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Young Adult Ministry (YAM) was the Archdiocese of Chicago’s outreach service to women and men in their twenties and thirties, married and single. YAM director Darius Villalobos and YAM coordinator Pablo Padilla led discussions on a wide range of topics that connected faith with everyday life for young adults.

Segundo Domingo de Adviento

Friday, December 2, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 3, 1-12 del domingo, 4 de diciembre de 2022. Viernes, 2 de diciembre de 2022

Good Morning, Brother John!

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Brother John Eustice, CSV from the Viatorians (Clerics of St. Viator) talks about his vocation journey as being “on the way” discerning to join his community as a religious brother and later discerning a call to priesthood. He reports on the November 12/13 weekend event: “A Taste of St. Hubert’s” at St. Hubert Parish (Fr. Mike Scherschel, pastor) in Hoffman Estates, IL celebrating the diversity of the parish and highlighting vocation awareness as several consecrated religious join in the festivities. Br. John invites all to a “Come and Be” weekend at Maternity BVM parish in Bourbonnais, IL 308 E Marsile St, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 on December 10/11, 2022. He encourages everyone to join in making vocation awareness an important part of young people’s lives. For resources, visit or To contact Br. John or his assistant: Tel. 847-894-8537 | Email: [email protected] Or Mr. Dan Masterton [email protected]

Spiritual Renewal: Building the New Reality

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Fr. Jason Malave, the Cardinal’s liaison for Renew My Church, discusses the Spiritual Renewal required to create vibrant and sustainable parishes. After seven years of structural change, Fr. Jason share the steps that are being taken as disciples of Christ to create a spiritual renewal within our parishes and the Archdiocese.

CPS-FIT and Catholic Charities Prevent Homelessness

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
In 2017, Catholic Charities was asked by the City of Chicago to help initiate a program called CPS-FIT that identifies and assists families with children in the Chicago Public School System who are living in “temporary housing situations.” Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes SHARON LOVE, Department Director for Permanent, Supportive Housing, and HERMESE BRYANT, an accomplished Housing Case Manager to discuss how CPS-FIT, along with other Homelessness Prevention programs helps families establish safe homes and begin to achieve their dreams.

30 Years of Archdiocesan Child Sexual Abuse Protections

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews John O’Malley, longtime director of legal services for the archdiocese and now special counsel, about the formation of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s policies to protect children from clergy sexual abuse that also laid the foundation for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. They discuss the history of these protections, lessons learned and today’s practices.

Ornaments of Grace/Retreats Enhance Spiritual Lives

Monday, November 28, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: On the first Sunday of Advent, Heart to Heart Catholic Media Ministry launched a daily internet video series entitled Ornaments of Grace. It profiles Saints and saints - people who have lived the gospel in an extraordinary way. Joining us for the first half of today’s program to talk about Heart to Heart Catholic Media Ministry and Ornaments of Grace are Fr. J. Michael Sparough and Deacon Mark Duffey. Segment II: The Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House is located on 80 acres of gently rolling meadows and wooded countryside just 40 miles northwest of Chicago. Fr. J. Michael Sparough stays with us for this segment and he is joined by Tom Cattapan to talk about how retreats are a great way to enhance our spiritual lives.

Desiderio Desideravi and Ars Celebrandi

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
In Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter he addresses the “art of celebrating” – the ars celebrandi, in Latin. He writes that celebrating the Liturgy is an art, and that all of us need to master that art. In other words, we don’t mindlessly “go through the motions” of the Liturgy. Rather, we are called to enter into the liturgy with full conscientiousness and awareness. Hosts Timothy Johnston, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss and explore the “art of celebrating the Liturgy.”

Black Catholics at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Host Fr. Michael Trail speaks with Fr. Chris Krymski, OSM - Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica about the Black Catholic ministry at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica.

2022 Thanksgiving Feast at Catholic Charities

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Our Annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held at Catholic Charities headquarters, 721 North LaSalle Street on Thursday, November 24 at NOON. Our guests struggle every day with food insecurity and other serious burdens in life, and so we are grateful for this opportunity every year to let them know we care about them, and we want them to enjoy this festive meal. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Melissa Lucas, Catholic Charities Interim Director of Volunteer Engagement to discuss all that will be included in this joyful celebration.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, November 21, 2022
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Civility and the Past Election Cycle. Guest: Emily Schumacher-Novak. Segment II: Human Composting. Guest: Matthew Server. Segment III: Restorative Justice. Guest: Emily Cortina

Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo

Friday, November 18, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 23, 25-43 del domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2022. Viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2022

An Interview with Dan Pietroske and Maggie McQuaid

Thursday, November 17, 2022
For this month's show we interviewed Dan and Maggie who are not your typical couple. They married when they were a little older with unique challenges. On account of their deep faith in the Lord and their own willingness to be flexible, they have grown in their marriage union. Their healthy union bears testimony to the fact that our God is a God of second chances.

