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June 12, 2013 – Fr. John Fletcher

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. converses with Ohio Region Radio Maria Priest Director, Father John Fletcher, CC (Companion of the Cross) about his recent Marian Pilgrimage to Medjugorge, and the conversions, healing and other EVANGELIZING EXPERIENCES pilgrims encounter on travel that is not just a trip but a pilgrimage.

2012 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. Pillar & Bulwark by Marcus Grodi
This is the long awaited sequel to How Firm a Foundation, the fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. Full disclosure – I have yet to read this book and it is on my summer reading list. I have been assured by someone, who’s opinion I trust, that it is even better than How Firm a Foundation

2. Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow
A completely updated edition to this best selling book was published in 2011. David Murrow is an evangelical Christian who has studied this serious problem occurring across all Christian denominations. You may not agree with everything in his book, but I guarantee it will generate good conversations. This is a must read by everyone involved in parish faith formation.

3. The Shadow of the Bear: A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Domain
This is the first volume of Regina’s Fairy Tale Novels series. This is a great book for a mom, aunt or grandmother to read and then pass on to daughters, nieces and granddaughters. There are five volumes in the series so they make great gifts for teen age readers. This book is really for girls, a good choice for boys (and girls will like to too) is Catholic, Reluctantly by Christian M. Frank. This is the first volume of the John Paul II High series, and Regina Domain is the editor for the series.

4. The Father’s Tale by Michael D. O’Brien
I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is his most recent. It may look like a daunting read at over 1000 pages, but you will enjoy every page.

5. Recovering Faith – Stories of Catholics Who Came Home by Lorene Duquin
In this book you will find the stories of well know Catholics such as actor Martin Sheen, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, best selling author Dean Kootz and Father John Fletcher who many of our listeners will know because of his programs on Radio Maria.

6. Be a Man! by Father Larry Richards
This is a great book for men. If you have ever heard a talk by the every popular Father Larry Richards you will hear that same voice in his writing. If you have already read this book, then read his latest titled Surrender!

7. Atheist to Catholic Stories of Conversion by Rebecca Vitz Cherico
I admit to being a fan of conversion story books. This one is very unique in that it is the stories of former atheists.

8. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
Flannery O’Connor is a giant in Catholic literature. In her short life, this woman from Georgia created some of the most memorial characters in fiction. She has influenced and inspired generations of writers.

9. unPlanned by Abby Johnson
This is the best selling true story of Abby Johnson’s dramatic conversion from director of an abortion clinic, to outspoken ProLife advocate.

10. Fatherless by Brian Gail
This is the first volume of Brian Gail’s American Tragedy in Trilogy series. The story follows the conversion of fictional priest Father John Sweeney and members of his parish. This dramatic series has become a Catholic favorite.

Radio Maria’s New Appointments

On Thursday, June 7, the Board of Directors for the English-speaking Radio Maria in the US met in New York City. We would like to share the following significant changes and new appointments that were made at that time.

North American Supervising Priest Director: Fr. Walter Tonelotto
National Priest Director: Fr. Robert Young
Regional Priest Directors: Fr. Walter Tonelotto (New york)
Fr. John Fletcher (Ohio)
Fr. Dan Hoehn
Priest Advisors: Fr. Dan O’Connor (Alexandria, LA)
Fr. Ryan Humphries (Natchitoches, LA)
Fr. Keith Landry (New Iberia, LA)
Board of Directors: Mr. Carlo Di Maggio (Interim President)
Ms. Florinda Iannace (Secretary)
Ms. Mary Pyper (Treasurer)
Alicia del Cyd
Fr. Robert Young (Ex Officio)
Executive Committee: Mr. Carlos Di Maggio (Acting President)
Fr. Robert Young
Alicia del Cyd (Interim for Coordinator)
General Assembly Members: Mr. Russell Wilson
Capt. Nicola Arena
National Promotions Director: Mr. Hans Hoerdemann

The administrative offices of Radio Maria will be moved to New York City. The work of programming and production will remain in Alexandria, LA.

June 1, 2012 – Mary, Beloved of the Trinity

 Father John Fletcher, CC speaks about Mary, Beloved of the Trinity.

May 10, 2012 – Fatima

In this program, Father John Fletcher, CC discusses Fatima.

