An Engaging Faith: 2/22-2/26

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Breaking into your ordinary
with the extraordinary …

We start off our week with Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter with Laura Alary , then Jonathan Montaldo joins us to discuss Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton, Lent & Holy Week  published by Ave Maria Press, Susan Vogt with Blessed By Less: Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly.

…an Encore of Monsignor John Enzler with the classic Lenten devotional Way of the Cross.


Laura AlaryMonday:
 Laura Alary
 is a writer, storyteller, and religious educator. She has a B.A. from Dalhousie, an M.Div. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from University of St. Michael’s College. Laura has three creative and curious children. She leads workshops, teaches university courses, and works with children at a local congregation. Laura lives in Toronto, Canada.She joinsus today to discuss Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter.

 

Tuesday: Jonathan Montaldo has served as the associate director of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, the director of the Thomas Merton Center, and as president of the International Thomas Merton Society. He edited or coedited many volumes of Merton’s writing, including The Intimate Merton, Dialogues with Silence, and A Year with Thomas Merton. He presents retreats Lent and Holy Weekinternationally based on Merton’s witness to contemplative living. Montaldo will join us to discuss one of the ten-volume series for small group dialogue, Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton, Lent & Holy Week  published by Ave Maria Press.

Wednesday: Susan Vogt is a speaker, author of five books, and former editor of the Journal of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. For over 30 years, Susan has worked in familyBlessed By Less  ministry for the Catholic Church. Susan and her husband have worked with ecumenical and social justice organizations including Parenting for Peace and Justice. Susan is married, has four children, and lives in Covington, Kentucky. She joins us to discuss Blessed By Less: Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly.

 

Thursday: Fr. John Julian OJN, has practiced contemplative prayer daily since 1985 as a semi-enclosed monk. He is an Episcopal priest and the author of thirteen books. He has been an actor, a professor, a Letters to Jacob: Mostly about Contemplative Prayerparish priest, a TV commentator, a camp director, a bookseller, the dean of an experimental seminary, the director of social worker training, and has read and studied the work of Julian of Norwich daily for over a quarter century. We will be discussing his book Letters to Jacob: Mostly About Contemplative Prayer.

Felice Fridays!: Margaret Felice, Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholic! 

Margaret Felice has been praised for her dynamic stage presence, artistic versatility, and “drop-dead gorgeous voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Her repertoire ranges from classical opera to modern musical theater, from early music to the Great American Songbook, but all of her performances have one thing in common: a commitment to entertaining her audience with musical integrity and creative presentation. MargaretFelice.com

 

An Engaging Faith: 2/8-2/12

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Getting ready for Lent with great invitations for Reflection and Action!

Greg Wolfe with God For Us, Fr. Don Maldari with The Creed, Fr. Albert Haase with Saying Yes!,  Karee Santos, will be joining  us again this time to talk about how to celebrate Valentine’s during Lent…

and Encores Fr. Paul Farren with Freedom & Forgiveness: A Fresh look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Danielle Shroyer with Where Jesus Prayed.



Snowstorm- Greg Wolfe rescheduled for 2/15

 

 

Tuesday: Donald Maldari, S.J. is a Catholic theologian who earned a doctorate and a master’s degree at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University. A member of the Society of Jesus since 1977, Professor Maldari began his teaching The Creed: the Faith That Moves Evolutioncareer in 1980. Having a keen interest in ecclesiology and spirituality, he has taught at Le Moyne College since 1999. Father Maldari, fluent in five non-native languages, has ministered as a chaplain in a Mexican prison and by teaching and providing spiritual direction in Haiti

