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May 31, 2012 – Austen Ivereigh

Ken talks with British author Austen Ivereigh about his new book, How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice (published by Our Sunday Visitor) At one time or another each of us has likely found ourselves being appointed the spokesperson for the Catholic Church. This can happen at work, with a friend or a neighbor.  Dr Ivereigh’s book will help you better respond to being put on the spot, and I’m sure you will enjoy our discussion. https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1222

May 24, 2012 – Mary Sperry

Ken talks with author Mary Sperry about her new book, Bible Top Tens – 40 Fun and Intriguing Lists to Inspire and Inform (published by Out Sunday Visitor) This book is intended to open Scripture in a brand new way.  By organizing important people, places, and events into lists, we can reframe our experience and understanding of /God’s Word.  Here you will be introduced to the top ten women with attitude, top sibling rivalries, the heroes, and the villains. Her book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/catalog.aspx?search=top+tens

May 17, 2012 – Emily Stimpson

Ken talks with author Emily Stimpson about her new book, The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Year – The Nuts and Bolts of Staying Sane and Happy While Waiting for Mr. Right  (published by Emmaus Road) As hopeful and honest as it is fun and faithful, this is the perfect companion for women whose journey to “I do” is turning out to be a longer one than they (or their mothers) would have liked. Emily has a website at: http://www.emilystimpson.com/

Her book is available at http://www.emmausroad.org/pbFONT-colorff6600FREE-20-GIFT-CARD-WITH-PURCHASEbfontp-of-The-Catholic-Girls-Survival-Guide-P11716.aspx

April 26, 2012 – Fr Louis Cameli

Ken talks with guest Fr Louis Cameli author of The Devil You Don’t Know – Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Cameli paints a challenging , unsettling portrait of the devil as a formidable adversary who works great harm, often in quite, less-visible ways.  Fr Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-272-7/The-Devil-You-Dont-Know/

April 19, 2012 – Lorene Duquin

Ken talks with guest Lorene Hanley Duquin author of When a Loved One Leaves the Church (Published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lorene has been in ministry to inactive and alienated Catholics since 1992 in the Diocese of Buffalo.  She has conducted lectures and workshops in both the US and Canada.  In her book she addresses the reasons loved ones leave the Church and how you can overcome guilt, heartache, and what you can do to keep lines of communication open.  Her book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=940

April 16, 2012 – Fr. Sousa and Michael Madere

In this program, Kathie talks to Fr. Ed Sousa, Jr.  Fr. Sousa discusses how Medjugorje and the Rosary inspired him in discovering the depth of his vocation to serve God and man as a hospital chaplain.

Kathie also speaks with Michael Madere, Co-Owner of Catholic Producitons. He talks about the Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, Dr. Brandt Pitre. Dr. Pitre is an author, CD and DVD producer, and renown public speaker. They discuss his latest book: Jesus and His Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.

March 29, 2012 – Christine Watkins

Ken talks with guest Christine Watkins author of Full of Grace – Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary’s Intercession (Ave Maria Press) In her book Christine tells her own dramatic story of miraculous healing and conversion to the Catholic Church, along with the stories of five others.  You will read stories as varied as a homeless drug addict, and a modern day hero who has rescued thousands of children and was nominated for a Nobel Prize.  Visit her website at www.christinewatkins.com  You can purchase her book at: https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-226-3/Full-of-Grace/

March 22, 2012 – Rick Wagner

Ken talks with guest Rick Wagner, author of Remember What’s Important (St Catherine of Siena Press) Rick is the principal of St Guerin Catholic High School. In his book you will find essays, letters and reflections on family life and school life.  This book is important for any spouse, parent, or educator.  You will be enlighten and moved by Rick’s book. Rick will be ordained a deacon in June, 2012.  Visit St Guerin’s website at www.guerincatholic.org. You can purchase his book at: http://saintcatherineofsienapress.com/rickwagner.html

March 15, 2012 – Allen Hunt

Ken talks with guest Allen Hunt, author of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor – How I discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church (Beacon Publishing) Allen is a well know talk radio personality – he is the host of the Allen Hunt Show in Atlanta.  Until 2007, he was the pastor of one of the largest Methodist congregations in the US.  He entered the Catholic Church in January 2008.  Visit his website at www.allenhuntshow.com  Allen works closely with Matthew Kelly and The Dynamic Catholic Institute, and his book can be obtained by just paying S&H at: http://www.dynamiccatholic.com/AllenHuntbooks

March 1, 2012 Paula Huston

Ken talks with author Paula Huston, author of Simplifying the Soul – Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit (Ave Maria Pres) In her book, Paula Huston has created a mini Lenten retreat with daily activities that include: readings from the Desert Fathers and scripture, meditation, and a daily activity.  Paula draws about her experience as a Benedictine oblate. Her book would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a daily Lenten practice. Visit Paula’s website www.paulahuston.com. Her book can be purchased at: https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-269-7/Simplifying-the-Soul/

