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Fully Alive

First Wednesday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

The mission of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity is to put the gospel and Catholic social teaching to work to transform the lives of others through social ministry. With service and justice at its core, the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity provides tangible ways for the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago to foster community, help meet the immediate needs of the community and address the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Each month, the show will host discussions centering on ministry to immigrants, the incarcerated, the unborn, the dying, the poor and others on the margins of our society. Topics will also include service opportunities, leadership formation, justice education and advocacy efforts, all of which are designed to promote solidarity with all and foster the common good.

THE CHURCH'S RESPONSE TO THE OVERTURNING OF ROE V. WADE

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
In this edition of Fully Alive Dawn Fitzpatrick and Ray Pingoy are joined by Bob Gilligan of the Catholic Conference of Illinois to discuss The Church's Response to the Overturn of Roe V. Wade. They also discuss the importance of the program Walking With Moms in Need. www.walkingwithmoms.com

Biking for Babies and Chastity Education Initiative Updates

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Dawn and Ray welcome Nikki Biese, Executive Director of Biking for Babies in the first half of the show. Biking for Babies aims to renew a Culture of Life, one pedal stroke and one pregnancy resource center at a time. They offer an impressive formation program for young adults, which culminates in a weeklong bicycle ride across the country. Donate toward the mission and in support of pregnancy resource centers and follow the 2022 National Ride (July 11-16) at www.bikingforbabies.com. On the second half of the show, Dawn and Ray discuss the progress of the Chastity Education Initiative, what they have accomplished this year as well as what is coming up. Echo Chicago is still accepting young adults to attend for the weekend at St Xavier University June 24-26. More information is available at www.respectlifechicago.org/events.

Dumb Ox Ministries, Echo Chicago and HEAL Ministries

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Dawn and Ray welcome Brian Butler, Executive Director of DumbOx Ministries on the first half of today’s Fully Alive. They discuss the relationship of Theology of the Body and Dumb Ox Ministries, the upcoming Echo Experience for Young Adults which will be held on June 24-26 in Chicago, and Brian reveals a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! During the second half of the show, Nick Costello from HEAL (Home to Enhance African Life) ministries joins to discuss the mission that he leads in Nigeria to build strong families and children through the love of Christ.

Fully Alive: April 6, 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
On today’s show, Dawn and Ray interview Father Chuck Dahm about the Domestic Violence Outreach and its upcoming Gala. They also talk with Jeannie Balanda of Amate House regarding the work of Amate House, its fellows and the upcoming Amate Magic Fundraising Event. On the second half of the show, our hosts welcome Kat Talalas, Communication Director of the USCCB’s Prolife Secretariat, to discuss how to support women to have real choices when in an unplanned pregnancy. They also discuss the possibilities of a post-Roe world in the next few months, depending on the outcome of the Dobbs case at the Supreme Court.

Meet our Intern and Laudato Si Action Platform; God is Beauty and Made for More with Christopher West

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
On this Ash Wednesday edition of Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray continue the “Meet our Intern” segment during the first half of the show by welcoming Kathleen O’Brien. Kathleen shares her experiences as a missionary in China, her background and enthusiastically discusses the Archdiocese’s role as a part of the Vatican’s Laudato Si Action Plan. On the second half of the show, Christopher West, President and co-founder of Theology of the Body Institute joins Dawn and Ray to discuss TOBI’s new commentary and translation of a 2-day retreat from Saint Pope John Paul II God is Beauty. They also discuss the upcoming event Made for More, which is coming to the Chicago area on April 5 and 6. Tickets are available here: https://pvm.archchicago.org/human-dignity-solidarity/respect-life-chastity-education/events

Quinceanera Retreat, Meet our Intern, and CCHD Art Contest

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

Could Roe vs Wade be overturned in 2022?

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

The Difference Theology of the Body Makes

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Dawn and Blanca welcome Father Charlie Plavonach from St Leonard’s in Berwyn to discuss his experience with Theology of the Body and how important it is for Men and Women to work together in God’s Plan. On the second half of the show, Jose Carlos Sandoval, a parishioner at St Leonard’s joins the discussion to share his conversion story and how TOB set his life on the right path. They also discuss an event at The Athenaeum on Friday December 3rd—The Theology of Our Lady of Gaudalupe.

