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August 12, 2014 – JD Author of Drafted To Serve

I was in Chicago for the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. By coincidence, directly across the aisle from my One More Soul display was author “JD” giving away free copies of his new book Drafted To Serve. Drafted . . . is a book about miracles–not the typical physical healing miracles that drive the canonization process. No, these”miracles” COULD be degraded to mere “coincidences” were they not so astonishing and so common. They are a result of JD being financially strapped and desperate to capitalize on Pope John Paul II’s World Youth Day VIII visit to Denver 21 years ago. JD was quite regularly in hopeless situations, praying for JP II for help–and getting it.

I was at WYD VIII with my friend Jim Vititow and 7 young people. It was an incredible “pilgrimage” that Drafted To Serve gave me an opportunity to relive . John Paul II coined the phrases “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death” and popularized their use (as in this program’s title “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”). Who would deny JPII’s impact in leading us to a Culture of Life–a still elusive fact, but a victory guaranteed by a faithful God. I’m thinking especially of his Gospel of Life and Theology of the Body.

JD is a Colorado native, married with two sons, a service disabled Vietnam War veteran, having served five tours on swift boats. He graduated from the University of Denver with a dual degree in finance and real estate and currently owns a nationwide business in Denver. Drafted To Serve is his first book, written during three years of nearly full-time effort, which he felt compelled to complete in order to tell the world what happened when Pope John Paul II came to Denver in 1993.

JD and his buddy TP originally agreed to tell no one but the Catholic Church of the events that had taken place. They felt that due to the incredible nature of the story neither wished to step into the spotlight and have their lives turned upside down by the attention the story was certain to generate.

August 29, 2011 – Abby Johnson and Justin Stroh

Kathie begins this program with Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director who has become a pro-life champion and Catholic convert.Ā Ms. JohnsonĀ discusses her new book, “UnPlanned.”

In the second half of this program, Kathie interviews Justin Stroh. Mr. Stroh is a Parish Life Coordinator and Youth Leader from Minnesota, returning with groups from WYD in Spain. HeĀ talks of theĀ once-in-a-lifetime eventsĀ and the holy placesĀ  of their travels.

June 6, 2011- June Klins and Chris Stefanick

This week’s guests are June Klins and Chris Stefanick.Ā  June, from Pennsylvania is an author, public speaker, teacher, and Marian ministry founder. In this program sheĀ tells of her conversion in Medjugorjie. Also, Chris Stefanick a youth leader and public speaker of theĀ Denver Archdiocese talks of the challenges he faced when working with youth andĀ preparing for World Youth Day in Spain