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Dare to Love

First Thursday Monthly: 8 – 8:30 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

 

Dare to Love is a program that cultivates vocation awareness in the Archdiocese of Chicago through discussion of topics related to vocation discernment and promotion. Dare to Love is hosted by Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF with co-host Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND.

Sr. Lovina is a Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart and is the Coordinator of Religious Vocations Ministries in the Office for Religious of the Archdiocese of Chicago and serves as Coordinator of CAVA.

Sr. Mary Kay is the Vocation Director for the School Sisters of Notre Dame currently serving on the CAVA Advisory Board.

CAVA (Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association) is a ministry of the Office for Religious (OFR) in the Archdiocese of Chicago. CAVA is an association of Roman Catholic Religious Sisters, Brothers, Priests, Consecrated Laity and others who are active in and supportive of vocation ministry. Members of CAVA belong to or avidly support religious congregations, secular institutes and lay ecclesial movements serving the People of God in the Archdiocese of Chicago. CAVA’s purpose is to nurture a Culture of Vocations within the Catholic Church. Our twofold purpose is to promote general vocation awareness and to invite young men and women to discern a vocation to consecrated life. www.vocationscava.org

Keeping Up with Fr. Adam

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD, is back on “Dare to Love” to talk about what he’s been up to since his last visit in August. Fr. Adam wears several hats these days, serving under many roles including as Board member of the NRVC, a very active CAVA member, and of course, accompanying discerners and inquirers. This Advent season, Fr. Adam has been invited to preside over seven “Simbang Gabi” masses in Chicagoland, including one at 5:00 am! Find out more about Simbang Gabi and listen to Fr. Adam and Sr. Lovina sing “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit,” (Christmas has come) a classic Filipino Christmas carol.

NFCRV Tackles the Educational Debt Challenge

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Phil Loftus, Executive Director of the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations (NFCRV), talks about how this organization was established to address student debt as a major obstacle for candidates to religious congregations and how, with the help of the Hilton Foundation, the GHR Foundation, NRVC (National Religious Vocation Conference) members and other generous donors, NFCRV has been instrumental in helping many men and women candidates enter religious congregations throughout the U.S. by with their education debts. To find out more or to help, go to www.nfcrv.org or contact Phil Loftus 773-595-4028 or ploftus@nfcrv.org For statistics on religious vocations in the U.S. visit www.nrvc.net

Celebrating the Spirit of Francis: Caring for ALL Creation

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Guests: Sr. Nancy Roberta Schramm, OSF, Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart (Frankfort, IL) and Sr. Peggy Quinn, OSF, Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate (Joliet Franciscans). Sr. Nancy talks about the Synod on the Amazon (October 6 to 27, 2019), brings up some of previous attention on environmental concerns including Laudato Sí by Pope Francis and recommends actions that we could do right now starting with educating ourselves with current concerns. To reach her in the Joliet diocese Mission Office, call 815-221-6257. Sr. Peggy lists various ways to live out right relationships with all of creation – working against human trafficking and providing support to survivors and hosting the Bluestem Earth Festival annually to form a community that cares for all of creation. Visit http://www.jolietfranciscans.org/jpic to find out more.

Profession of Perpetual Vows: A Lifetime Commitment

Thursday, September 5, 2019
Host: Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF Guest: Sister Jess Lambert, FE (Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago) The conversation between Sr. Lovina and Sr. Jess features the latter's profession of final (perpetual) vows on September 8, 2019. Recounting the journey that led her up to this big moment, Sr. Jess explains that though this day can be seen as a culmination of long years of formation, it is also like a doorway leading to a lifetime journey as a vowed Religious. Listen to her vocation story, what she says about day to day commitment and other inspiring words of wisdom, especially for those feeling a call to consecrated life. To find out more about the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, visit www.MissionOLA.com or call 773-486-8431.

The Story of Adam

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Today’s guest, Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD, is a member of the Society of Divine Word, aka Divine Word Missionaries, who is celebrating his 25th jubilee anniversary of first profession of vows as a consecrated religious. Fr. Adam recounts the story of his vocation as a religious priest – those who inspired him, mentored and served as companions on the journey. Listeners will learn tips for discerners, humorous experiences and poignant moments in his life of service. Find out one of the unique things about him that makes him popular with Filipinos! As a CAVA member, Fr. Adam manages its social media postings. He also serves as a Board member of NRVC (National Religious Vocation Conference). Contact information: 847-644-8320 | www.svdvocations.org

Vocation Discernment Initiatives for Young People

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Sister Michele Vincent Fisher, CSFN, a Sister of Holy Family of Nazareth, talks about her community’s new initiative of opening a discernment house in Richardson, Texas near Dallas, where Affiliates (women in discernment with her community) will experience community life with the Sisters, and where those who are seeking their path are given an opportunity to explore God’s call in their life. Sr. Lovina and Sr. Michele also discuss other means to discern a vocation call, such as through service and mission outreach, “Come and See” discernment weekends, and CAVA’s monthly online discernment for men and women. To contact Sr. Michele about discernment opportunities, call 847-298-6760. U.S website: www.nazarethcsfn.org; international website: www.nazarethfamily.org. To know more about CAVA’s discernment programs, visit www.vocationscava.org or call 312-534-5240.

With God, Nothing is Impossible

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Sr. Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF, interviews Nicholas Divine, originally from Holyoke, Massachusetts, a Passionist confrere on the way to being ordained as transitional Deacon in the fall and as a Religious priest by next year. Nicholas talks about how as a young man he felt a call to religious life but found himself first living through a series of events that changed his life. He also talked about his play based on a true story from his childhood, “Right Angles: A Polish American Christmas Comedy in Two Acts” which hopefully will be performed live in the Chicago area. “Right Angles” is available for sale online at https://outskirtspress.com/brothernickdivine or contact Sr. Lovina if interested in buying a copy signed by the author.

