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Live Children’s Rosary On The Second Saturday

We have a very special announcement to make. Starting on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Central/4:00 p.m. Eastern, we introduced our listening audience to The Children’s Rosary. The Children’s Rosary is a lay prayer movement that started in 2011, with the help of Dr. Blythe Kaufman and others, in their local parish in Connecticut. The rosary prayer groups are composed of children, and led by children. The target age of the children for these prayer groups is between 4 and 14 years old. Of special note are children with disabilities who may be older in age but have a special place in the children’s rosary. The movement has now grown, with numerous groups throughout the United States, and even reaching Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, and Nigeria. We invite you to hear The Children’s Rosary on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 3:00 p.m. Central/4:00 p.m. Eastern, and visit their website at childrensrosary.blogspot.com . You will be abundantly blessed by these precious little voices as they pray.

February 13, 2015 – Brother Craig Digmann

Evangelization and Ecumenism in the Glenmary Mission Fields of the United States – Brother Craig’s labors of love and practical suggestions – demonstrates the crucial importance of personal contact and relationships – from our E. TN Missions

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, interview with Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)

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 ‚ÄéChristian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‚ÄéChurch.

Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚Äéchosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican‚Äôs Pontifical Council for Promoting ‚ÄéChristian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).¬† This year the theme was: ‚ÄúJesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the ‚Äéepisode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď firstly, there‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėan invisible monastery‚Äô 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/

loughran_picOur 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.

Meet Our Volunteers: Diane Ardoine

Diane ArdoinWe want to introduce everyone to one of our volunteers, Diane Ardoin. She began working here in 2011, after retiring as a business administrator for the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation. She uses her accounting and financial skills to record and track the donations of our supporters into their individual accounts. She also expertly handles coordination of volunteer personnel for our semi-annual Mariathons. Diane is a member of the Executive Committee, helping to plan for the growth of and continued success of Radio Maria, US in the Southern Region.

December 16, 2014 – “Falling in Love” biology by Vicky Thorn

Vicki Thorn is well known and highly respected for the 1984 start-up of Project Rachael, a ministry to women who have had an abortion. Project Rachael is now an official ministry of the USCCB and has active programs in over 140 of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the USA.

Vicki is also an authority and popular speaker on the Biology of the Theology of the Body–the biology and science of “falling in love” and the differences between men and women. Vicki gives a lot of credit to pheromones–whatever they are–she’ll explain that.

Over 40% of children born today do not have a Dad that is married to their mother. Consequently, most single adult families are headed by mothers. I hope that Vicki can enlighten us to the reasons for this unfortunate situation and teach us about the male hormone system that is somewhat similar to the female system. The male response to pregnancy, birth and subsequent parenting is also very interesting.

And, we want to give approximately equal treatment to the female body’s response system and how hormonal birth control may affect her attraction mechanism. Our last three popes have each had something to say about women. Pope Saint John Paul II even wrote a lengthy APOSTOLIC LETTER, MULIERIS DIGNITATEM, ON THE DIGNITY AND VOCATION OF WOMEN ON THE OCCASION OF THE MARIAN YEAR(1988). What is this “feminine genius” that the pope speaks of?

About a month after the Extraordinary Synod, the Vatican hosted a conference on male-female complimentarity. I hope Vicki can tell us what fruits to expect from it.

Meet Our Volunteers: Sharon McCusker

Sharon McCuskerWe want to introduce everyone to one of our volunteers- – Sharon McCusker. As a retired legal secretary, Sharon uses her clerical and organizational skills to assist our Program Director, Father Young, in his search for new programming, and helps assimilate new presenters into the Radio Maria family. She has been with us since February, 2013. Sharon is an essential part of the editorial team and Is a key person in the smooth running of our programs.

Honoring Our Veterans

As we honor our veterans today, please join us at Radio Maria as we thank God for all who have served our country, living and deceased. Our prayers and grateful thoughts are especially with those who live with deep physical and emotional scars because of their generous service. To all the heroes‚ÄĒsung and unsung‚ÄĒof the USA military, we extend our heart-felt ‚ÄúThank you‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMay God bless, protect and reward you.‚ÄĚ

Meet Our Core Team – Carla Rachal

carlaWe want to introduce everyone to Carla Rachal, Administrative Assistant at Radio Maria, US. Carla hails from Natchitoches, Louisiana, and before she accepted the position at Radio Maria, put in 20 years of service in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department for the State of Louisiana. Yes, Carla was a game warden! When she joined our staff in February of 2013, she immediately put her administrative and organization skills to work for us, handling all the day-to-day requirements of running our office. As you can tell, Carla is quite multi-dimensional, and she is an invaluable asset to the smooth management of Radio Maria, US.

A Series on US Mission Work to Start on Nov. 14

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.

Fall Mariathon 2014: Consoling the Heart of Mary

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September 9, 2014 – Catholicism’s Rise, Fall, and Future – Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw is working on book number 22. His writing spans 50 years of focusing on the Catholic Church, primarily in the United States. American Church:The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America is his mini-history of the immediate past Century of Catholicism.

