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First and Fourth Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
Second and Fourth Thursday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
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Fr. Greg Sakowicz, rector of Holy Name Cathedral, is the host of this lively discussion program that presents news and information about the Archdiocese of Chicago, while exploring topics of faith from the Catholic perspective. Co-hosting with Fr. Sakowicz is Mark Teresi, assistant to the rector at Holy Name Cathedral.

Ornaments of Grace/Retreats Enhance Spiritual Lives

Monday, November 28, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: On the first Sunday of Advent, Heart to Heart Catholic Media Ministry launched a daily internet video series entitled Ornaments of Grace. It profiles Saints and saints - people who have lived the gospel in an extraordinary way. Joining us for the first half of today’s program to talk about Heart to Heart Catholic Media Ministry and Ornaments of Grace are Fr. J. Michael Sparough and Deacon Mark Duffey. Segment II: The Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House is located on 80 acres of gently rolling meadows and wooded countryside just 40 miles northwest of Chicago. Fr. J. Michael Sparough stays with us for this segment and he is joined by Tom Cattapan to talk about how retreats are a great way to enhance our spiritual lives.

Mass of Healing For Those Suffering with Addiction/Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Mass of Healing for Those Suffering with Addiction will take place on Wednesday, November 23 (the day before Thanksgiving). Fr. Ryan Brady, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge and St. Linus Parish in the Chicago Ridge and Oak Lawn communities joins us to talk about addiction and recovery. The Mass of Healing is the result of Fr. Brady seeing both the addicted and their families struggling post-pandemic, and he hopes to bring the actively addicted, the families of the addicted, and those recovering from addiction to the same place to pray for God’s grace and healing touch. Segment II: The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development takes place at masses on the weekend of November 19/20. For the second half of today’s program we speak with Danielle Bodette, Program Coordinator with CCHD in the Archdiocese of Chicago. And Danielle has invited Barbara Manley and Leone Jose Bicchieri to speak about how the groups and organizations they represent benefit from the support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The Vocation of Deacon/"Who Will Fill These Shoes"

Monday, November 7, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The vocation of a deacon is to serve the bishops and priests in ministry to the People of God. Permanent deacons, especially married ones, often exercise their ministry within the context of their local parish. Deacons assist priests and bishops in celebrating the Sacraments and in the educational and charitable programs of parishes. The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest Catholic diaconate community in the world with 514 active deacons involved in 210 parishes and agencies. Since 1972, the archdiocese has ordained 1,464 men as permanent deacons. Guests: Deacon James Norman and Deacon Dave Brencic. Segment II: Fr. Vic Ivers, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago who was deeply rooted in the faith, passed away on Jan. 18, 2014, at the age of 95. At St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville, as his final Mass was coming to a conclusion, he stopped, took off his shoes, laid them in front of the altar and said, “so now who will fill these shoes?” Then he processed out, leaving the shoes behind with a question that remains for today. The Who Will Fill These Shoes? event has then been celebrated in our archdiocese ever since. Guest: Vocations Director, Fr. Tim Monahan

All Saints Day and All Souls Day/Dia de los Muertos

Monday, October 31, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Louis Cameli, the Cardinal’s Delegate for Formation and Mission, is in the studio to talk about All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Segment II: Very Reverend Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, joins the program to talk about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the events taking place this year at the Shrine.

ENCORE at Old St. Pat's Church/The Newest Offerings from Mayslake Ministries

Monday, October 24, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: ENCORE is a program that inspires the mind and spirit. Those who are 50 and over are invited to come together with other adults at Old St. Pat's church to share enthusiasm for life, learning, service and fun! Guests: Mary Kay Slowikowski and Judy McLaughlin. Segment II: Dr. Mary Amore talks about the latest offerings from Mayslake Ministries.

Healing Conversations: The Dallas Charter: 20 years of progress of protecting children and healing victims and the 11th Annual Mass of Hope and Healing

Monday, October 3, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Our guests today are Mayra Flores and Michael Hoffman. The topic for the first half of today's program is “Healing Conversations. The Dallas Charter: 20 years of progress of protecting children and healing victims”. In Dallas, 2002, at their Annual Meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops drafted this landmark document in response to the crisis of sexual abuse of children in the Church. In the second half of this program we talk about The Annual Mass for Hope and Healing is an opportunity for victims-survivors to find a safe space where they can feel supported and loved. In 1992, the Archdiocese of Chicago put in place policies and procedures to address allegations and issues related to sexual abuse of minors. The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth is committed to continuing the important work to protect children and to accompany victims-survivors of sexual abuse. All are encouraged and welcomed to attend the Mass of Hope and Healing on October 15.