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.

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. www.crs.org www.respectlife.org www.respectlifechicago.org

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.

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.

Echo Chicago Mini – A Theology of the Body Experience for Young Adults

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
On Today’s Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray welcome Brian Butler, Executive Director of Dumb Ox Ministries and Founder of Echo – Theology of the Body Retreats for Young Adults and Teens, during the first half of the show. Marcos Martinez, Ministry Leader for Iskali – A Catholic Ministry Organization that supports Latino young adults, joins them during the second half of the show to share his experience with Echo and the Chastity Education Initiative, and how Echo led to his life in ministry.

Yvonne Florczak Seeman/Echo Chicago

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
During the first half of today’s Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray interview Yvonne Florczak Seeman. They take some time to discuss the all the incredible things Yvonne is doing in the prolife community. https://www.lovefromaboveinc.com/ https://thebutterflygardenillinois.org/ https://www.yvonneflorczakseeman.com/ The second half hour Dawn and Ray took some time to let everyone know about ECHO Chicago. https://pvm.archchicago.org/human-dignity-solidarity/respect-life-chastity-education/events

Care for Creation and Chastity Education – Important themes

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
During the first half of today’s Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray interview Andy Panelli and Iza Redlinski, both members of the Laudato Si Encyclical Working Group at the Archdiocese of Chicago. They discuss our calling to Care for God’s Creation, and different ways that people can get involved. On the second half of the show, they talk about the Chastity Education Initiative: what is Chastity, the many endeavors of the initiative, and things to look forward to as we ease the pandemic restrictions in Chicago.

Proposed legislation to Repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act will Enable Human Traffickers to Hide Evidence

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Today on Fully Alive Dawn and Ray begin the show by interviewing Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of Catholic Conference of Illinois to discuss the progress of the dangerous repeal proposal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and its connections to human trafficking. In the second half of the show, they welcome Kimberly Duda who is developing a webinar on human trafficking as a practicum for her Master's Program. More information about the HB 1797 and SB 2190 at www.ilcatholic.org

Prayer, Fasting and Witness Works!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Co-hosts Dawn Fitzpatrick and Ray Pingoy spend the first half of the program talking with Joe Lazar about an abortion clinic in Chicago that recently closed. In the second half of the program, Dawn and Ray talk with Bob Gilligan about a proposed repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion for Minors law.

A Tribute to Joe Scheidler and Meet the New OHDS Director

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Dawn and Ray offer a tribute to Joe Scheidler – “the Godfather of Pro-life Advocacy” who died at 93 on January 18, 2021. Eric Scheidler, son of Joe and Executive Director of Pro-life Action League shares stories and history of Joe’s legacy. During the last segment of the show, Dawn and Ray introduce Dr. Angela Swain, new director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity.

Fully Alive -- January, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Dawn and Ray open the show with an interview of Dr Linda Couri, faculty at Mundelein Seminary, who shares her conversion experience as a former Planned Parenthood employee and the discuss the March for Life Chicago Rally in Mundelein, which will be held on Sunday January 17th at 1PM at Carmel High School. Dr Couri is a speaker at the Rally. After Dr Couri, Bob Gilligan from Catholic Conference of Illinois joins the call to discuss the Bishops’ statement on the ethical nature of the Covid-19 vaccines. And finally, Dawn and Ray talk with Tim Koch, who is the coordinator of the Covid-anointing team, on which they all serve. The Covid-anointing team offers anointing of the sick to those Catholic patients in Chicago who are actively dying of Covid-19.

