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Meet Our Volunteers: Diane Ardoine

Diane ArdoinWe want to introduce everyone to one of our volunteers, Diane Ardoin. She began working here in 2011, after retiring as a business administrator for the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation. She uses her accounting and financial skills to record and track the donations of our supporters into their individual accounts. She also expertly handles coordination of volunteer personnel for our semi-annual Mariathons. Diane is a member of the Executive Committee, helping to plan for the growth of and continued success of Radio Maria, US in the Southern Region.

Meet Our Core Team – Danny Brou

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As the broadcast engineer for the southern region, Danny Brou oversees the maintenance and operation of the transmitters sites in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Danny has been with Radio Maria the longest of all of the staff and was even involved in the early setup of Radio Maria before the first station ever went on the air.

Danny brings his many years of experience and wisdom to help keep Radio Maria broadcasting. We are so grateful that Danny is always there to give of his time and knowledge to bring Our Lady’s radio to as many people as possible.

Radio Maria Christmas Mass Schedule

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We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord. We will be bringing you broadcasts of the Holy Mass on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

On Christmas Eve we will broadcast live the daily Mass of Advent from the Radio Maria studios at our normal Mass time (8am central/9am eastern). We will then broadcast the Christmas Vigil Mass from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 4pm central/5pm eastern.

Our Christmas Day celebrations will begin at midnight central/1am eastern with the broadcast of the Midnight Mass from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome celebrated by Pope Francis. We will then bring you Christmas Day Mass from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, LA at 9am central/10am eastern.

Meet Our Core Team: Larry Paul

Larry PaulLarry comes to us with 20+ years of radio experience. He deals with everything connected with the smooth running of our broadcasts by overseeing soundboard operations, assisting in updating and maintaining music selections, and most specially, assisting the presenters and their guests in preparing for their weekly programs. Larry was originally recruited as a volunteer to help air Masses over Radio Maria on the weekends. Once he became involved with the Mass broadcasts, he recognized how important Radio Maria’s ministry was, especially to shut in’s and those who could not go to Mass themselves. Soon, he felt led to continue and expand his work for the ministry, and joined Radio Maria as a staff member in August, 2012. As an extra blessing to us, when he’s not working, he volunteers extra hours to Radio Maria in his free time. Prior to coming onboard with Radio Maria, Larry was the Finance Director for an area car dealership, and is a well-known personality through-out the Alexandria, Louisiana area.

Meet Our Core Team – Carla Rachal

carlaWe want to introduce everyone to Carla Rachal, Administrative Assistant at Radio Maria, US. Carla hails from Natchitoches, Louisiana, and before she accepted the position at Radio Maria, put in 20 years of service in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department for the State of Louisiana. Yes, Carla was a game warden! When she joined our staff in February of 2013, she immediately put her administrative and organization skills to work for us, handling all the day-to-day requirements of running our office. As you can tell, Carla is quite multi-dimensional, and she is an invaluable asset to the smooth management of Radio Maria, US.

New Presenter on the Catechism Hour

Coming Soon: Beginning Friday, October 17, 2014, our daily program, The Catechism Hour, will be presented by Fr. Blake Deshautelle. Father Deshautelle comes to us from Colfax, Louisiana, where he is pastor of St. Joseph Church. Fr. Blake will continue our daily study of catechism by taking us through the Ten Commandments, using his easy teaching style. Please tune in for The Catechism Hour on Fridays, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern.

May 14, 2014 – How do we discern our vocation? –Seminarian Michael Liliedahl

Christine Watkins interviews Michael Liliedahl, who e us on a tour of his personal calling in life, using the acronym G.O.D: looking at one’s Gifts, the comments of Others, and one’s innermost Desires. Michael, who was born in central Louisiana and raised in the wilds of Alaska, now finds himself studying with the goal of being a priest of Jesus Christ in service to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

December 24, 2012 – Robert Ramirez

St. Patrick’s Church, one of the art treasures of New Orleans, LA with museum quality frescoes in the sanctuary as told by Robert Ramirez, parishioner.

October 6, 2012 – Providing for those with special needs: Special Needs Trusts

What are special needs trusts?
Who needs one?
Why create a special needs trust?
Forced heirship in Louisiana

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.

The Will of God – May 30, 2012

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. discusses The Will of God with Fr. Robert Young, OFM, Priest Director of Radio Maria in Alexandria, LA and callers focusing on discovering, understanding and applying The Will of God, Its concepts as revealed in Scripture and revelations throughout the centuries and in our own time; What we are called to do in our personal lives, families, communities and world to Live and Love The Will of God.

December 19, 2011 – Astrid and Nickie Willis

In this program, Kathie talks with both Astrid and her mother, Nickie Willis of Scotland. They discuss their ancestor, former New Orleans Archbishop Francis Janssens and his work in Louisiana and abroad. They also speak about other members of their family who are currently involve in the church, a current Bishop in Holland and a  seminarian in Rome.

November 1, 2011 – Dr. Damon Cudihy

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Damon Cudihy, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist with Holy Spirit Hospital and Healthcare, about his experiences in the military health care system, the Sisters of Charity Hospital, and the Obamacare mandate.  Dr. Damon Cudihy also talks about the usefulness of robots in fertility-related surgeries.

