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March 02, 2015 – John Michael Talbot

Gail Buckley and John Michael Talbot discussed his newest book that he did with Mike Aquilina on the Early Church Fathers.

January 22, 2014 – Dr. Vincent Ryan and Julie Dortch Cragon

Ken talks with Vincent Ryan about ‚ÄúThe Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc‚ÄĚ by Sven Stolpe and Julie Dortch Cragon author of ‚ÄúVisiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces.‚ÄĚ 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:

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: Visit Julie’s website:

September 11, 2014 – Ambassador Michael Novak interview

We discuss Ambassador Michael Novak’s Catholic faith and his new book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

August 21, 2014 – Randy Hain

Ken talks with Randy Hain¬†Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men¬†(Emmaus Road). Each hour of each day you are forming habits that shape your character and will determine where you will spend eternity. When your earthly life ends, it will be too late to change your destiny. In the midst of the hectic demands, busy schedules, and countless interruptions of every day, this book gives you the surefire, divinely instituted “apps” for becoming the man God wants you to be. Use them! Your family is counting on you. Randy’s book is available at
To learn more about Randy visit his website:

August 07, 2014 – Susan Conroy

August 7th, Ken talks with author Susan Conroy. Susan is responsible for getting an English translation published of Father Charles Arminjon’s classic “The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life” (Sophia Institute Press). St. Therese of Lisieux was so taken by this book that it spurred her entry into the convent. “Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life,” she says in her autobiography. “The impression I received from it is too sweet to express. All the great truths of religion and the mysteries of eternity plunged into my soul a happiness not of this earth.”

The book is available at

Visit Susan’s website:

August 01, 2014 – Part I: MMP, Consecration of Russia has Not been done! (Special Guest, Fr. Ronan Murphy of the Camden, NJ Diocese) – Part II: Community Cenacolo: Family, the Jewel of Humanity (Special Guest, Joanne Ranallo)

Part I: MMP, Consecration of Russia has Not been done!
(Special Guest, Fr. Ronan Murphy of the Camden, NJ Diocese)
Part II: Community Cenacolo: Family, the Jewel of Humanity
(Special Guest, Joanne Ranallo)

April 21, 2014 – “The Church of Mercy”

“The Holy Father just released a book entitled “The Church of Mercy.” In this particular conversation, Mark and Frances begin a series of discussions on the importance of the message of Mercy in the Church today. They begin by focusing on the upcoming event of Divine Mercy Sunday, and then move forward in time to both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and what they both had to say about the gift of Mercy that we receive from God. They then discuss our current Holy Father’s book about Mercy, and one of the sources of his inspiration for this book, a certain German Theologian and Cardinal named Walter Kasper, who himself wrote a book simply titled “Mercy.” It is a book that our Holy Father Francis strongly endorsed and from which he drew a great deal of insight for his own book. Mark and Frances go on to discuss a number of Saints, including St. Therese of Lisieux, and Saint Faustina, and what they had to say about God’s great Mercy. This is a message which is so important for us to hear today, especially in light of a world that so often struggles with the loss of Hope and the onslaught of despair. Mark and Frances will continue this important message through the Easter Season.”

April 3, 2014 – Dr. Brant Pitre

Ken talks with Dr. Brant Pitre author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper and Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (both by Random House) In his bestselling Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist Brant shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. This book has been out a couple of years and continues to be a best seller. Christians are familiar with the Apostle Paul‚Äôs teaching that Christ is the ‚ÄėBridegroom‚Äô and the Church is the ‚ÄėBride‚Äô. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? You will find answers to these questions and more in Jesus the Bridegroom. You can purchase Brant‚Äôs book at: Visit Brant‚Äôs website:

January 30, 2014 – Milton Walsh

Ken talks with Milton Walsh author of Into All Truth : What Catholics Believe and Why (Ignatius Press) Karl Keating, Founder, Catholic Answers, said it best: ‚ÄúDecades of turmoil have left many Catholics in a state of suspension. They aren¬īt sure what the Church teaches and what they are to believe. They will not find a better resource than Milton Walsh‚Äôs latest book, written precisely with these ‘suspended’ Catholics in mind.‚ÄĚ You can purchase Milton‚Äôs book at: The study guide for this book is at:

August 03, 2013 – Healthy Eating 101

In this episode, I will discuss how we can break bad habits and improve our diets by implementing my 10-Step Super Nutrition Program which includes:

  • eating breakfast every day
  • drinking less fruit juice and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages
  • eating more friendly fiber
  • cutting out the fat
  • eating more fruits and vegetables
  • eating less fast food and fewer snacks
  • stepping away from the screen
  • exercising every day
  • getting enough rest
  • losing weight, if necessary


All steps are accompanied by prayer.

