September 30, 2009
Upcoming Programs

Two New Saints for the Church

The stories of the holy men and women were a big part of my Catholic education, as they were, I’m sure for many of you. Back in grade school, we learned the story of Father Damien de Veuster, a Belgian priest who came to Hawaii in 1864, to work with people who had leprosy, also known as Hansen’s Disease. I can still recall seeing the photos of Father Damien, and reading of how one day he realized that he, too, had contracted the disease. That morning, he addressed his flock at Mass, “We lepers….”

Later on in life, I came to know the Little Sisters of the Poor, and their wonderful work with the elderly. Offering Mass in their home near where I lived was a special privilege. There, I learned about their founder, Jeanne Jugan, and how the sisters carry on her spirit.

On October 11, Pope Benedict will declare Father Damien and Jeanne Jugan to be saints of the Catholic Church. Their canonization is a great blessing for the people of Hawaii, for the Little Sisters of the Poor and for the Church at large. This even can also remind all of us of the missionary spirit which has marked the Church from the very beginning. “Reach out to the ends of the earth” is Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Mission Day, celebrated on Sunday October 18, around the world.

Our radio ministry is part of that outreach! We invite you to share it, by being a part of Franciscan Radio. Let us know how we can work with you!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#9-41, #9-42)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Mother Marguerite McCarthy is the superior of the Little Sisters' San Pedro, California home. She talks about the upcoming canonization of Jeanne Jugan, her experience with Dr. Edward Gatz, whose miraculous cure from esophageal cancer paved the way for the canonization, and the charism of the Little Sisters.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger responds to questions: What happens in the RCIA? What is the history of the Way of the Cross?

Marriage Moment
Jim and Susan Vogt, who’ve been doing marriage preparation with couples for over 30 years, answer the question, “What are the most important communication skills to have in marriage?”

Exploring Our Faith
Kristeen A. Bruun holds a Masters Degree in Theology from The Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California, and has done graduate study at Marquette University. She has worked in parish ministry for the past 20 years. She became interested in the topic of hospitality at church while teaching a course in Christology. Kristeen went on to write an article on that topic for America magazine in 2004. She talks about how Catholics can be more welcoming at church.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Jan Kline is the pastoral assistant for youth and young adult outreach in her parish in Seattle, Wash. She organized parishioners to help build water wells in Africa through the help of Catholic Relief Services World Missions.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller responds to questions: Is anyone at fault if a patient dies before last rites are requested? Why does the Church require celibacy for priests?

Marriage Moment
Nationally-known marriage ministers, retreat leaders, educators and motivational speakers Andrew and Terri Lyke will answer the question, “Why is it important to connect to the community as a couple?”

Exploring Our Faith
Joan Guntzelman is a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. For over 30 years she has conducted workshops in caregiving, grief and human interaction. She is the author of numerous books including A Retreat With Mother Teresa and Damien of Molokai, Caring For Those Who Suffer, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. She talks about one of our newest saints, Damien of Molokai.
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