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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.

Building Up and Supporting Mothers as a Culture of Life

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Building up and supporting mothers as a culture of life - We learn more about the intentional housing focused around mothers and the programs formed through the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in the neighborhood of Back of the Yards.

Youth Mentoring Programs

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Caring adults make all the difference in the lives of adolescents. Catholic Charities understands this, and our Youth Mentorship Programs provide a free opportunity for youth living in Lake and Cook counties to spend time with volunteers who genuinely care about them. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Sarah Loffman, Arranda Gardner, and Gloria Uriostegui to discuss how these programs nurture healthy friendships between youth and great role models.

Catholic Schools Today, October 11, 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021
Host: Melissa Link. Segment I: Greg Richmond, superintendent of Chicago Catholic schools, gives an update on archdiocesan schools. Segment II: The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships Program. Guests: Jose Piñones; Emily Hanlon. Segment III: High School Placement Exam. Guest: Brian Parker

Vigésimo octavo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 8, 2021
Entrevista con el P. Sergio Rivas, Coordinador del Consejo Hispano Arquidiocesano sobre los Premios Buen Samaritano. Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 10, 17 - 30, del domingo, 10 de octubre de 2021. Viernes, 8 de octubre de 2021

The Call to be Holy

Thursday, October 7, 2021
What is “the universal call to holiness” and how does it apply to the clergy and everyday Catholics? Hosts Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic are joined by Deacons James Sponder, chairman of the Diaconate Council, and Deacon Bob Thomas, chairman of the Diaconate’s St. Francis Dinner, who will discuss how we as a people can become holy. One concrete way is supporting the good work of charities, which the Diaconate Council will be doing with its upcoming St. Francis Dinner.

Weaving Cultures and AHLMA – Emergent Movements in Religious Life

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Sr. Constanza Fernández Cano Salgado, F.Sp.S., Coordinator of Weaving Cultures (Entrelezando Culturas) talks about the importance of intercultural competence today. A new way of assessing intercultural background is being developed to help navigate through formation and social situations for formators, pastoral ministers, and all others who are encountering various cultures, age generations, and even convictions and diverse political stances. Visit for more information. Sr. Elizabeth Ann Guerrero, MCDP, Executive Director of AHLMA - Asociación de Hermanas Latinas Misioneras en América talks about this Dynamic group, their history and upcoming activities. For more information visit or check out

CRS, Take Action on Impending Federal Legislation Against Abortion Funding, and Respect Life Month

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
On the first half of today’s show, Dawn and Ray welcome Beth Knobbe, Community Engagement Manager – Catholic Relief Services to discuss CRS projects including how Covid has affected the social needs of people around the world. Greg Schleppenbach, Associate Director of the Pro-life Secretariat at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins to discuss proposed legislation that could force taxpayer funded abortion, and then Ray and Dawn talk about Respect Life Month and its theme – St Joseph, Defender of Life.

Immigration & Naturalization Services

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
As one of the largest human services organizations in the Midwest, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago assists hundreds of immigrants and refugees each year, accompanying them on their journey to becoming as self-sufficient as possible. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Nancy Gavilanes, Director of Catholic Charities Immigration & Naturalization Services to discuss how Catholic Charities helps immigrants and refugees navigate complex legal issues, employment concerns and family adjustments as they establish new lives in Chicago.

An Update on Covid-19/The Age of Faith: The Church in the Middle Ages

Monday, October 4, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon joins our hosts to give an update on where things stand in the Covid-19 pandemic and to continue his discussion on The Age of Faith: The History of the Church in the Middle Ages.

Vigésimo séptimo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 1, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 10, 2 - 16, del domingo, 3 de octubre de 2021. Viernes, 1 de octubre de 2021

St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Robert Cook, O.F.M. Conv., Pastor of Mary Mother of God parish, talks about St. Francis of Assisi. Segment II: Fr. David Simonetti, Pastor of Christ Our Light parish, talks about the importance of pets in our families, and of the popular "blessing of pets" events that occur during the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Seminarian Spotlight: Spirituality Year

Monday, September 27, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Today our hosts spend the hour talking with 3 current seminarians, Conrad Espino, Josh Jones, and Daniel Garcia, who are in the midst of their "Spirituality Year" of dicernment.

