On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, we will introduce a new program to Radio Maria, hosted by Mr. Matthew Leonard. Matthew is the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, Ohio. An internationally known speaker and author, he travels far and wide speaking to Catholic audiences, and has authored several books, among which are, “Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic” and Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality, published through Our Sunday Visitor. Prior to his conversion to Catholicism in 1998, Matthew served as a missionary in Latin America. After entering the Church, he obtained a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville before becoming vice president and guest theology instructor at Ave Maria College. He has been heard and seen in places like “Deep in Scripture with Marcus Grodi”, Sirius Radio, and Our Sunday Visitor. Before entering the non-profit world, Matthew was partner and president of a Chicago-based real estate development firm. The father of five, he and his wife Veronica now make their home in Ohio. Please tune in on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, and begin enjoying The Art of Catholic, hosted by Matthew Leonard. You will be blessed by it.
We are proud to introduce the newest member of our Radio Maria family of inspiring presenters, Lisa M. Hendey. Lisa is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com, and bestselling author of The Grace of Yes. Lisa is multi-talented, having produced and hosted multiple programs on KNXT Catholic Television out of the Diocese of Fresno, California, and appeared on EWTN and Catholic TV. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. She somehow also finds time to travel internationally, giving workshops on faith, family and Catholic news media topics. Please tune in for Catholic Moments at 11:00 a.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Eastern on alternating Mondays, starting February 9, 2015, and let Lisa share her expertise on topics of relevance for any Catholic. Lisa promises the tone and tenor of her show will be fun, causal, entertaining, but always reverent.
You will be able to find the archives of the programs at radiomaria.us/catholicmoments
Ken talks with Matthew Leonard author of “Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality” and Stephen Binz author of “Scripture: God’s Handbook for Evangelizing Catholics” (both available from Our Sunday Visitor) Matthew uses Catholic tradition, clear theology, and humorous stories from his own life to bring the concepts and actual practice of prayer into sharper focus for readers. He leads readers through prayer from the beginning – what it is, why to pray, how prayer works – then into the classic stages of the spiritual life that lead to a deeper relationship with God, the ultimate aim of prayer. Matthew’s book is available at: www.osv.com More information about Matthew can be found at www.MatthewSLeonard.com
Stephen’s book examines how Catholics are recovering the missionary dimension of their faith, how evangelization is at the heart of sacred Scripture, and how the Church and the world can be renewed through Scripture. He was inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II, as well as by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict, and in the book, he shows the connection between their collective call for a New Evangelization and learning Scripture as the powerful basis for succeeding in this outreach. His book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Stephen visit: www.bridge-b.com
Ken talks with Fr Mitch Pacwa about “Growing In Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” (Our Sunday Visitor) and James Tonkowich “The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom In America Today” (Saint Benedict Press) Fr. Pacwa’s book is the latest volume of his Bible study series, and gives readers the insightful addition of Pope Francis’ views and teachings. The study, ideal for parish group or individual use, includes an easy-to-understand overview of each faith topic, background information, inspiring quotes from saints and others, and the option to personalize a topic through individualized study. The original publication of this study, “The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics”, released in late 2012 for Pope Benedict XVI’s Year of Faith (2013), was one of the most popular Bible studies ever introduced by the prolific Jesuit priest and Biblical scholar. Fr Pacwa’s book can be purchased at: www.osv.com To learn more about Fr Pacwa visit: www.FatherMitchPacwa.org
