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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.

Belong, Believe, Behave … Part 1

Thursday, February 16, 2023
Deacons James Norman and Dave Brencic talk with Deacon Richard Hudzik about his podcast ministry.

Spiritual Renewal: Building the New Reality

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Host Beth White talks to her guests Tim Weiske and Katie Bak about Spiritual Renewal: Building the New Reality

Bridge Subsidy Programs

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Last year, Catholic Charities received 77,000 calls to our Homelessness Prevention Call Center, illustrating the significance of this critical Impact Area. Our Bridge Subsidy Programs are one way we work to ensure safe, decent housing and promote successful community re-entry for those who are transitioning from institutionalized care. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Leticia Sanchez, Director of Bridge Subsidy Programs to discuss these focused housing initiatives that have seen a significant growth in recent months.

Catholic Schools Today, February 13, 2023

Monday, February 13, 2023
School across the Archdiocese of Chicago to will participate in the 45th Annual African American Heritage prayer service on Feb. 24 at Holy Name Cathedral. The prayer service will honor African American heritage, culture, community and contributions to the Catholic Church. Six people – two of them students - will receive awards.

Clean Comedy with Carl Kozlowski

Thursday, February 9, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Comedian and author, Carl Kozlowski, joins Fr. Greg and Mark and entertains with with his brand of "Clean Comedy"

Solidarity with South Sudan and Pope Francis

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Megan sits down with Sr. Joan Mumaw, Founder of Friends in Solidarity, an initiative of US Catholic religious men and women who support religious working in South Sudan and beyond. They discuss the significance and impact of Pope Francis' recent visit to South Sudan from 3-5 of February.

House of Peace Update

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Catholic Charities Domestic Violence programs provide women and children with the tools they need to recover from family violence and plan for a safer, happier future. The House of Peace is one of our two transitional housing residences where victims receive support and practical assistance that emphasize their dignity, healing and empowerment. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Aida Segura, Director of the House of Peace to discuss the House of Peace Model that has helped many victims convalesce and move forward, with confidence.

Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Students at St. Patrick High School

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by Melissa Moroko and her dog Patrick

Lenten Programs at Mayslake Ministries/Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Monday, February 6, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Mayslake Ministries are proud partners in faith with the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Diocese of Joliet and the Diocese of Rockford. Joining us today to talk about some new Lenten programs at Mayslake Ministries is Dr. Mary Amore. Segment II: The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research to ultimately discover a cure, while helping patients and their families today, bringing hope and joy to those in need. Joining us for the second half of today’s program is the CEO/Founder of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Kathleen Casey.

The Camino Experience

Thursday, February 2, 2023
Brother Arnaldo M. Sanchez, OSM is a member of the Friar Servants of Mary. He talks about his vocation journey as a Religious Brother and his “Camino Frances” pilgrimage following one of the interconnected pilgrimage routes in Spain whose ultimate destination is the tomb of the Apostle James the Greater in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. Bro. Arnaldo currently serves as the Corporate Secretary and Province Treasurer, and is also a councilor on the leadership team of their Province in the USA. Website: If interested in finding out more about the secular members of the Servites, you may contact Bro. Arnaldo at 773-533-0360 Ext. 212. For more information on joining as a vowed member, contact the Vocation Director, Fr. Donald M. Siple, OSM at 773-533-0360 X 210 or email: [email protected].

What's New at the Joseph and Mary Retreat House?

Thursday, February 2, 2023
Deacons James Norman and Dave Brencic talk with Fr. Kevin Feeney about the Joseph and Mary Retreat House in Mundelein.

Vocations to the Priesthood in the Black Community

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Host Fr. Michael Trail talks to his guest, Fr. Fr. John McKenzie from the Archdiocese of Detroit about the vocation of Priesthood in the Black community.

