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August 6, 2013 – Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

I am always especially excited to be able to interview one of Christs’ Vicars here on Earth. Bishop Paprocki is the “Ordinary” for the Diocese of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, and by no means is he”ordinary”. He is probably in the best physical condition of all the US bishops. He runs marathons (18 and counting) and still plays ice hockey (goalie) on an amateur team.

He has written a book–Holy Goals for Body and Soul–that extols the virtues and demands of athletics and their application to life. It is loaded with interesting stories from sports and their practical lessons for everyday life. I highly recommend it as a gift for any athlete or sports enthusiast.

The goalie is the last line of defense, and courage is essential. So it is with a bishop, as he is the final authority for his diocese and when something is wrong, he has the responsibility to address the problem. Bishop Paprocki has taken the heat for his 2012 pastoral letter on a Catholic’s responsibility to take his/er faith into the voting booth, and he has spoken clearly in defense of marriage.

Bishop Paprocki is also a lawyer and quite willing to offer guidance to the Illinois State legislature and other state officials in Springfield. Illinois does not have a strong pro-life/family reputation [ranked 36th by Americans United for Life–www.aul.org/states/illinois], so some recent decisions are surprising. Does he see “evolving”? Is he a stimulant for evolution in Illinois?

July 28, 2013 – “He appointed twelve whom he also named Apostles”

Mountain was a symbol of prayer and of God’s presence. When Jesus Christ scaled the mountain to elect his twelve Apostles, he made such election a prayer event. We saw this pattern repeated in the early Church as they elected other Apostles and deacons. This manner of elections seems to be lost in modern election rigging, cronyism, and nepotism. Hence, public office is fraught with less God-gearing service people. What happens to the method of Christ and the Apostolic style?

June 26, 2013 – An Unexpected Discovery: A Young Man’s Journey to the Catholic Church

In this program I interview a young Christian, Jared, with a fascinating story. He is considering entering the Catholic Church! His story begins when, at 17 years old, he wondered what he believed about God and why. He first searched the roots of his Protestant faith, but this increased his concerns. He did not understand why some of the teachings of the founders, like Calvin and Luther, were no longer part of his denomination’s practice. Discouraged by not finding satisfactory answers, he studied some Eastern religions, only to discover in that process a thread that would lead him to the last place he expected: the Catholic Church! Now, he is devoting himself to studying the Catholic Church as the one Church founded by Our Lord. With a conviction he attributes to Our Lady, Jared hopes to enter the Catholic Church as soon as possible.

May 13, 2013 – Fr. Jeff Droessler, STL

Host Kathleen Beckman and Fr. Jeffrey Droessler dialogue about his calling from a successful business to the priesthood, and how faith was necessary to make the transition. They discuss Father’s thesis on “St. Catherine of Genoa’s Mysticism of Purgatory in light of the teaching of the Doctrine of the Church, Doctors of the Church, other Saints and Popes”. Father shares about the type of suffering in Purgatory, God’s mercy, and what is meant by “Purgatory on earth” and more.

May 6, 2013 – Fr. Al Baca

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Al Baca, Director of Ecumenical & Inter Religious Affairs for the diocese of Orange and Pastor of St. Cecilia’s Parish, on how the communion of saints help us on our journey of faith, hope and love. They discuss the communion of the Church of heaven and earth. They share how the saints have helped in their respective spiritual lives; and the communion of the three states of the Church (CCC 954).

Paul’s Journey of Faith with Fr. Dempsey R. Acosta

Paul’s Journey of Faith is a weekly exposition of some relavent themes of Scripture in connection to the Year of Faith. Fr. Acosta presents a scholarly yet down to earth approach to the characters, notions and concepts of the New Testament baed upon a Semitic mind-set with the help of the Tradition and Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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

The English Reformation Today with Stephanie Mann

“The English Reformation Today” tells the story of the English Reformation and its aftermath, focusing on how it affected Catholics in England after their Church was driven underground and their Faith and its practice outlawed. The series also highlights the on-going significance of the English Reformation today in many ways: issues of religious freedom; ecumenical issues between the Catholic Church and the Church of England, etc.