James Tonkowich explores the history of Christian philosophy from the Church’s infancy through the birth of America and how it influenced religious liberty. Americans are losing what are supposed to be constitutionally promised rights at an alarming pace. The Founding Fathers understood the overriding essentiality of religious practice unimpeded by governmental authority, but time and vast cultural change has eroded this from the consciences of modern politicians. As we watch America teeter ever closer to the brink of moral collapse and prejudice towards religion become ever more institutionalized, one question always surfaces: How can we stop this? James’s book is available at: books.benedictpress.com Visit James’s website: www.jimtonkowich.com
Ken talks with Fr. Peter Cameron, author of “Novenas for the Church Year” (Our Sunday Visitor). The book provides readers with over 60 new novenas in preparation for milestones throughout the Catholic calendar. Each novena includes an explanation of the feast day’s significance, then the prayer, which is to be read and prayed during the nine days leading up to the feast or solemnity. “Novenas for the Church Year” is available at:
Fr. Cameron is editor-in-chief of Magnificat. To learn more visit: www.magnificat.net
Ken talks with Ralph Martin author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call
(Our Sunday Visitor) and Patricia Ann Kasten author of Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Canonization and More. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful a breakdown of what the New Evangelization is all about, how to engage in it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now. Ralph’s book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Ralph Martin and Renewal Ministries visit: www.renewalministries.net
With the recent canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, people worldwide saw the culmination of a lengthy process of proclaiming someone a “saint.” While most media covered the event, many people are still puzzled by the process, as well as the peripheral elements associated with saints such as relics, patronage, symbols, and more. Patricia Ann Kasten presents a thorough recap of the topic in a fresh, fun, and approachable way. Patricia’s book is available at: www.osv.com Visit Patricia’s “scripture based puzzle” website: www.tri-c-a-publications.com
Ken talks with Fr. Robert Hater author of Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Road Map for the Future (Our Sunday Visitor) Fr. Hater develops his common sense approach within a historical perspective that follows the lines of his own journey of faith. He traces his catechetical story from the 1950’s to the present time. As he tells his story, he takes the best from the memorization approach of the early 20th century, the use of the Baltimore Catechism, the insights of Vatican II, the chaotic period of the late 60s and 70s, the experiential approach of the 80s and 90s, including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the systematic approach of the 90s until today, and finally, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can purchase Fr. Robert’s book at: www.osv.com
Ken talks with Simcha Fisher author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (Our Sunday Visitor) and Michelle Buckman author of Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty, and Faith (St Benedict Press) Simcha lightens the sobriety of NFP with smart-alecky, comic descriptions of real situations, and presents information on how couples struggle with common issues – sexual, communication, even spiritual — and navigate them. Michelle’s novel Death Panels is an exciting and disturbing story of a not-too-distant future in which our current political battles over life and freedom have reached an explosive crossroads and a clarion call to all Christians and lovers of liberty. You can purchase Simcha’s book at: www.osv.com You can purchase Michelle’s book at: www.michellebuckman.com/ Simcha blogs at (I have to sit down): www.patheos.com
Ken talks with his guests Rick Sarkisian and Karen Eifler. Rick is the author of Running Hard, Finishing Strong – 7 Steps to Building Momentum in Your Spiritual Life (Our Sunday Visitor) Here is a practical guide for developing a momentum mindset that connects your faith with real life in a way that supports, motivates encourages, and enhances your efforts along the way. To find out more about Rick Sarkisian vist: www.lifework.com Rick’s book can be purchased at: catalog.osv.com
Karen Eifler is the author of A Month of Mondays – Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom (ACTA) Using humorous and touching real-life stories to make her points, Karen digs deep into the connection between teaching and spirituality. Karen’s book is available at www.actapublications.com
