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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.

The Lonliness Epidemic

Thursday, March 21, 2024
Deacons James Norman, Dave Brencic are joined by Deacon Tom Lambert to discuss mental illness and loneliness.

Tranquility, Transformation and Transcendence: The Enchanting Promises of Public Gardens

Monday, March 11, 2024
Tranquility, transformation, and transcendence is what Mary K. Doyle insists you will find when strolling through the 72 poems and photos inspired by the natural treasures found in three Chicago suburban public gardens--Cantigny Park in Wheaton, The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, and Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Joining us for this segment is Mary K. Doyle

Talking Vocations with Fr. Tim Monahan

Thursday, March 7, 2024
What is a vocation? A vocation is, essentially, an occupation. In a religious context, a vocation implies someone has had a divine call to live a religious life. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we all have one calling in our lives: holiness. This means following Jesus to the best of our abilities. However, holiness will look different depending on one’s specific vocation. It’s important to listen and recognize the signs that determine how one answers and finds a place in life. Joining us for this segment is Vocations Director, Fr. Timothy Monahan

Rice Bowl – a Giving Opportunity to Serve the Needy

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
CRS Rice Bowl Join Raymund Pingoy and Danielle Bodette as they talk about the wonderful gift of what CRS - Rice Bowl brings as a global and local community movement. During our journey through Lent, we have a great opportunity through the Catholic Relief Services - Rice Bowl, to live out our faith in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. Learn more through: or through our Archdiocese of Chicago's OHDS CRS Rice Bowl website:

Respect Life: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Respect Life: Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, Bob Gilligan, joins Raymund Pingoy and Victor Vallejo in a conversation about a recent Illinois Senate Bill that introduces Physician Assisted Suicide. If this SB 3499 (Physician Assisted Suicide) is to pass, it will certainly add to a culture of death here in our state. Learn about this bill and how we can start standing up against it.

Fired Up Fridays!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews Jesus "Chuy" DeLeon about Fired Up Friday's at the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center in North Lawndale.

The Universal Impact of Lourdes

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Lourdes, France is one of the holiest sites in the world, welcoming people of all faith traditions who want to see where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette 18 times in 1858. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Wayne Watts, Noreen Russo, Pam Davis, and Jacque Anderson to discuss their experiences together in Lourdes last summer, and the plans for the 2024 trip, as Fr. Wayne continues a 30-year tradition of leading Chicago pilgrims to serve in, and experience Lourdes.

The Ministries of St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville

Monday, March 4, 2024
Part 1: St. Joseph Parish in north suburban Libertyville is a vibrant faith community whose stated vision is: “Through Our Baptism and Eucharist, we are called to love as Christ loves and serve as Christ serves.” On our program today, we have 2 groups of parishioners to tell us about 2 of the many wonderful ministries offered by St. Joseph parish. Up first we have Renee Zorc, Liz Kennedy, and Abby Daniels to tell us about SOUP FOR THE SOUL. Part 2: The Bed Ministry of St. Joseph parish in north suburban Libertyville is dedicated to building, assembling and delivering beds to children in need in the community. Joining us for this segment to talk about the Bed Ministry is Dan Palmieri, Dan Harris, and Anna Roeser.

III Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 1, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 4, 5-42, del domingo, 3 de marzo de 2024. Viernes, 1 de marzo de 2024

Relic of Saint Jean de Brebeuf at Holy Family Church

Thursday, February 29, 2024
Chicago Catholics will have an opportunity to learn about and be in the presence of an object of reverence that, in one writer’s words, “has been a focal point of veneration…attracting pilgrims and believers seeking spiritual solace.” The skull relic of Saint Jean de Brebeuf, which you’d normally find in an Ontario shrine, will be at the Church of the Holy Family located at 1080 West Roosevelt Road on March 1, 2024. Fr. Eric Immel, S.J., is traveling with the relic across North America. His mission ios to educate the faithful about the sain[‘ts mortal remains and their connection to the Jesuit priest who was canonized in 1930. Joining us on the program this morning via Zoom from Nebraska is Fr. Eric Immel.