July 27, 2013 – Nutrition Basics

Regardless of what we eat, our diets are composed primarily of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. These three nutrients, given to us by God, are called macronutrients because we eat them in relatively large amounts compared to the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). In this episode, I will explain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and their various roles in the body. I will also discuss the importance of water, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals.

July 20, 2013 РProper Digestion and Why It’s Important

It‚Äôs been said that ‚ÄúYou are what you eat,‚ÄĚ but that‚Äôs not completely true, because in actuality, you are what you digest. In this episode, I will explain digestion and what happens after we take our first bite. Also discussed will be problems that can occur when digestion is faulty. Some of these problems include acne, allergies, arthritis, autism, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, depression, diabetes, obesity, and psoriasis. There are several ways to improve digestion including improving the diet, with God‚Äôs help, adding probiotics and prebiotics, drinking plenty of water, and taking supplements, when necessary.

July 13, 2013 РWhat’s Wrong with Teenagers’ Diets?

Many teenagers today live on dead-food diets, eating only junk food, processed food, or baked or fried snack food. Few of them eat anything that is real, live, and fresh. Most adolescents get their fruit from fruit juice rather than from whole, enzyme-rich, fresh fruits and their vegetables from fried potatoes! In the years between 1965 and 1996, soft drink consumption in the United States increased by nearly 300%. Sadly, a 2010 study found that 40% of all the calories consumed by children aged two to eighteen years were from empty calories-that is, refined sugars and solid fat with half of those calories coming from soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk (rather than reduced-fat milk). But true health can only be obtained through proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. When we go against the laws of God, polluting our bodies and our minds, the result is an imbalance, a dis-ease of bodily function, and that leads to a diseased body or mind. This episode will discuss the specific foods teenagers are consuming, while offering healthy alternatives.

May 30, 2013 – Regina Doman

Ken talks Regina Doman about her latest novel Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold (Chesterton Press). Regina’s book is the latest in her Fairy Tale Retold series. This one is for an older audience who has grown up with her novels. It tackles very challenging issues facing teens and young adults. Her book is available at:

May 9, 2013 – Deacon Henry Libersat

Ken talks with Deacon Henry Libersat author of Catholic and Confident ‚Äď 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: To learn more about Deacon Libersat visit: Note: The expected interview with Regina Doman in the second half of the program didn‚Äôt occur due to scheduling issues. Look for a discussion with Regina at a future date.

May 2, 2013 – Matthew Leonard

Ken‚Äôs guest is Matthew Leonard author of Louder than Words ‚Äď The Art of Living as a Catholic (published by Our Sunday Visitor). Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to show us all a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world. Visit Matthew Leonard‚Äės website : His book is available at:

April 29, 2013

During this program Mark and Frances conclude the series on the book entitled “Upon this Mountain.’ This particular book, written by a cloistered Carmelite Nun is the fruit of forty years of prayer and reflection. Mark and Frances explore some of the deeper meanings of our universal call to holiness, and how we are not called to this for ourselves but for the entire body of Christ. They discuss some of the more challenging aspects of the use of the imagination in prayer, and what is meant by our needing to empty ourselves of formal images. They also discuss the deeper meaning of silence in prayer.

