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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.


Tuesday, March 1, 2022
One of the most effective Catholic Charities sites for assisting clients with mental health concerns is The Encompassing Center, offering accessible, quality services to low-income and underinsured West Side residents. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes JENNIFER SMITH, LCPC, Program Director to discuss the many ways that The Encompassing Center has become a welcoming place of friendship and professional assistance since it opened in 2019.

An Update on the Covid-19 Pandemic and Labor Shortages

Monday, February 28, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon talks to our hosts about the current state of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the ongoing labor shortage.

Chicago Bears and Leo High School Partnership/Online Exhibit of Black Catholic Parishes

Thursday, February 24, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Chicago Bears have granted $200,000 to Leo High School for a new athletic field. Guests: Marge Hamm; Lauren Lewis; Dan McGrath. Segment II: The Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Archives and Records Center has created an online exhibit that highlights Black Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago for Black History Month. Guest: Charles Heinrich

The Joyful Season of Lent

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danelle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson talk about the great season of Lent. They break open the theology and spirituality of the season, discuss the liturgies we celebrate during it, and explore the whole role and purpose of Lent.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Catholic Charities headquarters, at 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago is fortunate to have a dedicated team of employees from Monterrey Security greeting and assisting all who come through our doors, 24 hours a day. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes CHARLES WATSON, Supervisor of these professional security guards to discuss all the ways that they connect clients to various programs and services, and see the impact that Catholic Charities has in their lives.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 21, 2022
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: The Legalization of Marijuana and it's Impact on Chicago. Guest: Jame O'Grady. Segment II: Pro-Life Legislative Updates. Guest: Molly Malone Rumley. Segment III: Illinois Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Guest: Amy Zimmerman

Séptimo Domingo Ordinario

Friday, February 18, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 6, 27-38 del domingo, 20 de febrero de 2022. Viernes, 18 de febrero de 2022

Spiritan U.S. Province Celebrates 150 Years

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Megan talks with Fr. Chris Promis, retired Spiritan missionary priest, and Anne Marie Hansen, a Spiritan Lay Associate. They describe the mission and ministries of the Spiritan congregation of priests, brothers and lay associates. They also reflect on some local Chicago connections. And Megan asks about the 150th Anniversary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit's U.S. Province taking place in 2022-2023.

Renew My Church -- Building the New Reality

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
On the Way welcomes Fr. Jason Malave, Cardinal’s Liaison for Renew My Church, for a conversation with Co-Host Beth White about where we as an Archdiocese in the process. He shares his perspective on the hope that Building the New Reality brings to us. Fr. Jason also shares his own personal story about how this process has impacted him as a priest and as a disciple. In the second half of the show, Co-Host Jenn Delvaux interviews author Paul Jarzembowski about his new book, Hope from the Ashes: Insights and Resources for Welcoming Lenten Visitors. Ash Wednesday and Lent bring many people to our parishes and faith based events, some we don’t see at other times of the year. They discuss how these are opportunities to evangelize, accompany, and help people develop a sense of belonging. Paul and Jenn explore why this season brings people back to church, why we should creatively reach out, and some practical steps each of us can take.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department (CCLA) is a vital part of the wrap-around services that we offer to our clients. In many cases, legal barriers are one of the main concerns that prevent people from reaching their goal of self-sufficiency. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes HILDA BAHENA, Director of CCLA, and EDWARD SOMMER, a CCLA Volunteer Attorney to discuss the many ways that Catholic Charities helps clients navigate the complex legal system to advocate for themselves and their families in legal issues.

Relics of Mexican martyrs find permanent home in Cicero

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Our Lady of the Mount Church in Cicero is now home to relics of three Mexican martyrs killed during the Cristero War in the late 1920s, Sts. Turibio Romo, José Luis Sánchez del Río and José María Robles. The relics will be permanently installed in a new altar at the completion of ongoing renovations.