Wednesday: EncoreFreedom & Forgiveness: A Fresh look at the Sacrament of ReconciliationFr. Paul Farren a native of Clonmany in Co. Donegal, was ordained in 1997. He studied in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and in the Catholic University of America, Washington DC.  He served as a curate in Derry City from 1997 – 2004.   Fr. Paul has served as Director of Religious Education in the Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of ReconciliationDerry Diocese and the Director of the Catechetical Centre as well as administrator of St. Eugene’s Cathedral and Long Tower Church. He has also been a vocations director in the Diocese of Derry for the last 14 years.  In 2006 he founded The Pope John Paul II Award to help young people become more involved in their parish community. Fr. Paul joins us to discuss Freedom and Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Thursday: Karee Santos, will be joining  us again this time to talk about how to celebrate Valentine’s during Lent as a family. Karee and husband, Manuel P. Santos, M.D., a psychiatrist, began teaching marriage preparation and enrichment classes in New York City in 2003. Their Catholic marriage advice book The Four Keys to Everlasting Love will be published by Ave Maria Press in 2016. She also blogs aCan We Cana? a community to support Catholic Marriages.

Friday:  Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Albert Haase, OFM, is a popular preacher, teacher, spiritual director and radio talk show Saying Yes: Discovering and Responding to God's Will in Your Lifeguest. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the award-winning author of nine books on popular spirituality and the presenter on four bestselling DVDs. He trains spiritual directors in the diocese of Springfield, IL. He lives in Texas. Visit his website at www.AlbertOFM.org

 

An Engaging Faith: 1/18-1/22

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Journey of Our Love The Letters of St. Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla by Elio Guerriero (Pauline Books & Media)

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Breaking into your ordinary
with the extraordinary …

We start off our week with The Enduring Truths of Fulton Sheen , then Peggy Frezon joins us to discuss the Faithfully Yours, Cathy Knipper with Journey of Our Love by Elio Guerriero…

And  Margaret Felice with our Catholic roundtable

 

Monday: Encore-The Enduring Truths of Fulton Sheen– Dr. Mark J. Zia Author, Associate Professor of Theology and Director for Academic Enrichment Programs at Benedictine College, shares his wisdom on the teachings of Archbishop Fulton Sheen in his latest book, The Enduring and Timeless Truths of Fulton Sheen. Zia has a doctorate in dogmatic theology
from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and an undergraduate degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Married and the father of seven children, he still finds time to travel around the country instructing candidates for ordination to the permanent diaconate.

Tuesday: Encore-When Francis Saved the ChurchJon M. Sweeney, author and editorial director at Franciscan Media,whose 11 books have sold more than 150,000 copies. The Pope Who Quit, sold more than 35,000 copies in the trade edition, was a selection of History Book Club, received a starred review in Booklist, and was excerpted by Reader’s Digest for its iPad subscribers. His books have become History Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Crossings Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. Sweeney has been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, CBS-TV Chicago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and on the popular nightly program Chicago Tonight. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today we will be talking about his book, by Ave Maria Press, entitled When Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages.

Wednesday: Peggy Frezonis the award-winning author of Pawprints on my Heart, the popular Guideposts magazine blog about the human-animal bond. She is a regular contributor to Guideposts and author of Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw, and The Dieting faithfully yours cover 1with My Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance. Her stories also appear in dozens of Chicken Soup for the
Soul™ books.
Peggy and her husband live in New York and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with the senior dogs they rescue. Peggy joins us to discuss 
Faithfully Yours:The amazing bond between us and the animals we love.

Thursday: Cathy Knipperpublicist at Pauline Books and Media joins us to share her thoughts and passion for  Journey of Our Love: The Letters of St. Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla  by Elio Guerriero. As a publicist at Pauline Books & Media, she finds The Journey of Our Loveherself, “surrounded by books…blessed to work with many talented authors. Sometimes, however, God reaches out with his grace and touches me with the words of an author I will never have the opportunity to meet”. This book on Gianna and Pietro Molla is such an instance.

Felice Fridays!: Margaret Felice, Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholic! 

Margaret Felice has been praised for her dynamic stage presence, artistic versatility, and “drop-dead gorgeous voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Her repertoire ranges from classical opera to modern musical theater, from early music to the Great American Songbook, but all of her performances have one thing in common: a commitment to entertaining her audience with musical integrity and creative presentation.