Reflections During a Pandemic/Evening of Light

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Eugene Giudice, author of Reflections During a Pandemic: Thought While Sheltering in Place, joins us for the first half to reflect on "Laying Sod for the Future". Segment II: Evening of Light: A Special Holy Mass of Prayer, Gratitude, and Remembrance for All First Responders and for All Loved Ones Affected Through Violence at Christ Our Light Catholic Church in Chicago. Guests: Fr. David Simonetti and Officer Eric Davis.

Liturgical Ministries

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, cohosts Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) are joined by Danielle Noe, Editor at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP), as they discuss the topic of Liturgical Ministries. During the second half of the show, they specifically address the Guide Books, published by LTP. These manuals are recently revised by LTP and they include such manuals as Guide for Lectors, Guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Guide for Cantors.

Behavioral Health Initiatives

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services department has seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking assistance over the past year, with the pandemic creating anxiety, fear and uncertainty worldwide. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Hector Rivera, Senior Department of the Youth Counseling Department, and Michel Lopez-Tinoco, Clinical Manager, Youth & Family Therapeutic Services Program, who will share an update on their programs that are trying to help individuals and families establish positive mental health strategies for life.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, September 20, 2021
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Host Bob Gilligan talks to Jennifer Allmon, Executive Director, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, about Texas’ law to protect the unborn. Segment II: Bob speaks with Janet Biljeskovic, Director of Refugee Resettlement Program, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford, about Catholic Charities’ refugee resettlement program. Segment III: Bob finishes up the program with Marilou Gervacio, Director of Social Services/Social Justice, Catholic Conference of Illinois. They discuss Illinois’ new law on clean energy.

Vigésimo quinto domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, September 17, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 9, 30-37, del domingo, 19 de septiembre de 2021. Viernes, 17 de septiembre de 2021

Our God of Connections

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Several months ago we interviewed Joe and Elisabeth McCormick who come from very different backgrounds. Their story reminds us that God can intertwine our lives even though we come from distant lands or differing cultures. In His eyes these differences do not matter. If Faith unites us, all other differences melt away. Just like this couple, we can help each other grow in our faith.

Fr. Alphonse Twizerimana, PhD Student in Educational Leadership

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Megan interviews Fr. Alphonse Twizerimana, a priest of the Diocese of Ruhengeri, Rwanda who currently lives at St. Josephat Parish in Chicago while he studies for a PhD in educational leadership at DePaul University. He is the former director of a boarding school in Rwanda and shares about his experience as a missionary and educator prior to his arrival. Megan asks about how he understands the relationship between education and mission. He is both a teacher and a student while living here in Chicago as well.

Evangelization, Engagement, and Parish Renewal

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Today Jennifer Delvaux hosts a discussion on Evangelization, Engagement, and Parish renewal. She is joined by Michelle Farrell, Evangelization Lead at Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph, and Mike Bentley, Evangelization Lead at St. Catherine of Alexandria. The three discuss the importance of engaging individuals as leaders led by the Holy Spirit as part of evangelization and parish renewal. Michelle and Mike share how they have used soft entry points and invitations to lift up and engage new leaders.

Roseland Adolescent Parenting Program

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
While all of Catholic Charities programs and services are life-affirming, the Roseland Adolescent Parenting Program is especially designed to support unborn children, and children up to age 3, along with their mothers. RAPP helps young women grow in their skills as competent, educated mothers, which helps them fulfill their goals of happier, more stable lives. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Shavon Parker, RAPP Program Director, and Jessica Allen Porter, RAPP Program Supervisor to discuss how RAPP is helping to build strong communities, one family at a time.