Catholic Schools Today, February 14, 2022

Monday, February 14, 2022
Hosts: Melissa Link and Roni Facen. Segment I: Fenwick High School Loves Coach Dave Power. Guests: Dave Power, Scott Thies. Segment II: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy's Students Love for Science. Guests: Shane Staszcuk, Courtney Pileggi

Sexto Domingo Ordinario

Friday, February 11, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 6, 17. 20-26 del domingo, 13 de febrero de 2022. Viernes, 11 de febrero de 2022

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish and the Lunar New Year/Most Blessed Trinity Parish Food Pantry

Thursday, February 10, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish recently celebrated the Lunar New Year. Guests: Sharon Wong; Lily May; Thomas Howard. Segment II: The Most Blessed Trinity Parish Food Pantry in Waukegan was recently able to purchase a new van! Guests: Fr. Timothy O'Malley; Marvin Sabido


Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD has made a tremendous impact as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA since she was named to this position in 2015. Regina Dominican High School, a college preparatory school for young women in Wilmette is honoring Sister Donna at the school’s Black & White Gala on March 5th. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Elizabeth Schuster, President of Regina Dominican and Joan Kitchie, Regina’s Vice-President of Institutional Advancement to discuss this special event that will underscore our valued partnerships with Catholic Charities USA and Regina Dominican High School.

Celebrating Communities - Caring Across the Council/University of St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein Seminary Centennial Events

Monday, February 7, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Last week, St. Ferdinands brought back the successful sale of "Cuddle Buddies Slap Bracelets" to raise funds to buy clothinbg and other items for two families at nearby school/parish St. Bartholomew who were recently displaced from a fire. Guests: Erin Boyle Folino, Corrie Rettelle, St. Ferdinand Catholic School Student Council Officers Cecylia, Deren and Zophia. Segment II: The months-long Centennial Celebration of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary continues into 2022. Guests: Fr. John Kartje; Peggy Pandaleon

Quinto Domingo Ordinario

Friday, February 4, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 5, 1 – 11 del domingo, 6 de febrero de 2022. Viernes, 4 de febrero de 2022

Let’s Celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Today, our guest, Sister Debbie Borneman, SS.C.M., Director of Mission Integration for the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC), talks about World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL). WDCL is celebrated on February 2nd on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (February 5 & 6 in parishes). What gives us hope during this challenging times? What are ways we can celebrate this life of commitment in response to God’s unending call to love? Visit for resources and for information about consecrated life and vocation discernment ministry.

The Church and Mass Media: Opportunities and Cautions

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Join Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic in their conversation with Vince Gerasole, the Director of Multimedia Content for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this role, Vince brings to bear his many years of experience in broadcast journalism, as reporter, anchor and commentator and does this so that he might participate in bringing the Good News of the Church to as wide an audience as possible. Listen in (or watch on YouTube) as Vince describes the successes that the Archdiocese’s media efforts have achieved. Particularly in this pandemic era, sharing the news so as to reach those who cannot gather in person has been immensely valuable. Also, hear from Vince how social media shares in the evangelizing effort of the Church in Chicago. By having a broad presence in both established and new forms of communication, the Church is able to speak across the generations and situations. All need to hear the saving message of Jesus. What helps is to winsomely communicate that.

Quinceanera Retreat, Meet our Intern, and CCHD Art Contest

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Today on Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray welcome Blanca Rodriguez and Adriana Medina to discuss the upcoming Quinceanera Retreat, which will be held at Our Lady of the Americas Parish February 26 and 27. During the second half of the show, an OHDS office intern, Eliza Nguyen is featured to share about herself and to promote the upcoming CCHD Art Contest.


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
A fabulous black tie, in-person event is back this winter, as Catholic Charities participates in FIRST LOOK for CHARITY, the elegant kick-off experience for the Chicago Auto Show on Friday, February 11th at McCormick Place. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Bill Montana and Marty Bredemann, Co-Chairmen of the Catholic Charities reception at First Look for Charity 2022 to discuss the importance of, and excitement for this glamorous evening as the big date nears.

The Polish Museum of America and the Religious Communities Outreach Liaison with the Chicago Police Department

Monday, January 31, 2022
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Polish Museum of America is located in Chicago. Museum president Richard Owsiany joins Fr. Greg and Mark to talk about the history and future of the museum. Segment II: Police Officer Michael Carroll talks to Fr. Greg and Mark about his role in the newly created position titled Religious Communities Outreach Liaison with the Chicago Police Department

The Work of Catholic Extension: Building Up Catholic Faith Communities in America's Poorest Regions

Thursday, January 27, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Vice President of Mission for Catholic Extension, Joe Boland, joins Fr. Greg and Mark to talk about the Work of Catholic Extension.

Sunday, the Lord’s Day

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk about the importance of Sunday as the The Day for the Body of Christ to gather, around the Altar and Ambo of the Lord, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. They will explore Dies Domini, St. John Paul II’s great exhortation on Sunday in the life of every Christian. Toward the end, they also squeeze in a discussion on the Orders of Blessings in the Ordinary Time of our sacramental lives.

