The Light Snow

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 Broken Mary Project

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. An unexpected encounter with a broken statue of the Virgin Mary next to a dumpster sparked a devotion to our Blessed Mother in Kevin Matthews. Kevin has authored a book titled Broken Mary: A Journey of Hope. The Broken Mary statue, and her self-proclaimed "roadie" Kevin, will be appearing at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield in the diocese of Joliet on Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm.

Alleluia – The Season of Easter

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the life-giving season of Easter. Particularly they focus on the baptismal character of Easter and having just renewed our baptism at the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday. Together they explore the theology of the season by breaking open the liturgies, readings and celebrations that make up this 50-day Feast.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Our 3-part series on MOTHERHOOD continues with this special program focused on the encouragement, peace, and love provided to this, and all generations, by the greatest mother of all: The Blessed Virgin Mary. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Reverend Gerard Kelly, C.M., Chaplain of Catholic Charities to discuss how Our Lady’s life on earth, and Her guidance from heaven offer tremendous inspiration to all mothers, fathers, and all who seek Her presence in their lives.

First African-American President for Catholic Lawyers Guild/Mayslake Ministries

Monday, April 26, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Catholic Lawyers Guild will be installing its first African-American president, (Retired) Judge Ed Washington, on May 26. Guests: Hon. Edward Washington II; Daniel R. Murray; Hon. Thomas More Donnelly. Segment II: Dr. Mary Amore gives an update on the offerings at Mayslake Ministries.

Cuarto Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 23, 2021
Cuarto Domingo de Pascua Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 10, 11-18, del domingo, 25 de abril de 2021. Viernes, 23 de abril de 2021

United Catholic Youth Ministries/Earth Day and Environmental Issues

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: United Catholic Youth Ministries is a multi-parish pastoral ministry that supports youth, young adults, families and the Hispanic/Latinx community in Evanston. They have four main ministry focuses: Youth and Children Ministry, Campus Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Hispanic Ministry. Guests: James Holzhauer-Chuckas, Alex Roman, Alize Ramirez. Segment II: Today (April 22) is Earth Day. The Catholic Climate Covenant collaborates with other Catholic organizations to advance the Church's call for us to love and care for God's creation and our vulnerable neighbors. Guest: Jose Aguto

Anti-Racism and the Black Catholic Initiative

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Clarissa Aljentera from the Office for Lifelong Formation joins Beth White, host, for On the Way to discuss anti-racism, her upcoming course at Boston College, and ways the Archdiocese is proactively trying to have very important conversations and ultimately put into practice, issues around race and diversity, specifically through a newly formed Racial Justice Circle and a novena for racial justice being prayed by employees of the pastoral center. Clarissa also suggests a few resources that might help listeners to continue their own journey of learning more. Cliff Barber, Chief Strategy Officer for Renew My Church and Director of the Boston Catholic Initiative joins host, Beth White, to talk about the Black Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Chicago. They discuss the impact of parish closures and unifications in the Black Churches, primarily on the Southside of Chicago. Cliff shares his hope for the future even in the midst of great grief. The Black Catholic Initiative includes all Black Catholics in the Chicagoland area. The goal is to support and bring these Catholics together in creative ways. A new website will be launched in the coming months.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Voice of Charity begins a three-part series celebrating MOTHERHOOD with a special show recognizing Catholic Charities Arts of Living Program. As one of the longest-running programs at the agency, the Arts of Living uses HOME VISITS to help expectant mothers, and mothers of children 0-3 by providing education, guidance and support with basic needs as they work toward greater stability in their lives. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Arts of Living Program Director Constance Upton, and Program Supervisor Danyelle Sloss to discuss the short, and long-term benefits of HOME VISITS during these formative years for all of the participants in this program.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 19, 2021
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Josh Hale, President and CEO of Big Shoulders Fund, talks to Bob about tax credit scholarships in Illinois. Segment II: Dan Misleh, Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant, discusses Earth Day and environmental issues. Segment III: Tom Morrison, Illinois House Representative from District 54, talks about the proposed repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion Act.