April 22, 2013

In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss the reflections of a Carmelite Nun from England, Sister Mary McCormack. Sister McCormack has been a nun for forty years, and during that time she has served in a number of important positions, but none more important that that of Novice Mistress, where is was her responsibility to assist young postulants in learning the Carmelite way of life, especially prayer. She has written a wonderful book entitled “Upon this Mountain,” where she reflects on the most simple and yet most profound elements of what she has learned about prayer. She draws extensively on her own experience, but also on the writings of the two Masters of Carmelite prayer, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

February 21, 2013 – Christopher West

Ken talks with his guest Christopher West about his latest book Fill These Hearts ‚Äď God, Sex, and the Universal Longing (published by Image) The bestselling author, speaker, and teacher of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body explores the yearning we all have for God and each other. This a book about desire. Not trivial wants or superficial cravings, but the most vital powers of body and soul, sexuality and spirituality that haunt us and compel us on our search for something. Visit his websites: and Purchased his book at:

February 7, 2013 – Dr. Kevin Vost

Ken talks with his guest Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Memorize the Faith (and Most Anything Else) and Fit for Eternal Life ‚ÄďA Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul (both published by Sophia Institute Press). In his memory book, Dr. Vost describes a memory technique that anyone can use to improve their faith knowledge (He helped an 11 year old boy recite, in order, the names of all 265 popes from memory!) In his fitness book he tells us why it is important for Christians to be fit and provides advice gleaned from his 30+ years of bodybuilding and fitness experience. Visit his website: Purchased his books at:

December 27, 2012 РBrian O’Neel

Ken talks with his guest Brian O‚ÄôNeel author of two recent books: 39 New Saints You Should Know & Saint Who? ‚Äď 39 Holy Unknows (both published by Servant Books). We all know about ‚Äúfamous‚ÄĚ saints such as St Francis, St Therese, or even St Peter; however, Brian O‚ÄôNeel tells us about lesser known saints and why we should get to know them. Some are 20th century contemporary saints, and others date from the earliest days of our faith. Visit Brian‚Äôs website: His books can be purchased at

December 20, 2012 – Julie Cragon

Ken talks with his guest Julie Dortch Cragon, Jesus at my side ‚Äď 365 Reflections on His Words (Our Sunday Visitor). A Tennessee Catholic bookstore owner and mother of six, Julie has written a great daily reflection book. Each day you will find a scripture meditation and prayer challenge. Julie has a website and blogs at To order from her family run Catholic bookstore, St Mary‚Äôs Bookstore, visit Her books can be purchased at

December 6, 2012 – Lisa Hendey

Ken talks with his guest Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms ‚Äď Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul and O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. Lisa is the founder and editor of a website focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting, and Catholic cultural topics. In the ‚Äúhandbook‚ÄĚ you will find advice and resources for the Catholic mom. In her new book for Advent you will find prayers that a family can use to establish a family tradition of praying during Advent. For more information visit Lisa‚Äôs website is She blogs at Her books can be purchased at

November 10, 2012 – Biblical Basis for Estate Planning

Exploring the numerous passage in the Bible that can be applied to various forms of estate planning.

November 3, 2012 – Vol. 13, week 14

The Book of Heaven: Vol. 13, week 14
Diary entries: November 28, 1921; December 3, 1921

November 1, 2012 – Chris Haw

Ken talks with his guest Chris Haw author of From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart ‚Äď 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 His book can be purchased at

October 25, 2012 – Bruce Sullivan

Ken talks with his guest Bruce Sullivan, author of Christ In His Fullness ‚Äď 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

October 16, 2012

Emotional challenges for family caregivers and how to deal with them. Warren Hebert sharing from Barry Jacob’s Book, The Caregiver’s Emotional Survival Guide.

October 6, 2012 – Vol. 13, week 12

This Saturday’s program on the Will of God covers
The Book of Heaven: Vol. 13, week 12
Diary entries: November 16, 1921, November 19, 1921

September 29, 2012 – Vol. 13, week 11

This Saturday’s program on the Will of God covers
The Book of Heaven: Vol. 13, week 11
Diary entries: November 8, 1921, November 12, 1921

September 25, 2012 – Melissa Stewart, DNP, RN

Guest- Melissa Stewart, DNP, RN, author of Practical Patient Literacy, a book on health teaching and learning published by McGraw Hill in 22 languages.