Seeking Lodging: Mary and Joseph’s Journey Applies to Our Own Lives

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Today on Fully Alive Dawn and Ray welcome Miguel Salazar from Immigration Ministries to discuss the upcoming virtual Posada. Miguel explains the history of the Posada and how it is a seeking of shelter. The Archdiocese will host a virtual Posada on Friday December 18th at 7AM. Dawn and Ray continue the theme of seeking shelter by relating the search for our final home to our search for our destiny. St John Paul II explains our search as culminating in the heavens with God in our time of Eschatological Man. The Wednesday catechesis continues as Dawn and Ray journey through our time of Historical Man – after the fall and banishment from the garden through the coming of Jesus Christ who reveals our identity as sons and daughters of God and the holiness of our bodies.

Wednesday Catechesis – Theology of the Body – Original Experiences and Original Sin + Respect Life Month

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
On Today’s Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray continue the theme of Wednesday Catechesis by delving further into the reflection on “Original Man” by unpacking the theme of Original Nakedness/Innocence. In the second half of the show, they welcome Mauro Pineda from Immigration Ministries to talk about the event “Keep Hope Alive” on October 29. They also discuss Faithful Citizenship and our call as Baptized Catholic Christians to witness to our faith in the public square and on election Day. Finally, Dawn and Ray review the theme of Respect Life Month – Live the Gospel of Life, and they provide an overview of opportunities to get involved in Respect Life Month and to stand up for life, and all that means, for the coming year.

Original Man, Keep Hope Alive and Living the Gospel of Life

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Dawn and Ray continue their discussion of St. JPII's Theology of the Body by unpacking a part of our anthropology known as "Original Man." Halfway through the hour, they welcome Mark Goebel, from the office of Human Dignity and Solidarity to discuss Immigration Ministries and an upcoming fundraiser. And during the last segment, they preview the Respect Life Program and its theme, "Living the Gospel of Life," that will be introduced to our parishes in October.

The Legacy of St Pope John Paul II and the Legacy of Francis Cardinal George

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
On Today’s Fully Alive, Dawn welcomes Ray Pingoy as co-host and the two of them share a history of the Life of Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II. This is the introduction to an unpacking of Theology of the Body, which will air in future broadcasts. In the second half of the show, they transition from St John Paul II to a discussion of the Chastity Education Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which was the inspiration of Francis Cardinal George, former Archbishop of Chicago. Dawn and Ray interview MaryLouise Hengesbaugh, former Respect Life Director under Cardinal George, and co-founder of the Chastity Education Initiative. MaryLouise discusses the upcoming “Celebration of the Life of Francis Cardinal George” which will happen virtually on Tuesday August 11th at 7PM to benefit his legacy – the Chasity Education Initiative. More information and registration for the event is available here: https://pvm.archchicago.org/celebrating-cardinal-george

Nonviolence Works and the Gospel of life – Two Appropriate Responses to the Times in Which We Live

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Dawn Fitzpatrick leads this hour with Ryan Lents as co-host in the first half to discuss the principals and practices of Nonviolence Works with Phillip Bradley and Larry Campbell, both leaders in this non-profit initiative to train communities to respond appropriately to differences and conflict. During the second half of the show, Ray Pingoy joins Dawn to discuss the 25th anniversary of St Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae and the prophetic message he had for us today.

COVID-19 Resources: Mental Health, Mask Making, and Worker’s Rights

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
On today’s program, OHDS Director Ryan Lents speaks to Deacon Tom Lambert, co-chair of the Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness, about how COVID-19 is impacting our collective mental health. Visit www.miministry.org for helpful resources. To access counseling virtually, visit Catholic Charities or NAMI Chicago to get connected to a mental health professional. Next, Ryan, speaks to Old St. Pat’s parishioner Dan Quinn about the ministry of making cloth masks from home in support of healthcare workers, neighbors, and friends. To learn more about this ministry, visit our Virtual Accompaniment Resource page, which includes CDC guidelines/directions for making cloth masks and details about the City of Chicago cloth mask drive taking place through May 16. Finally, Ryan connects with Luke Sullivan, Arise Chicago’s Religious Organizer, to speak about the vulnerability of workers during COVID-19. Arise Chicago has developed a robust set of resources in English, Spanish, and Polish to help workers know their rights. Arise’s website also includes details on how to support the rights of workers during the crisis.

