Christine Watkins interviews Dominican priest, Fr. Michael Fones, formerly the co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, www.siena.org, which helps disciples learn of the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit. God has spread His charisms among His people, gifts such as spiritual discernment, administration, encouragement, etc., for the building up of the Kingdom. Listen and find out what your charisms might be! Knowing one’s charisms is a helpful tool for discerning God’s will in this life.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed talks with visiting missionary priest Fr. Fortunatus from Uganda, who attended four years of seminary in New York. He has had his first priestly assignment ministering at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Massapequa, NY on Long Island and will be in the USA for another year . Father’s Archdiocese ministers to the many orphans left behind on the streets due to the aids epidemic who they find, feed and care for until they become of age, finish school and can look out for themselves. Foster homes are found and the children are given hope, love and food to sustain them as they continue to be educated to be able to get jobs to sustain themselves, usually in farming. Francesca and Fr. Fortunatus discuss the demographic domain of the Ugandan Diocese, Villages, Eucharistic Centers, Catechists, Small Church Communities, and the outlook of Catholicism in Uganda, which is strong in family ministry, special events and ministries offered and taken up by youth and young adults. Considering the mountainous terrain in the Diocese, lack of roads, dependable transportation and even availability of water, we get a look into the life of our Brothers and Sisters in Uganda and how Our Lord provides for all His Children through caring for us all and exhorting us to compassion and helping each other. “You shall be My Witnesses” said the Lord Jesus, ” They will know you are my disciples by your love.” Father Fortunatus shares his personal story and witness of how he was drawn to his priestly vocation and how h e is sustained daily through prayer and the ability and availability he has to help others find and grown in the knowledge and love of Our Lord Jesus.
Mark welcomes Carmelite Friar and scholar Fr. Marc Foley into the studio for a conversation on the works of St. John of the Cross. Many people have attempted to read the works of this truly great Carmelite Saint and mystic, St. John of the Cross. Unfortunately, many have also struggled with this effort. St. John is not easy to grasp on a first reading, but there is so much he has to offer us that it is well worth the time and effort to gain a deeper understanding of his teaching. Thankfully, the Carmelite Order has a number of knowledgeable individuals who can easily explain St. John’s writings. Fr. Marc Foley is a nationally recognized expert on the teachings of St. John of the Cross, and also has done undergraduate work in psychology and graduate work in the area of pastoral counseling. This combination provides Fr. Marc with a unique perspective not only on St. John of the Cross’ teaching, but also on how they so appropriately apply to the spiritual struggles we face in our modern world. This is an extremely informative program and a mini course in Spiritual Direction.
Christine Watkins continues her interview with popular speaker, author, and Biblical scholar, Fr. Jim Sullivan regarding aspects of how “Bible Christianity” is Catholic Christianity. The early Church, as it develops in the Bible, is actually very Catholic, explains Fr. Sullivan.
Ken talks with Fr. Dwight Longenecker author of “The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” (Thomas Nelson) Former Anglican priest and now Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told. Fr. Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. You can purchase Fr. Longenecker’s book at: www.thomasnelson.com If you would like an autographed copy of Fr. Longenecker’s book: dwightlongenecker.com. They should make sure they add a note in the comments section so Father can sign it for them. Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs at: www.patheos.com Ken also reviews three books for Lent: “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux” by Donna-Maria Cooper O’Boyle, “The Living Gospel” by Theresa Rickard, O.P. (both by Ave Maria Press), and “Meditations for Lent” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Sophia Institute Press)
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. John Hampsch, CMF world renown preacher and teacher on the mystery of divine Providence in his personal life, the meaning and value of suffering that can become co-redemptive, and the six levels of faith related to suffering. They dialogue about Father’s experience of the grace of “baptism in the Spirit” that resulted in the miraculous cure of his speech difficulties. Father also teaches about “healing the family tree”; why we have ancestral problems and how they can be cured. Visit www.catholicbooks.com for Father Hampsch’s vast library of materials.
In this program, Kathie speaks with musician, parish priest, and composer, Fr. Jean-Pierre Couturier of Canada. He tells of his work for the Church and his love of music.
Kathie also talks with musician, Janis Clarke. They discuss her music, faith, and her work with children.
Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need. Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed. A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr. Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him, Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.
Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need, Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed, A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr, Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him, Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Chris Jasek of Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Miamisburg, OH about Presentation Ministries (Cincinnati, OH) and the July 2012 Bible Institute (Our Lady of Guadalupe Bible College) founded by Father Al Lauer, nationally known radio host and creator of the daily inspirational One Bread, One Body and it’s theme “Mary, The Pathway to Living in The Power of The Holy Spirit!” presented by this year’s keynote speaker Fr. Bob Hogan BBD, Founder of the . of the Brothers of The Beloved Disciple (San Antonio,TX). Discussion focuses on Presentation Ministries Mission and its great accomplishments including this Annual Bible Institute at Xavier University that includes so many noted liturgical celebrants and speakers including M.Rev. Joseph R.Binzer (Cincinnati), Father Christ Clay andFr. Rob Back and the music ministry of Bill Richart and so many excellent presenters. Deacon Ralph Poyo Founder of New Evangelization Ministries (Steubenville, OH) will present the teen program on Authentic Discipleship. Learn about the week long chock full of good stuff for all ages including the St. John Bosco Youth Theater Presentation on ” ESTHER,” The Life in the Spirit Seminar,Intercessory Prayer, Healing, Spiritual Gifts; Mary Mother of the Church and Our Mother, Christian Community and so much more! For information and registration see: www.presentationministries.com or call 513-922-0923.
In this program, Kathie Speaks with Br. Elia and Fiorella via thier translator, Fr. Jean-Pierre Couturier about Br. Elia’s Charisms and his stigmata.
Today, our national program director, Fr. Duane Stenzel, celebrates his 83rd birthday. Fr. Duane has been a major part of the spirituality of Radio Maria over the years and we have been so blessed to have his as a part of the family. Please help us show him how appreciated and loved he is. Send Fr. Duane an email on our “contact us” page with a birthday greeting and let him know what he means to you.