We are re-introducing a host to Radio Maria – Fr. Scott McCaig, C.C. Fr. McCaig is a member of the Companions of the Cross, and resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Some of you may remember Father McCaig’s previous program, Keys to Spiritual Growth, which ran from 2012 to 2013. Father is a wonderful and inspiring preacher, and we are quite happy that he was able to return to Radio Maria. In his new program, Seized by the Spirit, he will discuss the theology and dynamic spiritual practices of being a missionary disciple of Jesus in this Era of the New Evangelization. We invite you to tune in at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern, every other Friday, starting May 8, 2015, for Seized by the Spirit.
We 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.
Host Kathleen Beckman will dialogue with Fr. Charles Cortinovis, Founding Team member of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, on the power of intercessory prayer and the call to spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. They discuss the mission of intercession for the internal renewal of the priesthood in relationship to what Saint John Paul II said, “for the future evangelization of humanity.” They share how The Virgin Mary and the Eucharistic life help form us into pray-ers according to the Heart of the Eternal High Priest. Father speaks about the urgency of the call to intercession for priests who are on the front lines of a great spiritual battle.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with prolific Catholic author Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos, Mother of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother of all humanity and her special role in family life. As a wife and mother of six children ranging from six to twenty five years old, a Catholic business woman, author of numerous Catholic books and holy cards for children, Julie speaks to adult Catholic formation and Mother’s groups. She runs St. Mary’s Bookstore and Church Supply with her husband Allen, their six children and other family members in Nashville, Tennessee. Julie shares her family’s vacation experiences visiting Marian Shrines throughout the USA and how she turned her family ‘s fun vacations into her newly released book, Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces (Servant Books) and gives tips for adding pilgrimages into the travel plans for family vacations throughout the USA. Julie is one of the original board members of the Catholic Booksellers Association, a member of The Catholic Marketing Network and the National Church Goods Association. She writes a weekly blog, “Hand Me Down Heaven” at www.juliecragon.blogspot.com and hosts a web site at www.juliecragon.com and www.stmarysbookstore.com.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. hosts Susan Ferguson, Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) and Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D. Min. focusing on contemporary education in a digital world and distance education with the internet and digital technologies. Sister Angela Ann is a former member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Director of the UD Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, and Director of the Caribbean School of Communications in Trinidad,is a Professor of Religious Studies and teaches in the UD School of Education. She serves as an international consultant addressing topics related to communications and education and gives workshops, seminars and lectures around the world. Dr. Zukowski, D. Min. serves on several boards related to Catholic education, including the Catholic Leadership Academy Planning Committee (United States), Board of Governors of CREDI (Catholic Religious Education Development Initiative) and as Animator for Mary Queen of Peace (five merged schools/parishes ) as a consultant for cultivating a Beatitude Culture within the school, families and local neighborhood communities. Dr. Zukowski is a Marianist Education Associate (MEA) and has been teaching at UD for 34+ years. Call toll free at 866-333-6279to participate in the program,
This program is a conversation between Frances Harry and Lynn Bete. Lynn is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites in Dayton OH. Lynn and Frances share their perspectives in insights on a wonderful work about the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, in a book entitled “Last Conversations.” This work, which is a collection of discussions and writings taken from the last months of St. Therese’s life, provide remarkable insight on the spiritual life and our complete dependence on God as Father. There is great consolation here for those struggling with trying to gain confidence in the belief that our Father will always watch out for us, especially in our darkest moments.