Saturday, April 17, 2021
Holy Family Catholic Academy students got to meet a NASA scientist on Catholic Schools Today. The Voice of Charity highlights upcoming vaccination events. And Mission Matters explores mission during a pandemic.

Tercer Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 16, 2021
Tercer Domingo de Pascua Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 24, 35-48, del domingo, 18 de abril de 2021. Viernes, 16 de abril de 2021

Mission During a Pandemic

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Megan interviews Fr. Jason Torba, Pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish and Marta Robak, lay leader and parishioner. St. Ferdinand Parish and other communities in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been supporting the work of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) Brothers for many years. Fr. Torba and Marta share the story of how this relationship began and how it became a regular commitment. Megan then asks how the pandemic challenged their plans. They explain how the MOP Team, parish leaders and the Brothers worked together to come up with creative and new ways to continue. Fr. Torba and Marta also share stories of hope and generosity. They are proud of all that has been accomplished and how everyone came together to give, and grow in their faith during a pandemic.

Evolving ministry toward youth and our response as Church

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
We speak with Chelsea Baldwin and Emily McDonnell from the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation about how youth ministry has evolved since the beginning of Covid 19. We talk about digital responses and gathering opportunities for young people.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021
In recent weeks, Catholic Charities has been working with numerous civic and health partners to host ten vaccination events in Chicago and its suburbs, with additional events planned soon. These events often have been in communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Catholic Charities Southwest Regional Director Marilu Gonzalez to discuss the positive impact that these vaccination events have had, and teamwork that has made them possible.

Catholic Schools Today, April 12, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Holy Family Catholic Academy Students Meet NASA Scientist. Segment II: DePaul College Prep Support the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community.


Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity explores how the proposed legislation to repeal the parental notice of abortion act could enable human traffickers to hide evidence on Fully Alive. And Fr. Greg Sakowicz talks to the radio voices of the Chicago Bulls about the role of faith in their lives and their careers in professional sports.

Segundo Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 9, 2021
Domingo de la Divina Misericordia Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 20, 19-31, del domingo, 11 de abril de 2021. Viernes, 9 de abril de 2021

Sports and Faith

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Host: Fr. Greg Sakwoicz. Chuck Swirsky and Bill Wennington, the radio voices of the Chicago Bulls, talk about the role of faith in their lives and careers in professional sports.

Proposed legislation to Repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act will Enable Human Traffickers to Hide Evidence

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Today on Fully Alive Dawn and Ray begin the show by interviewing Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of Catholic Conference of Illinois to discuss the progress of the dangerous repeal proposal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and its connections to human trafficking. In the second half of the show, they welcome Kimberly Duda who is developing a webinar on human trafficking as a practicum for her Master's Program. More information about the HB 1797 and SB 2190 at

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Pandemic No One Is Talking About

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Catholic Charities is working with Governors State University to broadcast an important virtual conversation on April 9 regarding the prevalence of human trafficking in the Chicago area. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Nancy Mott, a Catholic Charities volunteer, dedicated parishioner, and Certified Illinois Domestic Violence Professional to discuss how religious and secular groups across Chicagoland are helping victims and joining together to stop the spread of these crimes of exploitation.

Chicago’s Got (Religious) Brothers!

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Today’s guests are Alexian Brothers from the Immaculate Conception Province: Brother Tom Klein, C.F.A, Director of Ministry Development, and second-year novice, Brother Carl Sisolak who will be professing his first vows later this year. Br. Carl shares his vocation story while Br. Tom talks about the Brothers and their ministry since their foundation in Germany in year 1245. Today, the Brothers continue their Gospel response to the poor, the sick, the dying and all others who are marginalized and isolated from the society. The brothers ask for prayers for Br. Carl on his vocation journey and for the congregation’s ministries and continued growth in membership. Visit to find out more.