He hypothesizes about the benefits that accrued to Catholics as they were gradually melded into the predominantly Protestant American scenery. Did Catholics retain their identity or absorb a Protestant one? What was the “Elephant in the Living Room” that tipped the scales away from Catholics being a “sign of contradiction” to being a common secular American.

“Russell Shaw has lived his own life of Christian witness with uncommon integrity, humility, and keen intelligence. His skill animates every page of American Church. He has captured the story of the Church in the United States with honesty and love, and it’s a privilege to call him my friend.” + Charles J. Chaput, O. F. M. Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia.

September 02, 2014 – “I tried to kill myself!” Debbie Tells Her Story

“Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said.”

The world of entertainment was shocked by this posting three weeks ago. Interest in suicide quickly became super high. It seemed that every news program and talk show was talking about Robin Williams, his acting career, his personal life, and how/why he committed suicide.

Debbie is a personal friend, but I did not know of this part of her life. I know her as a wife, mother, and grandmother who is totally committed to life–living her own to the max, deeply in love with her family, and completely dedicated to ending abortion and creating a Culture of Life, especially in southwestern Ohio.

So, I was taken aback when she called and offered to tell her story on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had to ask myself if this was a good topic for this program. I believe it is, if for no other reason than on average over 100 people kill themselves every day in the USA. There are Suicide Prevention Resources like the Hotline—> 800-273-8255 and web sites with stories and educational resources.

Another reason this topic is timely is the steady push for “assisted suicide” legislation and the sanctioning of medical insurance coverage for “end-of-life counseling”.

August 6, 2014 – Association of Christian Therapists

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.

July 16, 2014 – Fr. Fortunatus from Uganda

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.

June 18, 2014 – Sr. Regina Albers, C.PP.S.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Regina Albers, C.PP.S. native of Egypt (OH) recently retired Curator of the Maria Stein Shrine of The Holy Relics in Maria Stein, Ohio founded in 1875 and Museum reflecting on the history of the area, (lovingly called God’s Country) The Shrine of the Holy Relics, the history and ministry of the Sisters of the Precious Blood and more. Dr. Anne McGuire, Ph. D. Director of Programs and Pilgrimages talks about her ongoing scheduled programs at the Shrine of the Holy Relics designed for all age groups, local and distant participants, highlighting the various liturgical seasons, lives of the Saints and many more that she creatively and most interestingly combines with adoration, prayer, reflection, music and art that are experiential and open for all to experience. Call in to ask questions, comment and be a part of the discussion and relate your experiences at the Shrine of the Holy Relics home to over 1000 relics of saints and is the second largest collection of relics in the USA, including a relic of The True Cross. The Holy Relic Shine, Museum and Gift Shop receive visitors from throughout the world on a regular basis. For more information and visitation hours of the Shrine, Museum and Pilgrim Gift Shop call 1-419-925-4532 and to learn more about the Annual Maria Stein Country Fest June 27- 29 featuring great food, continuous entertainment including Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Show, music groups of all kinds, see www.mscountryfest.com.

June 10, 2014 – Robert Muckle

Robert Muckle is one of those long-time Pro-Life warriors that will be in the battle until we win or he goes to heaven. He has served CT Right to Life Corp for almost 40 years, holding offices and organizing the annual Waterbury bus to the March for Life all of that time.

Connecticut has played an important role in the effort to keep contraception illegal and thus slowing the march toward legalized abortion. Eventually it was the legal tangles in CT over their Comstock Laws that paved the way for Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. It seems ironic that efforts to prevent contraceptive access would eventually provide the “privacy” legal arguments that would lead to the legalization of abortion on demand throughout the US.

On June 21st Waterbury Catholics (and hopefully others) will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of closing the Waterbury Birth Control Clinic on June 19th, 1939. How will they celebrate? What does this celebration portend for the future of the Catholic Church in America? Has America’s culture of death reached its zenith?

May 13, 2014 – Damon Owens

The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II has drawn new attention to his “Theology of the Body” and its impact on the Culture of Life. His biographer, George Weigel has said that TotB will impact every teaching of the Creed and it will take decades to fully comprehend its influence on the faith and the faithful.

Damon Owens left an impressive career in the business arena to devote his life to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations (New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey), and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. In December of 2011, Damon was named the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.

Many of our listeners are familiar with the Theology of the Body because of Christopher West’s presentations that have popularized TotB throughout the USA and in dozens of other countries in the short span of 10 years.

Owen will give us a brief summary of the Theology of the Body, the work of the Theology of the Body Institute founded by Christopher West, and this summer’s International Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia.

April 40, 2014 – Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with prolific Catholic author Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos, Mother of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother of all humanity and her special role in family life. As a wife and mother of six children ranging from six to twenty five years old, a Catholic business woman, author of numerous Catholic books and holy cards for children, Julie speaks to adult Catholic formation and Mother‚Äôs groups. She runs St. Mary‚Äôs Bookstore and Church Supply with her husband Allen, their six children and other family members in Nashville, Tennessee. Julie shares her family’s vacation experiences visiting Marian Shrines throughout the USA and how she turned her family ‘s fun vacations into her newly released book, Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces (Servant Books) and gives tips for adding pilgrimages into the travel plans for family vacations throughout the USA. Julie is one of the original board members of the Catholic Booksellers Association, a member of The Catholic Marketing Network and the National Church Goods Association. She writes a weekly blog, ‚ÄúHand Me Down Heaven” at www.juliecragon.blogspot.com and hosts a web site at www.juliecragon.com and www.stmarysbookstore.com.