The Lenten Journey

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson explore the journey that is Lent. Moving through the season, they unpack the theology of the season, it’s rites and rituals. They discuss Lent’s focus on renewal of Baptism at Easter and how we prepare for that through our Lenten observances.

2024 Art of Caring

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
One of Catholic Charities’ Signature Events is coming up on Saturday, April 20: The Art of Caring. It is hosted by Catholic Charities Women’s Board, Lake County Services, a group of dynamic ladies who have been committed to the work of Catholic Charities for more than three decades. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Carolyn Milligan, Patty Charhut, Gina Zisook, and Sondra Adam to preview this special event and discuss the Welcome Home Project, a Women’s Board program that directly helps vulnerable people as they strive for greater self-sufficiency.

The Liturgies of Lent

Monday, February 26, 2024
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website says Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ. Joining us for today’s program to talk about the liturgies of Lent is Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship.

II Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, February 23, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 9, 2-10, del domingo, 25 de febrero de 2024. Viernes, 23 de febrero de 2024

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) and World Mission

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Host Beth White first spends time talking to the Director of Divine Worship, Todd Williamson, about the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) and then Beth has a conversation with the Director of the Global Mission Office, Megan Mio, about World Mission.

Buckets of Hope

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Chicago Catholic editor, Joyce Duriga, spends time talking with Deacon John Vidmar about the Buckets of Hope Ministry.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Award-winning author and Chicago native Meg Kissinger is going to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2024 LOSS Blossoms of Hope Brunch on April 28. On this special edition of The Voice of Charity, Meg joins Katie Bredemann to discuss that upcoming event, plus her recent book, “While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence,” and her ground-breaking work travelling the United States reporting on America’s mental health system for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Our Baptismal Call

Monday, February 19, 2024
Deacon Richard Hudzik, Director of Ongoing Formation for the Permanent Diaconate discusses the baptismal call and how to effectively live daily as Priest, Prophet and King.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 19, 2024
Host Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, speaks with Bobby Sylvester with Empower Illinois about the status of Tax Credit Scholarships in Illinois, and with Jeanette Malafa about the issue of assisted suicide.

I Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, February 16, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 1, 12-15, del domingo, 18 de febrero de 2024. Viernes, 16 de febrero de 2024

Vocation of a Missionary Sister

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
This month Megan talks with Srs. Teresa Quintero, Adriana Galay and Revelina Santiago, who are members of the missionary Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd. They seek to communicate Jesus Christ as the Way, Truth and Life to the world. They share in the pastoral mission of Christ, building up Christian communities in communion with the Pastors of the Church, and in collaboration with those who are dedicated to pastoral care. Srs. Teresa and Revelina are Pastoral Associates at Mary, Mother of Martyrs Parish in Des Plaines and Sr. Adriana is Pastoral Associate at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe also in Des Plaines.

Diaper Depot Acts of Kindness

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Catholic Charities’ Diaper Depot continues to expand in Cook and Lake counties, through a variety of initiatives that affirm young families in need. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Lisa Roti, Tom Powers, Don Rosanova, and Sarah Holmes to discuss recent events they have been a part of, in support of the Diaper Depot, and describe the network of community partners working with Catholic Charities to increase awareness of this problem among vulnerable families, in Illinois and across the nation.

From the Perspective of Black and Catholic

Monday, February 12, 2024
We are now into the Month of February, which of course is Black History Month. Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more. According to History dot com, the Black History Month 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” explores the key influence that African Americans have had in the fields of "visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression." In honor of this theme, our guest today is author, artist, and old friend, Andrew Lyke.

VI Domingo Ordinario

Friday, February 9, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 1, 40-45, del domingo, 11 de febrero de 2024. Viernes, 9 de febrero de 2024

Preparing for Lent with Faith and Fitness

Thursday, February 8, 2024
Fr. Louis J. Cameli and Michele Sotak join co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi to talk about how to best prepare for Lent, and the connection between faith and fitness.