Discovering the Beauty of Lay Ecclesial Movements

Thursday, April 1, 2021
In today’s show, co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interview Archdiocese of Chicago Deacon Dan Coughlin. Deacon Dan was recently appointed to serve at the Cardinal’s liaison to the Archdiocese’s lay ecclesial communities. The conversation explores what these movements are, why they are a blessing to the Church and how one might find out more about these groups. Some are well-known in Chicago—the Cursillo, the Charismatic Renewal Movement, Regnum Christi, Focolare, Escuela de la Cruz and many others. The movements, associations of lay people who seek to enter more deeply into their faith and be committed to life in the Church, are concrete instances of the Holy Spirit alive and converting us ever deeper. Information about these communities are on the Archdiocese’s website at


Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Catholic Charities Junior Board is comprised of caring young professionals who give of their time, talent and treasure to further the mission of the agency. The Junior Board has stayed very active during the pandemic, working in warehouse food distribution, tutoring, and organizing groundbreaking virtual gatherings, such as the Racial Equity Book Club. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Noreen Russo and Gracie Covarrubias to discuss recent Junior Board initiatives and plans for the rest of this year.

"Music Has Legs": The Journey of Juan Manuel Pineda

Monday, March 29, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. "Music Has Legs" is an inspiring book that takes readers on the journey of Juan Manuel Pineda, from the streets of El Salvador to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) orphanage to the front page of the Chicago Tribune. The book delivers an uplifing story at a time when Good Stories are difficult to find.It highlights what people from Shriners Hospital for Children, UIC Hospital, NPH USA and a host of Chicago families can accomplish when they work together. Guests: Bishop Ron Hicks; Marlene Byrne


Saturday, March 27, 2021
The BASE Chicago re-imagines pathways to success for urban youth by combining sports and academic opportunities on Catholic Chicago Focus on the Liturgy explores the Holiest Week of the Year. And Catholic Chicago reflects on Pope Francis’ recent trip to Iraq.

Domingo de Ramos “De la pasión del Señor”

Friday, March 26, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 14, 1-15, 47, del domingo, 28 de marzo de 2021. Viernes, 26 de marzo de 2021

Reflections on Pope Francis' Recent Visit to Iraq

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Catholic/Assyrian Dialogue. Guests: Very Rev. Thomas Baima; Rev. Chorbishop George Toma. Segment II: Catholic/Muslim Relations. Guests: Dr. Dan Olsen; Dr. Marcia Hermansen; Dr. Scott Alexander.

The Holiest of Weeks

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the liturgies and rites of Holy Week. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday they explore the theology and spirituality of the these holiest of days for us as Christians. They give special attention to the liturgies of the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday.

Encompassing Center Offers Mental Health Services And More

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Across the nation, mental health experts have seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking relief from COVID-related concerns such as anxiety, depression, and grief. The Encompassing Center is Chicago is making a positive impact in many people’s lives, offering mental health, substance use programs, and assistance with basic needs to residents of Chicago’s Near West Wise. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Jennifer Smith, Program Director to discuss how The Encompassing Center is all about wellness, and treating guests with respect and dignity.

The BASE Chicago/Aging, Cargiving and the Third Act

Monday, March 22, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The BASE Chicago re-imagines pathways to success for urban youth by combining sports and academic opportunities with a distinctive methodology rooted in excellence belief and love. Guests: Eric Davis, Frank Brim, Rich Schulz. Segment II: Aging, Caregiving and the Third Act. Guest: Joyce Gallagher


Saturday, March 20, 2021
New York Times best-selling author Mark Shriver talks about his new book, 10 Hidden Heroes on Catholic Chicago The Catholic Conference Hour explores the link between parental notice of abortion and raising a red flag about trafficking victims. And we hear about the Medical Missionary of Mary sisters on Mission Matters.

Quinto Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 19, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 12, 20-33, del domingo, 21 de marzo de 2021. Viernes, 19 de marzo de 2021

Holistic Healing and Mission

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Megan talks with Sr. Joanne Bierl, a Medical Missionary of Mary sister and Area Leader for the Americas. In this hour-long interview, Sr Bierl introduces her international congregation of women religious that seeks to share Christ’s healing love by bringing health services to people of different cultures around the world. Megan asks how the Medical Missionaries understand holistic healing, what that looks like in different settings and how that wisdom can help us get through this pandemic.

