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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.

74th Annual Celebration of Giving, Part 2

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Are you looking for a way to make your Christmas season especially meaningful this year? Look no further than Catholic Charities 74th Annual Celebration of Giving! Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Jim Wogan, Barbara Campbell and Diane Kennedy to learn more about the 2021 Celebration of Giving and discuss how this joy-filled tradition unites individuals and families, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers, spreading Christmas cheer throughout Cook and Lake counties.

Catholic Schools Today, November 8 2021

Monday, November 8, 2021
Host: Melissa Link. Segment I: Greg Richmond, superintendent of Chicago Catholic schools, gives an update on archdiocesan schools. Segment II: Catholic High School Entrance Exam. Guests: Kristy Kane, Mike Madera. Segment III: Prince of Peace School in Lake Villa Earns National Blue Ribbon Award. Guest: Dr. Stephanie Stoneberg.

Trigésimo segundo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, November 5, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 12, 38 - 44, del domingo, 7 de noviembre de 2021. Viernes, 5 de noviembre de 2021

Profession of Vows in Consecrated Life

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Sister Joni Luna, S.P., a Sister of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, IN, describes her journey during a time when success in life began to feel empty, at which time she felt a shift in her values. She talks about how that sense of restlessness led her to respond to the call to religious life. Sr. Joni recounts her preparation time and the moment of professing perpetual vows, and how these experiences continue to deepen her spiritual life. Currently serving as her community’s Vocations Director, Sr. Joni invites others to explore God’s call in their lives. For more information, contact Sr. Joni at [email protected] Link to article on Sr. Joni’s final Vows (and Sr. Jessica’s First vows) Sr. Joni's final Vows More about Sr. Joni

Living Liturgically in November--honoring our dead and their memories

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Join Deacons Richard Hudzik and Dave Brencic in their conversation with two well-known figures in the Archdiocese of Chicago—Father Larry Sullivan, Director of the Archdiocese Cemetery System, and Todd Williamson, Director of the Archdiocese Office for Divine Worship. The four conversation partners offer ideas about how to honor our dead and pray throughout the month of November. Family-friendly tips on how to revere our past and pray in the present and how to bring children into this process were discussed. Also, our two guests brought to light some of the highlights of what the Archdiocese’s cemetery system has to offer all of us.

Respect Life Ministries and Chastity Education.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Today on Fully Alive, Dawn introduces Blanca Rodriguez, Respect Life Coordinator in the Respect Life Office. They talk about what brought Blanca to share ministry at the Archdiocese during the first half of the show. In the second half of the show, Dawn and Blanca discuss many of the upcoming events that will be presented in 2022 by Respect Life Ministries. In addition, they talk about the upcoming CCHD collection and how the funds will be used to help break the poverty cycle by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

Jesuit Father Arnold Damen

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
In the first installment of this new podcast series, Chicago Catholic editor Joyce Duriga interviews local historian Ellen Skerrett about new research she has uncovered about Jesuit Father Arnold Damen, pastor of Holy Family Church on Roosevelt Road and Ignatius College, and the vital aid he gave to Catholic immigrants who lost everything in the Chicago Fire. Skerrett also talks about anti-Catholicism of the day and how it impacted the narrative of the Great Chicago Fire, including what was believed about the fire's origins and Mrs. O'Leary. Skerrett is an expert on local Catholic history and is co-author or author of several books. She also curated the historic exhibit to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini at the national shrine in Lincoln Park.

74th Annual Celebration of Giving

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
In 1947, parents who adopted children from St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Chicago joined together to purchase gifts for children who had not yet been adopted. Today, in the same building, at 721 N. LaSalle Street, Catholic Charities continues this heartwarming tradition of providing gifts to those who would otherwise have nothing to open Christmas Day. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Emily Lewis and Judy Kendzior to discuss how The Celebration of Giving connects, and brings joy to thousands of individuals and families throughout Chicago and its suburbs each year.