Celebrating Religious Brothers Day; Mission Outreach at the Border

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Sr. Lovina asks Brother Michael Segvich, an Edmund Rice Christian Brother, about Religious Brothers Day. Br. Mike describes how despite being “under the radar,” religious brothers have impacted other people’s lives in powerful ways. Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND, discusses her recent mission trip at the Mexican border with five young women from Baltimore Notre Dame Prep and the implications of such an experience.

Religious Brothers

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Sr. Lovina interviews Br. Michael Segvich, CFC, an Edmund Rice Christian Brother who talks about the people who inspired him to think about being a brother and what it means to be a Brother today and throughout his 50 years of living out his vocation. Br. Mike currently serves as the Coordinator of Retirement Fund for Religious under the Office for Religious in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is also a CAVA member. For more information on Brothers and Religious Brothers Day on May 1st, visit www.vocationscava.org

National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 to 14) and the 150th anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Poor

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Today’s show features the National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 to 14) and the 150th anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Sister Ann Oestreich, IHM, National Coordinator of the National Catholic Sisters Project talks about a new documentary featuring four Catholic Sisters and various events being held nationally and in Chicago. For more details, visit www.nationalcatholicsistersproject.org and click on Events. Sr. Marichui Bringas, CCVI, Coordinator of Vocaciones Hispanas of the National Catholic Sisters Project and a CAVA member resides in San Antonio. Sr. Marichui talks about the national discernment weekend for Latina women. Sr. Carolyn Martin, lsp, talks about the history of the Little Sisters of the Poor arrival in the United States 150 years ago and the various celebrations nationally and locally. All are welcome to the April 14 event in Chicago. Visit www.littlesistersofthepoorchicago.org or call 773-935-9600 or 773-484-8444 for details.

Everyday Discernment

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Today we explored how we can discern our life's desires everyday. Sister Bridget Waldorf, SSND shared with us her learnings and wisdom about discernment personally and in her work as vocation director for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Listen for the five L's of discernment.

Considering Various Ways to Pray as New Year’s Resolution!

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Sister Lovina and Sister Mary Kay discuss various prayer forms not commonly known but easy to incorporate in our daily lives as a way to start the new year and develop a prayer practice as disciples/followers of Jesus. Try prayer walking (maybe a labyrinth walk!) or using music and poetry to help quiet our centers and make space for God. Prayer can be the container/unifying factor to help us with our top resolutions (better health practices, saving money or improving our relationships).

Serving God’s People Out of Love

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF interviews guest Sister Connie Bach, PHJC (Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ) who talks about her vocation story, ministries (including coordination of PHJC Volunteers), involvement with CAVA and other collaborations, and foundress St. Katharina Kasper’s recent canonization. To reach Sr. Connie, email Connie.ss@att.net or call (574) 340-6409.

“You Talk, We’ll Listen” and “Women Who Dared to Love”

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF and Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND talk about their trip to Buffalo, New York for the National Religious Vocation (NRVC) convocation for vocation ministers and a livestreamed event on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Canisius College – “You Talk, We’ll Listen” – a dialogue between young people and vocation ministers in conjunction with the 2018 Synod on Young People and Discernment (www.nrvc.net) and National Dialogue (www.nationaldialogue.org). Sr. Mary Kay talks about a retreat her community is offering to young women in St. Louis about biblical, historical and living women “saints” whose lives model God’s loving response in the world.

Religious Vocations: What Do the Numbers Really Say? Part 2

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Sr. Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF with Sr. Mary Kay Brooks, SSND calling in from New York and guest Sister Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M., dispel myths about vocations to religious life by discussing statistics on recent vocations to religious life and priesthood (available from https://nrvc.net/256/publication/1140-documents-forms-for-use-in-vocation-ministry). Sr. Debbie is Director of Member Relations and Services of the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) and is on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius https://sscm.org/

Religious Vocations: What Do the Numbers Really Say? Part I

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Sr. Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF interviews Sister Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M., who dispels myths about vocations to religious life by discussing statistics on recent vocations to religious life and priesthood (available from https://nrvc.net/256/publication/1140-documents-forms-for-use-in-vocation-ministry). Sr. Debbie is Director of Member Relations and Services of the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) and is on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius https://sscm.org/

VOCATION AS A RELIGIOUS BROTHER

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF interviews guest Brother Jim McDonald, CFC, an Edmund Rice Christian Brother. Get to know Brother Jim who chose to be a consecrated religious brother, not an ordained priest, and why. Learn more about the uniqueness of this vocation. For more information about Br. Jim’s community, visit www.edmundricebrothers.org.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOCATION TO RELIGIOUS/CONSECRATED LIFE -- PART II

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF and Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND discuss frequently asked questions and misconceptions regarding vocations to religious life. The brochure “10 Questions people ask about vocations to religious life” from the National Religious Vocation Conference (www.nrvc.net) serves as guide in this conversation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOCATION TO RELIGIOUS/CONSECRATED LIFE -- PART I

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF and Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND discuss frequently asked questions and misconceptions regarding vocations to religious life. The brochure “10 Questions people ask about vocations to religious life” from the National Religious Vocation Conference (www.nrvc.net) serves as guide in this conversation.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE UP?

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Pilot show hosted by Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF and Sister Mary Kay Brooks, SSND with guest Sr. Mary Beth Bromer, CSSF Felician Sister Mary Beth Bromer, CSSF shares her vocation story and her decision to give up an athletic scholarship for college after graduating from high school in order to enter the convent.