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Tune in every Thursday at 9 am (Eastern Time) for the celebration of the Holy Mass live from St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan, Lower East Side

On December the 4th 2014, Radio Maria NY started broadcasting the 9 am Holy Mass live from St Mary’s Church in Manhattan, Lower East Side. We are glad to confirm our commitment to bring such a beautiful celebration to all of our listeners and wish to thank once again the congregation of St. Mary’s and its Pastor, Andrew O’Connor, for welcoming Radio Maria into their parish.

Father Andrew O’Connor
Father Andrew O’Connor

Besides being the third oldest Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of New York, St Mary’s Church is also headquartering Father O’Connor’s Goods of Conscience project:”an apparel line employing local craftspeople and importing wild cotton produced by Mayan Indian weavers who are paid a living wage, that fosters the “cycle of charity”, a process that includes becoming involved in the lives of the poor in a manner that respects and enhances the dignity of all parties involved in the transaction. As O’Connor explains on the Goods of Conscience website, it’s about fulfilling a vision of “a global network of interconnected, interdependent local, self-sustaining businesses—a global social fabric.”

Read more: http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2014/11/father-andrew-oconnor-weaves-community-at-st-marys-church.html

New York’s studio facility revamped

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In the first week of December, James Mora, WF technician from our Spanish network in Houston, and Marco Cech, WF Audio Frequency Supervisor, came to assess and upgrade Radio Maria’s studio facility in Oliver Street, New York. New mics have been mounted; rack-room re-wiring, consoles’ hardware and software tweaking, and cable testing to analyze and ensure standards for audio performance have been run. After this upgrade, our studio facility looks like new, shiny and functional. NY’s staff is grateful to James and Marco for their hard work!

Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn

“A historic exhibit of medieval manuscripts and papal documents associated with St. Francis of Assisi will be on display at Brooklyn Borough Hall from Dec. 2 to Jan. 14.

It was on view this past week at the U.N. Speakers at the opening in Manhattan affirmed the saint’s association with the world body’s peaceful aims and hoped his namesake pope would pay a visit next September.

“Friar Francis: Traces, Words, Images” is a collection of 19 manuscripts and artifacts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.

The artifacts date from the 13th and 14th centuries and are outside Italy for the first time in 700 years.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the U.N., said the difficult and costly process to bring the “priceless documents” to New York is “worth the effort, because we believe that the values practiced and preached by St. Francis are also the fundamental values of the United Nations, namely peace, the harmonious development of peoples in brotherhood and love for nature.

“Without these values, we have wars and conflicts, injustices and all forms of slavery, environmental crises and disasters,” he said.

One of the most striking pieces in the exhibit is Codex 338, which contains the oldest existing copies of St. Francis’ writings, including the Rule of the Friars Minor and the original draft of “The Canticle of the Creatures,” dictated by St. Francis. The “Canticle” is considered the oldest poetic text of Italian literature.

The exhibit includes a fragment of a biography of St. Francis by Thomas of Celano, his contemporary, and several papal bulls that refer to the saint and his religious order. The oldest papal document displayed is from 1220.

Steven Acunto told Catholic News Service the manuscripts are “completely irreplaceable and precious.” Acunto is president of the Italian Academy Foundation, an institute of cultural diplomacy that is one of the sponsors of the exhibit.”

Beth Griffin (2014, November 2014). Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn. The Tablet. Retrieved from http://thetablet.org/exhibit-on-st-francis-coming-to-brooklyn/

New Hour From New York

Father NortonRadio Maria is happy to announce a new hour of programming from our New York studios: The new hour will complete our weeknight schedule of programs with a new program on Fridays, at the customary time– 9 PM EDT (8 PM CDT) The first half hour will continue to offer the Holy Rosary as on the other weeknights. The second half hour will be a special program for the Advent-Christmas Season, entitled “God is With Us.” Your host will be Fr. Stephen Norton, Pastor of St. Benedict’s Parish in the Bronx, N.Y. Fr. Norton will be sharing reflections on the central figures in the Advent-Christmas story, beginning with St. Joseph on Friday, December 5th. We are delighted to welcome Fr. Norton to our Radio Maria Family and to offer an additional hour of LIVE Catholic programming from New York. Please join Fr. Norton at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central every Friday through the Advent-Christmas Season.

September 10, 2014 – Lisa Donigian and Immaculee Ilibagiza

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Lisa Donigian of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Dayton, Ohio and Immaculee Ilibagiza of New York, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that she recounted in her first book “Left To Tell” regarding her personal experience twenty years ago when this holocaust occurred in Africa. The conversation focuses on Immaculee and her family’s fate and deep faith walk, their deep spiritual formation, the need today for familial conversion of heart, metanoia, reconciliation, and personal/communal healing prayer. Immaculee speaks about her ministry that revolves around her deep commitment to Jesus and Our Lady, her numerous books, talks and retreats that focus on “Forgiveness, Healing and Hope” to be addressed in her weekend retreat held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio on Friday and Saturday, October 17th & 18th. Imaculee now travels extensively throughout the world. Lisa joined her in Belgium for a retreat this summer which brings her to Dayton in October. Immaculee’s ministry focuses on leading Marian pilgrimages and continuing to encourage all age groups to turn away from sin, be renewed, evangelize and pray, pray, pray. The approved Marian Apparitions at Kibeho warned of the gravity that occurred in the genocide twenty years ago. Our Lady’s words are startling and need to be taken to heart and invoke her in deep personal and communal prayer. Information can be found on the internet with the prophecies and spiritual instructions given to the world by our Blessed Mother at Kibeho. Also see the approved Marian apparitions at Akita. For more information on Imaculee’s ministry & retreat info see www.Immaculee.com