Reflecting RMC and Spiritual Renewal

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

2022 Employee Service Awards

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Catholic Charities recently held its Annual Employee Service Awards ceremony, to thank our longtime employees who inspire us all with their steadfast dedication to helping fulfill our mission. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes three of this year’s honorees, Silvia Gallardo, Nancy Gavilanes and Ruben Anzures to celebrate their achievements and those of all of our staff members who were acknowledged at this event.

Catholic Schools Today, November 14, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Catholic High School Entrance Exam – Dec. 3, 2022. Segment II: St. Edward School Committed to Students for More Than 110 Years

Trigésimo tercer domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, November 11, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 21, 5-19 del domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2022. Viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2022

Mass of Healing For Those Suffering with Addiction/Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Mass of Healing for Those Suffering with Addiction will take place on Wednesday, November 23 (the day before Thanksgiving). Fr. Ryan Brady, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge and St. Linus Parish in the Chicago Ridge and Oak Lawn communities joins us to talk about addiction and recovery. The Mass of Healing is the result of Fr. Brady seeing both the addicted and their families struggling post-pandemic, and he hopes to bring the actively addicted, the families of the addicted, and those recovering from addiction to the same place to pray for God’s grace and healing touch. Segment II: The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development takes place at masses on the weekend of November 19/20. For the second half of today’s program we speak with Danielle Bodette, Program Coordinator with CCHD in the Archdiocese of Chicago. And Danielle has invited Barbara Manley and Leone Jose Bicchieri to speak about how the groups and organizations they represent benefit from the support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Migrant Faith and Mission

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Megan meets with Fr. Michael McAndrew, a Redemptorist priest and missionary who engages in ministry with Hispanic communities especially those who are migrants. He travels all over the US to offer pastoral and spiritual care to people on the move. Megan asks Fr. Mike to share stories about some of the people he has met, and serious reasons why they fled their home countries. He explains that this reality should open our eyes and call us to respond in love for our neighbors.

33rd Annual Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Catholic Charities Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball is one of the most elegant galas of the holiday season in Chicago. Proceeds from this event provide critical funding for our programs and services into the New Year. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes the 2022 Chair couple for the St. Nicholas Ball, Beth Moritz and Mark Filip to preview this extraordinary 33rd Annual Christmas gathering in support of the mission of Catholic Charities.

The Vocation of Deacon/"Who Will Fill These Shoes"

Monday, November 7, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The vocation of a deacon is to serve the bishops and priests in ministry to the People of God. Permanent deacons, especially married ones, often exercise their ministry within the context of their local parish. Deacons assist priests and bishops in celebrating the Sacraments and in the educational and charitable programs of parishes. The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest Catholic diaconate community in the world with 514 active deacons involved in 210 parishes and agencies. Since 1972, the archdiocese has ordained 1,464 men as permanent deacons. Guests: Deacon James Norman and Deacon Dave Brencic. Segment II: Fr. Vic Ivers, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago who was deeply rooted in the faith, passed away on Jan. 18, 2014, at the age of 95. At St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville, as his final Mass was coming to a conclusion, he stopped, took off his shoes, laid them in front of the altar and said, “so now who will fill these shoes?” Then he processed out, leaving the shoes behind with a question that remains for today. The Who Will Fill These Shoes? event has then been celebrated in our archdiocese ever since. Guest: Vocations Director, Fr. Tim Monahan

Trigésimo segundo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, November 4, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 20, 27-38 del domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2022. Viernes, 4 de noviembre de 2022

Neighborly Love at the Border

Thursday, November 3, 2022
Dare to Love host Sr. Lovina ook some time to talk to Sr. Ruth Agee, OSF & Sr. Debrah Funfsinn, OSF. Both are Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart. They spent their time discussing their ministry at the border.

Educating Youth

Thursday, November 3, 2022
Deacon Adam Danielewicz and his wife, Annette, share their experiences leading religious education at Saint Daniel the Prophet for more than 14 years on the southside of Chicago. They discuss the challenges and the highlights in teaching children of all ages about God and the faith.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
This month’s radio show is dedicated to the great work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection will take place on the weekend of November 19-20. For over 50 years, CCHD has been working in partnership with community organizations to address the root causes of poverty in the United States. Danielle Bodette, Dr. Angela Swain, and Ray Pingoy are in studio speaking with Heather Johnson of St. Agatha Parish – Parent Coordinator of Dream Builders Association and Gary Schiappacasse of Lake County Sponsors/Lake County United.