Ken talks with his guests Al Kresta (Dangers to the Faith – Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents) and Fr. Brian McMaster (Totus Tuus – A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II) Both book are published by Our Sunday Visitor. No one is more qualified to pull back the curtain on the challenges the Catholic Church faces today than Al Kresta, popular Catholic author, speaker, and radio show host. Mr Kresta blogs at http://krestaintheafternoon.blogspot.com and his book is available at http://catalog.osv.com
Fr. Brian McMaster takes St de Montfort’s classic work and recasts it in a contemporary version using the writings and example of Pope John Paul II. Visit Fr McMasters Facebook page and his book is available at http://catalog.osv.com
Ken talks with his guest Dr Matthew Bunson author of Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor) In this book you will learn about the final year of Pope Benedict XVI, the selection of Pope Francis, and finally, who is Pope Francis? You will learn about the humble man who has become the 266th pope, his early life in Argentina, his calling to the priesthood, and his dedication to the poor and marginalized. You will learn about his first days as pope and what it may imply for the future. To learn more about my guest Dr Matthew Bunson visit: www.salvationhistory.com Dr Bunson’s book is available at: www.catalog.osv.com
Ken’s guest is Matthew Leonard author of Louder than Words – The Art of Living as a Catholic (published by Our Sunday Visitor). Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to show us all a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world. Visit Matthew Leonard‘s website : www.matthewsleonard.com His book is available at: www.osv.com
Ken’s guest is Stephen Binz, author of the Lectio Divina Bible Study Series: Learning to Pray in Scripture, The Mass in Scripture, The Sacraments in Scripture, and the latest volume The Creed in Scripture (Series published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lectio Divina, the time-tested practice of scripture immersion, is at the heart of this series. Each chapter leads you through the five steps: Listening, Understanding, Reflecting, Praying, and Acting. For example in his latest volume on the Creed, the scriptural origins of each part of the Creed are examined in scripture so Catholics can understand and live it better. Visit Stephen Binz’s website : www.Bridge-B.com His books are available at: www.osv.com
Ken talks with his guest Julie Dortch Cragon, Jesus at my side – 365 Reflections on His Words (Our Sunday Visitor). A Tennessee Catholic bookstore owner and mother of six, Julie has written a great daily reflection book. Each day you will find a scripture meditation and prayer challenge. Julie has a website and blogs at www.juliecragon.com To order from her family run Catholic bookstore, St Mary’s Bookstore, visit www.stmarysbookstore.com Her books can be purchased at www.catalog.osv.com
Ken talks with Fr Joe Kempf about two of his books, “No One Cries the Wrong Way: Seeing God Through Tears” and “Sometimes Life Is Just Not Fair: Hope for Kids through Grief and Loss” (both published by Our Sunday Visitor) Fr Joe has written twin strategies for coping with grief and loss – one for adults, the other for children – that coach the broken-hearted and vulnerable thought the toughest times in their lives. To learn more about Fr Joe visit http://welovebigal.com/ His books are available at www.osv.com.
Ken talks with Frank Mercadante about Engaging A New Generation – A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens (Our Sunday Visitor) Frank is the founder and director of Cultivation Ministries, and apostolate dedicated to dedicated to supporting Catholic youth. In Frank’s book is an excellent resource for anyone working with Catholic youth, e.g., teachers, youth ministry, catechists etc. Frank explains how the current generation of youth are different from earlier generations, and provides a path for creating a vibrant faith. To learn more about Cultivation Ministries visit www.cultivationministries.com Frank’s book is available at http://catalog.osv.org.
Ken talks with Art & Laraine Bennett about The Temperament God Gave You (Sophia Institute Press) and The Temperament God Gave Your Kids (Our Sunday Visitor) Gaining insight into our unique temperaments can improve all our relationships, including our relationship with God. You may also want to check out their other books which include The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse and The Emotions God Gave You. Visit their web site: temperaments.sophiainstitute.com Their books are available at shop.sophiainstitute.com and www.osv.com.