SCaN Program Update

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
In 2021, Catholic Charities was chosen by the City of Chicago’s Department of Family Support Services to be one of eight partners to start a new program called SCaN, which is designed to help youth who are most at-risk of having their lives impacted by violence. Catholic Charities was asked to coordinate the program in the Austin community, due to our success in that neighborhood with the Tolton Peace Center. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Carla Gutierrez, Department Director of Catholic Charities Youth Counseling Department, and Tashika Eubanks, SCaN Program Supervisor to discuss the positive impact SCaN is having already in Chicago.

Tercer Domingo Ordinario

Friday, January 21, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 1, 1 – 4; 4, 14 - 21 del domingo, 23 de enero de 2022. Viernes, 21 de enero de 2022

Barefoot Counselors in Sri Lanka

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Megan meets with Deacon Michael McNulty of Divine Mercy Parish in Winnetka and Dr. Michael McNulty who grew up in Divine Mercy and now has a PhD in the field of clinical social work. Megan asks this father and son about how they came to know and collaborate in mission with Fr. Paul Satkunanayagam, a Jesuit priest ministering in his home country of Sri Lanka. Dr. McNulty speaks about his help to train "barefoot counselors," and Dcn. McNulty speaks about how the people of Divine Mercy have continued to send support for Fr. Paul's ministry of healing and peace-making.

Building a New Reality Together

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Host Elizabeth White interviews Dr. Angela Swan, Director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidary for the Archdiocese of Chicago, about the work of her office and the role of missionary disciples. Over the course of their conversation, they touch on a few of the many areas within the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity that involve the work of missionary disciples on the local, diocesan, and even national level. Dr. Swain shares her thoughts on the importance of missionary discipleship and the role they play in justice issues, advocacy, and service. During the second half of the show, Beth is joined by co-host Jenn Delvaux and they discuss some of the building blocks of the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship’s work in the Building the New Reality of Renew My Church. The conversation highlights how much listening, accompaniment, and learning about each faith community is involved with the process and the key role that leadership, especially missionary disciples, play in laying the foundational elements of renewal.

Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Host Joyce Duriga talks to Katie Joy Daufenbach about the brand-new Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, opening in the building adjacent and pertaining to St. Alphonsus Parish, on Wellington. If you don’t know the building, it includes a beautiful 900 seat proscenium stage built in 1911.

Employee Spotlight: Petra Gutierrez

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Catholic Charities is very fortunate to have employees who have dedicated themselves to the mission of the agency over many years. In some cases, they have experience as clients, volunteers and dedicated staff members, sharing their talents to help people of all ages through challenging times in their lives. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Petra Gutierrez, Senior Center Manager, North Center Senior Center who is one of these extraordinary longtime Catholic Charities employees.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 17, 2022
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society. Guest: Patrick Brown, Fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center. Segment II: Roe v. Wade Anniversary. Guest: Dawn Fitzpatrick, Director, Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of Chicago. Segment III: Preview of legislative session. Guests: Zach Wichmann - Director of Government Relations, Marilou Gervacio - Director of Social Services and Social Justice

Cathedral Rectors Conference

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Holy Name Cathedral was host to the 2022 Cathedral Rectors Conference. Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi invited some of the conference attendees to join them on this episode of Catholic Chicago.

Emerging Needs of Families in Lake County

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Catholic Charities’ Lake County Region has had an incredibly busy year, serving an increased number of clients and adding programs and services to its new, second regional office. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Maureen Murphy, Associate Vice-President of Family and Support Services to discuss how Catholic Charities has adapted and expanded its service options in many positive ways to respond to the emerging needs of families in Lake County.

Catholic Schools Today, January 10, 2022

Monday, January 10, 2022
Host: Melissa Link. Segment I: St. Theresa School in Palatine is forming Christian Scholars for the 21st Century. Guests: Mary Keenley; Anne-Marie Kaiser. Segment II: Children of Peace School Creates a Unique Academic Experience. Guest: Lydia Nantwi.