Coordinated Catholic Response to Assisting Asylum Seekers

Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Like other Catholic dioceses around the United States, the Archdiocese of Chicago is working in tandem with Catholic Charities, parishes, and other human service organizations to provide meaningful assistance to asylum seekers who recently have been arriving by busloads in Chicago. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Larry Dowling, Chairman of this Task Force, Dean of Deanery III and Pastor of St. Agatha Parish, and Marilu Gonzalez, Catholic Charities Regional Director for the City/Southwest Region to discuss how this joint effort is similar to those done throughout the history of the Archdiocese, extending help to those among us who are suffering.

All Saints Day and All Souls Day/Dia de los Muertos

Monday, October 31, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Louis Cameli, the Cardinal’s Delegate for Formation and Mission, is in the studio to talk about All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Segment II: Very Reverend Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, joins the program to talk about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the events taking place this year at the Shrine.

Trigésimo primer domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 28, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 19, 1-10 del domingo, 30 de octubre de 2022. Viernes, 28 de octubre de 2022

Desiderio Desideravi and Symbolic Language

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson continue discussion on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Desiderio Desideravi. In this letter, the Pope emphasizes the importance in liturgy of symbols and symbolic action and symbolic language. Timothy and Todd explore this emphasis and how important it is for the encounter with Jesus that is at the heart of every Mass.

South Shore Parish Trains Youth to Practice Nonviolence

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
A group of parishioners from St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in the city’s South Shore neighborhood is taking action to reduce violence by training youth in middle school and high school to identify violence in their lives and communities and respond with nonviolence. Guests: Elfriede Wedam and Andre Rawls, parishioners at St. Josephine Bakhita Parish in South Shore

Loyola University Social Justice Internship Program

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Loyola University has been a valued partner of Catholic Charities for many years. On this edition of The Voice of Charity, we discuss Loyola’s Social Justice Internship Program that allows students to participate in the work of Catholic Charities while they earn academic credit. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Jorion Tucker, Loyola’s Community Partnership Coordinator, and Esther Marcos, a student who recently completed the internship experience to discuss the many ways this program benefits the young adults and the non-profits at which they serve.

ENCORE at Old St. Pat's Church/The Newest Offerings from Mayslake Ministries

Monday, October 24, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: ENCORE is a program that inspires the mind and spirit. Those who are 50 and over are invited to come together with other adults at Old St. Pat's church to share enthusiasm for life, learning, service and fun! Guests: Mary Kay Slowikowski and Judy McLaughlin. Segment II: Dr. Mary Amore talks about the latest offerings from Mayslake Ministries.

Trigésimo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 21, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 18, 9-14 del domingo, 23 de octubre de 2022. Viernes, 21 de octubre de 2022

Growing with the Years

Thursday, October 20, 2022
In our last show we interviewed Dan and Trish Buelow who have been married for over 35 years. Having met as teenagers, they have consistently built their marriage on strong family ties, respect for each other and their willingness to listen to the other. They have not been huge planners. They trusted more in Divine Providence than in their own plans. In their parenting, they have insisted on following discipline and resisting the voices from the outside.

50 Years of the Diaconate: Looking Back To Move Forward

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Fr. Ed Salmon, Vicar Emeritus of the Diaconate, shares the history of the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Chicago. How it all began and how it has evolved. Fr. Ed offers his advice to the new Vicar for Deacons, the newly ordained and experienced deacons on what is required to move forward as Christ calls us to Renew His Church.

A Conversation about Spiritual Renewal

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Host Beth White leads a discussion about spiritual renewal with her guests, Michael Tom and Fr. Matthew Heinrich.

The Ministry of St. Moses the Black

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Fr. Michael Trail sits down with Fr. Matt O’Donnell to discuss the ministry being done at St. Moses the Black parish.

75th Anniversary, Celebration of Giving in Lake County

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Catholic Charities Celebration of Giving unites individuals, families, neighbors, parishes and work colleagues in providing toys and basic needs to vulnerable children and families in Cook and Lake counties. On the 75th Anniversary of this special holiday endeavor, we are especially aware of those who are suffering due to the effects of inflation and high gas prices this year. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Jim Wogan, Barbara Campbell and Sue Fowler who are Co-Coordinators of this very special Christmas gift program in our Lake County offices this year.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, October 17, 2022
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Invest in Kids Act Fundraising. Guests: Fr. Wayne Watts and Chris Vallace. Segment II: : Illinois's Reproductive Health Act – RHA. Guest: Sarah Michalak.