Ken talks with Deacon John Green, author of Streetwalking with Jesus – Reaching Out in Justice and Mercy (published by Our Sunday Visitor). For over two decades John has been ministering to inter-city men on the margins of society. John shares the lessons he learned through the stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction and sexual sin – while encounter Christ in the process. Learn more about Deacon Green’s ministry at www.streets.org and www.streetwalkingwithjesus.com John’s wife has a vital role in his ministry and is a singer/songwriter. To learn more, and listen to some of her music, visit www.greenchoby.com John’s book is available at www.osv.com
Ken talks with Brandon Vogt, author of The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet (Published by Our Sunday Visitor). Brandon tells us how Christians can harness all the new media tools to reach out, teach, cultivate community, and change the world. Brandon blogs at two websites, bother are a treasure trove of great information: www.brandonvogt.com and www.churchandnewmedia.com His book is available at www.osv.com
Faith at Work – Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck
Ken talks with Kevin Lowry about his book; Faith at Work – Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (published by Our Sunday Visitor) Kevin is the CEO of the Coming Home Network International. How do your motivations, actions, and example at work differ from your motivations, actions, and example at Church? Explore the benefits of applying the basic tenets of faith — teamwork, perseverance, trust, and goodwill. An inspiring exploration of this common and continuous struggle of finding our balance of faith and work. Kevin blogs at http://gratefulconvert.com/ His book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1178
Ken talks with British author Austen Ivereigh about his new book, How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice (published by Our Sunday Visitor) At one time or another each of us has likely found ourselves being appointed the spokesperson for the Catholic Church. This can happen at work, with a friend or a neighbor. Dr Ivereigh’s book will help you better respond to being put on the spot, and I’m sure you will enjoy our discussion. https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1222
Ken talks with guest Lorene Hanley Duquin author of When a Loved One Leaves the Church (Published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lorene has been in ministry to inactive and alienated Catholics since 1992 in the Diocese of Buffalo. She has conducted lectures and workshops in both the US and Canada. In her book she addresses the reasons loved ones leave the Church and how you can overcome guilt, heartache, and what you can do to keep lines of communication open. Her book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=940
Ken talks with Fr Larry Richards, author of Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will (published by Our Sunday Visitor) Fr Larry Richards is a gifted and captivating speaker, retreat master and now author. In this latest book you will find that Fr Larry writes as speaks! Fr Larry discusses those things in life that you hold onto so tightly that you can’t surrender it in order to receive everything God wants to give you. Enjoy this energetic exchange with Fr Larry. You can get an autographed copy of Fr Larry’s book at his website www.fatherlarry.com His book can also be purchases at: https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1078
Ken talks with Dr Paul Thigpen, author of Catholic Answers to Catholic Questions (published by Our Sunday Visitor) A very popular conference speaker, and the author of nearly forty books, Dr Thigpen is known as “The Catholic Answer Man” to some of his friends. Dr Thigpen drew on his many years of editing The Catholic Answer magazine to put together a book of answers to fascinating questions about our Catholic faith. His book can be purchases at: https://catalog.osv.com/catalog.aspx?search=thigpen&x=0&y=0
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
Ken talks with author Charles Zech and discussed his book “Best Practices in Parish Stewardship (published by Our Sunday Visitor). This is the most comprehensive analysis of stewardship activities ever published. The author explores more than just the impact of stewardship on parish income — he also analyzes time and talent contributions, measuring everything from volunteer activity to Mass attendance to outreach programs such as prison ministries or soup kitchen sponsorship. Get ideas and results by understanding what works and doesn’t work at stewardship parishes across the country. Every parish can benefit from this insightful study and learn how to approach stewardship in exciting, productive, and faith-building ways. His book can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?ProductCode=T731
Ken talks with author Amy Welborn about the six books in her Prove It! series. The series is for teens and young adults and covers: God, Jesus, Church, Prayer, You and there is also a Prove It! Bible (all published by Our Sunday Visitor). Amy uses her background as a Catholic high school religion teacher to address issues faced by young Catholics. Her books can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?ProductCode=396
Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew
Ken talks with author Eric Sammons about his book Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew, published by Our Sunday Visitor. Eric explores the many names for Jesus, e.g., rabbi, prophet, teacher etc., found in Matthew’s Gospel, while drawing on the Old Testament, Early Church Fathers, and historical sources to draw the reader into a fuller understanding of Jesus.
A convert to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism, Eric was received into the Catholic Church in 1993 and has received a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He lives with his wife Suzan and five children in Maryland, but will soon be working in full time ministry in Florida.