We’d like to announce a new priest who has joined the Radio Maria family. On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Fr. Richard Bretone will come onboard, hosting Thursday’s Catechism program. Fr. Bretone has been a Roman Catholic priest of the Brooklyn Diocese for 25 years. He is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries; part-time associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; part-time Chaplain at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; and, Director of Heaven’s Embrace (a 46 acre retreat property of the Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries). Fr. Bretone has diverse interests, including teaching courses for The Diocesan Pastoral Institute on Vatican II, and the New Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. An artist, his art work has been featured in articles in The Tablet, and he participated in the inaugural art show of A.S.A.P. in Soho, New York. He has given Days of Recollection and Retreats for Religious, Deacons and the Laity throughout his local and surrounding dioceses, and has also conducted Healing Masses. Please tune in on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern, and meet Fr. Bretone, as he instructs us on the faith.
On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic Church.
Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement — the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.
(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: http://atonementfriars.org and http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/)
“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC). This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.”
In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:
The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.
(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at: http://www.news.va
More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at http://www.news.va
Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/
Our host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.
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!
On Friday, October 10, 2014, a new program began on Radio Maria. Passion: The Word of God, hosted by Fr. John Murray, will be airing every other Friday, at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern. Father Murray comes to us from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Brooklyn, New York. He will take us through the Liturgical year with interesting Scriptural topics, dealing with them in a “Catholic” way. The sessions will be interesting, and even fun, because Father plans to have a live audience of young adults. After his talk, he will encourage questions from the group, then have them make the topic relevant to their age. Father Murray has a miraculous personal story of his own. In 2010, while walking on the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore, he fell, hit his head, and was instantly paralyzed from his chest down. He was told that he had no chance of “any voluntary movement.” By the grace of God, he is now walking with the help of a rollator, drives his own vehicle, and continues to preach Missions and retreats. We are proud to have Fr. John Murray onboard with our Radio Maria family.
The archives of the program can be found at http://radiomaria.us/passionthewordofgod/
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.
Our Guest on the Quest today is Christopher (Chris) Bell the founder of 6 Good Counsel Maternity Homes in New York and New Jersey. I have asked Chris to reflect on his own 9/11 experience of that day as well as sharing with us his experience working with Father Benedict Groeschel to serve homeless pregnant women. Chris is married to Joan Andrews Bell, who can rightly be described as the archangel or patron saint (still alive, so not yet canonized) of the “rescue” movement based on numerous rescues and years of imprisonment. How they met and developed a love relationship is a most interesting part of today’s program.
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.
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
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
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Rich DiSilvio of Massapequa, NY; architectural designer and remodeler, artist, illustrator, new media developer, educational software programmer, publisher and author.
Rich will be discussing his book “The Winds of Time” about the Roman/Italian influences that shaped Western Civilization and most pointedly modern America including the beginning of the Republic and how America emulated it.
“With America’s future and very survival in mind, the author reveals many lessons and warnings that only the past can provide.”
For more information on Rich DiSilvio a highly creative and astute Italian-American visit www.TheWindsOfTime.com.