April 2, 2014 – Susan Ferguson

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. hosts Susan Ferguson, Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) and Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D. Min. focusing on contemporary education in a digital world and distance education with the internet and digital technologies. Sister Angela Ann is a former member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Director of the UD Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, and Director of the Caribbean School of Communications in Trinidad,is a Professor of Religious Studies and teaches in the UD School of Education. She serves as an international consultant addressing topics related to communications and education and gives workshops, seminars and lectures around the world. Dr. Zukowski, D. Min. serves on several boards related to Catholic education, including the Catholic Leadership Academy Planning Committee (United States), Board of Governors of CREDI (Catholic Religious Education Development Initiative) and as Animator for Mary Queen of Peace (five merged schools/parishes ) as a consultant for cultivating a Beatitude Culture within the school, families and local neighborhood communities. Dr. Zukowski is a Marianist Education Associate (MEA) and has been teaching at UD for 34+ years. Call toll free at 866-333-6279to participate in the program,

April 1, 2014 – Katherine Ginkel

Katherine Ginkel has a unique job as educator of St Jude Hospice staff personnel on the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Workers. These Directives were developed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to set a standard of care that is to be expected by all Catholic health care institutions and their employees and associates. These ERDs are periodically updated to reflect the ever changing threats to the dignified treatment and care of those who are in need of care in clinics, hospitals and in all critical and end-of-life care situations. For example, the ERDs absolutely forbid abortion and euthanasia.

The hospice industry is not always respectful of the dignity of human persons and their right to a natural death. Hospice care can be on opportunity for euthanasia as we reported in one of last year’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” programs. The vocabulary now includes the phrase “stealth euthanasia” to describe the over dosing of pain medications to cause death.

St Jude Hospice was started by Tom Moreland as an authentically Catholic (loyal to Church teaching as reflected in the ERDs) alternative to secular hospice. In 2008, Tom started Saint Jude Healthcare, which eventually became the parent to Saint Jude Hospice and Spirit Homecare. Tom managed or owned hospices from Ohio to Mississippi, and Minnesota to California. There are now 13 St Jude Hospice locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Tom has requests from several bishops to open new locations in their dioceses.

March 25, 2014 – Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Tuesday the 25th. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th speaking about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. That talk is archived at radiomaria.us. The Federal Court trial he spoke of back then is finished with a very favorable outcome that still awaits some final statements by Judge William Lawrence.

Kevin is a secular lawyer and canon lawyer with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He will be speaking with us on Tuesday at Noon ET about the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus–the most awesome event in human history. The Annunciation event is not given much attention in the USA, but is a Holyday of Obligation in some countries.

Whenever we say the Hail Mary, and as part of the Angelus, we repeat the words of the Angel Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary that she would bear the Savior in her womb. Did she realize then that she would nurse Him as an infant/toddler, and then nurture and accompany Him through the 33 years of His earthly life? She was Jesus’ most faithful disciple, even with Him at his cruel death on a cross, and burial. She surely understood that her
Son would rise from the dead on the third day. I wonder if she was waiting at the tomb with new garments and some food. Scripture does not say.

Please join us in celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus, at your local parish and on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a culture of Life in America”. If you are near Dayton, meet us at St Anthony Church or Emmanuel Church–see the accompanying flier.

March 18, 2014 – Dan Lynch

Our study of Marian apparitions continues with this week’s Guest, Dan Lynch, founder of Dan Lynch Apostolates, promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of America, Jesus King of All Nations, and Blessed John Paul II. Dan travels throughout the states presenting missions, promoting and conducting Image Visitations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of America. He and Sue live in Vermont; they have nine children and 20 grandchildren.

Today, we want primarily to learn more about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. Dan’s book, Our Lady of America, Hope for the States is an excellent summary of information about Our Lady of America, the seer Sister Mary Ephrem (later Mildred Neuzil), Our Lady’s statue, medal, requests, and promises–including that more graces will be bestowed on the United States than all the graces from Lourdes and Fatima IF her wishes are granted!

Major ownership issues have slowed promotion of Our Lady of America. These legal issues have to do with copyright and trademarking of Our Lady of America devotional materials that resulted in an Indianapolis Federal Court trial from January 21st until the jury decision last week. The Final Judgment by Judge William T. Lawrence is expected any day. Kevin McCarthy is one of the plaintiffs (with Al Langsenkamp) in that case. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th (http://radiomaria.us/questforlife).

Please join us Tuesday the 18th at NOON ET to learn more about Our Lady of America–one of only two approved Marian apparitions in the United States: Our Lady of America in Ohio, and Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay Wisconsin. You can listen on air or on line at radiomaria.us .

