Ken talks with Vincent Ryan about “The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc” by Sven Stolpe and Julie Dortch Cragon author of “Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces.” Stolpe sees Joan of Arc as primarily a mystic, and her supreme achievement and lasting significance not so much in a mission to deliver France – though important – but in her sharing in the Passion of Christ. The Stolpe book is available at: www.ignatius.com
Julie Cragon and her family have visited many Marian shrines throughout North America. She has discovered that at each site there is a special grace connected to the particular devotion associated with each individual shrine. In this book Julie captures the experience of visiting these shrines, giving us a personal glimpse into each place. Julie’s book is available at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org Visit Julie’s website: www.juliecragon.com
Several revered religious icons, dating from the earliest centuries, depict a similar image of Our Lord. We consider reasons for these similarities. Could these offer additional reasons to believe the Holy Shroud of Turin may have been the burial cloth covering Jesus? There is also significant evidence that suggests the Templar Knights of France were once keepers of the Holy Shroud, but how did they come into possession of it? Finally, recent scientific investigations, based on analysis of pollens found on the Shroud, suggest it may indeed have traveled from Jerusalem to Edessa, from Edessa to Constantinople, from Constantinople to France, and from France to Italy. What wonders God has wrought!
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues conversations with Susan Ferguson Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) focusing on the St. Remy Initiative with Director Dr. Toni Moore, Ph.D. former Assistant Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools and former Catholic School Principal and Archdiocesan Catholic School Administrator Toni Moore about their work with the St. Remy Initiative: Professional Development for Catholic School Educators. Named for the town of St. Remy de Provence in France where the first Marianist Normal School for the professional development of Christian teachers was established in 1824 by Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade this initiative inspires hope by forming the heart of Catholic Educators through serving the spiritual formation of Catholic School Educators. Experiencing this unique professional development program, meeting as a learning community to strengthen their spirituality, Catholic Educators have advanced instructional skills and developed their leadership potential through this collaborative effort between UD and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Providing educators in Catholic Schools the tools and sense of mission, the St. Remy Initiative keeps growing. Learn more of what they do, continuing to spread and how it can work in your area by contacting Dr. Toni Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org . Francesca and Friends UD CCE Program Series is archived at www.radiomaria.us (link to Programming/ Francesca Franchina); December 11/18 2013; January 15/22, 2014; February 12/19 2014 and March 12/26th 2014. Don’t miss this series and future programs which will make your heart sing in discovering this successful blest plan being promulgated in Catholic Schools across the USA and other countries.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Brother Don Neff, SM. an everyday missionary serving in the Marianist Family (Marianists) Founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. A world traveler, educator, evangelizer, Bro. Neff is truly a missionary, a man with a purpose serving Jesus and Mary through a charism given to the Founder while exiled in Saragossa, Spain during the French Revolution. “Rebuild the Church in France!” Today that mission continues throughout the world. What can we learn about evangelization from Bl. Chaminade’s experience and the history of the Marianist Family that we can practice today? Learn how things are happening that carry out the Year of Faith and New Evangelization here in the USA, Africa, India, Europe, South America through Blessed Chaminade: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord….”Evangelization through education!”
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. converses with Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI (Daughters of Mary Immaculate) about THE MARIANIST ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (MEEC) an educational ministry in the Catholic tradition, stewarding the 100 acre Mount St. John natural areas, committed to sharing and interpreting the gift of the land with others in Mary’s hope-filled spirit. MEEC advocates environmental justice as integral to sustainable living and achieves its mission through land restoration, ecological research, service, learning and educational programs. Mount St. John is a 150 acre property owned by the Society of Mary (Marianists) a Catholic community of Brothers and priests founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. The first people to care for this land were hunters, ancestors of the later Indian nations, for whom this was part of the sacred hunting grounds between the Miamis. Among the first Euro-Americans to arrive in this area were John Patterson, National Cash Register (NCR) Industrialist and Inventor of the cash register and the electric starter) and his family who provided the land on which The Watervliet Shaker Community was founded in 1806. The original 80 acres of Mount St. John formed part of the East Farm of the Shakers, and was purchased by the Marianists in 1910. Learn about The Wetlands, Prairie, Fields, Meadows; the more than 140 unique horticultural tree specimens including The Kentucky Coffee Tree, Japanese Pagoda Tree, Kousa Dogwood, GoldenTrain, Hardy Rubber Tree and Smoke Tree. A list of the arboretum trees is available from MEEC; also hear about the Sacred Embrace Earthwork designed by local artist Carrie Pate; Chaminade Park, The Native Plant Labyrinth with various trees and hundreds of native flowers and Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto modeled after the Lourdes Grotto in Massabielle, France constructed with 230 tons of tufa rock from the Great Lakes. Learn how you can experience the Field Education Areas and Programs available through and your family or group can experience this magnificent facility and beautiful landscape at Mount St. John in Dayton, Ohio. See the MEEC “TOUCHING EARTH” Art and Educational Exhibit at Gallery St. John on the property through June 30th. MEEC Headquarters is located in St. Joseph Hall at Mount St. John; 4435 E. Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430. For more information, learning & volunteering opportunities see: www.meec.udayton.edu.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC (Missionaries of The Immaculate Conception) of Montreal, Canada, IMRI Faculty Member (Pontifical International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Annual World Day of the Sick and its three consistent themes celebrated every year on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception at Lourdes, France, on February 11 since 1992; the pertinent Vatican Message of Pope Benedict XVI; Sacraments of Healing and the Scriptures; the importance of the Catholic Sacraments of the Sick; the writings of St. Augustine and the Spirituality of Lourdes celebrated February 11 based on Sr. Celia’s writings and experiences with the sick citing passages from Fr. Henri Nouewen’s book relating his pilgrimage to Lourdes!
“This program offers a brief biographical sketch of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. Blessed Elizabeth was a Carmelite nun who lived in France and died in her early twenties, in 1906. Her remarkable writings are considered materpieces of spiritual insight, and they deal largely with the life of the Trinity dwelling within each of us. This program covers the major events of her life leading up to her entry into Carmel, and how the more significant events of her childhood served to form her and draw her into an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”