A Conversation with Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Fr. Greg and Mark welcome Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M., to the studio to talk about the Franciscan Festival and Art Show at St. Peter's In The Loop.

An Update on Covid-19 and the Economic Outlook Into 2023

Monday, September 26, 2022
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Fr. Greg welcomes historian and author Dr. Edward Gordon to the program to talk about where things stand with the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic outlook going into 2023.

The Merton Prayer: An Exercise In Authenticity

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Steven A. Denny is a scholar, an attorney, a certified mediator, and an ordained clergyman, originally from Kentucky, who now lives in Oak Park, Illinois. He and his wife Miran have five adult children. Denny runs a private law firm whose motto is “Striving for Justice in an Imperfect World.” He knows Hebrew and several other Middle-Eastern languages, and his maternal grandfather was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Denny has spent considerable time at the Our Lady of Gethsemani Trappist monastery in Kentucky and credits “The Merton Prayer” for getting him through very aggressive cancer several years ago. Guests: Steven A. Denny and Greg Pierce, President and Publisher, ACTA Publications

The Catholic Impact Networking Group/Speaking with Author Helen Lambin

Thursday, September 8, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Catholic Impact Networking Group. Guests: Mary Kay Slowikowski and Tom Wesolowski. Segment II: Helen Reichert Lambin, author of An Empty Space In Your Heart: Reflections on the Death of a Sibling or Best Friend

The 8th Annual Solemn Vespers for the Protection of our Natural Environment

Monday, August 29, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The 8th Annual Solemn Vespers for the Protection of our Natural Environment will take place at 7pm on August 31st at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview. The annual Induction Service on the evening of August 31 begins the liturgical year in the Greek Orthodox Church. It is a Greek Orthodox liturgy, to which Orthodox, Catholics, other Christians, and all people of good will are invited to attend. Guests: Dan Olsen, Michael Terrien, Gayle Woloschak, Fr. Jerry Boland, George Nassos

Catholic Scholars Program/The Transformational Listening Conference

Thursday, August 25, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The Catholic Scholars Program at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. In order to enter into an adult relationship with Christ, Catholic Scholars take seriously the commitment to deepen their understanding of faith, pray on a regular basis, serve the needs of others, and provide leadership that is distinctively Catholic. Catholic Scholars are theologically grounded, spiritually alive, articulate in their faith, and joyfully involved in Catholic tradition. Graduates of this program are well‐prepared to serve on parish councils, teach CCD, participate in liturgy committees and lead social justice efforts. In addition they are able to bring Christian principles to their families and careers. Guests: Sr. Belinda Monahan, Moses Diaz-Torres, and Joe Arena. Segment II: The Transformational Listening Conference is set to take place at St. Ignatius College Prep this fall. Joining us to talk about the conference is Dr. John Igwebuike

What's New At Mayslake Ministries?/Project Peace: Youth Leadership for Non-Violence

Monday, August 22, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakwociz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Formerly known as the St. Francis Retreat House in Oak Brook, Illinois, Mayslake Ministries is a lay-led 501.c.3 Catholic Christian Not-for-Profit Spirituality Center founded by Fr. Jonathan Foster, OFM, in 1991 as a "retreat house without walls." Since 1991, Mayslake Ministries has served the spiritual needs of Catholic/Christian adult women and men from all walks of life, providing multiple spiritual opportunities for people who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We 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 what is new at Mayslake Ministries is Dr. Mary Amore. Segment II: For the next several Saturdays at St. Philip Neri School, schools kids from 7th to 12th grade can attend Project Peace: Youth Leadership for Non-Violence. Participants will: -Learn to change the culture of violence in our schools, homes, and neighborhoods -Form resilient youth against violence skills while practicing in a peaceful learning environment. -Learn techniques to handle difficult confrontations and -Develop and learn leadership skills Guests: Elfriede Wedam, Andre Rawls

Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University/Catholic Deacons Assisting Ukrainian Refugee Families

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: This is the season when students are beginning to return to school, which means that campus ministries everywhere are gearing up for a busy fall semester. Joining us for the first segment of today’s program are Father Bradley Zamora, chaplain and director of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern Universityin Evanston, and his new director of campus ministry, Crystal Serrano-Puebla. Segment II: As of late July, about one hundred thousand Ukrainian refugees have been admitted to the United States as a result of Russia’s ongoing invasion and occupation of Ukraine. Many of those refugees are here in the Chicago area. Recently the Diaconate of Chicago partnered with St. Nicholas Cathedral School to assist some of those Ukrainian refugee families. Joining us for this segment of the program are Deacon James Norman, Vicar for Deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Deacon James Sponder, Chairman of the Diaconate Council in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Anna Cirilli, Principal at the St. Nicholas Cathedral School.

Pope Francis' Visit to Canada

Monday, August 1, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Pope Francis visited Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022, with stops in the provinces of Alberta and Quebec and the territory of Nunavut. The trip mainly focused on apologizing for the Catholic Church's role in the Canadian Indian residential school system and reconciliation with the country's Indigenous peoples. It was the first papal visit to Canada since 2002, when Pope John Paul II visited the country. Guests: Michael P. Murphy; Jody Roy; Sr. Sue Torgersen, CSJ

New Vicar for Deacons/Build Each Other Up Foundation

Monday, July 25, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: There is a new Vicar for Deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Deacon James Norman joins us to talk about how his journey of faith has led him to be the new Vicar for Deacons. Segment II: Build Each Other Up is a faith-based organization that organized to further connect Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge, and sharing parish, Epiphany, in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. This partnership has been working together since 2015 to create more affordable housing and local labor opportunities for families within the Epiphany community. Build Each Other Up is a not-for-profit 501 C (3) charity, and all donations go toward the properties and their renovations. They are now making progress on their 4th renovation! Guests: Rukeem Campbell, Dinitia Robinson, Bill Ristau

Update on the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Economic Outlook for 2022 and 2023

Thursday, July 14, 2022
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 the economic outlook for 2022 and 2023.

Serving the Poor in the Current Climate of Inflation/The Merton Prayer: An Exercise in Authenticity

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: Serving the Poor in the current climate of inflation. We have 2 individuals who excel at serving the poor of their communities to talk about how the current economic climate of high inflation is impacting both the needs of the poor and the donations that they rely on. Guests: Sr. Stephanie Baliga from the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park, and Marvin Sabido from Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan and North Chicago. Segment II: ACTA Publications has recently published The Merton Prayer: An Exercise in Authenticity which digs deeply into the powerful one-page chapter prayer from Thomas Merton’s Thoughts in Solitude, first published in 1956. This prayer has been so helpful to many seeking to know God’s will and to feel His leading when the road ahead is not at all clear. Joining us is the author of The Merton Prayer: An Exercise in Authenticity, Steven Denny.

A New Beginning for SS. Peter and Paul Parish/A Conversation with Dr. timone davis

Monday, June 27, 2022
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: SS. Peter and Paul parish celebrated their last mass on 6/26 as they will now combine into a new unified parish with other churches. Joining us this morning to reminisce about the history of SS. Peter and Paul, and to talk about the journey that lies ahead, are Father Honoratus Mwageni, Cheryl Reed and Larry Campbell. Segment II: Dr. timone davis is an assistant professor of Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Black Catholic Theology at Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. She is also Associate Convener with the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and author of the book, Intergenerational Catechesis: Revitalizing Faith through African-American Storytelling.

Unified Parish of St. Josephine Bakhita/St. Agnes of Bohemia Street Masses

Thursday, June 23, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Thomas Bellanger, Andre Rawls Weatherby and Sandra Botello talk about the newly unified parish of St. Josephine Bakhita. Segment II: Fr. Don Nevins talks about the St. Agnes of Bohemia street masses.

Update on Various Topics Including the Covid-19 Pandemic and the War in Ukraine

Thursday, June 9, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon joins Fr. Greg and Mark for the full hour to discuss current developments of various topics.

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels/Music Ministry of Teresa Scalise

Monday, June 6, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Sr. Stephanie Baliga talks about the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels after the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary returned to the Mission. Segment II: Teresa Scalise, music minister at Mary, Seat of Wisdom, talks about her music ministry and we hear a couple of Teresa's performances.

