Jul. 7, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Giving a Human Face to Natural Disasters

Living and working in the inner city as I do, I am confronted daily with life's triumphs and tragedies. When I hear of poverty in other parts of the globe or listen to stories of violence, I don't necessarily have to picture some faraway land. Poverty is all around me as I walk the streets. Daily, we have incidents of violence. I can see families who've lost loved ones to gun violence, drugs, sexual oppression.

I also see faces marked with the signs of accomplishment in the face of great odds, young people determined to succeed, seniors who have made a life for themselves and who celebrate goodness and wisdom. Those are some of the faces of my neighborhood.

But when a great natural disaster occurs, like January's earthquake in Haiti, I confess that I have no personal experience. I can't begin to picture what it must have been like. Thanks to the media, I do have images. But, unable to travel to Haiti myself, I can only settle for second-hand stories.

That's why I was glad to welcome Eddyles Jacinthe to my parish this summer. He is from Haiti, and came here to visit friends for a couple of months. Our parish got to meet him—and to put a face on the story of the earthquake. Eddyles, a former seminarian and teacher, agreed to speak with me after Mass, in a conversation included in our ACR program on Haiti's recovery. He has hope, this young man, and it shines through in his face. I wish radio could portray that—but I will settle for sharing with our listeners his dreams for development in his homeland.

Radio is one of the media at our disposal. Fortunately, we can—and will—post Eddyles' photo on our Facebook page. As we develop our new Franciscan Media Web site, we'll work harder to bring you voices and faces that help us to portray the breadth and depth of our faith experience in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus. We invite you to join us on that exciting adventure!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-29 , #10-30)
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 Sam and Beth Meier, who work with the "My House" Initiative in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. This program helps people break free from pornography and sexual addictions, protects families and marriages from pornography, and invites people to a new vision of love and intimacy.

Ask a Franciscan
Producer Sharon Cross and Franciscan Fr. Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answer email questions.

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year Pastoral Initiative to explore what sacramental married life means for the Church and for society. Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine for the past 16 years, and author of the “Faith-Filled Family” column for the magazine, presents a reflection entitled, "Recalculating Route."

Exploring Our Faith
As the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism celebrates its 60th anniversary this week in St. Paul, Minnesota, Producer John Feister talks with the executive director of NCCA, Mr. Richard Thibodeau. He’s a licensed professional social worker with 35 years of experience in the field, specializing in family wellness issues through his work with families, the courts and in his writing. He joined the staff of the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism in 2005 as its executive director.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick talks with Dr. Ed Gamboa, MD, chief of surgery at El Centro Regional Medical Center, in Southern California. He wrote Virtuous Healers: Models of Faith in Medicine, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. He has made two trips to Haiti, one before and one after the earthquake, and is embarking on a third.

Ask a Franciscan
Producer Sharon Cross and Franciscan Fr. Don Miller, O.F.M., answer email questions.

Marriage Moment
Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, presents, "Paradise Falls."

Exploring Our Faith
The January 12th earthquake in Haiti brought a quick and vigorous response from Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. According to its Web site, www.crs.org, in the intervening months since the quake, CRS has provided food, shelter, water and sanitation, education and child protection, and health care to the victims, many of whom are living in camps, orphanages and hospitals. To tell us more about this important work, Producer John Feister interviews Tom Price. He is Senior Communications Manager for Catholic Relief Services, and he’s been with CRS since 1996.
 
 
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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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