Tuesday Night Supper Volunteers Update

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Catholic Charities is privileged to provide hot meals to 130 guests each Tuesday evening in our Vincent Hall at 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago. Our dedicated staff members work with generous volunteers to ensure that these hot meals continue every Tuesday throughout the year. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome ABIGAIL BEHREND, a devoted volunteer and ENRIQUE ALONSO, Catholic Charities Volunteer Engagement Manager to discuss how volunteers continue to work together to nourish and affirm each guest this winter.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, January 30, 2023
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Restorative Justice. Host Bob Gilligan talks to Marylou Gervacio with the Catholic Conference of Illinois about the topic of restorative justice. Segment II: Marylou stays on the program to talk to Bob about the upcoming push in Illinois to legalize physician assisted suicide. Segment III: Bob welcomes Karen Potter and Brandon Clark from The Covenant Eyes Podcast to the program.

Cuarto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, January 27, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 5, 1-12a del domingo, 29 de enero de 2023 Viernes, 27 de enero de 2023

An Update on Covid-19 and a Conversation About Mass Shootings

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakwoicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon joins our hosts to talk about the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the second half of the program the conversation shifts to the problem of mass shootings in the United States

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
In parishes all over the world, initiation ministers are in the final weeks of preparing for Lent, the period of Purification and Enlightenment for those who are in the process of conversion. These people, who have been accompanied by their parishes in this process of conversion, and who have been formed and molded by the community of faith, will be baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at the Easter Vigil. Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss and explore the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy.

Led By The Holy Spirit

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by Lauretta Froelich from Charismatic Renewal

The Grace Arsenal

Monday, January 23, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The Grace Arsenal is a book written by Andy Armstrong about navigating business battlegrounds with grace. Joining us for today’s program is Andy Armstrong.

Tercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, January 20, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 4, 12-23 del domingo, 22 de enero de 2023 Viernes, 20 de enero de 2023

Building a Foundation for Evangelization

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Host Beth White talks to her guests Jose Coronel and Shannon Schmidt about building a foundation for evangelization.

First Look For Charity Approaching February 10

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Be among the first to explore the latest in automotive innovation at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show by attending First Look for Charity on Friday, February 10. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Bill Montana and Marty Bredemann, Co-Chairman of Catholic Charities’ reception at First Look for Charity to preview this fabulous evening enjoyed by socialites, and car buffs alike! Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Catholic Charities Regional Director of the North/Northwest Regional Office will also join in the conversation to share how the proceeds of First Look for Charity will be used to support Catholic Charities programs throughout Cook and Lake counties this winter.

Segundo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, January 13, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 1, 29-34 del domingo, 15 de enero de 2023 Viernes, 13 de enero de 2023

Ecumenism and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Thursday, January 12, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The topic of this program is Ecumenism (the movement for Christian Unity) with a focus on the upcoming annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January18-25). Guests: Dan Olsen; Robert Cathey; Susan Pudelek; Jon Nilson

Unlocking Communities Around the World

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
This month Megan talks with Josh Goralski, the founder and CEO of Unlocking Communities, a not-for-profit social enterprise that empowers communities in Haiti and beyond with access to eco-friendly products and entrepreneurial opportunities. This work seeks to bring about sustainable social, economic and environmental change. Unlocking Communities partners with faith communities and is inspired by Catholic Social Teachings. Unlocking Communities equips entrepreneurs with the education, funding and tools to sell sustainable products such as a simple water filtration system and clean burning stove.

D’Vine Affair Coming February 5

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
One of the premier wine-tasting events in Chicago is approaching on Sunday, February 5: Catholic Charities 22nd Annual D’Vine Affair gala. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Joseph Glunz, Jr. President of Glunz Wines Import & Distribution House, and Michael Waters, Regional Director of Catholic Charities West Suburban Regional Office to preview this fabulous afternoon at the Union League Club, and hear how the proceeds of this special event will be used to support Catholic Charities programs and services in 2023.

2022 Year In Review

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga, Editor of Chicago Catholic newspaper, is joined by Michelle Martin, journalist at Chicago Catholic, and Karen Callaway, photographer at Chicago Catholic. Together they revisit some of the stories that were covered in the newspaper during 2022.