September 20, 2012 – Jared Zimmerer

Ken talks with Jared Zimmerer, author of The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights ‚Äď Recommendations to the Devout Body Builder (published by Bezalel Books) This is a great book that talks about how fitness can help us grow in holiness. ¬†That may not be such an obvious connection, but I would invite you to listen in.¬† Jared give some great guidance, for example, are we being prideful and sinful by wanting to improve our bodies? Jared and his book will help explain how to avoid this trap. Jared blogs at His book is available at ¬†


August 25, 2012 – Vol. 13, Week 7

Diary entries: September 14, 1921, September 16, 1921, September 21, 1921, September 28, 1921

August 18, 2012 – Vol. 13, Week 6

The Book of Heaven: Vol. 13, Week 6
Diary entries: September 2, 1921, September 6, 1921

July 28, 2012 – Vol. 13, Week 3

The Book of Heaven: Vol. 13, Week 3
Diary entries: July 14, 1921, July 20, 1921, July 26, 1921

June 19, 2012 – Deacon Jim Hendrix

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

June 12, 2012 – Naomi Moore

In this program, Mark speaks with Franciscan University student, Naomi Moore about her inspiring conversion journey.

The Rural-Urban Mass – June 12, 2012

 Francesca Franchina MS Ed.  chats with Deacon Marty Brown of Holy Rosary Parish in St. Marys, OH, Pam Long, Regional Director for The Catholic Social Action Office, and Willard Dahlinghaus of Minster, OH  about the upcoming Rural-Urban Mass celebrated by  Bishop Joseph Binzer at Ron and Deb Wilker’s Farm, 10675 Tri-Township Rd. St. Mary’s, Ohio on Thursday, June 21, 2012  in their huge family farm  tool shed that seats 300!  Learn about old and new traditions getting back to the roots of this traditional Mass and the inauguration of The  Catholic Century Farm Registry ( sixteen farming families in the northern area of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati  will be honored this year as  families that have been farming the same land for one hundred years). All are welcome to attend the Mass and dinner; (Call for Reservations). Tune in to find out more interesting and delicious details.
Francesca’s recipe for the day: Italian Style Fried Chicken! We may also be blessed in hearing  from area Knights of Columbus about their famous fried chicken dinners that will be served at this blessed event!

June 7, 2012 – Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Ken talks with Msgr. Stephen Rossetti about his book, Why Priests are Happy ‚Äď A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests (published by Ave Maria Press) This book presents evidence that is counter to common opinions.¬† Msgr. Rossetti‚Äôs ground breaking work shows that priests are some of the happiest, most fulfilled men in our society.¬† His book is filled with great news about the satisfaction and joy of men in the priesthood.¬† This book and its information need to be given the widest distribution to encourage vocations. His book is available at

May 24, 2012 – Mary Sperry

Ken talks with author Mary Sperry about her new book, Bible Top Tens ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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

May 17, 2012 – Emily Stimpson

Ken talks with author Emily Stimpson about her new book, The Catholic Girl‚Äôs Survival Guide for the Single Year ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ is turning out to be a longer one than they (or their mothers) would have liked. Emily has a website at:

Her book is available at

May 14, 2012 – Donna and Mike D’Andrea

Donna talks about her conversion to Catholicism, being open to life, and her journey to Medjugorje in 1985.

Mike, one of Donna’s eleven children speaks about his family and his conversion after his pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

May Liturgy Guide Now Online

The guide for the Liturgy of the Hours for the month of May is now online on our Resources page.

April 17, 2012 – Joe Sapp and Megan Keels

Joe and Megan share their journeys to the Catholic Church and conversion to Christ through RCIA.

March 29, 2012 – Christine Watkins

Ken talks with guest Christine Watkins author of Full of Grace ‚Äď Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary‚Äôs 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 ¬†You can purchase her book at:

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 You can purchase his book at:

March 6, 2012 – D.J. Swearingen

D.J. shares his conversion and journey from Catholic in name to Catholic by choice.

