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.
November 10, 2014:
“For all, regenerated in Christ, are made kings by the sign of the cross; they are consecrated priests by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that beyond the special service of our ministry as priests, all spiritual and mature Christians know that they are a royal race and are sharers in the office of the Priesthood.”
St. Leo the Great
“May your life be nothing but a continuous act of the Will of God.”
Christine Watkins interviews Dominican priest, Fr. Michael Fones, formerly the co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, www.siena.org, which helps disciples learn of the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit. God has spread His charisms among His people, gifts such as spiritual discernment, administration, encouragement, etc., for the building up of the Kingdom. Listen and find out what your charisms might be! Knowing one’s charisms is a helpful tool for discerning God’s will in this life.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Monsignor John Esseff, priest of the diocese of Scranton, PA on the subjects of prayer, priesthood, spiritual warfare, spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. Father speaks about healing the “father wound” and being set free for love and service.
The speakers at the Association of Christian Therapists will address health care providers in all disciplines with their insights and experiences working with people of various cultures and ethnic groups. Healing requires creative, focused clinical interventions; speakers and presenters will provide insights into diverse cultures prominent in our country , as well as insights into the art of determining strengths in others. The Pre-Conference on Thursday Sept. 18 presents two passionate professionals who are servants of those in most need of healing , Dr. Benjamin Keyes, Ph.D.; Ed. D and Fr. Christopher Crotty who will be presenting their experiences of healing with people from various cultural and faith traditions and the common thread of God’s love in all of them. Dr. Keyes is the Director of The Center for Trauma Studies at Regent University and is often found with his team in the USA and around the world as first responders in natural and man made disasters, addressing . Fr. Crotty is a priest who seeks to know the true heart of Jesus reaching out to the prostitute, the person in the satanic rock band, the alcoholic and many others in need of God’s love in the midst of brokenness and sin, speaking and will also present The Centrality of the Gospel Message. The rostrum of speakers and presenters have a deep understanding of how healing comes through the love of God and seeing Jesus in the other; Fr. Robert Sears, SJ, President of ACT, (Living The Divine Will), Dr. Doug Schoeninger, Past ACT President and Denise Dolff, MA President Elect (Listening in Healthcare Practice), Dr. George Delgado, MD (Weaving Faith, Ethics, and Professional Autonomy Into Patient/Client Interaction) will speak along with many others. Registration info, complete speakers’ rostrum, topics and bios at www.actheals.org.
Part I: MMP (Marian Movement of Priests), Italy International Retreat
Part II: Community Cenacolo, Italy International Retreat
Is Jesus the ultimate example of masculinity–a leader, father, warrior, lover, and miracle worker? Fr John will make that case for us on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”, Tuesday at NOON, ET. We need masculine men to establish a Cuture of Life in the home, parish community and country. Are you man enough to make difference?
Father John Acrea is a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines Iowa. During his “active duty” he was the Vocations Director for the Des Moines Diocese and a Spiritual Director for seminarians at St John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St Thomas in St Paul Minnesota.
He is in demand as a speaker at men’s conferences–like the recent “Man-UP” event in Des Moines.
The typical male probably does not think of Jesus as his image of manliness, or masculinity. Men are more likely to think of a great athlete, a combat veteran, a hero or someone who has overcome great diversity and challenges to be a success in business. And it is true that these men are exhibiting some of the characteristics of masculinity, but Fr John would say that each and every one of us can be (and many already are) men of exceptional masculinity.
Are priests and bishops and popes “masculine”? Is going to the seminary similar to joining the Marines?
Ladies, don’t go away. Fr John says women have these same characteristics, but manifest them in different ways.
Ken talks with Fr. Dwight Longenecker author of “The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” (Thomas Nelson) Former Anglican priest and now Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told. Fr. Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. You can purchase Fr. Longenecker’s book at: www.thomasnelson.com If you would like an autographed copy of Fr. Longenecker’s book: dwightlongenecker.com. They should make sure they add a note in the comments section so Father can sign it for them. Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs at: www.patheos.com Ken also reviews three books for Lent: “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux” by Donna-Maria Cooper O’Boyle, “The Living Gospel” by Theresa Rickard, O.P. (both by Ave Maria Press), and “Meditations for Lent” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Sophia Institute Press)
Christine Watkins interviews Fr. Michael Augustine Amabisco, a Dominican priest and pastor with a keen sense of humor, who shares profound insight into how to discern God’s voice in day-to-day life and in callings such as one’s vocation and mission.