An Engaging Faith: 12/21-12/25

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Final week of Advent there’s still time to get prepared! 

Sarah Reinhard with Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary , Brooke Taylor of Good Things RadioJoseph Johns with 2535 Apparel  

and  Encores of Terry Hershey with Sanctuary  and Greg Wolfe with God With Us .

Monday: Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic author, blogger, speaker, and freelance writer. She contributes regularly to the National Catholic RegisterCatholicMom.comIntegrated Catholic Life, Catholic Exchange, andSpiritualDirection.com.

Reinhard is the author of a number of books and writes a monthly column in the Diocese of Columbus’s The Catholic Times. She earned a master’s degree in marketing and communications from Franklin University and has worked for many years for corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and four children.

bioTuesday: For nearly a decade, Brooke Taylor  was the co-host of the “Family Friendly Morning Show” on 95.5 The Fish in Cleveland, Ohio. Brooke is the founder of “The Mom Squad,” a ministry of women from all walks of life, blogging, hosting retreats and workshops, building a sisterhood of believers for Christ. She is also involved in the ministry Food for the Poor and has traveled to Guatemala and Haiti to raise awareness and funds for the poorest of the poor. in 2014, Brooke led a pilgrimage to Italy for the canonization of St. Pope John Paul II and St. John XXII.Brooke and her Army Veteran husband Jim have five children: four sons and a daughter they adopted from Poland. Brooke frequently speaks to groups on the topics of motherhood and family life, the gift of the Catholic faith, adoption, special needs, and her own re-conversion story. Brooke also maintains a blog shares stories of her day-to-day adventures at The Sacred Sink and podcast at Good Things Radio.

http://2535apparel.com/pages/about-us: Wednesday: Joseph Johns of 2535 Apparel a small group of multi-lingual caregivers, full-time volunteers & creative artists. Funded by volunteers with various foundations, abbeys, parishes, they seek to aid groups around the globe. Traveling to remote and impoverished areas where there is often armed conflict, they teach in orphanages, help prisoners with social reinsertion and personal development, keep company with abandoned elderly and support the poor in a number of ways.Their mission statement is simple, Matthew 25:35.Jesus says. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’…  The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” 

All the proceeds (100%) from sales of 2535 Apparel go to the purchasing and bringing of food, clothing, blankets, socks, shoes, shirts, winter hats, toys, soap, tools, and other necessities to those in need. 

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Thursday: Terry Hersheyauthor, inspirational speaker, ordained minister, self admitted golf addict, and gardener. Terry lives on Vashon Island, near Seattle, WA.  His work has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, PBS, and NPR and he is the author of The Power of Pause (Loyola Press) which encourages us to slow down,Soul Gardening and his latest book Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life .  He “divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens and sharing his practice of “pausing”and “sanctuary,” to help us do less and live more”.

 : Friday: Greg Wolfe , is editor of Image, one of America’s leading quarterly journals. He serves as Writer in Residence and Director of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Seattle Pacific University. His literary imprint, Slant Books, is published by Wipf & Stock. Wolfe’s books include Beauty Will Save the WorldIntruding upon the Timeless, and The Operation of Grace. He has served as a judge for the National Book Awards. He is here with us today to discuss God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, a book he is co-editor of along with Greg Pennoyer

An Engaging Faith:12/14-12/18

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 Gifts of the Visitation by Denise Bossert (Ave Maria Press), & Time to Get Ready by Fr. Mark Villano (Paraclete Press)

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3rd Week of Advent Anticipation!