Blessings to you and your families as we are only one week away from the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus on March 25th. Please plan special celebrations of this most awesome event in all human history–God becoming Man. Take the family to Mass and dinner. Take a day off from your usual activities to pray, do Eucharistic Adoration, participate in 40 Days for Life, and meditate on the significance of the divination of humanity and the humanizing of divinity.

February 19, 2014 – CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN OUR TIME Part VI

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON A CATHOLIC CAMPUS
CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN OUR TIME Part VI: How are International Students received on a Marian Catholic Campus? How should they be received? Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STL; STD, (Missionary Sister of The Immaculate Conception who holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology) a member of the faculty at the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, about helping and ministering to and with International Students on a Marian Catholic Campus. Sr. Celia travels extensively and teaches in Canada and China where she also ministers as a nurse. Sr. Celia addresses faculty members as well as Chinese students providing a familiar face and native language to students from China and other Asian countries. Call in. What would you like to ask Sister Celia about international students, students of different faiths who attend Catholic schools, not only on the university level but as students in elementary and secondary school? What does our Catholic Faith call forth in being a friend and a Christian? How do we talk with people at any age who are different, have different belief systems and ideologies? Are we threatened or encouraged to know people outside our milieu? What witness do we present as Christians and Catholics about Jesus, Mary and our beliefs? Do we offer a challenge or an invitation? What would Jesus and Mary do? Does Mary have any part in talking with international students and students who are not Catholic, or who have no religious or faith dimension or are of the New Age? What does Marian Spirituality have to offer an International Student.
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January 22, 2014 – ST. REMY INITIATIVE

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues conversations with Susan Ferguson Director of the University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education (CCE) focusing on the St. Remy Initiative with Director Dr. Toni Moore, Ph.D. former Assistant Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools and former Catholic School Principal and Archdiocesan Catholic School Administrator Toni Moore about their work with the St. Remy Initiative: Professional Development for Catholic School Educators. Named for the town of St. Remy de Provence in France where the first Marianist Normal School for the professional development of Christian teachers was established in 1824 by Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade this initiative inspires hope by forming the heart of Catholic Educators through serving the spiritual formation of Catholic School Educators. Experiencing this unique professional development program, meeting as a learning community to strengthen their spirituality, Catholic Educators have advanced instructional skills and developed their leadership potential through this collaborative effort between UD and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Providing educators in Catholic Schools the tools and sense of mission, the St. Remy Initiative keeps growing. Learn more of what they do, continuing to spread and how it can work in your area by contacting Dr. Toni Moore at lmoore2@udayton.edu . Francesca and Friends UD CCE Program Series is archived at www.radiomaria.us (link to Programming/ Francesca Franchina); December 11/18 2013; January 15/22, 2014; February 12/19 2014 and March 12/26th 2014. Don’t miss this series and future programs which will make your heart sing in discovering this successful blest plan being promulgated in Catholic Schools across the USA and other countries.

August 26, 2013 – Catholics for the Sanctification of Priests

Kathleen presents the Congregation for the Clergy’s initiative on “Eucharistic Adoration for Priests and Spiritual Maternity”. She announces that in accord with the wishes and encouragement of the Holy See, she is on the founding team of a new apostolate, “Catholics for the Sanctification of Priests”. This is a global Eucharistic Movement of intercessory prayer and catechesis to serve the personal holiness of priests for the “future of the evangelization of humanity” (PDV).

August 23, 2013 – Richard Sempala, CEO of the Africa Life Youth Foundation

Richard Sempala, CEO of the Africa Life Youth Foundation, discusses his work to bring the culture of life to Uganda and the problems caused by the funding of anti-life activities by the United States’ USAID and by Marie Stopes International.

August 21, 2013 – Brother Don Neff, SM

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Brother Don Neff, SM. an everyday missionary serving in the Marianist Family (Marianists) Founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. A world traveler, educator, evangelizer, Bro. Neff is truly a missionary, a man with a purpose serving Jesus and Mary through a charism given to the Founder while exiled in Saragossa, Spain during the French Revolution. “Rebuild the Church in France!” Today that mission continues throughout the world. What can we learn about evangelization from Bl. Chaminade’s experience and the history of the Marianist Family that we can practice today? Learn how things are happening that carry out the Year of Faith and New Evangelization here in the USA, Africa, India, Europe, South America through Blessed Chaminade: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord….”Evangelization through education!”

August 17, 2013 – Diet and Disease: Cardiovascular Disorders

In this episode, I will discuss cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death in the United States. CVD includes anything that involves the heart and blood vessels, including heart attacks, coronary artery disease, and strokes ‚Äď all conditions in which high blood pressure (often treated through buy amlodipine tablet use), high cholesterol, obesity, and other factors can play a part. Diet can affect all of these factors. Prayer and medication help reduce the stressful effects of CVD.

August 10, 2013 – Diet and Disease: Cancer

Most authorities believe that diet is at the heart of many different types of cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization says that our diets contribute to at least 30% of all cancers in the U.S. and other Western countries. A poor diet can increase your odds of developing cancer, just as a healthy diet can help you to reduce your risk of cancer. I will discuss the foods that promote cancer and those that fight cancer, such as the foods I ate to beat melanoma. Also, prayer and meditation are used to reduce stress and to give supernatural support.