February 23, 2012 – Andreas Widmer

Ken talks with author Andreas Widmer author of The Pope & The CEO – John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard (Emmaus Road Publishing) Andreas Widmer was a member of the Papal Swiss Guard in the 1980’s and had personal contact with Pope John Paul II on a regular basis. He was able to observer how John Paul II interacted with those around him and has applied the lessons he learned to his current work as an entrepreneur. Visit Andreas’s website www.thepopeandtheceo.com where you can find a number of photos and videos. The book can be purchased at: http://www.emmausroad.org/The-Pope-and-The-CEO-P11306.aspx

Jeff Cavins – February 22, 2012

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks  with Jeff Cavins  noted Catholic  TV  and radio personality, author and family man, about his  return to Catholicism, his  blessedly effective  Great Adventure Bible Timeline and   his  topic Friday evening Forgiving When You Don’t Feel Like It   March 9,  and Saturday March 10 when he presents The  Bible Timeline Seminar at  Incarnation Parish in Centerville, OH.  Incarnation parishioners Ruth Reeve and Mary Bull  also join  Francesca  in the  studio at the University of Dayton Marian Library.   

February 16, 2011 – Claudia Cangilla McAdam

 Ken talks with author Claudia Cangilla McAdam author of the novel Awakening (Sophia Institute Press) In this novel you will meet fourteen year old Ronnie who is struggling with the loss of her father and brother. She falls asleep and finds herself waking up in Jerusalem – just days before the crucifixion. Claudia also talks about the presentations she makes to classrooms either in person or over the internet. Visit Claudia’s website www.claudiamcadam.com where you can read the first four chapters, and download the study guides for teachers and book clubs. Her book can be purchased at: http://shop.sophiainstitute.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=409

February 9, 2011- Regina and Andrew

Ken speaks with Regina Doman and husband,  Andrew In this special St Valentine’s Day program, Ken talks with authors Regina Doman and her husband Andrew (Schmiedicke) about his book Our Fairy Tale Romance- How I met a Princess in Disguise and Convinced Her to Marry Me (Chesterton Press) Regina is the author of the popular Fairy Tale Novels, and Andrew tells the story of their meeting, courtship and marriage in his book. Later in the discussion Regina talks about the John Paul II High series (by Christian M. Frank) that she edits. This series (three and, soon to be four books) is also published by Chesterton Press – visit www.johnpaul2high.com All book can be purchases at: www.chestertonpress.com

February 2, 2011- Julie Davis

 Ken talks with author and blogger Julie Davis, author of Happy Catholic – Glimpses of God in Everyday Life (published by Servant Books) Julie begins her book with her remarkable conversion story. Her conversion resulted in her “consuming” books about her new found faith, and she finds the wonder and joy of God surrendering her in everyday experiences. One thing leads to another, and she began her Happy Catholic blog site. Her book, Happy Catholic, is a series of quotes from such diverse sources as books, movies, and TV shows with each quote followed by a reflection. Her blog can be found at http://happycatholic.blogspot.com Her book can be purchases at: http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/p/hc-store-buy-book.html

January 26, 2011- Jacqui Rapp

Ken talks with canon lawyer Jacqui Rapp, author of Annulment – 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics (published by Servant Books) Jacqui is an independent canonical consultant and has acted in many different capacities for several dioceses. Listen is as Ken and Jacqui talk about the annulment process, and some of the most common questions and misconceptions regarding marriage annulment. Jacqui is the author of numerous articles and gives talks on marriage, and works with engaged couple in her parish.  Her website is kycanonist.com Her book can be purchases at: http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16873

January 19, 2011- Fr. Larry Richards

Ken talks with Fr Larry Richards, author of Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will (published by Our Sunday Visitor) Fr Larry Richards is a gifted and captivating speaker, retreat master and now author. In this latest book you will find that Fr Larry writes as speaks! Fr Larry discusses those things in life that you hold onto so tightly that you can’t surrender it in order to receive everything God wants to give you. Enjoy this energetic exchange with Fr Larry. You can get an autographed copy of  Fr Larry’s book at his website www.fatherlarry.com   His book can also be purchases at: https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1078

January 12, 2012 – Dr Paul Thigpen

Ken talks with Dr Paul Thigpen, author of Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions (published by Our Sunday Visitor)  A very popular conference speaker, and the author of nearly forty books, Dr Thigpen is known as “The Catholic Answer Man” to some of his friends. Dr Thigpen drew on his many years of editing The Catholic Answer magazine to put together a book of answers to fascinating questions about our Catholic faith. His book can be purchases at: https://catalog.osv.com/catalog.aspx?search=thigpen&x=0&y=0

January 9, 2012 – Brian Gail and Robye Harvey

In this program, Kathie talks to well-known author, Brian Gail. He has written a trilogy of book, Motherless, Fatherless and Childless. His books are fictional accounts of the dangerous spiritual and cultural direction our nation has chosen in not following the commandments.

