details that I was not aware of. His introductory chapter contrasting Mary the New Eve with the original Eve is by itself worth the modest price of this book, which I downloaded from Ignatius Press and am reading on my computer.

Questions I have for Fr Andrew: Has the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart been accomplished? Why has it taken so long? Is there evidence of Russia’s promised conversion? What about Crimea and the Ukraine? How did the children suffer? Why pray the Rosary?

Father Apostoli is a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and he has been teaching and preaching retreats and parish missions for several decades. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the apparitions at Fatima and he has authored numerous books, including Following Mary to Jesus and Walk Humbly With Your God. Fr. Apostoli is the vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and a frequent host on EWTN television, where he hosted the TV special “Our Lady of Fatima and the First Saturday Devotion”.

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy says this: “Learn, live, and spread the message of Fatima! This is the express desire of Pope Benedict XVI. And Pope John Paul II once stated that the message of Fatima was more important now than in 1917!” That is why this wonderful book on Fatima is so important. Fr. Apostoli has recaptured this heavenly message of urgency and hope for a new generation. Our world needs the message of Fatima more than ever, and I pray that many people are brought back to Jesus, Mary, and the Church through these pages.

February 20, 2014 – Thomas Craughwell and Lawrence Cunningham

Ken talks with Thomas Craughwell author of St Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found and Then Lost and Found Again (Image Books) and Lawrence Cunningham author of The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide Mr. Craughwell’s book is a fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, he takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. You can purchase Thomas’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com and visit his website: http://thomascraughwell.com

Renowned theologian Lawrence Cunningham traces the roots of the seven deadly sins to the mystic experiences of the desert fathers, who—in total solitude—experienced and identified these corrupt inner desires as forces that twist us away from God. He offers examples and insights from scripture, Christian tradition, and modern life, helping readers meet each of the seven deadly sins with a corresponding virtue. You can purchase Dr Cunningham’s book at: www.avemariapress.com

February 13, 2014 – Anthony Buono

Ken talks with Anthony Buono author of Would You Date You? (Servant Books) Anthony Buono is a pioneer in Catholic Internet dating, founding Ave Maria Singles (www.avemariasingles.com) Would You Date You? asks a pointed question, and then goes on to provide honest answers. Many singles have an unrealistic approach to dating, feeling shock and dismay when someone to whom they are attracted is not interested in them. Sadly, it never dawns on them that they might be the problem. Anthony Buono challenges his readers to look closely at themselves to discover areas that might be preventing them from having successful relationships. He explains the importance of self-knowledge in becoming comfortable with who we are meant to be, because anything less cannot be sustained over a lifetime. You can purchase the Anthony’s book at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org Anthony blogs at: http://6stonejars.com/

January 30, 2014 – Milton Walsh

Ken talks with Milton Walsh author of Into All Truth : What Catholics Believe and Why (Ignatius Press) Karl Keating, Founder, Catholic Answers, said it best: “Decades of turmoil have left many Catholics in a state of suspension. They aren´t sure what the Church teaches and what they are to believe. They will not find a better resource than Milton Walsh’s latest book, written precisely with these ‘suspended’ Catholics in mind.” You can purchase Milton’s book at: www.ignatius.com The study guide for this book is at: www.intoalltruthbook.com

January 21, 2014 – Trent Horn

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade and Doe vs Bolton decisions legalizing the killing of pre-born children in America. Trent Horn is an appropriate Guest for this week’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” program.

Trent holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He specializes in training pro-lifers to intelligently and compassionately engage pro-choice advocates in genuine dialogue. He is the author of Answering Atheism and Making the Case for Life (DVD), both published by Catholic Answers.

Making the Case for Life is a very valuable teaching tool for transforming any abortion debate into a fruitful conversation–one that opens minds and hearts to the humanity of the pre-born child while maintaining a non-confrontational environment. Trent’s approach has been developed by refining ideas of seasoned pro-life leaders and applying them with hundreds of college students.