August 6, 2013 – Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

I am always especially excited to be able to interview one of Christs’ Vicars here on Earth. Bishop Paprocki is the “Ordinary” for the Diocese of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, and by no means is he”ordinary”. He is probably in the best physical condition of all the US bishops. He runs marathons (18 and counting) and still plays ice hockey (goalie) on an amateur team.

He has written a book–Holy Goals for Body and Soul–that extols the virtues and demands of athletics and their application to life. It is loaded with interesting stories from sports and their practical lessons for everyday life. I highly recommend it as a gift for any athlete or sports enthusiast.

The goalie is the last line of defense, and courage is essential. So it is with a bishop, as he is the final authority for his diocese and when something is wrong, he has the responsibility to address the problem. Bishop Paprocki has taken the heat for his 2012 pastoral letter on a Catholic’s responsibility to take his/er faith into the voting booth, and he has spoken clearly in defense of marriage.

Bishop Paprocki is also a lawyer and quite willing to offer guidance to the Illinois State legislature and other state officials in Springfield. Illinois does not have a strong pro-life/family reputation [ranked 36th by Americans United for Life–www.aul.org/states/illinois], so some recent decisions are surprising. Does he see “evolving”? Is he a stimulant for evolution in Illinois?

July 28, 2013 – “‘Properly Speaking’: The Spiritual & Musical Riches of the Proper Prayers & Texts of the Mass”

Thr Propers, which are those prayers and texts that are different for each Mass, are little known to most Catholics these days. In their 2007 document, Sing to the Lord, the Bishops of the U.S. wrote: “Proper antiphons from the liturgical books are to be esteemed and used especially because they are the very voice of God speaking to us in the Scriptures.” Susan plays recorded examples of the Propers, both in English and Latin, and both chant and polyphonic, and relates these examples to specific liturgical days and their spiritual significance.

July 21, 2013 – “Music at The Cathedral of the Madeleine”

The music program at The Cathedral of the Madeleine is exemplary. Not only does it have a fine adult choir and organist, it also has a full-time choir school for boys and girls. Susan plays music from the choir’s CDs, music that is beautiful and shows the range of their abilities. Susan especially emphasizes the choir school, as it is the only school of its kind in the United States.

July 13, 2013 РWhat’s Wrong with Teenagers’ Diets?

Many teenagers today live on dead-food diets, eating only junk food, processed food, or baked or fried snack food. Few of them eat anything that is real, live, and fresh. Most adolescents get their fruit from fruit juice rather than from whole, enzyme-rich, fresh fruits and their vegetables from fried potatoes! In the years between 1965 and 1996, soft drink consumption in the United States increased by nearly 300%. Sadly, a 2010 study found that 40% of all the calories consumed by children aged two to eighteen years were from empty calories-that is, refined sugars and solid fat with half of those calories coming from soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk (rather than reduced-fat milk). But true health can only be obtained through proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. When we go against the laws of God, polluting our bodies and our minds, the result is an imbalance, a dis-ease of bodily function, and that leads to a diseased body or mind. This episode will discuss the specific foods teenagers are consuming, while offering healthy alternatives.

June 13, 2013 – Roy Wenzl and Barbara Hosbach

On June 13th Ken talks with guests Roy Wenzl author of The Miracle of Father Kapaun ‚Äď Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero (Ignatius Press) and Barbara Hosbach author of Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes (Franciscan Media) Wenzl‚Äôs 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

June 6, 2013 – Russell Shaw and David Calvillo

On June 6th Ken talks with guests Russell Shaw American Church ‚Äď the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius Press) and David Calvillo Real Men Pray the Rosary ‚Äď A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer (Ave Maria Press) Russell Shaw asks if the ‚ÄúAmericanization‚ÄĚ of American Catholics-their cultural assimilation, has been a blessing or a curse for the Church in the United States? Or has it been a bit of both? Cultural assimilation has undoubtedly conferred many benefits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular culture of America, however, now threatens the Catholic identity of millions of faithful and of their institutions, such as schools, universities, and hospitals. His book is available at: www.ignatius.com
Ken‚Äôs second guest David N. Calvillo says that the Rosary isn‚Äôt just for ‚Äúold ladies and funerals,‚ÄĚ that it‚Äôs a powerful tool for men as well. Praying the Rosary ‚Äúenables one to see our Lord and experience our Christian faith through Mary‚Äôs eyes.‚ÄĚ David‚Äôs book is available at: www.avemariapress.com To find out more about his organization visit: http://realmenpraytherosary.org/

May 28, 2013 – Ben Johnson

The pro-life movement has come to rely on Life Site News to know what is happening around the world that retards and advances the Culture of Life. Ben Johnson is the US Bureau Chief for LSN. That means he is responsible for every article about what is going on in the USA. He either writes the articles, or assigns them to other writers. In other words, he knows what is happening before we read about it. Today’s program will be very interesting!