Kathie also speaks to Robey Harvey about how the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje interceded in helping an infertile mother have four children after hearing that she could never conceive or carry a child.

January 5, 2012 – Abby Johnson

Ken talks with Abby Johnson, author of the bestseller UnPLANNED (published by Ignatius Press), and Shawn Carney who plays a significant role in Abby’s move from abortion clinic director to one of the most powerful voices in the ProLife movement. Abby worked for an abortion clinic for eight years, from 2001 to 2009, progressing from volunteer to clinic director. In October of 2009, after watching the witness and compassion of ProLife volunteers for those eight years, Abby literally “crossed over the fence” to join the ProLife movement. This is an amazing story of God’s grace and mercy. To learn more about 40 Days for Life visit www.40daysforlife.com To read Abby’s blog and see her speaking schedule visit www.abbyjohnson.org and her book can be purchased at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/UNP-P/unplanned.aspx

Roy Schoeman – November 16, 2011

FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed.  talks with author  Roy Schoeman, son of German  Jewish Holocaust refugees  about growing up in New York in a traditional Jewish family, studying Judaism under some of the most  prominent Jewish rabbis  in contemporary American Jewry;  and how through a series of  dramatic conversion experiences  he came to embrace the Catholic faith “enthusiastically.”  Roy speaks to “What we know about the Jewish people from the Catechism and  Scripture regarding the Second Coming and  why he wrote his books:  Salvation Is From the Jews  and  HONEY FROM THE ROCK; Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ.  (www.salvationisfromthejews.com). 

October 24, 2011 – Liz Lev

Art Historian, author, Vatican Guide and public speaker, Liz Lev speaks about her recent work and book, The Tigress of Forli: Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici.

October 13, 2011- Father Thomas Morrow

October 13, 2011 Father Thomas Morrow Be Holy – A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life

Ken talks with author Father Thomas Morrow about his book Be Holy – A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life (published by Servant Books) If you’re hoping to get to heaven, you’ll need a plan. Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven later. His book can be purchased at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16878 For other useful resources by Fr. Morrow visit www.cfalive.org and www.tgmorrow.com

September 29, 2011 – Marcus Grodi

September 29, 2011 Marcus Grodi How Firm a Foundation

Ken talks with author Marcus Grodi, well known host of The Journey Home TV program, about his novel How Firm a Foundation (published by CHResources) This compelling story follows Pastor Stephen as he discovers the truth in the Catholic Church.  Marcus also discusses the long awaited sequel, Pillar and Bulwark, which will be available in December.  His book can be purchased at https://chresources.com/proddetail.php?prod=2582

September 15, 2011 – Lorene Duquin

 Ken talks with author Lorene Duquin and discussed her book Recovering Faith – Stories of Catholics Who Came Home (published by Our Sunday Visitor). This book contains the stories of 18 Catholics who returned to the Church.  Many of the stories are by very well know individuals, including actor Martin Sheen, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, best selling author Dean Kootz and our own Father John Fletcher –  who many of our listeners will know because of his programs here on Radio Maria.  Her book can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ref=osvtn&ProductCode=T1137

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 . 

September 8, 2011 – Charles Zech Best Practices in Parish Stewardship

Ken talks with author Charles Zech and discussed his book “Best Practices in Parish Stewardship (published by Our Sunday Visitor). This is the most comprehensive analysis of stewardship activities ever published. The author explores more than just the impact of stewardship on parish income — he also analyzes time and talent contributions, measuring everything from volunteer activity to Mass attendance to outreach programs such as prison ministries or soup kitchen sponsorship. Get ideas and results by understanding what works and doesn’t work at stewardship parishes across the country. Every parish can benefit from this insightful study and learn how to approach stewardship in exciting, productive, and faith-building ways. His book can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?ProductCode=T731

Kate Wicker – September 07, 2011

FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. speaks with Kate Wicker, mom, author and health advocate about  replacing what the media teaches us about how we should view our bodies with what God teaches us, raising healthy happy daughters relating to body image, eating disorders; temperance/food and more. Kate is a Catholic wife, mother of four, and author. When she’s not eradicating her home of hazardous waste, Kate serves as a senior writer and health columnist for Faith & Family magazine. She has written for numerous regional and national media, including Atlanta Parent, Catholic Exchange, CatholicMom.com, Catholic News Agency, Children’s Ministry Magazine, Crisis Magazine, Family Fun, Fathers For Good, Pregnancy, Pittsburgh Parent, and Woman’s Day. In addition, Kate is a regular voice on the Faith & Family LIVE! podcast.To learn more, please visit her web site at KateWicker.com.