July 16, 2014 – Fr. Fortunatus from Uganda

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed talks with visiting missionary priest Fr. Fortunatus from Uganda, who attended four years of seminary in New York. He has had his first priestly assignment ministering at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Massapequa, NY on Long Island and will be in the USA for another year . Father’s Archdiocese ministers to the many orphans left behind on the streets due to the aids epidemic who they find, feed and care for until they become of age, finish school and can look out for themselves. Foster homes are found and the children are given hope, love and food to sustain them as they continue to be educated to be able to get jobs to sustain themselves, usually in farming. Francesca and Fr. Fortunatus discuss the demographic domain of the Ugandan Diocese, Villages, Eucharistic Centers, Catechists, Small Church Communities, and the outlook of Catholicism in Uganda, which is strong in family ministry, special events and ministries offered and taken up by youth and young adults. Considering the mountainous terrain in the Diocese, lack of roads, dependable transportation and even availability of water, we get a look into the life of our Brothers and Sisters in Uganda and how Our Lord provides for all His Children through caring for us all and exhorting us to compassion and helping each other. “You shall be My Witnesses” said the Lord Jesus, ” They will know you are my disciples by your love.” Father Fortunatus shares his personal story and witness of how he was drawn to his priestly vocation and how h e is sustained daily through prayer and the ability and availability he has to help others find and grown in the knowledge and love of Our Lord Jesus.

June 21, 2013 – Chris Slattery

Guest Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care in New York City talks about operating 12 pregnancy resource centers in the most pro-abortion city in the nation. He discloses how his organization has saved enough babies to almost fill Yankee Stadium to capacity.

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.

MODERN MEDICAL MISSIONARIES – May 8, 2012

MODERN MEDICAL MISSIONARIES: MERCY & THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE

Francesca Franchina , MS Ed. talks with  Modern Medical Missionaries  Dr. Magued Khouzam, MD, (Surgeon) of Florence, Kentucky,  Dr. Ayman Iskender, MD (Cardiologist) of New York, the  leaders of the  Coptic Medical Association Medical Missionary Team of 73 doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals, as well as interested families of adults and children including Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, who will participate in the Mission Trip, coming together  from the  USA, Canada, Ethiopia and Egypt traveling  to Ethiopia.  Hear  about the beginnings of The Coptic Medical Society  in North America, its past medical missions to Egypt and  Ethiopia;  How they will teach, treat patients, and minister at The Black Lion Hospital and St. Paul University Hospital, orphanages, schools and churches in Addis Ababa, the Capitol of Ethiopia,  doing various operations and procedures, helping, healing and ministering to patients, students and hospital medical professionals and  personnel.  Can we  relate  these missionary concepts of this group of  young talented doctors; medical and health  professionals, to  heal the wounds of  America and  the  world situation,  promoting and accepting  healing  by receiving God’s mercy and healing love and passing it on to heal  the wounds of the world?

March 5, 2012 – Mark Hawk

With a business degree from Notre Dame and 11th hour conversion, Mark Hawk’s heart was captured by Our Lady of Medjugorje to begin his new faith journey including founding  St. Gabriel Radio Station in Ohio.

Roy Schoeman – November 16, 2011

FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed.  talks with author  Roy Schoeman, son of German  Jewish Holocaust refugees  about growing up in New York in a traditional Jewish family, studying Judaism under some of the most  prominent Jewish rabbis  in contemporary American Jewry;  and how through a series of  dramatic conversion experiences  he came to embrace the Catholic faith “enthusiastically.”  Roy speaks to “What we know about the Jewish people from the Catechism and  Scripture regarding the Second Coming and  why he wrote his books:  Salvation Is From the Jews  and  HONEY FROM THE ROCK; Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ.  (www.salvationisfromthejews.com). 

September 26, 2011 – Mary Cruz and Carolanne Kilichowski

Mother of six children, Mary Cruz from North Carolina, finds strength in Medjugorje pilgrimage and spiritual weapons to help in everyday life.

From New York, Carolanne Kilichowski, talks about the life-changing events Our Blessed Mother in Medjugorje inspired to help her begin a pilgrimage agency.

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.

“One Mind, One Heart” – July 27, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Lydia and Charlie Bugge and Fr. Ed Wade, CC  “On the Edge” of North Carolina in Cape Carteret about coming together on The Sound to pray for unity “One Mind, One Heart.”   Discussing their involvement in Ecumenical Prayer Gatherings and  how Lydia raised as a Southern Baptist in Georgia  became a Catholic as a young woman living in New York then marrying into a traditional Sicilian family of good cooks and family customs and traditions. Mamma Mia …don’t miss this program to learn and live God’s calling for unity in the Body of Christ and hear Lydia and Francesca discussing  their favorite Sicilian family recipes as  Lydia shares her delicious rice and Italian sausage with peas dinner and her delicious baked breaded eggplant! Good food, good thoughts, good prayer!