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
We are introducing a new host to Radio Maria – Fr. Mark Goring, CC. Father Goring joined the Companions of the Cross when he was 18, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 at age 26. He has served as Associate Pastor for St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, as Director of Admissions for the Companions, as Chaplain of the Catholic Chaplaincy at York University, and is currently Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas. Fr. Mark is a wonderful and inspiring preacher. His ability to make profound truths of the faith easily accessible to his listeners lies at the heart of his ministry. Please tune in at 8:30 a.m. Central/9:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursdays, starting February 5, 2015, for The Abundant Life program, and let Fr. Goring show us how we are all called to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
You will also be able to find the archives of the program at: radiomaria.us/theabundantlife/
We had the honor of having Patty Schneier join us. She is wife, mother, Catholic speaker, and author. She is a cradle Catholic who had a deep conversion upon hearing of Theology of the Body. Her book is Love Letters from Mom, which is a collection of beautiful letters that every mom wants her children to hear! Patty will be in speaking at the W.I.N.E: Women in the New Evangelization Conference, and she gave us a preview of her talk, “Come and Go.” You may find out more about Patty at www.pattyschneier.com.
As the broadcast engineer for the southern region, Danny Brou oversees the maintenance and operation of the transmitters sites in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
Danny has been with Radio Maria the longest of all of the staff and was even involved in the early setup of Radio Maria before the first station ever went on the air.
Danny brings his many years of experience and wisdom to help keep Radio Maria broadcasting. We are so grateful that Danny is always there to give of his time and knowledge to bring Our Lady’s radio to as many people as possible.
Meet the Author
with Ken Huck every Thursday at 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern
I love being a Radio Maria volunteer! Hosting Meet the Author for nearly four years and I still can’t believe it because each week I have the privilege of talking with the best Catholic authors. What is my favorite book of 2014? How can I possibly choose among so many wonderful books!! Here are my thoughts on my favorites for 2014.
I love conversion stories and we had several wonderful examples this year. Here are my favorites:
- “Something Other Than God” by Jennifer Fulwiler May 8, 2014
- “A Voice UnDefeated” by country music superstar Collin Raye May 29, 2014
- “Not God’s Type” by Holly Ordway. Holly’s conversion is about as improbable as St Paul’s! October 16, 2014
- A book that has had a great impact on my prayer life is “The Better Part” by Fr. John Bartunek November 6, 2014
- “St Peter’s Bones”by Thomas Craughwell. Because of this book I was able to arrange a visit to the excavation under the Vatican this summer and venerate the bones of St Peter! February 20, 2014
- For pure fun Simcha Fisher’s “The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning” March 13, 2014
- But if you really, really, really pressed me, my favorite book discussed in 2014 was “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” by Dr. Brant Pitre April 3, 2014
I know 2015 will be another great year of insightful interviews with top authors of great books. Listen live every Thursday 2pm central/3pm eastern – rebroadcast Saturday midnight central/1 am eastern and again Tuesday 5am central/6am eastern.
Frank has been with Radio Maria since it’s early days. He was introduced to Radio Maria in late 2000 when there was a need for someone to fill in for a departing employee within a short time. Frank comes from a long background of radio having grown up spending many hours in and around radio stations with his father, a broadcast engineer.
Before beginning his work at Radio Maria, Frank was heavily involved in ministry teams in the diocese of Alexandria volunteering his knowledge of sound equipment and recording, a work he continues to this day.
As the Production Manager, Frank oversees the production department and all of the technical and logistical work that goes into getting the radio signal from the microphones to the radio transmitters. Frank’s work also extends into all things technical in the workings of Radio Maria. Whether is be building and maintaining the website, repairing computers and equipment or changing light bulbs, Frank is always there to help Our Lady’s radio in any way he can.
Larry comes to us with 20+ years of radio experience. He deals with everything connected with the smooth running of our broadcasts by overseeing soundboard operations, assisting in updating and maintaining music selections, and most specially, assisting the presenters and their guests in preparing for their weekly programs. Larry was originally recruited as a volunteer to help air Masses over Radio Maria on the weekends. Once he became involved with the Mass broadcasts, he recognized how important Radio Maria’s ministry was, especially to shut in’s and those who could not go to Mass themselves. Soon, he felt led to continue and expand his work for the ministry, and joined Radio Maria as a staff member in August, 2012. As an extra blessing to us, when he’s not working, he volunteers extra hours to Radio Maria in his free time. Prior to coming onboard with Radio Maria, Larry was the Finance Director for an area car dealership, and is a well-known personality through-out the Alexandria, Louisiana area.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, announced today– Nov. 17, 2014:
“I wish to confirm, God willing, that in September 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the 8th World Meeting of Families.”