Fr Sauppe’s 2013 article about the demographic winter that forced closing of his parish school received lots of attention because it brought focus to a national problem affecting most communities and the Church–not enough children. See www.onemoresoul.com/pdfs.
If the AVERAGE woman in a country consistently births fewer than 2.1 children in her life time, the country’s population will eventually decline. This population shrinkage is already in process throughout Europe.
In “The Church in the Modern World as I lived It”, The Bellarmine Forum (Winter 2013), Father shares his experience as a seminarian and priest/pastor in the post Vatican Council II Catholic Church. His experience verifies that some of the good of VCII was sabotaged by efforts to hitch change agendas to VCII’s call to open the windows and let fresh air into the Church. Unfortunately, the infiltration included a “progressive wind” and the “smoke of Satan” that joined other events to weaken the Church in modern times.
Fr Sauppe is taking steps to blunt these evil forces and turn his small part of Church back to a renewed sense of God in the liturgy and the family. In this effort, he draws encouragement from the 1985 Extraordinary Synod on “The Twentieth Anniversary of the Conclusion of the Second Vatican Council”.
Since Father is also a Mariologist (working toward the STD at the International Marian Research Institute), I can ask him Mary is guiding the Church in the Modern World.
Ken talks with his guests Anthony Ryan and Joyce Coronel. Anthony Ryan, Ignatius Press Marketing Director, discusses the book Bakhita- From Slave to Saint by Roberto Italo Zanini. At age 9, St Bakhita was kidnapped near Darfur, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was ransomed and taken to Italy, where she became a Catholic and a nun. Joyfully and serenely Bakhita served with the Canossian sisters in a small, obscure town in northern Italy until her death in 1947. Then something even more remarkable than her redemption happened. The book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com Joyce Coronel’s novel A Martyr’s Crown reads like today’s headlines regarding the attacks on Christian’s in the Middle East. American journalist, Sarah Castillo has a life-changing encounter with a Catholic priest who survived torture at the hands of jihadists. Sarah learns what forgiveness, faith and love really mean. To learn more about Joyce and to purchase her book visit: http://joycecoronel.com/
Host Kathleen Beckman will broadcast live from Mundelein Seminary, Chicago, Ill. with priest guests from the Conference on Healing and Deliverance. They will discuss the prudent engagement of the “good fight” and how to “put on the armor of God” for spiritual protection against the fiery darts of the Enemy and prayers will be offered for liberation.
On June 13th Ken talks with guests Roy Wenzl author of The Miracle of Father Kapaun – Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero (Ignatius Press) and Barbara Hosbach author of Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes (Franciscan Media) Wenzl’s book on Fr Emil Kapaun-priest, soldier and Korean War hero- is a rare man. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, and is also being considered by the Vatican for canonization as a saint. His book is available at www.ignatius.com
Barbara Hosbach says that Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes is her response to the questions raised in her mind while reading Scripture. Each chapter describes a different character from the Bible, their unique combination of strengths, weakness, and circumstances. To learn more about Barbara visit her website: http://www.biblemeditations.net/ Her book is available at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org
Our Guest this week is Dr Dominick Pedulla from Oklahoma City, where he is a highly respected varicose vein surgeon board certified in cardiology, internal medicine and vein surgery. Dr Pedulla also has a long history of interest in natural family planning and the harmful impact of unnatural birth control methods on mothers and children. This interest prompted him and three other physicians (one also a priest) to thoroughly review the Plan B literature to discern if and when Plan B operated as an abortifacient.