Vigésimo noveno domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 14, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 18, 1-8 del domingo, 16 de octubre de 2022. Viernes, 14 de octubre de 2022

St. Gregory’s Hall part of Mary, Mother of God Parish’s unique evangelization effort

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga welcomes Conventual Franciscan Friar Robert Cook, pastor of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and Mark Franzen, director of St. Gregory's Hall, to talk about new unique, geographical parish ministries that emerged out of a Renew My Church unification.

75th Anniversary, Celebration of Giving in Cook County

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Since 1947, Catholic Charities has been holding a Christmas gift collection for clients who might otherwise have nothing to open on Christmas Day. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Melissa Lucas, Interim Director of Volunteer Engagement and Enrique Alonso, Volunteer Engagement Manager for Cook County to celebrate the remarkable achievements that have been made in the past 74 years, and invite the public to join in this fabulous program for 2022 that exemplifies the Spirit of Christmas.

Catholic Schools Today, October 10, 2022

Monday, October 10, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. St. Nicholas Cathedral School Continues to Help Ukrainian Families St. Nicholas Cathedral School has helped Ukrainian families feel at home since they opened. Since the war in Ukraine began last year, the school has welcomed refugee students and their families. The school has held vigils, distributed signs in support of Ukraine, held fundraisers and continues to seek where they may assist. Currently, St. Nicholas Cathedral School has 65 refugee students with children enrolling weekly. Guest: Anna Cirilli, Principal of St. Nicholas Cathedral School

Let’s Meet Sister Skolastika!

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Fr. Adam McDonald, SVD introduces Sister Skolastika Wea, SSpS, a Missionary Sister Servant of the Holy Spirit (Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters) to co-host Sr. Lovina and to listeners and viewers. Sr. Skolastika is a new member of the Vocations CAVA family. A native of Indonesia, Sr. Skolastika has been in the U.S. since 2014 and professed her perpetual vows in Chicago in 2018. Visit or check out their Facebook page: Facebook Page

A Family Affair

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Deacon Max Montalvo of Our Lady of Charity Parish in Cicero,IL discusses his involvement in three important ministries: preparing children to receive the sacrament of confirmation, working with parents in the Pan de Vida Program and working as a couple with his wife with other married couples to bring them closer to Christ and His Church.

Respect Life Month and Pro-Life Champions Shout My Story

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
On this October episode of Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray welcome Cindy Morales, Executive Director of Pro-life Champions to present her short stories about families who chose life against all odds. On the second half of the show, the Respect Life Theme of the upcoming year “Called to Serve Moms in Need” is presented along with a discussion around how to be pro-life from conception to natural death. Dawn and Ray share more about the Walking with Moms in Need Initiative: how it helps all moms in need, how to get involved as well as some wonderful things going on in our parishes.

National Black Catholic Congress XIII: A Prophetic Call to Thrive

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Fr. Michael Trail talks with Valerie Jennings about the National Black Catholic Congress.

Domestic Violence Awareness Rally on October 8

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
October is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH and an important rally is happening on Saturday, October 8th at St. Katharine Drexel Parish to create greater awareness of this crime that affects millions of Americans each year. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Chuck Dahm , Director of Domestic Violence Outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Maria Prasek, Intake Specialist for Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program to discuss this large, upcoming event and the many community organizations joining with Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Chicago to reduce the impact of domestic violence in Illinois and aid the recovery of victims.

Healing Conversations: The Dallas Charter: 20 years of progress of protecting children and healing victims and the 11th Annual Mass of Hope and Healing

Monday, October 3, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Our guests today are Mayra Flores and Michael Hoffman. The topic for the first half of today's program is “Healing Conversations. The Dallas Charter: 20 years of progress of protecting children and healing victims”. In Dallas, 2002, at their Annual Meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops drafted this landmark document in response to the crisis of sexual abuse of children in the Church. In the second half of this program we talk about The Annual Mass for Hope and Healing is an opportunity for victims-survivors to find a safe space where they can feel supported and loved. In 1992, the Archdiocese of Chicago put in place policies and procedures to address allegations and issues related to sexual abuse of minors. The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth is committed to continuing the important work to protect children and to accompany victims-survivors of sexual abuse. All are encouraged and welcomed to attend the Mass of Hope and Healing on October 15.

A Conversation with Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Fr. Greg and Mark welcome Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M., to the studio to talk about the Franciscan Festival and Art Show at St. Peter's In The Loop.

Desiderio Desideravi and Creation

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
In our continuing exploration of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Desiderio Desideravi, this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy looks at the connection that the Liturgy has to Creation. Pope Francis writes at length of how God uses the very things of his own creation to meet us, to encounter us and to transform us in the liturgy and the sacraments. Hosts Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss this theme of the Letter which was issued on June 29, 2022.
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