September 1, 2011- Amy Welborn Prove It! series of books

Ken talks with author Amy Welborn about the six books in her Prove It! series.  The series is for teens and young adults and covers: God, Jesus, Church, Prayer, You and there is also a Prove It! Bible (all published by Our Sunday Visitor).  Amy uses her background as a Catholic high school religion teacher to address issues faced by young Catholics. Her books can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?ProductCode=396

August 25, 2011 – Brain Gail Trilogy: Fatherless, Motherless and Childless

Ken talks with author Brian Gail about his two best-selling Catholic novels:  Fatherless, Motherless, and the soon to be published Childless. (Emmaus Road Publishing) This trilogy follows the decades long journey of Father John Sweeny and his parishioners as they struggle with ethical and moral dilemmas common in American culture.  His books can be purchased at www.emmausroad.org

August 18, 2011- A Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters

Ken talks with editor and author Robert Lockwood about his book A Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters (Loyola Press). Returning Catholics—those who drifted away from the faith but are now interested in coming back—are sure to find A Faith for Grown-Ups a most helpful resource as they try to reconnect with the faith as adults. With great wit and keen understanding, author Robert Lockwood explores the common experience of growing up Catholic from the 1950s through the 1970s and invites fallen-away Catholics to return to the Catholic faith and experience an adult spirituality, rich in meaning. His book can be purchased at http://www.loyolapress.com/faith-for-grown-ups-a-midlife-conversation.htm

July 14, 2011 – The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God

 The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God.  The Story of Ruth Pakaluk, Convert, Mother, Pro-Life Activist.

 Ken talks with Dr Michael Pakaluk the editor of The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God.  The Story of Ruth Pakaluk, Convert, Mother, Pro-Life Activist published by Ignatius Press.  In today’s anti-life society, the world needs the example of women who are beacons for the culture of life.  Well know author Peter Kreeft knew Ruth and has said that Ruth was the most effective and inspiring pro-life speaker he had ever heard.  She was such a compelling, articulate pro-life debater that eventually Planned Parenthood spokeswomen refuse to spar with her in public. Kreeft goes on to say, “In this book you will meet a truly wonderful person.” Dr Pakaluk’s book can be purchased at: http://www.ignatius.com/Products/ASMG-P/the-appalling-strangeness-of-the-mercy-of-god.aspx

June 30, 2011 – Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew

Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew

Ken talks with author Eric Sammons about his book Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew, published by Our Sunday Visitor. Eric explores the many names for Jesus, e.g., rabbi, prophet, teacher etc., found in Matthew’s Gospel, while drawing on the Old Testament, Early Church Fathers, and historical sources to draw the reader into a fuller understanding of Jesus.

A convert to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism, Eric was received into the Catholic Church in 1993 and has received a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He lives with his wife Suzan and five children in Maryland, but will soon be working in full time ministry in Florida.

New Program on Catholic Liturature

Meet the Author is a new program on Radio Maria starting Thursday, June 16 at 3pm eastern (2pm central). Ken Huck will take a look into Catholic literature and interview authors from around the world.

To kick off the program and the summer, Ken has put together a recommended summer reading list. Tune in each Thursday afternoon to learn about some of the rich Catholic publications that are available and hear from the authors as well.

Click here to view the summer reading list.

March 01, 2011 – ‘The Heart of the Caregiver’

Warren Hebert Interviews author Mary Tutterow about her book, The Heart of the Caregiver. This Bible study for family caregivers includes conversations from Chapter 4, Knowing God and Chapter 5, You Are Loved. This is a great scripture study for those struggling with the taxing role of family caregiver.

February 1, 2011 – ‘The Heart of the Caregiver’

Mary Tutterow is the author of ‘The Heart of the Caregiver’, a bible study for family caregivers. In Chapter 3, God is Still Sovereign’, she explores the challenges family caregivers have with the faith journey in the midst of much difficulty. As the mother of a special needs child who also has medical needs, Mary speaks, and writes from scripture and her personal experience.

The Winds of Time – Nov. 17, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Rich DiSilvio of Massapequa, NY; architectural designer and remodeler, artist, illustrator, new media developer, educational software programmer, publisher and author.
Rich will be discussing his book “The Winds of Time” about the Roman/Italian influences that shaped Western Civilization and most pointedly modern America including the beginning of the Republic and how America emulated it.
“With America’s future and very survival in mind, the author reveals many lessons and warnings that only the past can provide.”
For more information on Rich DiSilvio a highly creative and astute Italian-American visit www.TheWindsOfTime.com.

July 31, 2010 – Dr. Chris Kahlenborn

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, author of Breast Cancer: Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, about his book and research on how and why breast cancer is preventable, and how abortion and the birth control pill greatly increase a woman’s risk.