Community Accompaniment and Creation Care

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
On today’s program, Ryan Lents speaks with Noreen Russo, Manager of Catholic Charities’ Junior Board about an outreach initiative developed by Saint Joseph in Francis Xavier in Wilmette to contact elderly and isolated parishioners during COVID-19. Andrew McKernin, Volunteer Relations Project Manager, joins next to share ways for the community to volunteer and support Catholic Charities. For the second half of the show, Ryan speaks with Sr. Pat Bergen and Sr. Kathy Sherman from the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph about caring for God’s creation and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in light of COVID-19.

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl and Made for More

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
On this episode of Fully Alive, Ryan Lents, speaks with Olga Canelas, Beth Knobbe, and Deacon Michael Fekete about CRS Rice Bowl, the Lenten formation program that provides opportunities to practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving while growing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas. 25% of Rice Bowl alms go to fund grants that stay in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We also hear about the Global Child Thrive Act and CRS’ Lead The Way campaign. Later on, Ryan is joined by Dawn Fitzpatrick and Christopher West to discuss Made For More, a Theology of the Body presentation that is coming to St. Alphonsus on March 24 and St. Damian on March 25. Made for More will feature reflections, live music, and engaging prayer experiences. Tickets for both events are available for $25, and can be purchased here.

Promoting Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
On today’s program, Ryan Lents and Corinne Woodruff from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity welcome Michael Rabbitt to speak about his experience with promoting racial justice in his parish and throughout the archdiocese. He will be presenting “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” at 7pm on Thursday, February 27 – Click here for more info. He will also be presenting at a screening of the documentary “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” on Tuesday, March 3 at 6pm – Click here to RSVP. Ryan and Corinne also speak to Krisanne Valliancourt Murphy, the Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network. CMN works to end the use of the death penalty and transform the US. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative. They recently developed a study guide companion to the film “Just Mercy”, which is currently out in theatres nationwide. Access the study guide here.

Promoting Life and Dignity

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
On today’s program, we hear from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich about the upcoming March for Life Chicago (Saturday, January 11) and the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (January 25-28 in Washington, D.C.). Later in the program, Ryan and Dawn speak to Kevin Grillot of WeDignify and Claire Culwell, an abortion survivor who will speak at the March for Life. • Learn more about the March for Life Chicago, Youth Rally, and Mass for Life here • CSMG 2020: Bearing Witness: Life and Justice for All • Cardinal Cupich’s Column: The Call to Holiness in an Election Year • Learn more about WeDignify here • Claire Culwell – Read her story here

Accompanying our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters

Saturday, November 30, 2019
On today’s program, Ryan Lents is joined by Miguel Salazar and Mauro Pineda from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity’s Immigration Ministry, as well as Sr. Catherine (Cathy) Fedewa., a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth, to discuss the upcoming XIV Annual Posada for Immigration Reform on Friday, December 15, as well as the events surrounding National Migration Week, including the Multiethnic Mass at Holy Name Cathedral scheduled for Sunday, January 5.

Working on the Margins

Thursday, October 31, 2019
This month’s show highlights the vital work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which will have its annual collection during the weekend of November 23-24. Ryan Lents and Liz Young from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity speak first with Fr. Michael Trail, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, about his recent experience of serving on CCHD’s Allocations Committee. Next, Ryan and Liz have a conversation with Leone Jose Bicchieri, the Executive Director of Working Family Solidarity, new CCHD grantee. Show Notes

October is Respect Life Month

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
On today’s program, Ryan Lents and Dawn Fitzpatrick talk about the offerings for this year’s Respect Life Month. They also catch up with Megan Mio from the Mission Office to hear about activities and resources planned for the Extraordinary Month of Mission. For the second half of the show, we recap the rest of the recent trip to El Paso that archdiocesan and parish leaders attended.

Season of Creation and El Paso Trip Recap

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
On today’s program, Ryan Lents speaks with Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam about his book The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si’, as well as the Season of Creation. Ryan also has a conversation with Dawn Fitzpatrick and Mary Lou Matheke about a recent trip that parish leaders took to El Paso and the US-Mexico border.