May 22, 2013

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Director of Development Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SN DeNamur of Cincinnati, Ohio about St. Julie Billiart Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur founded in 1804 and the ministries of the 1400 Sisters in 11 countries and 34 areas throughout the United States since 1840. Founded in Belgium, as educators of young children in the faith discussion will focus on their growing service in mission. The ongoing vision and purpose of The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in education, and the fruitful ministries that have developed under the mantle of St. Julie in helping men, women and children throughout the world is amazing. Hear about the effects of the martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNdeNamur in Brazil in the Amazon which have had a great ripple effect. The Sisters are alive and well, growing and dwelling among the poor throughout the USA and the world. Hear about The Emmaus House in Saginaw, MI, serving women who have no place to go after being released from prison or addiction rehab and other great ministries. Sisters are still adding to their numbers, teaching in grade schools, high schools and Trinity University in Washington, DC and doing God’s work under the mantle of the Blessed Mother in various areas of service and ministry.

May 15, 2013

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Dayton international Festival Council Members about the 40th Anniversary Year of The Dayton International Festival held at the Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio on Pentecost Weekend not only about the good food and great entertainment but what happens behind the scenes in such a vast undertaking bringing together numerous ethnic groups from all over the world, living in the heartland of America in the USA! How long do they gather to plan each year strategizing problem areas amenably with varying temperaments, languages and rules of engagement? Who is included in planning and membership rights; how are the ups, downs, calamities and great joys dealt with each year as they determine theme, organizational structure and amiably put together all the booths, venues and multiple staging of continuous entertainment, highlighted by a Midnight Mass for workers on Saturday night/Sunday morning. What is the mission, vision and purpose of DIFI? How are they faring with all the uproars throughout the world, does it affect DIFI in Dayton, OH? Ethnicity is alive andwell in Dayton, and growing new communities arrive and stay here! Why do they call Dayton, Ohio home now?

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April 17, 2013 – Marika Zimmerman and Fr.Tom Alkire, OC.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, Marika Zimmerman and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, OC. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael‚Äôs Parish, Los Angeles CA ,discuss the Boston Bombing and other recent US and world tragedies and their relationship in spiritual warfare, warranting generational healing of nations and personal healing, through the Mercy of God the Father, Jesus of Mercy,The Precious Blood of Jesus;The Counsel and Intercession of the Blessed Mother,The messages of approved Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Akita, Rwanda and the message given by Mother Teresa when in Washington DC and the relationship of The Messages of Jesus of Mercy to St. Faustina in our own time. “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!” Call in with your comments and questions. (www.healingfamilies.com, www.spiritdaily.com, www.actheals.org and www.preciousbloodinternational.com)
This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

April 9, 2013 – Richard Doerflinger

Richard Doerflinger has had many titles during his 33 year employment by the USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops). Currently he is Associate Director of the Pro-Life Secretariat, advising the bishops on pro-life federal legislation and strategy. He has an especially challenging assignment having to deal with a Senate and White House that are unsupportive of Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Please join us as Richard shares his experience and challenges.

I’ll also be asking him about the role of the USCCB and potential conflict between that body and the role of the individual bishop as the Vicar of Christ for his diocese.

November 6, 2012 – Fr. Frank Pavone

On this day, I am humbled and very pleased to have Fr Frank Pavone as our Guest on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. Fr Frank is the National Director of Priests for Life, which he (and God) BUILT to be arguably the largest and most effective pro-life organization in the US, and therefore the world. Priests for Life has strongly supported our bishops in the on-going battle for religious freedom that will continue after this election, no matter the outcome.

October 17, 2012

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with  Marilyn Hart, native Daytonian,  wife, mother of seven, grandmother, life time member of Precious Blood Parish in Dayton,Ohio;  successful business woman, artist, teacher and more,  about her life now  as a highly  creative woman  exhibiting Marian Art  at the University of Dayton Marian Library  and how her life coupled with a deep faith  impacted her family, friends  and hundreds of people  she took on tour to the Holy Land and worldwide in her highly successful  travel business after the family was raised  and she had traveled extensively with her husband on business trips, attending business conferences.

August 4, 2012 – The English Reformation Today: Why Is It Relevant?

Relevance of the English Reformation for religious freedom issues in the United States (and around the world) today, including the HHS Mandate; context for the Personal Ordinariate established by Pope Benedict XVI for groups of Anglicans wishing to become Catholics; background for the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Distinction of the English Reformation from the Protestant Reformation on the Continent in the 16th century.

Healing Prayer – July 10, 2012


 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.

Fr. Rapheal – July 3, 2012

 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.

Campaign for Peace – June 26, 2012

Francesca revs up her campaign for peace in the person, family, USA and world through prayer and healing the¬†brokenness and ¬†wounds of ¬†America and¬† the ¬†world¬†situation by¬† promoting and accepting¬†¬†healing through¬†¬†receiving God’s Mercy, Concern, Compassion and All Encompassing¬† Healing Love?

June 19, 2012 – Dr Montieth

Dr Montieth is an expert on the “anti-people people”–the elitists that have pushed de-population for at least 150 years. You may know some of their names: Margaret Sanger, the McCormicks, Gambles, and Rockefellers of the first half of the 20th Century followed by Ted Turner, Soros, Warren Buffet and Melinda Gates in our own time.

June 18, 2012 – Joe Bertels

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’s New Appointments

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.

