January 21, 2009
Upcoming Programs
‘Behold, the Lamb of God’
My ministry here at Franciscan Radio takes inspiration from the role of John the Baptist in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. There, John sees Jesus pass by and exclaims, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The previous day, John had met Jesus himself, and God had revealed to John who Jesus was. Now, John must point out Jesus to others.

In my radio ministry, it’s my task—and that of my colleagues—to show you Jesus. This role is based, hopefully, on my own encounter with Christ in my life. Experiences in my pastoral ministry lead me to share with our listeners something of who Jesus is. Our current lineup of American Catholic Radio (ACR) programs offers two good examples of this.

As an inner-city pastor, I take great joy in working with our elementary school. Getting to know the teachers and students has taught me what I already knew from my own years of Catholic education: Catholic schools are crucial to our Catholic life in the United States. As we “celebrate service” during Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 25-31), this year, our flagship program will focus on Catholic education.

That same inner-city school, and indeed my parish itself, are located in a part of the city where the population is predominantly African-American. Living in this neighborhood has opened me to the culture and history of my African-American neighbors. Being pastor with and for them has taught me about the gifts they bring to our Church. Our ACR interviews and features will highlight some of those gifts this month.

“Behold” the presence of Jesus Christ in the Church!  Let the ministry of Franciscan Radio be part of your encounter with him!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#09-05, #09-06)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.

#9-05 (Ideal airdates: January 26- February 1)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
St. John Neumann, an inspirational American saint, has been chosen to be featured in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. He was a bishop in the early years of our country and influenced the growth of the Church—and Catholic education—in the United States.

Living Faith
Richard Ogan from Green Bay, Wisconsin, saw religious schools closing because parents couldn't afford tuition. He has done something about that by creating a foundation called "All God's Children" so that more youngsters have the opportunity to receive a faith-based education.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger responds to questions: May a divorced person enter a religious community? Why do we strike our breasts during the Mass?

Portrait of Paul
St. Paul and ‘the Law’
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norman Langenbrunner presents insights into the writing of the Apostle to the Gentiles. If you’ve paid attention to the proclamation of the Letters of St. Paul at Sunday or weekday Mass, you’ve surely heard Paul refer to “the law.” But do you know precisely what he is referring to? It’s important to know, since Paul’s attitude toward the law is one of the most important themes in his writing.

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest on “Exploring Our Faith” today is Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill, interim president of Chatfield College, a private, Catholic, two-year liberal arts college based in rural St. Martin, Ohio; Chatfield also offers a degree program at a satellite location in urban Cincinnati. An Ursuline sister who served 20 years as president at the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati), she is a recognized leader in higher education. She spoke with producer John Feister about the state of Catholic education in the U.S. today.

#9-06 (Ideal airdates: February 2-8)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
Sister Thea Bowman was a vibrant 20th-century woman who brought the gift of her African-American heritage to religious life and the Church in the United States.

Living Faith
Deacon Royce Winters works with the Black Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is director of the archdiocesan Office of African American Catholic Ministries. He shares the story of his conversion to Catholicism.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller answers a question: How can excommunication from abortion be reversed?

Portrait of Paul
St. Paul on Love
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norman Langenbrunner presents insights into the writing of the Apostle to the Gentiles. If you’ve been to some Catholic weddings in your life, chances are you’ve heard the 13th Chapter of Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. It is a beautiful, poetic presentation of St. Paul’s understanding of love.

Exploring Our Faith
Dr. Cecilia A. Moore, associate director of the degree program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at the University of Dayton (Ohio), specializes in U.S. Catholic history. She is currently working on the history of Black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century. In addition to publishing in numerous scholarly and popular journals, Dr. Moore helped to edit Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. She speaks with producer John Feister about the legacy of African-American Catholics in our country.
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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