Catholic Schools Today, September 13, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021
Hosts: Melissa Link and Roni Facen. Segment I: Greg Richmond, superintendent of Chicago Catholic schools, talks about school enrollment and the beginning of the school year. Segment II: Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic and Fr. Sergio Mena recently blessed a mural painted by student artists at Our Lady of Charity School. Over the summer, six middle school students and the National Museum of Mexican Art artist M. Zayuri Pacheco painted the mural inside one of the school's hallways of holy people of God. Guest: Frank Zarate. Segment III: Hispanic Heritage Month Announcement -- Members of a cultural celebration committee will announce the theme and the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from mid-September thru mid-October, talk about the cultural significance of this celebration and what some schools are doing in observance. Guests: Erika Gallardo, Maria (Cooky) Perez-Eraci.

Teaming Up For Haiti Fundraiser/Upcoming Archdiocese of Chicago Events

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: For the past 16 years, Fr. Medard Laz, founding pastor of Holy Family Parish in Inverness, has organized an annual fundraiser to help build homes, schools and hospital additions in Haiti. The fundraisers, in partnership with the nonprofit FOOD FOR THE POOR, took place in person throughout the Northwest suburbs until the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's fundraiser will take place virtually on September 16 and will feature a conversation with Andre "The Hawk" Dawson, the former Cub and Hall of Famer. Segment II: Todd Williamson, the director of the Office for Divine Worship, joins us to talk about a couple of upcoming Archdiocesan celebrations.

Masses on the Streets in Little Village

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Every summer parishoners at St. Agnes of Bohemia set up Mass for their neighbors on their blocks in Little Village. The opportunity is a time of witness, prayer and community outreach. We speak with pastor Fr. Don Nevins who shares with us the experience and transformative nature of doing what Jesus asks us to do in going out to be witness.

Team Catholic Charities In The 2021 AIDS Walk/Run

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
All are cordially invited to join Team Catholic Charities in the 2021 AIDS Walk/Run on October 2nd. It is easier than ever to participate this year. HIV/AIDS continue to affect the lives of 45,000 people in Illinois, and 90% of the proceeds raised from our team participation will go directly towards Catholic Charities programs and services that support people struggling with these debilitating conditions. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Ashley Styx, Program Director for Community Casework in Lake County to preview this special event.

Vigésimo tercer domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, September 3, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 7, 31-37, del domingo, 5 de septiembre de 2021. Viernes, 3 de septiembre de 2021

Running for the Lord: Sr. Stephanie Baliga, F.E.

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Today’s guest is Sister Stephanie Baliga, F.E. from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago ( who talks about how she found this community, her community’s mission, charism, ministries, and updates on their construction/development project. Sr. Stephanie tells the story about how she became the first to establish a world record running on the treadmill and how to support Team OLA (Mission of Our Lady of the Angels) with over 100 runners in the Chicago Marathon on October 10, 2021 (in person!) to raise funds for various ministries and the construction project that serve the community and especially those in need. Will Sr. Lovina take up the challenge and join Team OLA for the 2022 marathon? Tune in on the first Thursdays of the month to find out!

The First Year in Ordained Ministry—What Happened? What Did You See?

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Join Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic in their conversation with two deacons who were ordained for the Archdiocese in September of 2020. The two new deacons were Deacon Ed Schipp, assigned to Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish, and Deacon Chris Parker, assigned to St. Barnabas Parish. The conversation seeks to understand what the “fresh eyes” of a new deacon might see, whether they were surprised with anything, and whether they felt they were able to share the Good News. These are two men who are on fire with the Lord. It is hoped that their ministry might inspire every Christian, ordained or not.

National Migration Week, Kolbe House Jail Ministry, and the Culture of Life Benefit Concert

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Today Dawn and Ray welcome Todd Scribner from the USCCB’s department of Migration and Refugee Service to discuss the upcoming National Migration Week. On the second half of the show, MaryClare Birmingham from Kolbe house shares about jail ministry at the Archdiocese. And finally, Catherine Baranko from the Tabor Life Institute discusses the upcoming Culture of Life Benefit Concert at the Atheneum Theater on October 9th.