Meet Newly Ordained Priest Fr. Joseph Brom, SJC/Memorial Day Field Masses

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: We are blessed to have the opportunity to get to know one of the men who were ordained to the priesthood in a ceremony celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich this past Saturday. Fr. Joseph Brom will now serve as a priest at St. John Cantius parish. He joins us this morning to talk to us about his formation journey and his hopes for the future. Guest: Fr. Joseph Brom, SJC. Segment II: For the first time in two years, Memorial Day field Masses will be held in person at Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries across the region on Monday, May 30. Active military and veterans will be asked to come forward for a special blessing followed by the playing of Taps. The annual Memorial Day remembrance was established by the Catholic Cemetery Conference to honor the men and women of the armed forces who died while serving, as well as active military and veterans. Guest: Theodore (Ted) Ratajczyk

Meet 6 of Our New Deacons!

Monday, May 23, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Today we get to know six of the men who were ordained permanent deacons at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, May 14th. Segment I: First up we have Manuel Ruiz who serves the community of Our Lady of the Heights/Nuestra Senora de las Alturas in Chicago Heights, and Roberto Reyes who serves the community of Santa Maria Magdalena in Blue Island. Segment II: Up next we are joined by John Ruskin who serves the community at Prince of Peace in Lake Villa, and Joseph McCain who serves the community of St. John the Evangelist in Streamwood. Segment III: For our final segment we are joined by Krzysztof (Kris) Slowikowski who serves the community at St. John Brebeuf in Niles, and Moyossola (Jean) Boussari who serves the community of St. Colette in Rolling Meadows.

The Latest Offering from Mayslake Ministries/The 49th Annual Summer Scripture Conference

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Formerly known as the St. Francis Retreat House in Oak Brook, Illinois, Mayslake Ministries is a lay led 501.c.3 Catholic/Christian Not-for Profit Spirituality Center founded by Fr. Jonathan Foster, OFM, in 1991 as a “retreat house without walls.” Since 1991, Mayslake Ministries has served the spiritual needs of Christian/Catholic adult men and women from all walks of life, providing multiple spiritual opportunities for people who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The programs and services are sanctioned by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Dioceses of Joliet and Rockford, Illinois. Today we talk with Dr. Mary Amore about the latest offerings from Mayslake Ministries. Segment II: The 49th Annual Summer Scripture Conference is scheduled to take place on the grounds of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary from June 19 to June 24. Joining us to talk about this year’s conference is Megan Deichl and Linda Couri.

Understanding the Message of Fatima

Monday, May 2, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Sr. Angela de Fatima Coelho, author of Inside the Light: Understanding the Message of Fatima and vice-postulator of the cause for canonization of Sr. Lucia, and Chicago radio legend Kevin Matthews, founder of the Broken Mary Project, are the guests for the full hour. Sr. Angela has come all the way from Portugal to Chicago to travel around Cook and Lake counties to speak to audiences about Understanding the Message of Fatima. Guests: Sr. Angela de Fatima Coelho and Kevin Matthews.

Religious Retirement Fund/Interview with Bishop Joseph Perry

Thursday, April 28, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Sr. Joan McGlinchey, Vicar for Religious, talks about how retired religious benefit from the generosity of contributions to the Religious Retirement Fund. Segment II: Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Vicariate VI, discusses the Men's Conference that occurred recently and gives an update on where things are in the cause for canonization of Father Augustus Tolton.

This is Holy Week!

Thursday, April 14, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The Super Team from the Office for Divine Worship break down the elements of the holiest week for Catholics. Guests: Todd Williamson; Wendy Silhavy; Carmen Arroyo.

St. Peter's in the Loop/Kolbe House Jail Ministry/Mustard Seeds

Monday, April 4, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: St. Peter’s in the Loop is celebrating their 175th anniversary. Fr. Bob Hutmacher, Guardian of St. Peter’s in the Loop, joins us for the first segment to talk about the ongoing celebration and to promote Holy Week events at the church. Segment II: Kolbe House is the agency of the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago that serves individuals and families affected by the criminal justice system. Compelled by the Gospel mandate, “I was in prison and you visited me,” Kolbe House at Assumption BVM — a parish-based jail ministry — is a sanctuary for those impacted by incarceration. Guests: Emily Cortina and Pat Sullivan. Segment III: Mustard Seeds is a small faith community at Holy Name Cathedral. Joining us for the last segment of today’s program to discuss the value of small Catholic Christian Faith communities are three members of Mustard Seeds, LouAnn Burkhardt, Sue Kovacs, and Christine Lawless.