Dates: Sept. 22-27, 2015
Link to Website: World Meeting of Families;
And the World Family of Radio Maria will be broadcasting live coverage of many of the events of the Gathering in various language. Radio Maria US will be covering the English programming throughout the 5 days. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to this historic meeting with Our Holy Father next year.
As one of our Production Assistants, Julie-Clare is an immense asset to the Radio Maria family. She graduated from a local Alexandria college with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Communications in 2010. She was introduced to Radio Maria through Kathie Duggan (host of Sacred Treasures) in the very early days of the station, and at the age of 13, she was behind the scenes volunteering on the audio board, helping to air live prayers and programs. Ever since those early days of Radio Maria, she had a fascination with radio and media. While in the final semesters of college, she was given two radio programs on campus, and co-hosted a news show at another station. Julie-Clare believes God led her back to Radio Maria in 2012. Since her return, she has expertly handled the many components of producing a seamless radio program. Radio Maria is blessed to have Julie-Clare in the family.
Radio Maria will introduce a new program on Friday, November 14, 2014. Outreach USA: The Glenmary Missioners, will be airing at 6:00 p.m. Central/7:00 p.m. Eastern. Fr. Don Tranel, Development Director of the Glenmary Home Missioners in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be our opening host, but expect to hear from many others throughout this series. Did you ever consider that not all missions are foreign, that there are many counties in the United States that have NO Catholic presence? The Missioners address this need beautifully, and bring to life their stories of ministering to the poor and neglected missions here in our own US of A. Follow these good priests, brothers, and dedicated co-workers who comprise the Glenmary Home Missioners as they take us through their labors of love on behalf of our faith.
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joyful Desperation, hosted by Chris Padgett. Chris identifies himself as a “very zealous” convert to Catholicism, who, along with his family, entered the Church in 1999. He is an author (Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple’s Return to Chastity), songwriter, musician (he has four solo albums to his credit), speaker, and worship leader. One of the most effective champions of family life in the church today, Chris can speak from experience. He and his family take the call to “make disciples” very seriously. Among other ministries, Chris is involved with Steubenville youth conferences and expertly speaks to young people about maintaining chastity in the midst of a culture that encourages otherwise. Join Chris on Wednesdays, at 2:00 p.m. Central/3:00 p.m. Eastern as he helps us face our sometimes desperate moments joyfully.
Fr. Kubicki and Grace Urbanski discuss the papal intentions for the month.
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness, hosted by Devin Schadt. In the past, Devin has been a guest on Radio Maria, and we are so happy to have him onboard now as a presenter. The title of his program is taken from the title of his book of the same name. It is a powerful daily devotional for modern day dads and husbands who want to walk in the footsteps of the man who most perfectly fulfilled his vocation as a father, St. Joseph. Devin will guide our audience by transmitting to them the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, glory and irreplaceable effect on families and society. Among other things, Devin is also the founder of Fathers of St. Joseph, an apostolate that works for the renewal of authentic fatherhood. Joining Devin is Brian Gail, author of a remarkable novel Fatherless. This book has also become a powerful tool for catechesis. He is a highly sought after speaker on matters of faith and family. Please join Devin and Brian on Sundays, at 4:00 p.m. Central/5:00 p.m. Eastern.
Joe continued his theme this week and rounded out his discussion highlighting Catholic Teaching and the detailed nature, beauty and glory of a Catholic Marriage.
This Sunday, October 19, Pope Francis will preside over the Beatification of Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978. Pope Paul VI is best known for being the author of Humanae Vitae, the controversial Encyclical on contraception. He contributed greatly to the implementation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and their directives. Radio Maria US will broadcast a recording of this Celebration at 10:30 AM CDT (11:30 AM EDT). Please join us!
