Jan. 6, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Praying for Vocations and Promoting the Culture of Life

If you were asked to name the biggest difference in the Catholic Church in the United States between this year, 2010, and a half-century ago, 1960—what would your answer be? Perhaps you'd think of the number of people entering the priesthood and religious life 50 years ago, compared to today.

I know that my own order, the Franciscans, had just opened a big new seminary near Dayton, Ohio, that year. The friars were anticipating that the annual number of candidates for the Order would continue at its then-current level. The old seminary had been bursting at the seams. How could they guess that over the next 25 years, the number of seminarians would decline drastically, and that big seminary would close!

This new year is a good time to ponder the state of vocations today, in the 21st century, as the Catholic Church in the United States prepares to celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, January 10-16. ACR will help update you on what's happening in vocation promotion. On "Exploring Our Faith," John Feister will talk with Father Kyle Schnippel, who is the vocation director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, whose new Archbishop, Dennis Schnurr, has made vocation recruitment one of his personal goals.

We'll also explore life issues, as the Church marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade with prayers for a reversal of abortion policies; and we'll learn more about our Blessed Mother, whose feast day begins each new year.

Happy listening!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-03 , #10-04)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Jerry Usher, who left Catholic Answers to start up a Web site to promote vocations, called "Vocation Boom!" which seeks to reach young men in a way that is familiar to them.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Hilarion Kistner answers questions: Is the Book of Revelation a prediction of future times? Why was the Holy Family poor when they'd received costly gifts from the wise men? Is the Book of Daniel called "apocryphal" because it didn't really happen?

Marriage Moment
Last November, the U.S. Bishops approved their pastoral letter, "Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan." They hope their multi-year Pastoral Initiative for Marriage will "communicate from the riches of our Catholic faith the meaning and value of marriage and to offer support and practical assistance for it to flourish both in society and in the Church." We offer our weekly "Marriage Moment," where we ask a husband and wife to answer a question about the challenge of living their special sacrament. Catholic radio talk show hosts Greg and Jennifer Willits discuss: "Whose job is it to clean the bathroom?" and other gender questions.

Exploring Our Faith
Producer John Feister interviews Fr. Kyle Schnippel, vocation director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, whose new Archbishop, Dennis Schnurr, has made vocations a priority.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Melanie Pritchard, Education Director for the Life Educaitonal Corporation, a sister organization to Arizona Right to Life. She also founded the Underground Project, an organization to get young people involved in the effort to protect the unborn.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Greg Friedman answers questions: Why do we cross our foreheads, lips and hearts right before the Gospel is proclaimed? What does it mean to be in the state of grace?

Marriage Moment
Catholic psychotherapist and author Greg Popcak along with his wife Lisa Popcak, a professional educator and Life Coach, will answer the question, "What does it mean to be stewards of your fertility? What is Natural Family Planning?"

Exploring Our Faith
Producer John Feister discusses the Blessed Mother with David Mills, former editor of the award-winning Touchstone magazine, and author of Discovering Mary: Answers to Questions about the Mother of God, a Servant Book, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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