Addressing Violence and Worker Injustice

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
On today’s show, Ryan speaks with Phil Andrew, archdiocesan Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives, about the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago, and how to respond. We also hear from Corinne Woodruff, a graduate of the University of Dayton who is participating in the Amate House program this year. For the second half of the show, Ryan speaks to Professor Joseph McCartin, Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, and Meghan Cohorst, an organizer with UNITEHERE, about an ongoing labor dispute involving airline food service workers.

Hospitality – a Basic Way to Respect the Dignity of the Human Person

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Dawn and Ryan begin the show by discussing the Vitality Days that are currently running in each Vicariate around the Archdiocese. Vitality Days are a Renew My Church Effort and begin by a simply example of how to set a theme of hospitality to welcome people to our Catholic faith. Next, Mary Lou Matheke, IPC Coordinator for Immigration Ministries joins the discussion to share an effort to welcome immigrants through hospitality in a service trip to El Paso that will take place in July. Next, Mary Kate Knorr, Executive Director of Illinois Right to Life joins the show to discuss the recent abortion legislation passed in Illinois, and how we as Catholic can still share hope with people in spite of the impending new laws. A spirit of hospitality can be incorporated into meaningful conversations with others about the importance of life from conception to natural death. And finally, Brian Butler of Dumb Ox Ministries shares the essence of the Echo experience, which will be hosted by the Archdiocese June 14-20 at St Xavier University.

May: Mental Illness Awareness Month, Immigration Ministry Benefit, and Springfield Legislative Update

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
For this month’s show, Ryan and Dawn from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity speak with Deacon Tom Lambert, the co-chair of the Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness. They also check in with Mark Curran, the former sheriff of Lake County about Immigration Ministry’s upcoming benefit on May 13, as well as Bob Gilligan from Catholic Conference of Illinois on the status of H.B. 2495/S.B. 1942 and H.B. 2467/S.B. 1594.

Life Advocacy Day/Care for Creation

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
On today’s program, Dawn Fitzpatrick spoke with Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Bob Gilligan about the annual Life Advocacy Day in Springfield and a series of harmful abortion bills that are being debated in the General Assembly. Later, Ryan Lents spoke with Andy Panelli of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Orland Hills about that community’s care for creation efforts, as well as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

CRS Rice Bowl and Dumb Ox Ministries

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
On today’s show, Ryan speaks with Sajith Silva, a global ambassador with Catholic Relief Services. Sajith shares about his life and work with returning refugees in Sri Lanka. They also discuss opportunities to participate in the CRS Rice Bowl program during this Lenten season. On the second half of today’s show, Dawn welcomes Adam Fuselier and Mary Bielski of Dumb Ox Ministries to discuss how pornography is dangerous because it is against God’s plan. In a lively discussion, they unveil the truth about the perniciousness and addictive nature of pornography, and how prevalent it is in today’s society for children and adults. Finally, they discuss the hope that exists to conquer this cultural issue.

Missionary Discipleship in Action

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
On today’s show, Ryan Lents welcomes fellow Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity staff member Carolina Perez to share her recent experience of World Youth Day in Panama. In the second half the show, Ryan is joined by Andrew Lyke and Sue Ross to discuss the 2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C.

January, an Important Month to Stand-Up for Life – From Conception to Natural Death

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
This month, Dawn welcomes His Excellency, Bishop Donald Hying from the Diocese of Gary to discuss the importance of standing up for Life and attending the March for Life Chicago. In addition, many of the January events surrounding Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision this month. In addition, Dawn welcomes Olga Anlglada from Immigration Ministries to talk about the Church’s teaching on Immigration and Migration Week here in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

13th Annual Posada and March for Life Chicago

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
On today’s show, Dawn and Ryan speak with Michael Warrell, who shares info about the upcoming Immigration Ministry Posada, scheduled for Friday, December 14. We also discuss National Migration Week in January. On the second half of the show, Fr. Jim Heyd from St. Constance talks about several local Masses for Life that happening in conjunction with the March for Life Chicago, on Sunday, January 13, as well as several other events that will be happening before and after the march.