Radio Maria will introduce a new program on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Catholic Kaleidoscope, hosted by Alyssa Bormes, will be airing at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern. Alyssa holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Catechism of Hockey, in which she uses the metaphor of hockey and sports devotion to explain the responsibility of Catholic parents to raise their children in the teachings of the Church. Currently, she is the Assistant to the President of The American Chesterton Society. In her spare time, she is a popular speaker and retreat leader on a range of Catholic topics, and is known for her gift of igniting a newfound sense of wonder in the church using storytelling, humor and analogy. Alyssa truly has a “kaleidoscope” of gifts to offer our Radio Maria listeners.
You will be able to find archives of the program at: http://radiomaria.us/catholickaleidoscope/
Joe provided a little background on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary and shared why it is so important and indispensable for us today. Joe also initiated Part 1 of a discussion highlighting Catholic Teaching and the detailed nature, beauty and glory of a Catholic Marriage.
Deacon Bob describes the 3 apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916 which prepared the shepherd children for the apparitions of Our Lady which would follow the next year.
Deacon Bob describes the actions of Pope Benedict XV during the immediate historical prelude to Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima and explains why her Fatima requests are uniquely and specifically directed towad the Catholic population of the world.
The October edition of the Radio Maria Newsletter is now available. Click on the icon below to view the Newsletter and click on the link below to get the Radio Maria emails.
Joe interview Brian Muth, Principal for Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep, a Pre-K – 12 Catholic (Day & Home) School in Napa California. Joe and Brian discussed the nature and beauty of Catholic Education and the critical role it plays in the formation of the Intellect, the Will, and Characters of our children, families, and the in the society with which we live. Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep does a superb job in fulfilling their mission! To learn more, check out their website. www.kolbetrinity.org
Deacon Bob explains the relevance of the message of Fatima today and why it is more important today than it was in 1917, and cites the words of Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and the words and actions of our current Pope Francis as evidence.
As the 2014 Fall Mariathon draws near to a close, it’s not too late to make a donation to keep Radio Maria on the air. Our volunteers will be manning the phones (888-408-0201) until 5pm central today and you can donate any time online on our donate page.
The Catholic Grandparents Association is a fairly new organization but is growing rapidly. The founders have recently met to become a Pontifical Association of the Faithful. Mike and I will discuss the important role of Grandparents in helping to form the Grandchildren in the Catholic faith.
The World Mariathon, organised by the World Family of Radio Maria Association (www.radiomaria.org), is scheduled to take place from the 10th to 12th of May. It will involve listeners of Radio Maria stations worldwide in the evangelising mission that has characterised this Catholic broadcasting station for more than twenty five years.
It will be an important radio event with a special continental and world programming schedule to inform listeners of the new projects that the World Family has launched around the world. The opportunity will be provided to support them through offerings and donations according to the methods provided by the individual broadcasting stations or directly on the event’s website (www.mariathon.org).
“We are entrusted with a great responsibility: to spread the evangelical message and develop the Radio Maria projects worldwide. The idea of the World Mariathon came up during the World Convention in Collevalenza last October. It is a spiritual and editorial event targeted at the birth of 11 new radio stations in Europe, Africa and Asia”
– Fr. Livio Fanzaga and Emanuele Ferrario
The eleven nations which will soon become home to a Radio Maria station are:
To open a Radio Maria station in one of these 11 countries assumes an added value for both Radio Maria and the Universal Church, since the Christian population is a small minority. It is an ambitious initiative which has a wide-reaching social, even before Christian, value. The event will serve as an aggregator for all the 64 member radios, for a broadcasting station which reaches almost half a billion people worldwide.
How a Baptist preacher’s daughter found peace in Christ and His Church.
In this program, Kathie speaks with one of the founders of Radio Maria USA, Joe Bertels. He talks about his part in bringing Radio Maria to the United States.
Radio Maria is passionately committed to promoting the work of evangelization right in your hometown. Our list of Radio Stations to the right now links to our all new regional pages. Check out what Radio Maria is doing in your state and get involved to help Radio Maria grow and flourish in your area.
Radio Maria’s fall Mariathon is right around the corner. Tune in on October 19-21 and call in with your pledge of support to help keep your Catholic radio station on the air. Radio Maria receives 100% of its funding from you our listeners. Listen in for special programming and join us in celebrating the radio ministry of Our Lady.