May 21, 2012 – Fr. Walter Tonelotto and Fr. John Hotze

Fr. Tonelotto, North America Supervisor for Radio Maria discusses his work in establishing Radio Maria in the US.

Working with the Cause of canonization, Fr. Hotze prepares us for Memorial Day with the story of Servant of God, Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun who died in a Chinese Communist prison after heroically ministering to fellow prisoners.

MODERN MEDICAL MISSIONARIES – May 8, 2012

MODERN MEDICAL MISSIONARIES: MERCY & THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE

Francesca¬†Franchina , MS Ed. talks with¬† Modern Medical Missionaries¬†¬†Dr. Magued Khouzam, MD, (Surgeon) of Florence,¬†Kentucky,¬†¬†Dr. Ayman Iskender, MD¬†(Cardiologist)¬†of New York, the ¬†leaders of the¬† Coptic Medical Association Medical Missionary Team of 73¬†doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals, as well as interested families of adults and children including Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, who will participate in the Mission Trip, coming together ¬†from the ¬†USA, Canada, Ethiopia and Egypt traveling ¬†to Ethiopia.¬† Hear ¬†about the beginnings of The Coptic Medical¬†Society ¬†in North America, its past medical missions to Egypt and¬† Ethiopia;¬† How they will teach, treat patients, and minister at The Black Lion Hospital and St. Paul University Hospital, orphanages, schools and churches in Addis Ababa, the Capitol of Ethiopia, ¬†doing¬†various operations and procedures, helping, healing and ministering to¬†patients, students and hospital medical professionals and ¬†personnel.¬†¬†Can we¬†¬†relate¬† these¬†missionary concepts of this group¬†of ¬†young talented doctors; medical and health ¬†professionals, to¬† heal the wounds of ¬†America and¬† the ¬†world¬†situation,¬† promoting and accepting¬†¬†healing¬†¬†by¬†receiving God’s mercy and healing love¬†and passing it on to heal¬† the wounds of the world?

April 19, 2012 – Lorene Duquin

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

March 15, 2012 – Allen Hunt

Ken talks with guest Allen Hunt, author of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor ‚Äď How I discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church (Beacon Publishing) Allen is a well know talk radio personality ‚Äď he is the host of the Allen Hunt Show in Atlanta.¬† Until 2007, he was the pastor of one of the largest Methodist congregations in the US.¬† He entered the Catholic Church in January 2008.¬† Visit his website at www.allenhuntshow.com ¬†Allen works closely with Matthew Kelly and The Dynamic Catholic Institute, and his book can be obtained by just paying S&H at: http://www.dynamiccatholic.com/AllenHuntbooks

Fr. Gregory Bramlage – Feb. 14, 2012

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with¬† Fr.¬† Gregory Bramlage (www.missionariesofthenewevangelization.us) who will teach¬† and minister ‚ÄúIn The Footsteps of The Lamb,‚ÄĚ ¬†the CREDO Apostolate Healing Conference and Miracle Prayer Day¬† at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1440 N. Fairfield Rd. Dayton, OH¬† 45432 on¬† Saturday February 18 from 9-4 PM¬† ¬†about Scripture, the steps to help us experience the Healing Power of the Kingdom of Jesus,¬† the¬†mission and goals of (MNE Missionaries of The ¬†New Evangelization);¬† his experiences in various¬† countries from South America to Africa, India, Mexico, The Philippines, Europe and the USA; his most recent trip to Guatemalan and¬† what¬† happened last weekend at The Word of God Community in Gaithersburg, MD.¬†¬†¬†Francesca’s Recipe Today: Italian Minestrone and Heart Healthy Taco Soup from her family‚Äôs favorite recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.¬†¬†

December 22, 2011 ‚Äď Ignatius Press editor, Vivian Dudro

Ken talks with Ignatius Press editor Vivian Dudro about two classic novels: Ida Elizabeth by Sigrid Undset and The Song at the Scaffold by Gertrud von Le Fort.  Both of these classic novels were published in the early 1930’s by authors who are converts to the Church.  Sigrid Undset is a Nobel Prize winning author who was forced to escape from Norway to the US because her books were banned by the Nazis.  Gertrud von Le Fort’s book is based on the true story of nuns who were martyred during the French Revolution. Both novels are available at Ignatius Press www.ignatius.com

 

October 31, 2011 – Jonathon Van Maren andFr. Ubald Rugirangoga

Communications Director for Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform, Jonathon Van Maren focuses on the injustices directed toward the unborn, especially those with disabilities.

Rwandan Missionary, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga and Ashley Gauthier, coordinator for Fr. Ubald, talk about “forgiveness” and Fr. Ubald’s healing ministry in Rwanda and the U.S.