Solemnidad de la Epifanía del Señor

Friday, January 6, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 2, 1-12 del domingo, 8 de enero de 2023 Viernes, 6 de enero de 2023

Vocation Awareness in the Parish

Thursday, January 5, 2023
Our guest, Fr. Mike Scherschel, pastor of St. Hubert Church in Hoffman Estates, IL, talks about how parishes and schools can nurture and support vocations to married, ordained and consecrated life through various events, resources, and programs. In collaboration with CAVA Fr. Mike invited various religious communities to engage with parishioners and also with young people in the same weekend as the parish traditional “Taste of St. Hubert’s” event. Watch the video interview of a young woman whose discernment to religious life has been supported in the parish and has come back to check in as she moves on to the next step in her initial formation with a community that she joined.

Catholic Charities On The Move

Thursday, January 5, 2023
Michael Waters and Chris Torres, Regional Directors for Catholic Charities share current and future changes within Catholic Charities to meet the new and emerging needs in the Archdiocese of Chicago. They will discuss their efforts to increase collaboration and partnership with Parishes in Chicago and the suburbs.

Illinois Update and Points for Hope

Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois is Dawn’s cohost on today’s program. During the first half of the show,after some brief thoughts on the death of Pope Benedict XVIth they discuss the impending arrival of proponents of Physician Assisted Suicide to the state of Illinois. During the second half of the show, Bob shares potential legislative proposals to beware of during the lame duck session as well as the 2023 legislative session.

New Approaches to Communication

Tuesday, January 3, 2023
As Catholic Charities expands programming and services on the local, regional level, Communication has been key to keeping all our constituencies informed, and included as the exciting new chapter for Catholic Charities develops. Join Phil Zepeda, Vice President of Communications and Katie Bredemann, Communications Manager as they discuss how various messaging mediums have been refreshed, and enhanced so that clients, volunteers, benefactors, and all other partners obtain the information they seek about Catholic Charities in the most effective ways possible.

Solemnidad de María Santísima, Madre de Dios

Friday, December 30, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 2, 16-21 del domingo, 1 de enero de 2023 Viernes, 30 de diciembre de 2022

Predictions for 2023

Thursday, December 29, 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 gives predictions of world events in 2023.

The Season of Christmas

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
This broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy airs right in the middle of the Christmas Octave! Hosts Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the Christmas Season, its Feasts and its traditions. They unpack the theology and the spirituality of the season and talk about how these are reflected in the liturgies, music and traditions of Christmas.

Employee Spotlight: Anjanette Nero

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
In today’s EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT, we feature ANJANETTE NERO who is Catholic Charities dynamic Director of Staff Development and Education. Anjanette also is the very talented Coordinator of The Voices of Charities Choir, a wonderful singing group comprised of Catholic Charities employees that performs for a variety of events for our organization. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Anjanette Nero to discuss her career at Catholic Charities, and perform several Christmas songs to celebrate the season.

La Natividad del Señor (Natividad)

Friday, December 23, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 1, 1-18 del domingo, 25 de diciembre de 2022. Viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2022

Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary and the Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Awards.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Fr. Michael Trail talks with Bobbie Levy, Tanya Woods and Louis Mauldin about the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary and the Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Awards. Visit

2022 Catholic Charities Year In Review

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
The year 2022 has been historic in a number of ways for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann for this special Year In Review show as they welcome Gina Cleggs, Senior Vice-President of Seniors and Housing, and Mary Anzilotti, Senior Vice-President of Immediate Access and Basic Needs to discuss how Catholic Charities emerged from the pandemic with new initiatives that enhance our service to clients, and provide a wide range of opportunities to all those who would like to partner with us in helping our neighbors in need throughout Cook and Lake counties.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, December 19, 2022
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Assisted Suicide. Maria Jose Fernandez Flores discusses with Bob the potential of assisted suicide coming to Illinois and how her organization is helping prepare discussion and talking points to use when speaking to legislators on this subject. Segment II: Abortion. Guest Mary Bauer, CNM, talks about the response she helped author to the Notre Dame Op Ed in the Chicago Tribune. Segment III: Catholic Charities. Guest Amy Palumbo talks to Bob about how Catholic Charities helps clients during the holidays, which is a time that can be particularly difficult for those who struggle to provide for their families and those who are estranged from their families.