A Special Story From Post-Adoption Services

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
For 91 years, Catholic Charities headquarters at 721 N. LaSalle Street was the site of St. Vincent’s Orphanage, a loving home for children, and unwed mothers run by the Daughters of Charity. Catholic Charities Post-Adoption Services continues to receive inquiries regularly from adults who were adopted from St. Vincent’s, as more and more people become interested in their ancestry. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Julie Ryan McGue and Lisa Francis to discuss Julie’s inspiring journey, with her twin sister, pursuing information on their own family heritage.

Most Blessed Trinity Parish/The Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University

Monday, August 30, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Most Blessed Trinity parish in Waukegan is "serving the people of God with a preferential option for the poor." Among the many ministries of the parish are a food pantry and a soup kitchen. Guests: Marvin Sabido; Fr. Tim O'Malley. Segment II: The Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University serves the student and surrounding communities. Guests: Fr. Bradley Zamora; Mary Deeley.

Vigésimo segundo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, August 27, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 7, 1-8. 14-15. 21-23, del domingo, 29 de agosto de 2021. Viernes, 27 de agosto de 2021

Inter-church and Inter-religious Marriages/Recent Stories in the Chicago Catholic Newspaper

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: In the U.S. and elsewhere Catholics are increasingly marrying other Christians or members of other faith traditions (Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc.) These marriages provide pastoral challenges, but also gifts for our ongoing dialogue. Guests: Dan Olsen; Bridget Richardson; Daniel Richardson. Segment II: Joyce Duriga, Editor of Chicago Catholic, is the guest for the second half of the program. Joyce talks about some of the stories that were recently covered in Chicago Catholic, beginning with the funeral of slain police oficer Ella French.

The Communion Rite and Concluding Rite of Mass

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy cohosts Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) finish the periodic series on the Mass. Last month they broke open the Eucharistic Prayer. In this broadcast, they discuss the Communion Rite and the Concluding Rites. They explore each part of these rites discussing the theology, the symbols and gestures, and how the whole of the Mass, more than anything, sends us out into the world to transform it into the Kingdom of God.


Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Catholic Charities Latino Affairs promotes our programs and services to Latino/Latinx residents in Cook and Lake counties, through community outreach and education. In recent months, these efforts have expanded, internationally, in support of COVID-19 vaccinations. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Cary Rositas-Sheftel, Ph.D., Director of Catholic Charities Latino/Latinx Affairs to discuss the innovative ways her department continues to respond to the needs of the Latino community as the pandemic evolves.

An Update on Covid-19/The Age of Faith: The Church in the Middle Ages

Monday, August 23, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Researcher, author and historian, Dr. Edward Gordon, joins Fr. Greg and Mark to talk about the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic. Segment II: Dr. Gordon stays on the program to continue talking about The Age of Faith: The Church During the Middle Ages.

Vigésimo primer domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, August 20, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 6, 55.-60-69, del domingo, 22 de agosto de 2021. Viernes, 20 de agosto de 2021

Mission in Haiti

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Megan talks with Renate Schneider, President and Founder of Haitian Connection, a nonprofit organization that coordinates programs in education, building houses for women and children, microcredit, entrepreneurial development and mental healthcare outreach. Renate has lived and worked with communities in Haiti for over 20 years. Knowing that Haiti is experiencing turmoil and struggle due to the assassination of their president, Megan invited Renate to share about her friends and colleagues in Haiti and what they are telling her about the situation. Renate also describes her work through Haitian Connection and how this has changed her life.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021
For more than 40 years, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program has been a beacon of hope in the lives of refugees who are starting their lives over in Chicago, after fleeing persecution in their home countries. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes ELMIDA KULOVIC, Director of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program to discuss the status of the program this summer, and the many ways Catholic Charities works to ease the burdens of our refugee neighbors.