August 8, 2013 – Fr. Donald Calloway & Vinny Flynn

Ken talks with his guests Fr. Donald Calloway and Vinny Flynn. In his new book Under the Mantle – Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest (Marian Press) Fr. Calloway, MIC, deftly shares his personal insights on topics including Divine Mercy, the Eucharist, the papacy, the Church, confession, prayer, the cross, masculinity, and femininity. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the central thread weaving a tapestry throughout with quotes about Our Lady from saints, blessed, and popes. Fr. Calloway’s book can be purchased at: www.catholicword.com Visit his website: www.fathercalloway.com In 7 Secrets of Confession (MercySong), best-selling author Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of this encounter with Jesus, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of going to confession, and inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. Mr. Flynn’s books is available at www.catholicword.com To learn more about Vinny Flynn visit: www.vinnyflynn.com

August 1, 2013 – Rick Sarkisian & Karen Eifler

Ken talks with his guests Rick Sarkisian and Karen Eifler. Rick is the author of Running Hard, Finishing Strong – 7 Steps to Building Momentum in Your Spiritual Life (Our Sunday Visitor) Here is a practical guide for developing a momentum mindset that connects your faith with real life in a way that supports, motivates encourages, and enhances your efforts along the way. To find out more about Rick Sarkisian vist: www.lifework.com Rick’s book can be purchased at: catalog.osv.com
Karen Eifler is the author of A Month of Mondays – Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom (ACTA) Using humorous and touching real-life stories to make her points, Karen digs deep into the connection between teaching and spirituality. Karen’s book is available at www.actapublications.com

June 13, 2013 – Roy Wenzl and Barbara Hosbach

On June 13th Ken talks with guests Roy Wenzl author of The Miracle of Father Kapaun – Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero (Ignatius Press) and Barbara Hosbach author of Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes (Franciscan Media) Wenzl’s book on Fr Emil Kapaun-priest, soldier and Korean War hero- is a rare man. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, and is also being considered by the Vatican for canonization as a saint. His book is available at www.ignatius.com
Barbara Hosbach says that Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes is her response to the questions raised in her mind while reading Scripture. Each chapter describes a different character from the Bible, their unique combination of strengths, weakness, and circumstances. To learn more about Barbara visit her website: http://www.biblemeditations.net/ Her book is available at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org

June 07, 2013 – Christopher Reilly

Author Christopher Reilly discusses his book “Estate Planning for Catholics.” In a lively discussion, he gets into not only estate planning, but the unique aspects of Catholic charitable giving.

June 6, 2013 – Intelligent Design for Catholics – the issues

May 23, 2013 – Robert Spencer and Marge Fenelon

Ken’s first guest is Robert Spencer author of Not Peace But A Sword – The Great Chasm Between Christianity And Islam (Catholic Answers) Some Christians view Islam as a sister religion, a branch of the same Abrahamic tree—lacking the fullness of revelation but nonetheless a religion of peace. Others are more critical of Islamic teachings but still see Muslims as valuable partners in the global fight against secularization and the Culture of Death. Robert Spencer argues they’re both wrong—and warns Christians against the danger of thinking that Islam is an easy ally. To learn more about Robert visit: www.jihadwatch.org His book is available at shop.catholic.com
Ken’s second guest is Marge Fenelon author of Imitating Mary – Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom. In this first and only book to offer Mary’s life as a template for living as a faithful Catholic mother today, the Mother of God is presented as the ideal guide for the vocation of Catholic motherhood. To learn more about Marge visit: www.margefenelon.com Her book is available at: www.avemariapress.com

May 16,2013 – Dr Matthew Bunson

Ken talks with his guest Dr Matthew Bunson author of Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor) In this book you will learn about the final year of Pope Benedict XVI, the selection of Pope Francis, and finally, who is Pope Francis? You will learn about the humble man who has become the 266th pope, his early life in Argentina, his calling to the priesthood, and his dedication to the poor and marginalized. You will learn about his first days as pope and what it may imply for the future. To learn more about my guest Dr Matthew Bunson visit: www.salvationhistory.com Dr Bunson’s book is available at: www.catalog.osv.com

May 9, 2013 – Deacon Henry Libersat

Ken talks with Deacon Henry Libersat author of Catholic and Confident – Simple Steps to Share Your Faith (Servant Books) Deacon Libersat is the co-author with Sister Briege McKenna of the bestseller Miracles Do Happen. In his latest book he shows you how to spread the gospel and share your story. His book is available at: www.franciscanmedia.org To learn more about Deacon Libersat visit: www.henrylibersat.com Note: The expected interview with Regina Doman in the second half of the program didn’t occur due to scheduling issues. Look for a discussion with Regina at a future date.