August 3, 2012 – Mary in the life of St Raphael Kalinowski

On this program Mark and Frances speak again about the importance of Mary in the life of St Raphael Kalinowski. They also discuss the role he played in helping to bring unity between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox churches. Finally, they discuss how St. Kalinowski was actually a forerunner for the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. Primarily his teaching on the significance of the Evangelical Counsels is explained. Furthermore, the importance of the Evangelical Counsels is discussed as a central theme in a life of holiness.

April 26, 2012 – The Role of the Magisterium in Catholic Bioethics

The Role of the Magisterium in Catholic Bioethics
Guest: Systematic Theologian, Professor Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, MI
Points to Make: Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Magisterium, Lumen Gentium, the Role of Peter’s Successor to the Bishops in Faith and Morals.

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.

Top 10 Summer Reading List

This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.

1. Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid. This is a collection of eleven conversion stories, and is a favorite book to give to anyone who may be interested in the Catholic Church. If you like this book, there are two additional volumes – Surprised by Truth 2 and Surprised by Truth 3

2.Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. This is the new 2011 edition with a slightly different title, and an additional 30,000 words, of Rediscovering Catholicism that was published in 2002. If you would like an inexpensive copy of this book go to www.DynamicCatholic.com

3. Father Elijah by Michael D. O’Brien I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is my favorite; however, if you like happy, storybook endings then O’Brien may not be for you.

4. Rome Sweet Rome – Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott & Kimberly Hahn This is probably the most popular conversion story around.

5. How Firm a Foundation by Marcus Grodi This is a fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. An engaging story and you will learn a lot about your faith.

6. Four Witnesses: the Early Church in Her Own Words by Rod Bennett This is an excellent, very readable introduction to four of the Early Church Fathers. If you are interested in examining the Church Fathers this is a good place to start. The lives of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons are written in novel form.

7. No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence: Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharist Adoration by David Pearson This is a collection of stories about the power of Eucharistic Adoration.

8. A Faith for Grown-Ups by Robert P. Lockwood. This book will be a walk down memory lane for Catholics “of a certain age” who grew up thinking everyone in the world was Catholic. This is an amusing reflection by Lockwood as he discusses his early life in the Church, falling away, and return.

9. My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, SJ Father Martin has written an engaging book that examines how nearly 20 saints, and near-saints, have impacted his life, along with a short review the saints’ lives.

10. Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today by Michael S. Rose These are uplifting stories of ten very good priests. The opening story of the late Father Albert Lauer is worth the purchase price.

A Journey to Catholicism – June 1, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with business man Mark Newman about his journey to Catholicism from a good Baptist home and education, his experience in RCIA and ongoing conversion.  Mark shares his  experience of Jesus’ love and great mercy and his reception into the Catholic Church and  joy in launching  Cross Roads…A Journey to Conversion on Radio Maria. This new program will  feature Mark and his  guests who will share their exciting stories of conversion to Catholicism and how Jesus and their entry or return to the Catholic  Church  has changed, enhanced  and is fulfilling their lives. .

St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral – Program 033

Lynn Bauman recently attended the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians Conference at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in LaCrosse Wisconsin. In this program, Lynn shares selections performed by the St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral Choir.

Vatican II Document Lumen Gentium – July 13, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues discussion on  the Vatican II Document Lumen Gentium,  The Blessed Mother in Ecumenism, the ecumenical writings of Pope John Paul II  and what has been accomplished since Vatican II in Dialogue  between the Anglicans and other denominations. Francesca shares her favorite recipes for Risotto Ala Terminese, a Sicilian  stuffed rice entree  that is easily transported to a picnic, reunion or just enjoyed at a family gathering. Easy and Delicious. Truly a Franchina Family Favorite!

October 22, 2009 – Mary in Lumen Gentium Part 3

Fr. Bertrand Buby, S.M. talks about Mary in the third part of a three part series, Mary in Lumen Gentium.

October 16, 2009 – Mary in Lumen Gentium Part 2

Fr. Bertrand Buby discusses in this second part of a three part series, Mary in Lumen Gentium.

October 2, 2009 – Mary in Lumen Gentium Part 1

This program is the first of a three part series in which Fr. Bertrand Buby, S.M. talks about Mary in Lumen Gentium.

Choir of St. James Cathedral in Seattle – Program 002

In this program Lynn will be presenting selections performed by the Choir of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington. The music is taken from the CD entitled “Great Music for Great Cathedrals” a CD conceived as a way of celebrating the role cathedrals have played throughout history in art, culture and life.

View the transcript here.