March 1, 2012 Paula Huston

Ken talks with author Paula Huston, author of Simplifying the Soul ‚Äď 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‚Äôs website Her book can be purchased at:

Doug Schoeninger – Feb. 28, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI calls the laity to have occasions of healing which are centered on the Word of God to heal our lives: ‚ÄúScripture contains countless pages that speak of the healing which God brings.‚ÄĚ Verbum Domini (Word of The Lord) December, 2010. Reconciliation, Forgiveness; Healing of the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Doug Schoeninger, Ph. D. Past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA) focusing on Lent, Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation: How to use anger well in the process of forgiving; Letting go and healing in the process of healing; The relationship of forgiveness and trust; and Forgiveness in generational healing: Forgiving those who wounded those who wounded us. Francesca shares her recipes for heart healthy Lenten dishes. Meatless Veggie Dish: Pesedi Con Ova (Peas with Eggs in Marinara Sauce) and Francesca’s Favorite Muffaletta; (Homemade Little Italian Breads Dressed with Olive Oil, Italian Cheese and Fresh Black Pepper). MUSIC: Refiner‚Äôs Fire; Bread of Life‚Ķ

February 20, 2012 – Thomas Craughwell

Kathie speaks with Professor Thomas Craughwell, noted book author, journalist and public speaker about the Saints, Catholic history and his newest book, Patron Saints.

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 ‚Äúconsuming‚ÄĚ 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 Her book can be purchases at:

November 1, 2011 – All Saints Day

Mark Newman cdelebrates All Saints day by interviewing St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Clare of Assisi, and St. Thomas Moore.

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 20, 2011 – Matthew Kelly

Ken has a special hour long conversation with speaker and bestselling author Matthew Kelly. The first half hour is a discussion about his book Rediscover Catholicism – A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose. (Published by Beacon Publishing). Nearly four million copies of this book have been published. In the second half hour Matthew talks about the various programs and resources being developed at Dynamic Catholic including the very popular parish book program. His book can be purchased at

October 13, 2011- Father Thomas Morrow

October 13, 2011 Father Thomas Morrow Be Holy ‚Äď A Catholic‚Äôs Guide to the Spiritual Life

Ken talks with author Father Thomas Morrow about his book Be Holy ‚Äď A Catholic‚Äôs Guide to the Spiritual Life (published by Servant Books) If you‚Äôre hoping to get to heaven, you‚Äôll need a plan. Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven later. His book can be purchased at For other useful resources by Fr. Morrow visit and

October Liturgy Guide Now Posted

The Liturgy of the Hours Guide for October is now posted on our Resources page. This guide in a great way to learn the Liturgy of the Hours and to pray along with Radio Maria each day.

September 12, 2011 – Lorene Duquin

Lorene, author and lecturer talks about her latest book, Recovering Faith, with famous and not so famous stories of Catholics who came home to the faith.

June 27, 2011 – Dawn Curazzato and Bishop Gracida

 Dawn Curazzato from New York, whose granddaughter was healed of severe birth handicaps after visiting Little Audrey Santo and a trip to Medjugorje,  will talk about her ministries, book and  the healing.

The Most Reverend Henry Gracida Emeritus of Corpus Christi will be talking about his years as a Shepherd in the Church and courageous stand against the injustices in our culture.

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. .

Living in This Time of Mercy – April 10, 2011

Francesca Franchina¬† open mic addressing the lives of the saints and their intercession for us, Living in This Time of Mercy, St. Faustina, St. Padre Pio and Blessed John Paul II¬† and¬† speaks with Fr. Neil Buchlein of Pennsylvania about encountering Jesus and healing¬† through the intercession of the Blessed Mother¬† at Medjugorge; and how his life including a second career as a diocesan priest¬† has¬† been affected by his 19 pilgrimages and the effect/fruit¬† of Marian¬† pilgrimages. Today Francesca shares her tasty and easy to¬†prepare Baked ¬†Italian Chicken Cacciatore With Onions, Tomatoes, Potatoes and Peas,¬† from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.¬†¬† This dinner is a good taker for picnics, potlucks and a filling meal for¬†your family with a big¬†Italian salad and crusty Italian bread. Father Neil’s website:

Be Your Best Part 1

We will start with discussing how we need to put ourselves in order as a catholic in everyday life. God must be the ultimate goal and everything you do must move toward that goal. If it does not move towards that goal it is not the right thing to do. So here we‚Äôre learning how to set goals in everyday catholic life which will be the model for everything you do in general. Then we‚Äôll talk about how to prepare your self for getting up in the morning and setting the day. It‚Äôs humorous and will help you to ‚ÄúBe Your Best‚ÄĚ I call it ‚ÄúYou have to go to bed with getting up in mind.‚ÄĚ

Metanoia – April 5, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. addresses METANOIA…Personal conversion and ultimate conversion of heart discussing where we find ourselves in the deepest recesses of our spiritual walk, amid trial, temptation and turmoil; how to get out of a rut, get into prayer/faith formation and set out into the deep without drowning. Francesca also shares her favorite family recipes from her Italian kitchen, this week cooking up .Sicilian style stuffed mushrooms, and stuffed green peppers; meatless dishes that are filling comfort food, easy to prepare and Delicioso! Easter Ricotta Pie is also on the docket to consider for your holiday dinner.