Catholic Reactions to the War in Ukraine

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: On March 25, 2022, Pope Francis consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart alongside Ukraine, with both countries explicitly mentioned, amid the Russo-Ukrainian War. Joining us to talk about this consecration is the director of the Office for Divine Worship, Todd Williamson. Segment II: On Sunday, April 3rd at 2:30pm, a mass for journalists and their families covering the Ukraine conflict will be held at St. Mary of the Lake church on Chicago’s north side. Joining us for this segment are Michael Puente, journalist and organizer of the mass, and Michael Ruzicki, Music Director at St. Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Segment III: Vince Gerasole interviews a Chicago woman who is on the front line of helping refugees.

Unlocking Communities/The Way of the Cross: Downtown Chicago

Monday, March 28, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Unlocking Communities equips entrepreneurs with the education and tools to sell sustainable products that unlock economic, social and environmental transformation in their communities. Through focusing on entrepreneurship development, water filtration system production, community needs response, and global franchising, UC has impacted over 130,000 people since 2018. Guest: Josh Goralski. Segment II: Each year we follow the passion of Christ in the heart of our city, where thousands of people carry their cross every day. Through choral music, Gospel passages, reflections, and our silent procession, we hope to enter more deeplly into the events of Good Friday and their meaning for us today. We ask to experience the exceptional Presence of Christ among us as a real answer to the needs of our hearts. Guests: Bishop Mark Bartosic, Sepha Skean, Terese Black

"My Journey to Steadfast Faith" - A Memoir/Amate House

Thursday, March 24, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Linda Nardone is an active parishioner at Holy Name Cathedral and has written a memoir entitled "My Journey to Steadfast Faith." Guest: Lina Nardone. Segment II: For 37 years, Amate House has attracted dedicated and caring young people who are answering the call to not just a year of service, but to the opportunity to grow and become leaders who will go on to change the world long after their year at Amate House.

Misericordia Bakery Expansion/The 26th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Thursday, March 10, 2022
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Misericordia Bakery is expanding! A brand new location will be opening this Spring. Guests: Julie O'Sullivan, Beth Woytek. Segment II: The 26th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 22. Guests: Dan Olsen, Barbara March Kantrow, Rabbi Reni Dickman

The 2022 Catholic Lawyers Guild Lenten Retreat and the Mayslake Ministries Lenten Series on the Eucharist

Monday, March 7, 2022
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Chicago Catholic Lawyers Guild Lenten Retreat for 2022 will be held on Friday, March 11 at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in West Humboldt Park. Guests: Honorable Thomas More Donnelly, Honorable Edward Washington II, Fr. Bob Cook. Segment II: Mayslake Ministries is offering a 6-week Lenten series on the Eucharist beginning March 8th. Guest: Dr. Mary Amore

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Music

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

Catching Up With Vicki Quade and Late Nite Catechism

Monday, December 6, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Vicki Quade, creator of Late Nite Catechism, joins our hosts to talk about Christmas traditions, movie and theater reviews, and her new book.

Faith and Fitness

Monday, November 29, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Michele Sotak and Fr. Lou Cameli spend the hour talking about the connection between faith and physical fitness.

An Update on Covid-19/The Current Labor Shortage in Health Care and Other Areas

Monday, November 22, 2021
Hosts: Fr,. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon gives an update on the Covid-19 pandemic and spends time discussing the current labor shortage in health care and other areas.

Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family and Belonging/Courage to Forgive

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: Julie Ryan McGue is an identical twin and an adoptee. Her writing centers on finding out who you really are, where you belong, and making sense of it. Segment II: Fr. J. Michael Sparough produced and directed a 33-minute documentary titled “Courage to Forgiv.” It is the story of Cardinal Bernardin’s reconciliation with his accuser, Steven Cook and a moving tribute honoring the Cardinal with a message of forgiveness.

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.

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

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.
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