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.
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.
Jason and Linda parent 5 children; Jason has a BA in Secondary Education from Purdue, and an MA in Theology from Franciscan University (Steubenville); he is Headmaster for Lumen Christi Catholic School in Indianapolis; and author of Called to Give Life, A Primer on the Blessings of Children and the Harm of Contraception.
Called to Give Life is of particular interest now because Pope Francis is hosting a Synod of bishops on Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization–actually two Synods–October 2014 and October 2015. These Synods are a response to the Survey Questions (and answers they generated) sent all over the Catholic world in the latter months of 2013. Answers were compiled to determine what challenges families were facing in this time. After collating thousands of responses, the Synod organizers published a “Working Document” that summarized the world-wide responses and determined the questions the Synods sought to address:
How to preach the Gospel of the Family;
How to deal with pastoral issues arising at this time; and
How to promote openness to children in Catholic marriages.
Why is Jason’s book so important now? Because Called to Give Life answers these questions simply, pastorally and logically in a little over 200 pages. It lays out the Foundations for the Church’s teaching that contraception is always intrinsically evil, and thus can never be permitted, and it explains why the Church considers children to be the Supreme Gift of/to marriage.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Chris Jasek of Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Miamisburg, OH about Presentation Ministries (Cincinnati, OH) and the July 2012 Bible Institute (Our Lady of Guadalupe Bible College) founded by Father Al Lauer, nationally known radio host and creator of the daily inspirational One Bread, One Body and it’s theme “Mary, The Pathway to Living in The Power of The Holy Spirit!” presented by this year’s keynote speaker Fr. Bob Hogan BBD, Founder of the . of the Brothers of The Beloved Disciple (San Antonio,TX). Discussion focuses on Presentation Ministries Mission and its great accomplishments including this Annual Bible Institute at Xavier University that includes so many noted liturgical celebrants and speakers including M.Rev. Joseph R.Binzer (Cincinnati), Father Christ Clay andFr. Rob Back and the music ministry of Bill Richart and so many excellent presenters. Deacon Ralph Poyo Founder of New Evangelization Ministries (Steubenville, OH) will present the teen program on Authentic Discipleship. Learn about the week long chock full of good stuff for all ages including the St. John Bosco Youth Theater Presentation on ” ESTHER,” The Life in the Spirit Seminar,Intercessory Prayer, Healing, Spiritual Gifts; Mary Mother of the Church and Our Mother, Christian Community and so much more! For information and registration see: www.presentationministries.com or call 513-922-0923.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? Part V
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Christ Padgett of Steubenville, OH; author, musician, songwriter, recording artist, popular speaker and father of eight children discussing Marian Interests in the family focusing on how the Mass relates to Mary, Mary and the Holy Trinity, Marian Dogmas and the power of the rosary, why Marian devotion is so important and what keeps people from developing a Marian spirituality.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Josh Englefield, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Beavercreek, OH and students who participated in The St. Luke Summer 2010 Parish Youth Initiatives. All three activities offered the high school youth an experience with Christ that deepened their faith. Students relate their experiences on their mission trip to Harlan Kentucky where they rehabbed homes; their journey to the Franciscan University Youth Conference in Steubenville, OH with 2000 students from all over the USA; culminating in Cross Training which ran for a week at the parish designed to engage dialogue in the small group, witness talks, activities, games and topped off with an intergenerational brunch which they prepared and hosted for parish members, table talk and day long canoe trip.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Damian Stayne, founder of Cor et Lumen Christi Community, based in London, England about the power of God’s Word operating through his ministry of preaching, physical healing, deliverance, prophecy and evangelization which has taken him to all five continents, leading training schools in various aspects of the Christian life and his upcoming Conference “Word Power,” a two day conference empowering Christians to step into their prophetic anointing by experiencing and ministering the prophetic living Word of God in the Power of the Holy Spirit hosted by Fr. Gregory Bramlage and Word of God Prayer Ministry at St. Leon, IN August 7, 8, 2010. A graduate of Surrey University in England, Damian led the 2009 Catholic Charismatic Conference “Charisms in the Life & Mission of the Church, at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH www.healingthroughthepowerofjesuschrist.org