Denise Bossert joins us to discuss Gifts of the Visitation,  An Encore with Ginny Moyer and Random Moments of GraceFr. Mark Villano with Time to Get Ready

And  repeat co-hosts Tony Agnesi  and  Margaret Felice

 

Monday: Denise Bossert , The daughter and former wife of Protestant ministers, Bossert converted to the Catholic Church in 2005 after being inspired by the books of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.  Denise writes a syndicated column called Catholic by Grace for diocesan newspapers across the United States. She has also written for Gifts of the VisitationCanticle Magazine (now called Women of Grace), Women for Faith and Family, and Catholic Exchange.Bossert is a member of the Legion of Mary, Catholic Writers Guild, and ACTS Retreat Community. She gives talks at parishes and to women’s groups on conversion, women of salvation history, and spiritual mentoring. 

Tuesday: Ginny Kubitz Moyer, an award-winning writer with a focus on motherhood and spirituality. Her book Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood celebrates the spiritual adventure of parenting, showing how grace can be found even amid the laundry and the Legos. Her first book “Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God” (winner of a 2009 Catholic Press Award) shares modern women’s thoughts on the world’s most famous mother. Ginny lives with her husband and two small boys in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she trips over toys, teaches high school English, and does her best to approach it all with mindfulness and humor.

 

Wednesday: Tony Agnesi who is Finding God’s Grace in Everyday Life is the Senior Vice President of Rubber City Radio Group, WQMX, WONE, and WAKR in Akron and WNWV in Cleveland and member of Radio and Television Hall of Fame. A relentless storyteller, his Sunday blog and Wednesday podcast have an International audience in over 70 counties and has been translated in over 40 languages. Tony and his wife Diane have two adult sons and are members of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Wadsworth, Ohio.

Thursday: Fr. Mark Villano, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, studied theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He has ministered at parishes and campus ministry centers across the country, including at the University of Texas, UCLA, Ohio State University, and Yale. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and served as Director of Creative Development at Paulist Productions. Currently, he is Director of Mission and Ministry at Marymount California University, south of Los Angeles. Besides teaching in both the Religion/ Philosophy and Arts/Media departments, he pursues his interest in the connections between faith and popular culture.

Felice Fridays!: Margaret Felice, Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholic!

An Engaging Faith: 12/7-12/11

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Enter To Win a Copy of
Momnipotent by Danielle Bean (Ascension Press), Doors to the Sacred: Everyday Hints of the Holy by Sr. Bridget Haase

 

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So many books to get you spiritually ready this 2nd Week of Advent!

Timothy Clayton of Exploring Advent with Luke, Danielle Bean with MomnipotentTom McGrath with Raising Faith Filled Kids, Sr. Bridget Haase, with Doors to the Sacred: Everyday Hints of the Holy and  Chris Stepien with Three Days:The Search For the Boy Messiah


Monday:
 Rev. Timothy Clayton
is the rector of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church on the Boston North Shore. He grew up in the Charlotte area and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent time teaching English in Budapest, Hungary, and later graduated with high honors from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Clayton has founded a Christian community in Portland, Maine, and a church in Charlotte,
North Carolina, and has led missions and spiritual pilgrimages to more than a dozen countries on five continents. So far his favorite places on earth are Lindisfarne, Durham Cathedral in England, and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Clayton resides near his church with his wife and three children.

Tuesday: Danielle Bean, a mother of eight, is publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest. She also hosts a Catholic women’s talk show, The Gist, in production of its third season, on CatholicTV. Danielle is author of My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom (Pauline 2005), Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living (Pauline 2007), (with Elizabeth Foss) Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray. and Act, and most recently Momnipotent, a book and a parish study that help women find peace, balance, and joy in their roles as mothers. a mother of eight, is Editorial Director of Faith & Family (FaithandFamilyLive.com).  Read her personal blog at DanielleBean.com or follow her on Twitter (twitter.com/DanielleBean). She joins us to discuss her latest book Momnipotent.

Wednesday: Tom McGrath is the author of Raising Faith Filled Kids, The Meal Box, and is one of the authors of the God’s Gift series. Currently Tom is the Vice President for Product Development at Loyola Press. He previously served as the executive editor of U.S. Catholic magazine. McGrath is an avid writer and speaker on family-life issues and spirituality. Tom and his wife, Kathleen, live in Chicago and are the parents of two grown daughters, who are still always welcome at meal time.