Solemnidad de Asunción de la Santísima Virgen Maria

Friday, August 13, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 1, 39-56, del domingo, 15 de agosto de 2021. Viernes, 13 de agosto de 2021

Chicago Shares/The Gateway Foundation

Thursday, August 12, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Representatives of Chicago Shares give an overview of what the Chicago Shares program is. Guests: Elizabeth Kohlbeck and King Poor. Segment II: The Gateway Foundation -- Addiction and Recovery. Guests: Marc C. Turner; Gimel Tillman

Engaging Ministry, Engaged Couples

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
We speak with Adrian Badillo and Anastasia Jakowbow-Rashtchian from the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation along with Deacon Kevin and his wife, Gysel Blindauer talking about working with engaged couples through PreCana. We hear about how Covid 19 has impacted how they minister to engaged couples as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.


Tuesday, August 10, 2021
In recent months, a primary goal for Catholic Charities South and Southwest Regions has been to reconnect in-person with clients, whenever possible to listen and offer assistance to them. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Regional Director Christopher Torres, Project Manager Carol Petersen and Advisory Board Member Christine Collins to discuss this, and other great things happening in Catholic Charities South & Southwest Regions this summer, in support of our clients.

Catholic Schools Today, August 9, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021
Hosts: Melissa Link and Roni Facen. Segment I: Matthew D. Welter joins our hosts and gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: St. John Brebeuf students weave mats for homeless. Guests: Rebecca Giannelli; Adam Taylor. Segment III: Welcoming the new Archdiocese of Chicago Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Greg Richmond.

Décimo noveno domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, August 6, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 6, 41-51, del domingo, 8 de agosto de 2021. Viernes, 6 de agosto de 2021

Ministry at the Border in San Diego, CA

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Sister Christina Fuller, OSF (Evanston, IL) and Sister Kim Marie Wolf, OSF (Frankfort, IL), both members of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart ( share their experience at an undisclosed facility near the U.S. border in San Diego to “do works of neighborly love.” Prepared to use some of their Spanish language resources, instead they were surprised to meet mostly Brazilians from Central Brazil who spoke Portuguese. In the end, their loving presence without judgment and the value of “familia” crossed the language and cultural barriers to connect with sisters and brothers in Christ.

Exhumations of the Dead—Why? What is that all about?

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Join Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic as they explore what some might find to be a strange, even macabre, topic. However, this show’s guest, Chicago Deacon David Keene, PhD, fills us in on the purpose of exhumations, why it is done in connection with persons who are being investigated for sainthood and what it means to have a body that is “incorrupt.” Deacon Keene brings his academic training in historical archaeology to bear on making sense of this topic. Deacon Keene also addresses the spiritual dimensions of what it means to participate in an exhumation. There is a connection with the dead, with their history and their dignity that moves all who participate and observe what is actually a prayerful experience.

Laudato Si and Immigration Ministry

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
On the August episode of Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray welcome Michael Terrien, Laudato Si Ecumenical and Interreligious Liaison, to discuss Care for Our Common Home and the Laudato Si encyclical. During the second half of the show, Mauro Pineda, from Immigration Ministries, joins to share some of the workings of the Archdioceses Pastoral Migratoria Ministry.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Catholic Charities has a long history of serving veterans in need. Today, our veteran services include a comprehensive program to help veterans find and maintain employment, through job readiness training, resume writing assistance, mock interviews, and job placement counseling. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Bernie Gresham and Mitch Siegel to discuss how Catholic Charities is helping veterans achieve their career goals in Cook and Lake counties.

"These Streets Are Holy" - The 2021 Sunrise Prayer Service.

Monday, August 2, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. On Saturday, August 7, 2021, the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago, in collaboration with many priests, deacons and laity from various communities, will pray together for non-violence and peace - the healong of our families, schools and communities. Guests: Deacon Alfred Coleman, Deacon LeRoy Gill, Teresa Gill
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