The Impact of the Chicago Fire on Catholics

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Host Joyce Duriga sits down with Ellen Skerrett to talk about Fr. Damen and the impact of the Chicago fire on Catholics.

Celebrating 75 Years of Sainthood

Monday, November 1, 2021
Host: Mark Teresi. Mother Cabrini's Feast Day begins the Jubilee Year in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Canonization of Mother Cabrini. Guests: Sr. Joan McGlinchey, Fr. Dominic Grassi, Fr. Ramil Fajardo

Trigésimo primer domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 29, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 12, 28 - 34, del domingo, 31 de octubre de 2021. Viernes, 29 de octubre de 2021

Inside the Light: Understanding the Message of Fatima and the Broken Mary Project

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Sr. Ângela de Fátima Coelho, author of Inside the Light: Understanding the Message of Fatima and postulator of the cause of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto (two of the visionaries of Fatima) joins Fr. Greg via Zoom, all the way from Portugal. Joining Sr. Ângela on the program is Chicago radio legend and founder of the Broken Mary Project, Kevin Matthews.

Late Ordinary Time and the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, cohosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson address these last weeks of Ordinary Time. As the liturgical year winds down, Timothy and Todd talk about the Last Times, the Return of Christ in Glory and in particular, the great Feasts of All Saints, All Souls and Christ, the King of the Universe.

The Synod on Synodality/Catholic Singer and Songwriter Anna Nuzzo

Monday, October 25, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Synod on Synodality: Pope Francis' Call for Renewal. Guests: Fr. Louis Cameli; Monsignor Patrick Pollard. Segment II: Catholic Singer, Songwriter and Recording Artist, Anna Nuzzo.

Trigésimo domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 22, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 10, 46 - 52, del domingo, 24 de octubre de 2021. Viernes, 22 de octubre de 2021


Thursday, October 21, 2021
Thanks to technology, we have started to interview couples again. On this show we meet Bob and Patti Nowak who offer us some interesting insights into marriage. They give a unique perspective as their marriage is a fruitful one, blessing many in the community. In our next show we will present the wonderful lessons we learned from their interview.

St. Patrick Fathers and World Mission Sunday

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Megan talks with Fr. Michael Madigan, Society Leader in the USA for the St. Patrick's Missionary Society. The Society, also known as the St. Patrick Fathers, has more than 200 members from a variety of local faith communities who minister in nine countries in Africa, including Zambia and Nigeria, as well as Brazil and Grenada in the Caribbean. Fr. Madigan shares about his missionary experiences and memories in various parts of Africa. Megan also asks Fr. Madigan to share his reflections on the World Mission Sunday celebration, which takes place this Sunday, October 24. #StPatrickFathers #WorldMissionSunday

Personal Prayer

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Beth White and Jenn Delvaux from the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship take a deep dive into personal prayer. They talk about why it is important for evangelization - you have to know who you are evangelizing. And they share a list of resources to help you develop or grow your prayer live (visit for the list). The second half of the show features Alessandro DiSanto, one of three founders of a Catholic Meditation app called Hallow available at or your favorite app store. This app was developed here in Chicago to help Catholics explore the richness of our Catholic prayer options.

Affordable Housing Update

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
One of the greatest concerns for low-income residents in Cook and Lake is having a safe, affordable place to call home. Today, Catholic Charities has twenty-three residences that address this, by offering qualifying individuals the opportunity for independent living within caring communities. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Antwaun Smith, Associate Vice-President for Housing Services to discuss the cooperative spirit that exists between staff and tenants to make each residence much more than Affordable Housing.

Vigésimo noveno domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, October 15, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 10, 35 - 45, del domingo, 17 de octubre de 2021. Viernes, 15 de octubre de 2021

Mayslake Ministries/Catching Up With Vicki Quade and Late Nite Catechism

Thursday, October 14, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Mary Amore talks about the latest developments at Mayslake Ministries. Segment II: Vicki Quade, creator of Late Nite Catechism, comes on the program to have some fun with our hosts.

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.
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