May 2, 2013 – Matthew Leonard

Ken’s guest is Matthew Leonard author of Louder than Words – The Art of Living as a Catholic (published by Our Sunday Visitor). Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to show us all a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world. Visit Matthew Leonard‘s website : www.matthewsleonard.com His book is available at: www.osv.com

April 25, 2013 – Stephen Binz

Ken’s guest is Stephen Binz, author of the Lectio Divina Bible Study Series: Learning to Pray in Scripture, The Mass in Scripture, The Sacraments in Scripture, and the latest volume The Creed in Scripture (Series published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lectio Divina, the time-tested practice of scripture immersion, is at the heart of this series. Each chapter leads you through the five steps: Listening, Understanding, Reflecting, Praying, and Acting. For example in his latest volume on the Creed, the scriptural origins of each part of the Creed are examined in scripture so Catholics can understand and live it better. Visit Stephen Binz’s website : www.Bridge-B.com His books are available at: www.osv.com

March 14, 2013 – Monsignor Charles Murphy and Brian Kennelly

Ken’s first guest Monsignor Charles Murphy author of Eucharistic Adoration – Holy Hour Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (Ave Maria Press) This creative prayer compendium invites readers to spend an hour in Eucharistic adoration while meditating on the seven last words of Jesus and shows them how to do it. Charles Murphy also profiles seven contemporary Catholics–like Edith Stein and John Paul II–who are inspiring models of Eucharistic devotion. You can purchase his book at http://www.avemariapress.com
Ken’s second guest, Brian Kennelly discusses his novel Two Statues (Saint Benedict Press) Follow two heart warming friendships: Two unlikely retired neighbors and two priests who have know each other since seminary. You can purchase his book at https://books.benedictpress.com

March 7, 2013 – Dr. Diane Moczar

Ken talks with his guest Dr. Diane Moczar, author of Converts and Kingdoms-How the Church Converted the Pagan West and How We Can Do It Again (published by Catholic Answers) and Islam at the Gates – How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks (published by Sophia Institute Press) Dr Moczar tells the story of how early Christianity was able to spread to entire regions and countries. We also discuss the 500-year long siege of Europe by the Ottoman Turks. In both cases you will hear about brave saints who helped spread and defend the Gospel. You can purchase Dr Moczar’s books at http://shop.catholic.com/ and http://shop.sophiainstitute.com

February 28, 2013 – Daniel Burke

Ken talks with his guest Daniel Burke, author of Navigating the Interior Life-Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God (published by Emmaus Road) What is spiritual direction? What are my “blind spots” and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual riches Christ has for me? How can I better understand where I am in my spiritual progress? Daniel Burke’s book will give you the tools you need to understand how and why we grow and die in the spiritual life and what we can do about it. Visit his popular spiritual direction website: www.RCSpiritualDirection.com All the funds raised through books purchased at www.NavigatingtheInteriorLife.com go towards providing spiritual resources to the faithful poor and those who have taken a vow of poverty.

February 7, 2013 – Dr. Kevin Vost

Ken talks with his guest Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Memorize the Faith (and Most Anything Else) and Fit for Eternal Life –A Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul (both published by Sophia Institute Press). In his memory book, Dr. Vost describes a memory technique that anyone can use to improve their faith knowledge (He helped an 11 year old boy recite, in order, the names of all 265 popes from memory!) In his fitness book he tells us why it is important for Christians to be fit and provides advice gleaned from his 30+ years of bodybuilding and fitness experience. Visit his website: www.drvost.com Purchased his books at: shop.sophiainstitute.com