Mental Illness and Parish Ministry

Thursday, December 15, 2022
Deacon Tom Lambert and Tracy Sherva with the Chicago Archdiocese Commission on Mental Illness share with Deacon Jim Norman and Deacon Dave Brencic the challenges of mental illness ministry and how some parishes in the archdiocese are working together to increase awareness in their communities.

Total Commitment

Thursday, December 15, 2022
As we unpacked our wonderful interview with Dan Pietroske and Maggie McQuaid, we discovered that the one dominant theme in their marriage has been their "total commitment." Starting their married life in their 40's, they faced unique challenges which they faced with openness, readiness to listen to each other, and growing up. They were able to overcome these challenges because of their strong foundation in the Catholic faith.

Sapaterre Mission In Haiti

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
This month Megan talks with Fr. Rodlin Rodrigue, Associate Pastor at St. Raymond de Peñafort Parish in Mount Prospect as well as Founder and President of Sapaterre Misson, a Haitian founded NGO and its U.S. charity counterpart, Children Hispaniola. Fr. Rodlin explains how he was inspired to help the rural community of Sapaterre and eventually engaged others in this work too. Megan asks about the accomplishments of this mission and their future plans.

New Innovation Center Preparing Students for Next Generation of Jobs

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in the city's Austin neighborhood has created a state-of-the-art innovation lab and makers space to help prepare its students for the next generation of jobs. Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews Clement Martin, president of CTK, about the new center and how it benefits the students, many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college.

Junior Board Update

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Catholic Charities Junior Board continues to welcome new members - young professionals from Chicago and its suburbs who enjoy spending time together and finding innovative ways to support our mission. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes new Junior Board Co-Presidents Brady Dearlove and Mary Margaret Parker to discuss recent Junior Board activities and the plans that are underway to invite even more young adults to learn about this dynamic group in 2023.

Catholic Schools Today, December 12, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: St. Damian School Hosted a Culture Fair. Guests: Jennifer Jermano Miller, Gail Werr. Segment II: St. Procopius School Wins National Spanish Spelling Bee. Guests: Dr. Robert Bassett Jr., Ana Gonzalez

Tercer Domingo de Adviento

Friday, December 9, 2022
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 11, 2-11 del domingo, 11 de diciembre de 2022. Viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2022

The 16th Annual Posada Seeking Immigration Reform/Guadalupanas Celebrations at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thursday, December 8, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The 16th Annual Posada Seeking Immigration Reform will take place on Friday, December 16th. All are welcome to walk and pray in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers who— as the Holy Family sought a place to stay—have been knocking on the doors for legislative shelter, or “Posada,” year after year. This year Pastoral Migratoria from the Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of Baltimore will join us simultaneously to elevate our voices for immigration reform. Joining us for this first half hour is Mark Goebel and Mauro Pineda. Segment II: The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines is hosting Guadalupanas celebrations this weekend. Joining us for this segment is Very Reverend Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Posada and Reminiscing with Ray

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Today on Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray talk with Mauro Pineda and Hueget Gonzolez about the upcoming multi-diocese Posada that will take place downtown on December 16th. Listen to hear the Mexican tradition and history of the event and the beautiful opportunity to live in solidarity with our Immigrant brothers and sisters in the spirit of Mary and Joseph’s trek to find a place to lay their heads as they traveled to the census. On the second half of the show, Dawn and Ray reminisce about his last 14+ years as an integral part of the Respect Life Office and his quest to share the beautiful words of Saint John Paul II through the lens of Theology of the Body. Join in for some great stories.
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