Renew My Church – A Year in Review

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
On the Way focuses on the Archdiocesan renewal movement, Renew My Church (RMC). Beth White and Jenn Delvaux, co-hosts, are joined by Rick Moreno and Valerie Jennings, two Parish Vitality Coordinators. Valerie, who serves vicariate six, shares the steps or phases parishes enter for the purpose of bringing about renewal. She also shares how parish communities work towards unification – new name, ministry unification process, prayer, etc. Rick, who serves in vicariate four, shares the vision of building the new reality, the final phase of RMC. And each share their hopes for the future. Jenn Delvaux, who serves as the Senior Coordinator in the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship (OEMD), and Beth, the director of OEMD, continue the conversation about renewal through the lens of evangelization. Jenn speaks of the intentional process of walking with pastors and leaders of evangelization in parishes. The main goal is to form missionary disciples and establish a culture of evangelization in parishes. Jenn and Beth discuss and define the various components of that culture – hospitality, listening, inviting, relationships, empowerment, prayer, witness, and mission.

SCaN Program Helping At-Risk Youth Avoid Community Violence

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Catholic Charities was recently awarded a grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services to be one of eight service providers implementing the new Service Coordination and Navigation (SCaN) program to reduce violence in Chicago. Catholic Charities work will be in the Austin community where our Tolton Peace Center opened in 2018. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Associate Vice-President Laura Kuever to discuss how SCaN recognizes the importance of a caring adult in a youth’s life, and is structured accordingly, to help lead youth toward safer, successful lives.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 15, 2021
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Bill Woolf, a human trafficking expert who has done trainings for the USCCB, talks about the link between parental notice of abortion and raising a red flag about trafficking victims. Segment II: Rabbi Shlomo soroka of Aguduth-Israel, discusses the importance of the Tax Credit Scho0larship program to Jewish schools as the scholarship program for nonpublic schools faces a cut proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Segment III; Tony Cube of the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants initiative talks about the actions President Joe Biden has taken in favor of immigrants since assuming office in Late January, including the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. Segment IV: Sen. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, talks about sponsoring Senate Bill 133, the Ultrasound Opportunity Act.


Saturday, March 13, 2021
Students and teachers from St. Ferdinand talk about their participation in Operation Rice Bowl activities on Catholic Schools Today. New leadership and expanded programming in Lake County is highlighted on the Voice of Charity. And teen dating violence is discussed on Lifelong Journey.

Cuarto Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 12, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 3, 14-21, del domingo, 14 de marzo de 2021. Viernes, 12 de marzo de 2021

Author Mark Shriver/Incoming President at St. Patrick High School Dan Santucci

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: From New York Times best-selling author Mark K. Shriver comes 10 Hidden Heroes, an exciting seek-and-find book with a message. Featuring everyday heroes at home and in our neighborhoods, this vibrantly illustrated book helps children develop counting skills and learn how they too can be heroes in day-to-day life. Segment II: The Board of Trustees at Saint Patrick High School, Chicago’s oldest all-boys Catholic high school, announced today the appointment of Daniel A. Santucci ’02 as the school’s next president. Santucci, a former National Football League (NFL) player and experienced development director at the University of Notre Dame, becomes the third president in Saint Patrick’s 160-year history after the president/principal model was adopted in 1987.

Understanding teen dating violence today

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
We speak with Fr. Charles Dahm who is sharing information about teen dating violence. The Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach is facilitating a teen dating violence program in various parishes in the Archdiocese.

New Leadership & Expanded Programming In Lake County

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
In recent weeks, Catholic Charities of Lake County has welcomed two new leaders to its executive team, and the new Schreiber Center for Human Services has increased its programming. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Thomas Powers, new Chairman of the Lake County Board of Advisors, and Kristen Flanagan, Lake County Regional Project Manager to discuss how Catholic Charities in Lake County continues to innovate and work with community partners to address urgent needs of vulnerable residents.

