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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.

August 27, 2013 – Sr. Candice Fier

I am on a pilgrimage this week-a pilgrimage visiting Schoenstatt Shrines in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and meeting the religious and laity who are the Schoenstatt Family. Sister Candice Fier is a Schoenstatt Movement Religious Sister. I was surprised to know of their large numbers and the variety of their ministries. Sister lives at the Sleepy Eye MN Shrine and Retreat Center, and serves the Diocese of New Ulm as Family Life Director. She is a Registered Nurse and Fertility Care Practitioner with an MS in Marriage and Family Life from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in WDC.
Today we will learn about Sr Candice-her origins, call to religious life, and the three prongs of her ministry:
Promotion of NFP and Natural Procreative Technology for healthy marriages and healthy women,
Marriage and Family Life projects in a large rural Midwestern diocese, and the
Schoenstatt movement mission and charisma based on a deep love of Mary.

August 16, 2013 – Jim Ball

Jim Ball, part of the leadership team of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Green Bay, Wisconsin, discusses the closing of the OB-GYN Associates of Green Bay abortion clinic and what his organization plans to do now.

June 03, 2013 – Fr. Daniel Chowing

In today’s conversation, Frances interviews Fr. Daniel Chowing, a Carmelite Friar from Wisconsin. Fr. Chowing has been a guest before, and is an internationally recognized speaker in the areas of Spiritual Theology, Carmelite Spirituality and specifically St. John of the Cross. During this conversation Fr. Chowing will use examples from the writings of St. John of the Cross to explain how this gifted mystic is relevent for us today. Fr. Choning will demonstrate how the works of St. John are ideally suited to dealing with some of the most difficult challenges faced by our modern society. He will also describe St. John of the Cross’ model for the journey of faith and how to make progress in the spiritual life.

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

Fr. Dwight Campbell – September 13, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. Dwight Campbell, Co-Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Wisconsin about Our Lady of Sorrows, The Seven Sorrows of Mary and the Feast of The Triumph of The Cross. Francesca’s Recipe of the Week: Fast, deliciously filling and easy Italian Stuffed Green Peppers and Frito Misto. See Through the Tummy to the Heart Archives for past programs on www.radiomaria.us .¬† 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 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

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? – August 17, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. Dwight Campbell of Wisconsin, about The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and his work with Father Reese and their new association formed with other priests to teach about and promote devotion to the Two Hearts and why it is important for this time. Reading the signs of the times is important, and intercessory prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation are paramount…Find out what is needed and how you can help, what you can do from wherever you are. What is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions and how does devotion and intercessory prayer to the Two Hearts fit in? Why is Marian devotion so important and what keeps the Blessed Mother coming back to warn, cajole and guide her children to get back to God, to come to the Sacred Heart of her Son and to be under her mantle in her Immaculate Heart guided by the Holy Spirit. How can you change you outlook on life and experience a change of heart?

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

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.

December 28, 2010 – Fr. Eric Nielsen

Steve Koobs talks with Fr. Eric Nielsen, pastor of the University of Wisconsin’s St. Paul’s University Catholic Center, and John Paul Deddens, executive director of Students for Life of Illinois, about the pro-life movement among college students.