Catholic Youth Climate Summit

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Co-hosts Ray Pingoy and Cindy Cramer speak with teens who will be participating as leaders at this year's Catholic Youth Climate Summit.

The Evolution of Behavioral Health Services

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services have expanded over the years to offer individuals, couples, and families counseling programs that address a wide variety of mental health concerns. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted 2,400 adults and children as they journeyed toward healing and wellness. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes two longtime Catholic Charities leaders, Pam Davis and Hector Rivera, both Directors in Behavioral Health Services to discuss how Catholic Charities counseling programs continue to meet clients where they are and accompany them toward a brighter future.

The Shrine of St. Frances Cabrini

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is a shrine in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, honoring the Roman Catholic saint who ministered there, Frances Xavier Cabrini. It was originally part of the now-demolished Columbus Hospital, which she founded in 1905, and where she died in 1917. In this episode of Chicago Catholic: Beyond the Headlines, Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga talks with Fr. Ramil Fajardo about the shrine.

V Domingo Ordinario

Friday, February 2, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 1, 29-39, del domingo, 4 de febrero de 2024. Viernes, 2 de febrero de 2024

Celebrating World Day for Consecrated Life

Thursday, February 1, 2024
Sister Connie Bach, PHJC (Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ) returns to Dare to Love to share more of her vocation story, takeaways from the Leadership Collaborative gathering of women religious under 65 in Chicago that she attended with Sister Lovina, and the importance of making the voiceless count. Father Adam provides a history of World Day of Consecrated Life (WDCL) and his experience of the Synodal process.

The RCIA and the Rites of Election

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
In this broadcast, hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the Lenten period of Purification and Enlightenment for those who are part of the RICA Process – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. They talk about the periods of conversion, the Rites that are celebrated, and in particular they discuss the Rites of Election: the diocesan celebrations for those who will be baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist at this year’s Easter Vigil.

New Hope Apartments

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Last year, Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments program assisted 900 individuals with case management and rapid rehousing, plus additional support such as employment services, childcare, counseling, substance abuse treatment, and more as they work towards greater self-sufficiency. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Camille Richardson, Director, New Hope Apartments, Chicago and Deloise Crosby, Director, New Hope Apartments, South Suburban Cook to discuss how this program accompanies Chicagoans through difficult times and onto a brighter future.

IV Domingo Ordinario

Friday, January 26, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 1, 21-28, del domingo, 28 de enero de 2024. Viernes, 26 de enero de 2024

Ecumenism and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Thursday, January 25, 2024
Co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi have a discussion about ecumenism and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Susan Pudelek, Dan Olsen, Dr. Jon Nilson, and Dr. Robert Cathey.

2023 Year in Review

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
As Catholic Charities continues to fulfill its mission in 2024, we pause on this edition of The Voice of Charity to look back on key events, and program developments that shaped our work over the past twelve months. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Melissa Lucas, Director of Program Initiatives to discuss how Catholic Charities responded to significant challenges in 2023, always putting the needs of clients at the forefront of all we do in Cook and Lake counties.

Chicago Southland Men's Conference

Monday, January 22, 2024
Co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi spend time talking with Frank Casella with the Chicago Southland Men's Conference.

III Domingo Ordinario

Friday, January 19, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 1, 14-20, del domingo, 21 de enero de 2024. Viernes, 19 de enero de 2024

Highlights and Hopes: 2023 In Review

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Deacons James Norman, Dave Brencic and Richard Hudzik take a look back at the year 2023 and talk about what highlights stood out for them, and discuss their hopes for 2024.

LOSS Program Update

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Catholic Charities LOSS program offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can find community, direction, and resources for healing, wherever they are in the grieving process. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Charles T. Rubey, Catholic Charities Associate Administrator and Founder of LOSS, Deborah Major, LOSS Program Director and Emily Tegenkamp, LOSS Program Coordinator to discuss recent program developments and resources for anyone who may be struggling this winter.