Cast Your Nets – March 22, 2011


Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Wayne Topp, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Associate Vocational Director and Parish Youth Minister at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Cincinnati, OH about   Cast Your Nets, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Youth Ministry Conference (Sunday March 27, 2011  encouraging youth to tap into area events to be recharged in the faith and build stronger bonds with the Greater Church outside their individual parishes. CAST YOUR NETS  features dynamic speakers, music, food and fun. Archbishop Schnurr will address the Conference which sends the message to BE BOLD focusing on living with excitement the Catholic Faith and being willing to stand out as young disciples for Jesus. Hear the results of  the past three years.

Francesca  shares her recipe for  fast, delicious,  inexpensive Italian Lenten family meals: Baccala (cod fish) Stew…(Baccala, potatoes, olives, onions and tomatoes and Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan using halves of Fresh Eggplant, Italian Sausage or Bread Crumbs, Mozzarella and  Parmesan Cheese dressed with  Fresh Tomato Sauce.

The Irish Heritage – March 8, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Mary Rose Kelly, John Kelly and Mary Knipfer about their ethnic heritage and Irish homeland, its history, traditions, culture, faith formation, spirituality and traditional Irish fare for holidays. Today Francesca shares Mary Rose and Mary‚Äôs favorite recipes for Soda Bread, and their traditional St. Patrick Day fare Some in the USA eat Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) but in Ireland they eat Leg of Lamb, Rutabaga, Parsnips and Carrots .

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? – February 8, 2011

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? Not to worry…”Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord”¬†¬†Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.¬† talks ¬†with Fr. John Fletcher, CC, and¬† The Joyful Lambs of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: ¬†Elvie Richmond, Cora Foust ,Sylvia McBain, Dorothy McPhillips, and Marika Zimmerman ¬†focusing on “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON”¬† and the¬† importance ¬†of¬† Catholic ethnic based family ¬†traditions¬† coupled with¬† the Marian Consecration and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus¬† relative to ¬†the Papal Encyclical¬†¬†Haurietis Aquas. ¬†“You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior’s fountain.” ¬†(Isaias12:3) written by Pope Pius XII. Francesca ¬†will¬†stir up ¬†Filipino Food this week¬† garnering the¬† recipe for¬† Pancip,¬† the traditional Filipino¬†favorite dish of rice noodles, minced mixed veggies¬† flavored with pork, chicken or shrimp from Elvie and Cora, her good cooking¬†hosts. Filipino food is¬†¬†delicious, and¬†this dish is easy,¬†fast and filling. Try it, you’ll love it!

Saint John Bosco – February 01, 2011

In this program, Francesca Franchina discusses the life of St. John Bosco.

Encountering Jesus in Healing – January 25, 2011

Francesca Franchina and her guest, Beth discuss encountering Jesus through healing.

New Liturgy Guide

The new guide for praying the Liturgy of the Hours is now available on our resources page. This guide explains how to pray the liturgy of the hours as well as what pages the prayers can be found on for each day.

Mary Advent and Christmas HolyDays – November 30, 2010

Francesca Franchina  speaks with Fr. Clifton E. Bishop of Bethlehem, PA ,  popular retreat director, chaplain  and health educator, about Advent 2010 and planning  a “Mary Advent and Christmas HolyDays .  The holidays promise healing, hope and renewal, but some encounter depression, desolateness and separation . How do we find solace, comfort and Joy in the midst of hustle and bustle, encountering The Mother of Joy and  her Son  Jesus activating  and living The  Word in  everyday life?  Fr. Clifton, a priest in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, grew up  a Baptist and converted to Catholicism through a correspondence course on Catholicism while in high school. He became a Franciscan Friar and later became a diocesan parish priest. He is an adjunct professor and serves as Chaplain of The Holy Family Senior Living and Assisted Living Center in the Archdiocese of Allentown, PA.