Thursday: Sister Bridget Haase, O.S.U. , is a member of the Ursuline Sisters, and holds an M.A. in religious studies. She has ministered in Appalachia, Mexico and Africa. She presently serves as coordinator of the spirituality program at The Boston Home, a long-term care facility for people with multiple sclerosis and other degenerative neurological diseases. She gives parish missions, days of reflection, and inspirational talks throughout the United States. She has written two other books and published many articles. She sits on the Board of My Sister’s Keeper, a faith-based justice/peace organization to work for the education of women and girls in southern Sudan, and is a frequent guest on Boston, Chicago/Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh radio stations. Visit her website at www.wisdomwonder.com.

Friday: Chris Stepien  began his professional journalistic career as a television producer-director and writer for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). After working eight years at WXYZ-TV, Detroit, and winning six EMMY awards, Stepien left broadcasting and co-founded Adventure, Inc., a Detroit-based video/film production company. Currently, Stepien is the writer-creative director and owner of Stepien Creative Services, Inc.  He and his wife, Ellen, are active members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and he is a spiritual advisor to a group of Vincentians in Dearborn Michigan. Stepien and Ellen have two adult sons. He is joining us to discuss his latest work of fiction, Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah

An Engaging Faith: 11/30-12/4

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Spiritually Able by David and Mercedes Rizzo (Loyola Press), River of Grace by Susan Bailey (Ave Maria Press) or God With Us by Greg Wolfe (Paraclete Press),
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David and Mercedes Rizzo of Spiritually Able , Susan Bailey with River of GraceGreg Wolfe with God With Us 

and  Margaret Felice rounds off our week with a Catholic round table of discussion with Felice Fridays!

Monday:David and Mercedes Rizzo, David is a physical therapist who works with children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. He is the author and presenter of a professional rehabilitation seminar entitled “Autism: Where neuroscience meets clinical practice.” David and his wife Mercedes have four children, one of whom, Danielle, has autism and is non-verbal. Dave and Mercedes developed picture-based materials and activities to explain the sacraments to Danielle to help prepare her for Holy Communion. This was featured on the Diocese of Trenton television program The Catholic Corner and in the Our Sunday Visitor magazine. They are here today to share their journey and to speak to their latest book Spiritually Able.

Tuesday:Susan Bailey, is a blogger, musician, and speaker who frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. Her work has also appeared on Catholic.net, and Catholic Online. Bailey blogs at Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. She also writes a monthly column for The Catholic Free Press called Be as One.  A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released three CDs, performed on EWTN and CatholicTV and at World Youth Day in 2002. She joins us to discuss her book River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times.

Wednesday:Jacqueline O’Toole  owner of Sea el Cambio and ONE enterprises created to work in close collaboration with artisans in Nicaragua to transform lives and provide handcrafted fair trade products. Translated from Gandhi’s quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” Sea el Cambio encourages customers to “be the change.” All products are ethically sourced through long-lasting partnerships with Nicaraguan artisans. Sea el Cambio works with these artisans to design handmade jewelry, pottery, bags, and paper goods. By increasing market access, our artisans have a reliable and steady source of income to support their families. Sea el Cambio donates a portion of its profits to FNE International who is working within the artisans communities to improve their living conditions.

Thursday: Greg Wolfeis editor of Image, one of America’s leading quarterly journals. He serves as Writer in Residence and Director of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Seattle Pacific University. His literary imprint, Slant Books, is published by Wipf & Stock. Wolfe’s books include Beauty Will Save the WorldIntruding upon the Timeless, and The Operation of Grace. He has served as a judge for the National Book Awards. He is here with us today to discuss God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas, a book he is co-editor of along with Greg Pennoyer

Felice Fridays!: Margaret Felice, Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholi