Jan. 20, 2010
Upcoming Programs
The Gifts of Women in the Church

Last year, a national exhibit on the work of Catholic women religious opened in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fascinated by the displays and stories about the legacy present in the Church through the gifts of members of women's religious communities. Their unique spirituality as women enriches us all, and reminds us of the broader spectrum of the gifts shared by all women in the Church.

We celebrate those gifts in the American Catholic Radio programs highlighed in this newsletter. The occasion is two events marked this month: the annual celebration of “Catholic Schools Week,” and the feast of Saint Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Order of women.

Catholic schools for many years have been staffed largely by women—from religious communities as well as lay women. My parish school, with its dedicated staff of women—and several men as well—celebrates the 200+ year-history of Catholic education this month!

St. Angela, born in the late fifteenth century. She founded the first teaching congregation of women in the Church and the first example of what is now called a “secular institute” of religious women. Her charism has enriched generations of Catholic women and men. I myself was educated by the Ursuline Sisters, and still work with them today. In my inner-city parish, our parish nurse is an Ursuline Sister.

In so many dimensions of contemporary Catholic life, women play important roles, as teachers in homes and schools, as leaders in parish and diocesan life, and as creative forces in Catholic faith-formation. Here on our ACR team, two talented women enrich our programs each week, Producers Sharon Cross and Judy Zarick.

St. Anthony Mesenger Press is currently exploring women's spirituality with a book series and accompanying Web site, www.CalledtoHoliness.org. We're blessed to have the authors from the series on the program regularly. I urge you to explore these gifts!

And don't forget to become a fan of American Catholic Radio, through our Facebook page!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-05 , #10-06)
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 ACR personality and author, Ursuline Sister Bridget Haase talks about her ministries and what it's like following the charism of Saint Angela Merici in the Ursuline Order.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers questions: When is a bow permitted and when is a genuflection required? Are all angels also saints? How can a Saturday Mass fulfill our Sunday obligation?

Marriage Moment
Throughout 2010, the Catholic Church in the U. S. continues to make marriage a priority. Last November, the U.S. Bishops approved their pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. It’s their hope that 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.” Each week, ACR asks a husband and wife to answer a question about the challenge of living their special sacrament. This week, Jim and Susan Vogt, who’ve been doing marriage preparation with couples for over 30 years, discuss: "What are the pros and cons of working with your spouse?"

Exploring Our Faith
Doctor Patricia Cooney Hathaway is an associate professor of spirituality and systematic theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She lectures natoinally on various subjects, including theology, spirituality and the relationship between human and spiritual development, and is is the author of Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman's Perspective, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. She discusses women's spirituality with Producer John Feister.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews John Findlater, who has spent over 25 years working with Catholic schools as teacher and principal. He now offers workshops in Catholic schools to teachers and administrators relating the benefits and importance of a Catholic school education.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller answers questions: Is it possible for atheists to be saved? Can a sin be forgiven even if we're too embarrassed to confess it?

Marriage Moment
In support of the U.S. Bishops' multi-year Pastoral Initiative for Marriage ACR offers its weekly feature, asking a husband and wife to answer a question about the challenge of living their special sacrament. This week, nationally-known marriage ministers, retreat leaders, educators and motivational speakers Andrew and Terri Lyke discuss, "How can married couples put their relationship first above all other earthly relationships?"

Exploring Our Faith
Franciscan Brother John Barker has a master’s degrees in theology and Scripture from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Scripture at Boston College. Brother John has written “God’s Great Reversal: Key to the Gospel of Luke,” published in the January issue of St. Anthony Messenger. You can find a link to the article at AmericanCatholic.org. He spoke with Producer John Feister about the Gospel of Luke, which we’ll be reading in the liturgy throughout 2010.
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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