February 6, 2013 – Jeff Cavins

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Jeff Cavins noted Catholic TV and radio personality, author and family man about his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, his return to Catholicism and blessedly effective seminars and writings presented personally and through media presentations in your parish. (e.g. Psalms: The School of Prayer; The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation and the new series :Walking Toward Eternity and Galatians). Jeff will be in Sunbury, OH (Columbus) Friday, February 8th . Open Seating discussing his witness/book and CD I’m Not Being Fed at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury, OH 43074 (7:00 PM ) Psalms:The School of Prayer Presentation Sat. Feb 9th (SOLDOUT). The Bible Timeline Seminar will be presented Saturday, March 16, 2013; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at St. Margaret of York Parish; 9483 Columbia Rd., Loveland, OH 45140 (Friday night talk open seating “Making Sense of Suffering” 7:45-9:15 PM;) For More Info: Pilgrimages, Seminar Presentations; Dates and Places: www.jeffcavins.com and Media Programs www.biblestudyforcatholics.com

January 31, 2013 – Colleen Carroll Campbell and John Desjarlais

In the first half hour Ken talks with guest Colleen Carroll Campbell, author of My Sisters the Saints – A Spiritual Memoir (published by Image, an imprint of Random House). The author is the well know host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture program. Her new book chronicles her fifteen year quest to understand the meaning of her life and identity in light of her Christian faith and contemporary feminism. Visit her website: colleen-campbell.com Purchase her book at www.amazon.com

In the second half of the program Ken talks with Catholic mystery writer John Desjarlais author of Bleeder and sequel Viper (published by Sophia Institute Press) Bleeder is the gripping mystery of the death of a stigmatic priest on Good Friday. In the sequel, Viper, Selena De La Cruz investigates the murder of parishioners whose names have been entered in her parish’s Book of the Dead. Visit is website: www.johndesjarlais.com Purchased his books at: shop.sophiainstitute.com

January 17, 2013 – Dave Armstrong

On January 17th Ken talks with his guest Dave Armstrong, author of more than thirty books, about The Quotable Newman – A Definitive Guide to His Central Thoughts and Ideas and The Catholic Verses (both published by Sophia Institute Press). John Cardinal Newman — the 19th century British Cardinal recently pronounced “Blessed” by Pope Benedict XVI preached thousands of sermons, wrote scores of books, and published countless articles explaining our Catholic faith. Dave Armstrong, himself drawn forth from Protestantism by the power of Cardinal Newman’s words, shares Newman’s wisdom with others.In The Catholic Verses Armstrong shows that a fair-minded reading of these Bible passages supports the Catholic position on key issues that divide Protestants from Catholics. To learn more about Dave Armstrong visit www.biblicalcatholic.com His book can be purchased at http://shop.sophiainstitute.com

January 10, 2013 – Judy Zarick

Ken talks with his guest Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith – Stories from American Catholic Radio (published by Franciscan Media). Judy is the producer of the “Sharing Faith” segment on American Catholic Radio – which can be heard here on Radio Maria. She has interviewed over 300 people about their inspirational stories. In her book you will find dozens of short stories of people living out their faith life. To learn more about the American Catholic Radio program visit www.franciscanmedia.org. Her book can be purchased at www.catalog.franciscanmedia.org

January 3, 2013 – Jason Evert

Ken talks with his guest Jason Evert, co-author with his wife Crystalina, of How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing your Soul – 21 Secrets for Women (published by Totus Tuus Publishing). Jason has spoken internationally to more than one million people about the virtue of chastity. He is a best-selling author of a dozen books, including Theology of the Body for Teens, If you Really Loved Me, Pure Love, and Raising Pure Teens. Visit Jason’s website: www.jasonevert.com His books can be purchased at www.howtofindyoursoulmate.com

December 13, 2012 – Daniel Horan, O.F.M.

Ken talks with his guest Daniel Horan, O.F.M. author of Dating God – Live and Love in the Way of St Francis. The author points out that the desire, uncertainty, and love we experience in relationship with God resembles our earthly relationships: We set aside time for the people who are most important to us. Horan reminds us that St. Francis of Assisi understood and even described his relationship with God in a similar way. For more information visit his website is www.danhoran.com He blogs at www.datinggod.org His books can be purchased at catalog.franciscanmedia.org

December 6, 2012 – Lisa Hendey

Ken talks with his guest Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms – Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul and O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. Lisa is the founder and editor of www.catholicmom.com a website focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting, and Catholic cultural topics. In the “handbook” you will find advice and resources for the Catholic mom. In her new book for Advent you will find prayers that a family can use to establish a family tradition of praying during Advent. For more information visit Lisa’s website is www.lisahendey.com She blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/lisahendey Her books can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.

December 6, 2012 – The Importance & Urgency of Fatima For the Church, Our Nation & the World Today

In the inaugural program of Fatima Today, Deacon Bob Ellis speaks with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Cofounder – Christian Friars of the Renewal / Author – “Fatima For Today”.
They discuss:
1. Quotes and commentary on the words of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on the relevance, importance and urgency of Fatima today.
2. Why Father Aposltoli wrote “Fatima For Today”
3. Status and mission of the World Apostolate of Fatima

For information about the Blue Army visit www.bluearmy.com.
For information about Fr. Apostoli’s pilgrimage to fatima visit www.bluearmytours.com.

Click here to email Deacon Bob or write to fatimatoday(at)earthlink.net.

November 29, 2012 – Eric Sammons

Ken talks with his guest Eric Sammons, author of Holiness for Everyone – The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva. The early Church held that all believers could achieve holiness. Over time, this conviction was largely forgotten. Sainthood seemed to be an honor only intended for a select few among the priests and religious. Eric Sammons tells us how Spanish priest and canonized saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, recovered the message of the universal call to holiness. His legacy is the belief that each of us can, by God’s grace, achieve holiness through the course of our ordinary life and work. You can download the introduction and 1st chapter of his book at www.ericsammons.com You can read all of St Escriva’s writings for free at www.escrivaworks.org His book can be purchased at catalog.osv.com

November 8, 2012 – Nancy Mayer-Whittington

Ken talks with his guest Nancy Mayer-Whittington author of For the Love of Angela (Saint Catherine of Siena Press) Her book is an inspirational memoir in which Nancy recounts her experience of carrying and delivering her daughter, Angela, who died shortly after birth. The author focuses on how her Catholic faith saved her in these circumstances and how her relationship with Angela has changed and enriched her life. To learn more about Nancy and her story read this article in “The Catholic World Report” magazine www.catholicworldreport.com To learn more about the support group Nancy cofounded visit www.isaiahspromise.net Her book can be purchased at www.saintcatherineofsienapress.com

November 1, 2012 – Chris Haw

Ken talks with his guest Chris Haw author of From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart – Rekindling My Love for Catholicism (Ave Maria Press) Chris’s journey spans contemporary American Christianity–from a nominal Catholic background to megachurch Evangelicalism, to a new monastic community, and then back to Catholicism after an intense spiritual experience on Good Friday. Visit his website at www.chris-haw.com His book can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.

October 25, 2012 – Bruce Sullivan

Ken talks with his guest Bruce Sullivan, author of Christ In His Fullness – A Protestant Minister Discovers the Fullness of Christ in the Catholic Church (published by Coming Home Resources) Christ In His Fullness details the journey of Bruce Sullivan into the Catholic Church. This book presents a full-length treatment of the primary issue that propelled Bruce on his journey, namely that of authority. But perhaps more importantly, it emphasizes in a positive way the great gift awaiting all who will embrace the Catholic faith, the gift of having Christ in all of His fullness. To purchase a copy of his book visit www.chnetwork.org

October 18, 2012 – Ruth Haley Barton

Ken talks with his guest Ruth Haley Barton, author of Pursuing God’s Will Together – A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (InterVarsity Press) Meetings can sap our energy, rupture community and thoroughly demoralize us. What if there was another way? Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on models adapted from the business world. Ruth Haley Barton, president of the Transforming Center, helps teams transition to a much more suitable model–the spiritual community that discerns God’s will together. In these pages you will discover personal and group practices that will lead you into a new way of experiencing community and listening to God together. To purchase and autographed copy of her book and learn more about the Transforming Center visit www.thetransformingcenter.org

October 11, 2012 – Joe Paprocki and Jenna Steiger

In the first half hour Ken talks with Joe Paprocki, author of 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness – Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul (Loyola Press) Joe helps us see the Christian faith not as a collection of rules and doctrine, but as a spiritual path–a path whose guideposts for spiritual wellness are sure to lead us to a more meaningful life and to a much richer experience of our faith. Visit Joe’s website at www.catechistsjourney.com His book is available at www.loyolapress.com