Their study was prompted by bishops in several countries approving the use of Plan B in Catholic hospitals to treat women who had been raped. The intent of such use is to prevent an obviously unplanned conception, realizing that children conceived in rape are at high risk of being aborted. Drs Pedullah, Peck, Kahlenborn and Velez were suspicious about the literature claiming that Plan B has no abortifacient effect. The similarity between hormonal birth control (with its admitted potential for acting as an abortifaciant) and the hormones in Plan B made it seem likely that Plan B would act as an abortifacient at least some of the time.
Plan B is now available over the counter (without prescription) to women 17 or older. Several concerns are apparent: What are the health risks for the woman taking Plan B? How does it work? Ever as an abortifacient? Are women/couples leaning toward a Plan B approach to birth control to avoid the constant pollution of their bodies that characterizes other methods of hormonal birth control?
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Quan Tran about his journey from the District Attorney’s office to Priesthood, how God used various people to awaken his vocation. They discuss the spirituality of diocesan priesthood including the priest’s personal bond to Christ, and how “the sacrament of Holy Orders communicates a “sacred power” which is none other that that of Christ (CCC).” Father discusses prayer also.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Skonezny, a priest of the diocese of Orange, CA who spent 17 years of his life as a Trappist Monk at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery and who served as the diocesan director of Cursillo for 26 years. Father Ray shares many personal stories about the power of prayer and how to grow in the interior life of union with God. They dialogue about various forms of prayer according to the CCC. Father offers prayers for all.
Ken talks with his guest Eric Sammons, author of Holiness for Everyone – The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva. The early Church held that all believers could achieve holiness. Over time, this conviction was largely forgotten. Sainthood seemed to be an honor only intended for a select few among the priests and religious. Eric Sammons tells us how Spanish priest and canonized saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, recovered the message of the universal call to holiness. His legacy is the belief that each of us can, by God’s grace, achieve holiness through the course of our ordinary life and work. You can download the introduction and 1st chapter of his book at www.ericsammons.com You can read all of St Escriva’s writings for free at www.escrivaworks.org His book can be purchased at catalog.osv.com
Fr. Kevin McCabe shares his conversion, faith and work as a priest in Philadelphia.
Steve’s guest on this program was Fr. Juan Velez, a San Francisco priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He has an article in the One More Soul “Obey Mandate or Scripture” newspaper challenge to the HHS mandate, which we will be discussing along with the Bishops’ “Religious Liberty, Our Most Cherished Freedom” article.
Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need. Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed. A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr. Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him, Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.
Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need, Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed, A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr, Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him, Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.
Ken talks with guest Fr Louis Cameli author of The Devil You Don’t Know – Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Cameli paints a challenging , unsettling portrait of the devil as a formidable adversary who works great harm, often in quite, less-visible ways. Fr Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-272-7/The-Devil-You-Dont-Know/
In this program, Kathie speaks with Fr. Robert Young about his faith journey and his role with Radio Maria. She also talks with Fr. John Baptist Wang, a Chinese priest with two Doctorates and various degrees. He talks about his experiences fleeing from communism and discusses the Church and family life in China as he travels to evangelize and educate. Katie speaks with Fr. Chrysostom Baer of St. Michael’s Abbey in this program as well. He talks of the beauty of the old traditions of the Church and how to use the good new gifts of the Church.
Francesca Franchina, MS ED discusses the power of prayer and how Jesus, the Blessed Mother and the Saints help us in personal matters, individually and collectively,in families and communities and chats about the holy talks and tips given to the Presentation Bible Institute attendees held last week in Cincinnati,OH featuring Fr. Tom Forrest, internationally known Redemptorisst priest evangelizer who preached on Evangelization, Prayer and Jesus’ Scipture Promises. Learn what he said and more! Check out the dedication and blessing of the Shrine of St.Philomena in Navarro, OH at St. Clements’ Church on August 14th. Tune in to the program for more details. Download free book of Precious Blood Prayers and other materials/devotions as given to Barnabas, a Nigerian seminarian by Jesus (with nihil obstat) see www.preciousbloodinternational.com Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael The Archangel and Precious Blood of Jesus Novena and Prayer and Francesca’s Italian Recipe of the Week: Today’s Recipe: Pasta with Cauliflower & Italian Tiramasu. See www.radiomaria.us Through the Tummy to the Heart Archives for past programs listening pleasure. Call in to share how you have been assisted by Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus .
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
This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.
1. Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid. This is a collection of eleven conversion stories, and is a favorite book to give to anyone who may be interested in the Catholic Church. If you like this book, there are two additional volumes – Surprised by Truth 2 and Surprised by Truth 3
2.Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. This is the new 2011 edition with a slightly different title, and an additional 30,000 words, of Rediscovering Catholicism that was published in 2002. If you would like an inexpensive copy of this book go to www.DynamicCatholic.com
3. Father Elijah by Michael D. O’Brien I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is my favorite; however, if you like happy, storybook endings then O’Brien may not be for you.
4. Rome Sweet Rome – Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott & Kimberly Hahn This is probably the most popular conversion story around.
5. How Firm a Foundation by Marcus Grodi This is a fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. An engaging story and you will learn a lot about your faith.
6. Four Witnesses: the Early Church in Her Own Words by Rod Bennett This is an excellent, very readable introduction to four of the Early Church Fathers. If you are interested in examining the Church Fathers this is a good place to start. The lives of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons are written in novel form.
7. No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence: Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharist Adoration by David Pearson This is a collection of stories about the power of Eucharistic Adoration.
8. A Faith for Grown-Ups by Robert P. Lockwood. This book will be a walk down memory lane for Catholics “of a certain age” who grew up thinking everyone in the world was Catholic. This is an amusing reflection by Lockwood as he discusses his early life in the Church, falling away, and return.
9. My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, SJ Father Martin has written an engaging book that examines how nearly 20 saints, and near-saints, have impacted his life, along with a short review the saints’ lives.
10. Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today by Michael S. Rose These are uplifting stories of ten very good priests. The opening story of the late Father Albert Lauer is worth the purchase price.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Fr. Tony Krishak, Paulist Priest, Diocese of Trenton, NJ; Director of internet services for Paulist Evangelization Ministries in Washington DC and adjunct professor of pastoral counseling at Loyola University Maryland along with Fr. John Krumm pastor of St. Bridget’s Parish in Xenia, OH and Tanya Stagers, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Office of Evangelization about Small Church Communities, their place in evangelization and discipleship, the importance of being rooted in God’s Word and the spirituality of discipleship and the upcoming Diocesan Small Church Communities Formation Day on March 19, 2011 to be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1411 N. Fairfield Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45432.. For added seminar information and registration call 513-421-3131 and/or see the website: www.catholiccincinnati.org/oec/Upcoming_Event.htm See www.radiomaria.us programs for Encore days and times.
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.
On Friday January 14 Monsignor Mark L Bartchak was named as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Bishop-elect Bartchak was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Erie, PA in 1980 and, in addition to serving the Catholic of the diocese, has used his rich background in Canon Law on the diocesan, state and national levels.
Our congratulations go out to Bishop-elect Mark L. Bartchak and the Catholic of the diocese of Altoon-Johnstown on this momentous and exciting appointment.
For additional information you can visit the Diocese of Altoon-Johnstown website. www.ajdiocese.org
Francesca Franchina speaks with Fr. Clifton E. Bishop of Bethlehem, PA , popular retreat director, chaplain and health educator, about Advent 2010 and planning a “Mary Advent and Christmas HolyDays . The holidays promise healing, hope and renewal, but some encounter depression, desolateness and separation . How do we find solace, comfort and Joy in the midst of hustle and bustle, encountering The Mother of Joy and her Son Jesus activating and living The Word in everyday life? Fr. Clifton, a priest in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, grew up a Baptist and converted to Catholicism through a correspondence course on Catholicism while in high school. He became a Franciscan Friar and later became a diocesan parish priest. He is an adjunct professor and serves as Chaplain of The Holy Family Senior Living and Assisted Living Center in the Archdiocese of Allentown, PA.
T5H Featured Recipes For Today: Francesca shares her tasty, easy to make Sicilian Spicy Olives; Baked Mostaciolli with Ricotta and Meatballs; Zingy Garlic Bread with Olive Oil/ Parmesan Cheese; and Italian Green Bean/Artichoke Salad with Pepperoni Pieces and Mozzarella Cubes from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.