October 17, 2011 – Max Tenny and Reggie Dauzat

In this program, Kathie speaks to the talented musician, Max Tenny. Tenney talks of his music background and work with the revised Order of the Mass.

In the second half of the program, she speaks with Reggie Dauzat about his faith and healing which enabled him to overcome a terminal illness and regain his sight to continue his work for the Lord.

Heidi Bratton – September 28, 2011

FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. speaks with Heidi Bratton (www.heidibratton.com ) Catholic wife, mom of six, prolific author of faith filled parenting books, and fifteen (15) children’s books about being a writer in a family situation and tight time frame and her new book. Homegrown Faith: Nurturing Your Catholic Family is an insightful humorous book of weekly reflections that can be used as a personal assist or group discussion tool, about raising families filled with familiar situations and scriptures, to reveal unexpected sacramental riches even in chaotic hectic dilemmas published by Servant Books; St. Anthony Messenger Press (www.ServantBooks.org ) Link on to www.radiomaria.us to hear the program live and for the Encore airing Monday October 3 at 2:30 AM and 8:30 PM and pod cast on Radio Maria Francesca and Friends Program Archives . Music Break: God Has Made Us a Family. Francesca and Friends programs are available for your listening and personal or group study on the Radio Maria Archives of Francesca and Friends at www.radiomaria.us See the programming link on www.radiomaria.us for Encore times including Mondays at 2:00 AM and 8:30 PM. Radio Maria broadcasts in over 60 countries across the world and eleven radio stations in the USA in Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, and Illinois www.radiomaria.org

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? Part IV – July 20, 2011

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

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. discusses¬† Marian Interests in Evangelization: ¬†Mary Star of Evangelization, Why Mary? What did she say at LaSalette, Kibehoe and Akita? Why was she crying? The effect of¬† Marian Apparitions¬† and increased interest¬† into the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in Redemption with¬†¬†guests and callers.¬†See the¬† programming link on www.radiomaria.us for Encore times including Mondays at 2:00 AM and 8:30 PM.¬† Radio Maria broadcasts in over 60 countries across the world and eleven radio stations in the USA in Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, and Illinois¬† ¬†www.radiomaria.org

St. Michael the Archangel – May 31, 2011

Angels of God and How They Serve God and His Church

Part II of an Ongoing Series

Francesca Franchina, MS ED¬†talks with¬†callers ¬† from Cuba, Louisiana and Pennsylvania about St. Michael the Archangel, Angels in their lives,¬†Angels in¬†¬†The Lives of¬†the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph,¬† St. Padre Pio and The Church; How Angels are¬†Messengers of God,¬†and how they protect us and¬†our loved ones.¬†Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for¬† the St. Michael The Archangel Novena and Prayer and Francesca’s Italian Recipe of the Week: Today’s Recipe: Zucchini with Linguini.

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

Divine Mercy

Radio Maria will be broadcasting the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass live from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette, LA on Sunday May 1. The broadcast will begin at 3pm central (4pm eastern) with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and will include the celebration of the Mass. Tune in for this special broadcast in celebration of God’s divine mercy and the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

March 22, 2011 – Interview with Jennifer Campisi, LPN

This program addresses private duty care with Jennifer Campisi, LPN, of Senior Helpers home care of Abbeville, LA. Ms. Campisi speaks of various aspects of family care giving and of a special program for Veterans.

January 25, 2011 – End of Life Care

Susan Nelson, MD, is a Geriatrician whose career has been focused on the frail elderly. Her work around care at the end of life has involved significant legislative changes in Louisiana. Her broad collaboration with groups including the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, to assure humane, life respecting care at the end of life. Our host Warren Hebert, RN, and Dr. Nelson explore families’ active participation in planning care at the end of life.

January 18, 2011 – Remembering Fr. Duane Stenzel, OFM

This program remembers Fr. Duane Stenzel, OFM, longtime program director for Radio Maria. Listeners from across the country called in on the day of Fr. Duane’s death, January 18, 2011. Fr. Stenzel touched many lives over his 83 years and some of those dialed in to share their experiences. The host of A Caring Place, Warren Hebert, RN, has worked in home health for 26 years, is a family caregiver and is CEO of the HomeCare Association of Louisiana.

Fr. Duane Passes at the Age of 83

Our national program director, Fr. Duane Stenzel passed away peacefully on January 18 at the age of 83 after a long battle with a chronic blood disorder.

Fr. Duane entered the Franciscan order in 1945 and was ordained a priest in 1954. Over the years, Fr. Duane has touched countless lives with his words of wisdom, love, understanding and encouragement. Words could never express how much he has meant or how much he will be missed.
We pray now for the repose of his soul and take comfort knowing that his earthly suffering has come to an end.

December 28, 2010 – ‚ÄėCare Transitions‚Äô

Scott Flowers, MHA, MBA is on the executive team at eQHealth, the Quality Improvement Organization based in Baton Rouge, LA that is doing healthcare improvement work across the nation. Scott shares information about ‚Äėcare transitions‚Äô, or the hand-off from hospital to home. eQHealth is heading one of 14 projects to assure smooth care transitions.