Ken’s guest in the second half hour was Jenna Steiger who talked about the Dynamic Catholic Book Program. This is a fantastic program where a wide range of great Catholic books are available for as little as $2 a copy. For details visit: www.dynamiccatholic.com/parishbookprogram

October 4, 2012 – Heidi Bratton

Ken talks with Heidi Bratton, author of Homegrown Faith – Nurturing Your Catholic Family (Servant Books) A series of insightful and often humorous weekly reflections on raising faithful Catholic families, Homegrown Faith, draws on familiar situations—sibling rivalry, fender-benders, lost shoes before Mass—to reveal unexpected sacramental riches. Visit Heidi’s website at http://www.heidibratton.com Her book is available at www.franciscanmedia.org

September 27, 2012 – Dr. John Bergsma

Ken talks with Dr John Bergsma, author of Bible Basics for Catholics – A New Picture of Salvation History (published Ave Maria Press) From biblical scholar John Bergsma—two-time Teacher of the Year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville—comes Bible Basics for Catholics, a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the “big picture” of salvation history. This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma’s wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan University. Those looking for a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and its great figures will find this book to be an easily accessible and enlightening resource. Visit Dr Bergsma’s website at http://johnbergsma.com/ His book is available at  https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-291-3/Bible-Basics-for-Catholics/

September 25, 2012 – Melissa Stewart, DNP, RN

Guest- Melissa Stewart, DNP, RN, author of Practical Patient Literacy, a book on health teaching and learning published by McGraw Hill in 22 languages.

September 20, 2012 – Jared Zimmerer

Ken talks with Jared Zimmerer, author of The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights – Recommendations to the Devout Body Builder (published by Bezalel Books) This is a great book that talks about how fitness can help us grow in holiness.  That may not be such an obvious connection, but I would invite you to listen in.  Jared give some great guidance, for example, are we being prideful and sinful by wanting to improve our bodies? Jared and his book will help explain how to avoid this trap. Jared blogs at http://strengthforthekingdom.blogspot.com His book is available at  http://www.bezalelbooks.com/bookstore.html

 

August 23, 2012 – Deacon John Green

Ken talks with Deacon John Green, author of Streetwalking with Jesus – Reaching Out in Justice and Mercy (published by Our Sunday Visitor). For over two decades John has been ministering to inter-city men on the margins of society. John shares the lessons he learned through the stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction and sexual sin – while encounter Christ in the process. Learn more about Deacon Green’s ministry at www.streets.org and www.streetwalkingwithjesus.com John’s wife has a vital role in his ministry and is a singer/songwriter. To learn more, and listen to some of her music, visit www.greenchoby.com John’s book is available at www.osv.com

August 21, 2012 – Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D.

My Guest on the Quest will be veteran pro-life activist and Catholic author-theologian-professor-and mother-Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., author of a soon-to-be-released book titled Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars. Abandoned has been praised by several pro-life leaders: Father Frank Pavone, Jill Stanek, Joe Scheidler, Teresa Tomeo, Jack Ames, David Bereit, Al Kresta, and best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza, who wrote:
“Quite simply, this is the best book ever written on abortion. Beautifully written, this is about the consequences of Roe v. Wade, as seen through the eyes of one woman, who tells a clear and compelling story with passion but without fanaticism. On a subject that is often heavy and depressing, this is a hard-hitting yet compassionate and moving book. Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought such a narrative could be done, only now it has been done.”

August 16, 2012

Ken talks with Brandon Vogt, author of The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet (Published by Our Sunday Visitor). Brandon tells us how Christians can harness all the new media tools to reach out, teach, cultivate community, and change the world. Brandon blogs at two websites, bother are a treasure trove of great information: www.brandonvogt.com and www.churchandnewmedia.com His book is available at www.osv.com

Summer Reading List

In response to listener requests, Ken Huck has put together a summer reading list for 2012. Ken hosts the program Meet the Author on Thursday afternoons and has compiled a list of great Catholic books for summer reading. You can find the list at radiomaria.us/meettheauthor.