Catholic Schools Today, March 8, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi. Segment I: St. Ferdinand Participates in Operation Rice Bowl Project. Guests: Erin Boyle Folino; Freida "Ms. Koko" Kokosioulis; Karina (Third-grade student); Jayden (Eighth-grade student). Segment II: Fourth-grade Students Create a Black History Wax Museum. Guests: Susie Hawkes; Kennedy (Fourth-grade student); Chloe (Fourth-grade student).


Saturday, March 6, 2021
Juniors at Resurrection College Prep High School to mix virtually with their counterparts in San Marino on Catholic Chicago. A a proposed repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion for Minors law in Illinois is discussed on Fully Alive. And Chicago area sisters talk about a call to transformative love in religious life on Dare to Love.

Tercer Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 5, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 2, 13-25, del domingo, 7 de marzo de 2021. Viernes, 5 de marzo de 2021

A Call to Transformative Love in Religious Life, Part 2

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Sr. Anita Baird, DHM (Religious Congregation of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary ) and Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ (Religious Society of the Sacred Heart) return as guests to promote their upcoming event, “A Call to Transformative Love in Religious Life: Stories of Race, Place and Grace – Series 2”. This is a 3-part series, jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life and The National Black Sisters’ Conference on three Mondays this month: March 8, 15 and 22. Sr. Maria also talks about her experience as presenter to an international audience with the Union of International Superiors General (UISG) about her book, “Religious Life for Our World: Creating Communities of Hope” (available from Orbis Books and Amazon). Sr. Lovina invited everyone to celebrate Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 to 14), women discerners to participate in Chicago’s Got Sisters on March 20, and everyone to join CAVA for the 12-Hour Prayer Marathon on March 24. Visit for details.

Daring to Become Fully Alive in Christ!

Thursday, March 4, 2021
In today’s show, co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interview Archdiocese of Chicago Deacon Keith Strohm. An important part of Deacon Strohm’s ministry is work in parishes across the United States to encourage people’s conversion into becoming missionary disciples. That is, through parish missions, retreats, workshops, parish staff development sessions, Deacon Strohm encourages and instructs fellow Christians to see how beautiful and rich life in Christ is—more beautiful and richer than we often imagine. At the deacon’s website that hosts his M3 Catholic Ministries, you can find wonderful resources to acquaint yourself with not only the work of M3 Catholic Ministries but also to lift yourself up, with the grace of God, into becoming missionary disciples, alive in the Spirit and passionate to share the Good News. The website is at

Prayer, Fasting and Witness Works!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Co-hosts Dawn Fitzpatrick and Ray Pingoy spend the first half of the program talking with Joe Lazar about an abortion clinic in Chicago that recently closed. In the second half of the program, Dawn and Ray talk with Bob Gilligan about a proposed repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion for Minors law.

Volunteer Programs Provide Service & Leadership Opportunities

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Amate House and the Jesuit Volunteer MAGIS program at Loyola University offer caring young adults the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience while they live in Chicago with other program participants. Catholic Charities is one of the not-for-profit agencies where these young adults volunteer, to learn more about social work and fulfill their program requirements. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Lauren Jhin and Katie Athis to discuss the many ways their program experiences have expanded their knowledge, of themselves, and of the world.

Resurrection High School Connects with San Marino/Nonviolence Works

Monday, March 1, 2021
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest all girls Catholic school on the North side. Juniors there have a unique upcoming opportunity to mix virtually with their counterparts at the Scuola Secondaria di San Marino. San Marino is a small independent state surrounded by Northern Italy. Guests: Robert Allegrini; Lyn Scolaro; Antonia Barone. Segment II: Nonviolence Works is conducting training of trainers. Guests: Phil Bradley; Larry Campbell


Saturday, February 27, 2021
The Voice of Charity welcomes the new Chief Program Officer at Catholic Charities. The Great Season of Lent is explored on Focus on the Liturgy. And Catholic Chicago looks at Mayslake Ministries and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.