Non-violence Works

Thursday, January 11, 2024
Co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi talk with Larry Campbell, Philip Bradley and Elfriede Wedam about the newest developments at Non-violence Works

On Mission In Brazzaville

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
This month Megan talks with Fr. Maciej Fleszar, a Polish diocesan priest who now ministers in the Archdiocese of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. He shares how he discovered his vocation to missionary life in Africa. Megan asks about life in Congo as well as his ministry with the community at St. John Paul II Parish. Fr. Maciej describes the challenges and ongoing projects at his parish. And Megan inquires about the Advent reflections Fr. Maciej is offering to Chicago area parishes during his visit.

Gibson’s 16th Annual Catholic Charities Lunch

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
For the 16th consecutive year, the Gibson’s Restaurant Group is generously providing a gourmet luncheon to hundreds of Catholic Charities clients this winter, in support of them and our organization. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Kevin Arnold, Director of Training and Development for the Gibson’s Restaurant Group to preview the 2024 event and discuss how this wonderful New Year’s tradition has evolved through the years.

Solemnidad de la Epifanía del Señor

Friday, January 5, 2024
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 2, 1-12, del domingo, 7 de enero de 2024. Viernes, 5 de enero de 2024

Greeting the New Year with a New Hope

Thursday, January 4, 2024
Co-hosts Sr. Lovina and Fr. Adam greet the new year with guest, Sr. Connie Bach, PHJC, sharing their New Year’s resolutions, hopes and wishes as the new year unfolds. Sr. Connie talks about her ministries, vocation story. Interested in the PHJC ministries? Visit Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ or PHJC Volunteer program

Protect and Respect the Gift of Life

Wednesday, January 3, 2024
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year greetings to all! Thanks for joining us on this special episode of “Fully Alive,” a podcast/radio program from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity. Your host, Raymund Pingoy, is joined in by Fr. James Heyd of St. Stephen, King of Hungry Parish in Chicago. He is the Pro-Life Missions Delegate of the Archdiocese of Chicago. They are also joined in by Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, giving us updates on the happenings in Springfield, IL that we all need to be aware of. In this new year, let us continue to build up a culture that respects and protects life from the moment of conception, until God calls us to Himself. Life is truly a precious gift.

D’Vine Affair 2024

Monday, January 1, 2024
As 2024 begins, Catholic Charities looks forward to the 23rd Annual D’Vine Affair on Sunday, February 4 at the Union League Club. This delightful afternoon gala offers guests the opportunity to sample wine and craft beers from around the world, while supporting Catholic Charities. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Joseph Glunz, Jr. and Rose Marie Lesniak Mendez to preview this year’s D’Vine Affair and discuss how the proceeds of this special event will provide critical assistance to Catholic Charities programs and services this winter.

Fiesta de la Sagrada Familia

Friday, December 29, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 2, 22-40, del domingo, 31 de diciembre de 2023. Viernes, 29 de diciembre de 2023

Are You Smarter Than Your 8th Grade Nun? -- Sports Edition

Thursday, December 28, 2023
Co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi square off in a battle of sports knowledge in the game Are You Smarter Than Your 8th Grade Nun? -- Sports Edition that was developed by Vicki Quade, the creator of Nuns4Fun Entertainment and Late Nite Catechism.

The Octave of Christmas

Wednesday, December 27, 2023
This broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy aired during the Octave of Christmas – the Wednesday after Christmas. Co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson spend the hour discussing the Christmas Season beginning with the Octave, through the Epiphany to the Baptism of the Lord. They explore the theology, the liturgies and the music that mark the celebration of the Nativity.

Housing and Homelessness Prevention Update

Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Last year, Catholic Charities helped 4,500 individuals who were experiencing housing insecurity. Through our 22 Affordable Housing residences for seniors, and an extensive network of referrals, our caring, resourceful staff accompanied each person to find and maintain a stable living situation. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Associate Vice Presidents Angela Bailey and Millicent Ntiamoah to discuss how these programs have evolved in recent months, and how our work is having an impact on nationwide studies regarding poverty and homelessness.
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