Heidi Bratton – September 28, 2011

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

August 23, 2011 – Susan Wills

Steve Koob talks with Susan Wills, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Assistant Director for Education and Outreach of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, about Planned Parenthood’s business agenda, infection rates and dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, and the government’s influence of and attitude toward sexual activity.¬† Susan Wills also talks about the surprising side effects and statistics of the failure rates of different types of contraception.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? Part IV – July 20, 2011

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

Be Your Best – May 4, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with John Wright of Springfield,OH about his motivational, inspirational approach to life and ministry and his new Radio Maria Program ‚ÄúBE YOUR BEST!‚ÄĚ to air on Wednesdays starting Wednesday May 4 on Radio Maria. John is the owner of W Productions Signs and Graphics in Springfield and is a writer, speaker, trainer and adviser to businesses, organizations, churches and schools. An accomplished musician, John is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus , has recovered from a life threatening condition, is a volunteer for Hospice, Board Member of the Dayton Blues Society and a member of St. Bernard Parish.

Parenting Your Adult Child – April 27, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Susan V. Vogt, about her new book PARENTING YOUR ADULT CHILD (Keeping Your Faith and Your Sanity) and Susan’s ongoing ministry with the worldwide Marianist Family. Susan is an award-winning freelance writer and speaker on marriage, parenting and spirituality. A prolific writer Susan has also been a professional Catholic family minister for over thirty years, having served as an adviser to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Marriage and Family and serves on the International Team representing The Lay Marianist Family in North America, Asia, Australia and Ireland. She lives in Covington, KY with her husband Jim and they parent four adult children. See the programming link on www.radiomaria.us for encore times including Mondays at 2:00 AM and 8:30 PM. (Past programs are archived on the website under Programs)

April 5, 2011 – Richard Doerflinger

Steve Koob talks with Richard Doerflinger, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, about health care in America, the current policies, and how they stand in relation to Catholic teaching.

The Irish Heritage – March 8, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Mary Rose Kelly, John Kelly and Mary Knipfer about their ethnic heritage and Irish homeland, its history, traditions, culture, faith formation, spirituality and traditional Irish fare for holidays. Today Francesca shares Mary Rose and Mary‚Äôs favorite recipes for Soda Bread, and their traditional St. Patrick Day fare Some in the USA eat Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) but in Ireland they eat Leg of Lamb, Rutabaga, Parsnips and Carrots .

Marian pilgrimages – February 22, 2011

Francesca Franchina speaks with¬†guest host ¬†Zaid Jazrawi of Wisconsin (www.IHS312.org ) about the popular Marian pilgrimages he leads for youth, young adults¬† and families; Marian apparitions and sites, Marian Dogmas, The Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Discernment and Commitment to God‚Äôs Holy Divine Will¬† and¬† the effect these¬†topics have¬†¬†on audiences he speaks to throughout the USA and abroad. Bette Davis of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville, OH also guests focusing on¬†The Annual St. Francis of Assisi Parish¬†Women’s Retreat at Bergamo Center for Life Long Learning in Beavercreek, OH ¬†February 25, 26, 27, 2011 featuring Melba Fisher, Lay Marianist from San Antonio, TX¬†¬†addressing The Eight Virtues of Jesus! (Growing in Virtue and Living It)¬†

Today Francesca shares her easy to make Italian pizza fritte and stuffed pizza sandwiches from her family’s favorite store of recipes in the traditions hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.

January 11, 2011 – Robert Cetrulo

Steve Koob talks with Robert Cetrulo, founder and president of the Northern Kentucky Right to Life, about the pro-life movement, politics, and the Catholic Faith.

You Shall Believe – Aug. 25, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS talks with business man, Tim Francis of Dallas, TX, about ‚ÄúScience Tests Faith‚ÄĚ and Reasons To Believe the DVD and book by Australian Attorney Ron Tessorio, and Australian renowned Investigative Journalist Mike Willis reporting and documenting miracles of the Holy Eucharist turning to living flesh and blood, bleeding statues, real tears and real blood and supernatural things going on all over the world being tested in noted world wide pathology labs to show how Heaven is speaking to humanity: ‚ÄúThere is a God and Jesus became human for our salvation.‚ÄĚ Tim an enthusiastic, powerful speaker and native of New Carlisle, OH grew up in Sacred Heart Parish. He travels extensively throughout the USA to arrange and conduct presentations of this investigative, highly documented study. Tim first conducted the program September 8, 2009 at Transfiguration Church in West Milton, OH where a new DVD was recorded and now available. See more of Tim and live footage filmed while the investigation and study of these phenomenon were occurring. www.youshallbelieve.com.

Parish Youth Initiatives – Aug. 18, 2010

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.

August 10, 2010 – Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hartshorn

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, about pregnancy centers in the United States, the initiative to convert them into full-fledged medical clinics, and the challenges–legal and otherwise–facing pregnancy centers and other help for pregnant women.¬† Dr. Margaret Hartshorn also highlights the importance of ultrasound technology in regards to pregnancy safety.

Project Congo – June 9, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Fr. Pascal Tuyisenge of Africa and Dr. Sylvia Gleason, DO of Dayton, OH, about PROJECT CONGO, a charity helping to meet the medical and nutritional needs of the refugee and orphan population of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (www.projectcongo.org); the cause of the war there and what is happening medically since Dr. Gleason’s last visit there to , pick up the pieces of life with agricultural, medical, and building projects; help from around the globe and in particularly the USA. How Dr. Gleason brings medical help to help women and families through outreach with medical and lay community action.