March 4, 2009
Upcoming Programs
Helping Your Listeners 'Keep' Lent
Throughout the Lenten season, American Catholic Radio offers your listeners a way to “keep” Lent through the traditional Catholic practices of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, drawn from gospel teachings of Jesus and centuries of Christian living. These practices are appropriate to our Lenten observances, since Christian living is the goal of Lent: to bring new members to Christ and to renew the baptismal commitment of baptized Christians.  

Our “Living Faith” interviews cover the corporal works—assisting the needy with things to hold body and soul together—while on “Exploring Our Faith,” we probe the spiritual works—teaching, comforting, forgiving.

We at Franciscan Radio are happy to assist you in your radio ministry. That’s a personal goal for me!

Recently, I recorded an audiobook version of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s autobiography, Treasure in Clay. Re-creating the story of Bishop Sheen, one of my personal spiritual heroes, was an especially inspiring experience for me. It is just going on sale this spring from St. Anthony Messenger Press (see our catalog). I would be happy to schedule a time to do an interview or feature on the life of Bishop Sheen for your station, in connection with this new audiobook. Just drop me an e-mail message letting me know how I can help! Write to me at

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#09-11, #09-12)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.

#9-11 (Ideal airdates: March 9-15, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
St. Frances of Rome
To assist us with our focus on the corporal works of mercy, we tell the story of this Italian saint, born in Rome in 1384 into wealth and status. She raised a family and also had a deep commitment to those in need—a commitment which was challenged when a terrible plague struck Rome and took the lives of one of her sons and her daughter.

Living Faith
Alice Wold is president of the Christ Child Society for the Diocese of Phoenix. Having a stroke at age 36 deepened her faith and led her to make prayer a focal point of her life. She is devoted to helping needy infants and children by providing handmade clothing, blankets and other necessities.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Hilarion Kistner responds to questions: Why does Jesus compare the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed? Is there a relationship between the illness of the paralytic that Jesus healed and the man's sins? Does the number 12 have a special meaning in the Bible? What is the Book of Enoch? Did God create the devil?

Portrait of Paul
‘How Paul Preached’
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, we bring you another “Portrait of Paul” from Father Norman Langenbrunner. What would it have been like to hear Paul preaching in a Gentile city in the first century? Father Norm tells us how Paul may have come across in his missionary sermon, courtesy of the First Letter to the Thessalonians. 

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest is Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.M. Father Rohr, who lives in a hermitage behind his Franciscan community in Albuquerque, divides his time between local work and preaching and teaching throughout the world. He is probably best known for his numerous books, audiobooks and video presentations, including The New Great Themes of Scripture, a bestseller. He spoke with producer John Feister about the spiritual work of mercy, “admonish the sinner.”

#9-12 (Ideal airdates: March 16-22, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
St. Jerome Emiliani
He was a soldier in the city-state of Venice in the 15th century. Captured in a skirmish and thrown into a dungeon, he had time to think about God—an experience that led him to priesthood and sainthood.

Living Faith
Deacon John Green is the founder of Emmaus Ministry in Chicago. Emmaus' mission is to make Jesus known on the streets among men involved in sexual exploitation. It develops ministries of evangelization, transformation and education.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Greg Friedman answers questions: Is a Catholic who joins another church considered a heretic? Why do Catholics use a common cup for communion?

Portrait of Paul
‘The Letter to the Hebrews’
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, we bring you another “Portrait of Paul” from Father Norman Langenbrunner. The New Testament Letter to the Hebrews was attributed to Paul in the second century, but modern scholarship largely concludes it is from another hand. Style and content are the key reasons this important letter is not Paul’s, as Father Norm explains.

Exploring Our Faith
Paula D'Arcy, a writer, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker, serves as president of the Red Bird Foundation, which furthers a ministry both to those in prison and those living in the developing world or disadvantaged cultures. Paula's ministry grew from personal tragedy. In 1975, she survived a drunk-driving accident, which took the lives of her husband and 21-month-old daughter. Pregnant at the time, Paula survived the accident to give birth to a second daughter, Beth Starr. With a background as a psychotherapist, Paula leads workshops and retreats related to spirituality and women’s issues. She helps us explore the spiritual work of mercy, “to comfort the sorrowing.”
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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