May 4, 2012 – First Saturday Devotions

Father John Fletcher speaks about First Saturday devotions.

March 15, 2012 – Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord

In this program, Fr. John Fletcher discusses the Holy Mary, Disciple of the Lord.

February 17, 2012 – Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent

In this episode of Living  With Mary Today,  Father John Fletcher discusses Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18, 2012

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Father  John Fletcher, CC currently serving as Priest Director of Radio Maria Ohio; Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA; Mark Newman RM host of CrossRoads and Doug Schoeninger, Ph.D, Past President of the Association of Christian Therapists(www.actheals.org)    about the annual celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  announced by  the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission of Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, highlighting  the ecumenical ministry of Father Duane Stenzel, OFM and his role in  the beginnings of Radio Maria USA. 

December 23, 2011 – Mary and the Significance of Christmas

Father John Fletcher, CC discusses Mary and the Significance of Christmas.

September 15, 2011 – Lorene Duquin

 Ken talks with author Lorene Duquin and discussed her book Recovering Faith – Stories of Catholics Who Came Home (published by Our Sunday Visitor). This book contains the stories of 18 Catholics who returned to the Church.  Many of the stories are by very well know individuals, including actor Martin Sheen, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, best selling author Dean Kootz and our own Father John Fletcher –  who many of our listeners will know because of his programs here on Radio Maria.  Her book can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ref=osvtn&ProductCode=T1137

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? Part VI – August 3, 2011

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? WHY, WHY, WHY? Part VI

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. John Fletcher CC about Marian Pilgrimages, what to expect on a pilgrimage, how to plan one, the benefits of a pilgrimage and what is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions especially as the Blessed Mother appeared  in Guadalupe to St.Juan Diego,  Fatima, (Children:Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia Lourdes (St. Bernadette), Betania, Venezuela (Maria Esperanza) in Catania, Sicily with Rosario Toscano and even in our own Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Our Lady of America (Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat)  to Sr. Mildred Neufil a Precious Blood Sister. What is the power of the rosary,? Why Marian devotion is  so important and what keeps the Blessed Mother coming back to warn, cajole and guide her children to get back to God, to come to her Son and to be guided by the Holy Spirit.   Why Marian spirituality? What  is going on in Medjugorje? Is it still  under discernment and are people still flocking to the area and changing their outlook on life and experiencing a change of heart?   

Sacred Relics of The Saints – April 6, 2011

Francesca Franchina speaks with Father  John Fletcher CC  and Father Carlos Martin, CC regarding Father Martin’s  very special ministry  teaching  about the Sacred Relics of The Saints: Treasures of the Church and the program to be presented Wednesday April 6 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Dayton, OH  after the Stations of the Cross beginning at 7:00 PM. Following his talk, Fr. Carlos will exhibit over 150 relics some of which are believed to be very very old.  Among the 150 relics will be those of St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Acquinas, St. Faustina, and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross and what is believed to be a piece of the veil of Our Lady.  

Lent and Lenten Practices – March 29, 2011

Francesca Franchina talks with Fr. John Fletcher, CC, about The Companions of the Cross (CC)  founded twenty five years ago by Fr.  Bob  Bedard in Canada;  Lent and Lenten  practices;  missions, retreats, prayer, fasting and almsgiving and Fr. Fletcher’s his new Radio Maria Program to air on Fridays at 5:30 PM titled “Catholic Grab Bag with Fr. John” Call in to participate toll free (1-866-333-6279)  Francesca shares her family’s favorite Italian meatless  Lenten dishes this week cooking up  Pasta With Cauliflower or Broccoli and Pizza Fritte.  Send a SASE to Francesca at P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for  these recipes and  Easter Ricotta Pie. “THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART” EVANGELIZATION FOR EVERY DAY;

Italian Soul Food Sprinkled with Evangelization…..SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her kitchen 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.   “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday  down to earth conversation about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite  Italian  recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.

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!

Marian Feasts – September 22, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks with Fr. John Fletcher, CC and Michael Duricy about the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, The Sorrowful Mother, Other Marian Feasts , Mary in  Ecumenism and Mariology in the lives of  St. Louis De Montfort, Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade and others.