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New Host For Thursday’s Catechism Hour

Fr. Richard BretoneWe’d like to announce a new priest who has joined the Radio Maria family. On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Fr. Richard Bretone will come onboard, hosting Thursday’s Catechism program. Fr. Bretone has been a Roman Catholic priest of the Brooklyn Diocese for 25 years. He is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries; part-time associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; part-time Chaplain at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; and, Director of Heaven’s Embrace (a 46 acre retreat property of the Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries). Fr. Bretone has diverse interests, including teaching courses for The Diocesan Pastoral Institute on Vatican II, and the New Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. An artist, his art work has been featured in articles in The Tablet, and he participated in the inaugural art show of A.S.A.P. in Soho, New York. He has given Days of Recollection and Retreats for Religious, Deacons and the Laity throughout his local and surrounding dioceses, and has also conducted Healing Masses. Please tune in on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern, and meet Fr. Bretone, as he instructs us on the faith.

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.

October 18, 2014

Deacon Bob explains why the story and message of Fatima are such exceptional tools for the New Evangelization.

August 13, 2014 – Father Brian Phelps

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Father Brian Phelps, formerly a teacher, coach and warehousing worker who is now Parochial Vicar at The Church of The Incarnation, Centerville, Ohio about his life and every involving and revolving ministry as a young recently ordained priest. What is life in the seminary, as an intern and deacon, call to the priesthood all about? Hear how the concrete prayerful influence of his family’s Catholic focus in parish and family life in Cincinnati and his life experiences in faith and challenging questions led him to answer The Call….and all it involves.

July 29, 2013 – What Is Faith?

We all use the word faith quite often and believe we understand what it means, but do we really understand the deeper meaning of faith as it relates to journey toward God. In this informative conversation, Frances speaks with Deacon Tracy Jamison of the Diocese of Cincinnati. Dr. Jamison is both a Deacon and a professor at the seminary in the Diocese of Cincinnati, and has published articles on the issues of faith and prayer, and more specifically how prayer serves as a means to nurture and strengthen out faith. Finally, drawing on specific Carmelite texts, Deacon Jamison demonstrates how prayer and faith play a vital role in our spiritual journey. This is both a very informative discussion, and very timely as we move toward the end of the “Year of Faith” in the Church.

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.

January 14, 2013 – Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They discuss the “Living in Love” marriage program that Deacon and Paullette have been teaching in their diocese. The discussion includes how to approach marriage as a proactive “vocation”, how to love “smarter”, being “spiritually naked” in prayer, relating rather than debating, anger, being a couple “first” and being a “living” sign. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides the inspiration and motivation to live a life of total mutual self-donation. Conjugal spirituality is a sacramental couple’s way of loving.

January 9, 2013 – Why Be Catholic? (Hector Molina, guest speaker)

This episode will address the following questions: “Why should I listen to a Church that makes all of these rules that inhibit my freedom to do what I want?” and “What’s the big deal about being Catholic and why does it matter?” After examining the truth and beauty of Divine Revelation, Deacon Harold and Catholic evangelist Hector Molina will show how we unite ourselves to Jesus in an intimate and personal way through the sacraments and how we can spread the Gospel by the witness of our lives.

December 13, 2012 – Fatima & Fear

This week, Deacon Bob Ellis connects the words “Be Not Afraid” heard repeatedly at Fatima with the scripture reading for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. Deacon Bob focuses on dispelling fear with assurances of God’s guidance, protection and consolation in scripture and at Fatima.

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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 14, 2012 – Dcn. Ralph Poyo & Fr. Rick Martignetti

Mark Newman speaks with Deacon Ralph Poyo and Fr. Rick Martignetti, two powerful leaders as they share their faith, hope and vision for the Church today.

July 3, 2012 – Ray Noble

In this program, Steve speaks with Ray Noble.He is a deacon in the Catholic Church, a retired attorney and law professor with a very interesting background in the law and ministry. Our focus is on the current status of the PPFCA and what the country and the Church will be doing to continue fighting for religious liberty. Ray blogs at http://deusetpatria.com .

June 19, 2012 – Deacon Jim Hendrix

Mark speaks with Deacon Jim Hendrix about his conversion journey from Southern Baptist to Vietnam to Roman Catholicism.

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

January 23, 2012 – John Rex, Jonathon Dupuy, and Steve Scaffidi

In this episode, Kathie speaks with John Rex. Rex discusses his journey from being a Non-Catholic to being an Ordained Church Deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She then talks with Jonathon Dupuy about his part in the refreshing and beautiful movie, Sojourners. Special Guest, Steve Scaffidi also calls in. He discusses his experience as the producer of Sojourners.

December 26, 2011 – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

In this episode of Sacred Treasures, Kathie talks to Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. Deacon is a public speaker who shares the truths of the faith to bring souls closer to Christ in their daily lives.