T5H Featured Recipes For Today:  Francesca shares her tasty, easy to make Sicilian Spicy Olives; Baked Mostaciolli with Ricotta and  Meatballs;  Zingy Garlic Bread with Olive Oil/ Parmesan Cheese; and  Italian Green Bean/Artichoke Salad with Pepperoni Pieces  and Mozzarella Cubes  from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.

Thanksgiving – November 23, 2010

Francesca Franchina and Friends Talk About Thanksgiving; Our Prayer, Our Hope and Our Love of the Blessed Trinity and Country and¬† all of the graces that flow out of ‚ÄúGiving Thanks and Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart!‚ÄĚ ¬†Callers are encouraged to call in and share their Thanksgiving stories,¬† traditions and favorite foods/recipes. Francesca will share her family‚Äôs Thank¬† ¬†menu and recipes for Antipasto;¬† Fritto Misto (Italian Breaded Broccoli and Cauliflower); Sweet Potato Souffle, Baked Corn Casserole,¬† Celery Bread Dressing; Mamma Longo‚Äôs Crescent Rolls and Heavenly Hash.

RUAH, ROOTS, AND RADISHES: Part 2 – October 05, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.¬† speaks with Bruce Murphy¬† Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati about the upcoming Regional Prayer and Praise Fest¬†as their team¬†presents¬†¬† RUAH, ROOTS AND RADISHES: THE GOLD OF A PERFECT REPENTANCE¬† on Wednesday October 13, 2010¬† at St. Luke the Evangelist Church; 1440 N. Fairfield Rd.; Beavercreek, OH.¬†¬† Sharing Faith and Foods Francesca stirs up good things¬† in the kitchen to think and pray about, sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness¬† of the Lord and sharing recipes for living ¬†life’s lessons as¬†given to¬†us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. Today Francesca shares her easy to make Italian Potato, Onion and¬† Green Pepper Casserole and EZ Baked Chicken. Green Peppers, Onions and¬†¬†Potatoes¬† from family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.

The St. Monica Ministry – August 24, 2010

Francesca Franchina,¬† MS Ed. speaks with Dr. Jim Buchner, D. Min., Faith Formation Director of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Maryland regarding his book and acclaimed presentation¬† The St. Monica Ministry¬† which evolved from¬†the highly successful Come Home Program for returning¬† folks who have been ‚Äúon leave‚ÄĚ from the Catholic Church. Dr. Buchner¬† created¬† this book and highly successful¬† program¬† to help caring Catholics¬† who have family members and friends in this situation. He will present The St. Monica Ministry¬†¬† program at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1411¬† North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, OH on Sunday August 29, 2010 from 2:00- 4:30 PM.¬†For more information see St. Luke the Evangelist website.¬† THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART, ITALIAN SOUL FOOD SPRINKLED WITH EVANGELIZATION FEATURES FRANCESCA‚ÄôS FAVORITE ITALIAN RECIPES¬† FROM HER FAMILY KITCHEN. Today Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Chicken Cacciatore alla Termini Imerese, Sicilia and a simply delicious Ricotta Pie.

Dayton Rite to Life Bike Ride – July 20, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks with Paul Coudron about The Dayton Right to Life First Annual Bike Ride for Life (all ages welcome) to be held Friday and Saturday July 31 and August 1, 2010, at the Life Enrichment Center located at 425 North Findlay St. Dayton, OH 45404
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM providing family fun, food and entertainment to promote healthy lifestyles, wholesome family life ,education and most of all to save young lives.. More Information at and 937-461-3625.

The Heart of the Caregiver Part 2

In this episode of A Caring Place, Warren Hebert talks again with Mary Tutterow the author of ‚ÄúThe Heart of The Caregiver‚ÄĚ. The Heart of The Caregiver is a bible study/book focusing on the needs and building up of caregivers.

The Heart of The Caregiver

In this episode of A Caring Place, Warren Hebert talks with Mary Tutterow the author of “The Heart of The Caregiver”. The Heart of The Caregiver is a bible study/book focusing on the needs and building up of caregivers.