Fiesta del Bautismo del Señor

Friday, January 7, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 3, 15 – 16. 21 - 22 del domingo, 9 de enero de 2022. Viernes, 7 de enero de 2022

Talking About Life

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Join Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic in their conversation with Dawn Fitzpatrick, Senior Coordinator for Respect Life and Chastity Education in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s in the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity. Dawn is a return visitor to the show and, in this month’s edition, she offers her insights on current Supreme Court litigation over both the Mississippi state law restricting abortion after fifteen weeks and Texas’ “Heartbeat Law.” Further, Dawn highlights efforts locally for the January observances of supporting life. Among local resources, Dawn points the audience to the Chicago March for Life ( and to her office’s website ( Either website will get you the information you need to register for the Chicago events supporting life in Illinois.

A Conversation with a Benedictine Nun

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Sister Belinda Monahan, OSB is a member of the Benedictine Sisters at Saint Scholastica Monastery in Chicago She also serves as assistant campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University in Evanston. Sr. Belinda talks about her journey as an Archaeologist and eventually as a Benedictine nun. Discover with us the gifts of the Benedictine charism. You can get in touch with Sr. Belinda at [email protected]

Could Roe vs Wade be overturned in 2022?

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Dawn and Ray welcome Steve Jacobs, Program Director of Illinois Right to Life to discuss the Supreme Court Hearing of Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health and it’s potential to overturn Roe vs Wade. Then, they talk about the upcoming Marches for Life, what an overturn to Roe vs Wade would mean for Illinois, and the need to support women so that they can choose life.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Vince Gerasole, Director of Multimedia Content for the Archdiocese of Chicago, leads a conversation with Chicago Catholic Editor, Joyce Duriga, about the stories and topics featured in the latest edition of Chicago Catholic, with a focus on "the year in review."

D’Vine Affair 2022

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
On January 29, Catholic Charities 21st Annual D’Vine Affair event offers wine and craft beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful virtual evening together in support of our single-parent families who are striving for greater self-sufficiency. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Joseph Glunz Jr., President of Glunz Wines Import & Distribution House, and Donna Drinka, Program Director of Catholic Charities Community Casework Department to discuss this fabulous virtual event, and the ways the Family Self-Sufficiency Program is stabilizing families and enhancing the communities in which they live.

Solemnidad de la Epifanía del Señor

Friday, December 31, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según 1 San Mateo 2, 1 - 12 24 del domingo, 2 de enero de 2022. Viernes, 31 de diciembre de 2021

Spirit Juice Studios

Thursday, December 30, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Rob Kaczmark from Spirit Juice Studios talks about a documentary Spirit Juice Studios produced about Gil Hodges, who was recently inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Fr. Greg, Mark and Rob also discussed a new Catholic kids program produced by Spirit Juice Studios called Juice Box.

Year In Review

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
As the world gets ready to ring in a New Year, Catholic Charities looks back on 2021 with gratitude for all that has been accomplished, despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our work. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes two members of Catholic Charities Executive Leadership Team, AMI NOVORYTA, Chief Program Officer and GINA CLEGGS, Senior Vice-President of Operations and Innovations to discuss the Year In Review and the agency’s hopes for 2022 under the leadership of our President and CEO, Sally Blount.

Fiesta de la Sagrada Familia

Friday, December 24, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según 1 San Juan 3, 1 -2.21 - 24 del domingo, 26 de diciembre de 2021. Viernes, 24 de diciembre de 2021

Christmas Music

Thursday, December 23, 2021
Enjoy these live performances of music of the season.


Wednesday, December 22, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Todd Williamson (ODW), Danielle Noe (LTP) and Timothy Johnston (Archdiocese of Washington) all gather for a discussion about the Great Solemnity of Christmas and the Christmas Season. The three discuss the liturgies, scriptures and symbols of this well-loved Christian Holiday.

Mundelein Architecture was a Response to Society

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Denis McNamara about how Cardinal Mundelein wanted the architecture of Mundelein Seminary to be a response to American society.

Twelve Ideas For Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
It’s Christmas week, and as we all wait in awe and anticipation for the birth of Jesus, we look forward to time with loved ones in celebrating this blessed, holy day. As families prepare to break out familiar Christmas carols this week, we take a new look at a familiar Christmas song in Catholic Charities’ “Twelve Ideas For Christmas.” Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda for this special Christmas show.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 20, 2021
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Migration and Refugee Resettlement Services. Guest: Christopher Ross. Segment II: Discussing the Dobbs Decision. Guest: Dr. Steven Jacobs. Segment III: Promoting the Upcoming March for Life Chicago. Guest: Kevin Grillot.

Cuarto Domingo de Adviento

Friday, December 17, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 1, 39 – 45, del domingo, 19 de diciembre de 2021. Viernes, 17 de diciembre de 2021
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