Working on the Margins

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
On today’s program, Liz Young from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity joins Ryan to discuss the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in Chicago. They speak with 2 community-based organizations that receive grants from CCHD. First, Lilly Lerner and Nanna Cross from the Jane Addams Senior Caucus discuss their advocacy efforts to improve conditions in senior subsidized housing and ensure that seniors can age with dignity. Then Jawanza Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, continued the conversation about affordable housing, displacement, and community stability through the lens of rent control and community benefits agreements. Both organizations discuss their methods of “hearing the cry of the poor” and offer suggestions about how listeners can stay informed on these critical issues and respond in their own communities. The annual collection for CCHD will take place in parishes across the country on November 17-18.

The Hope of Jesus Christ

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
On today’s Fully Alive, Dawn welcomes guest host Ray Pingoy from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity. They review the beautiful Renew My Church Summit that the Archdiocese had for all parishes on October 1st and 2nd. Based on the Plenary Sessions by Father James Mallon, author of Divine Renovation, we are living in a time of hope in the promises of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This hope continues as we celebrate Respect Life Month with the theme of Every Life Cherished, Chosen and Sent. During the hour, Dawn and Ray talk with guests who discuss the March for Life in Palatine, 40 Days for Life, and World Mission Sunday.

Upcoming Human Dignity and Solidarity Activities

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
On today’s program, Dawn and Ryan speak in-studio with Sr. Joellen Tumas of Casa Catalina Basic Needs Center, a Catholic Charities food pantry receiving CRS Rice Bowl funds. Next, Terese Halm joins the show to talk about 40 Days for Life, a prayer and fasting opportunity taking place at abortion facilities around the United States. Bob Gilligan from Catholic Conference of Illinois checks in to discuss his workshop at the upcoming Life and Justice Conference on September 15, and Lisa Wittig from Amate House talks about the impact of their service program on Archdiocese and their upcoming Ales for Amate fundraiser on September 20.

Leadership Development in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
On today’s show, we highlight three engaging ministries that are forming and empowering lay leaders in the Archdiocese of Chicago. First, Mark Goebel speaks with Ryan about Pastoral Migratoria, the Archdiocese’s immigrant-to-immigrant ministry, and the recent Instituto hosted at Catholic Theological Union. Next, Ryan speaks with Michael Okińczyc-Cruz, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership (CSPL), a CRS Rice Bowl-funded organization that is working on a safe passage program in Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview. Lastly, Ryan interviews Maria Aranda, who is a young adult leader with St. Gall Warriors of Peace, a CRS Rice Bowl-funded youth group in Gage Park.

Leadership Development in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
On today’s show, we highlight three engaging ministries that are forming and empowering lay leaders in the Archdiocese of Chicago. First, Mark Goebel speaks with Ryan about Pastoral Migratoria, the Archdiocese’s immigrant-to-immigrant ministry, and the recent Instituto hosted at Catholic Theological Union. Next, Ryan speaks with Michael Okińczyc-Cruz, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership (CSPL), a CRS Rice Bowl-funded organization that is working on a safe passage program in Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview. Lastly, Ryan interviews Maria Aranda, who is a young adult leader with St. Gall Warriors of Peace, a CRS Rice Bowl-funded youth group in Gage Park.

Summer Activities around the Arch

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
On today’s show, Dawn and Ryan discuss a variety of upcoming and recent events happening around the Archdiocese of Chicago. First, they speak with Fernando Rayas, Zach Czaia, and Fr. John Edmunds about “Discipleship Beyond My Block”, a collaboration of Theology on Tap presentations happening on the south side in July and August. Next, Pastor Ceasar Leflore joins the program to discuss the upcoming “Hands Across Chicago” prayer for peace taking place on Saturday, July 14 along Halsted Avenue and Madison Street. Finally, Fr. Steve Bauer and Carina Greico join Dawn and Ryan to recap the recent ECHO Theology of the Body camp.

2018 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award Winner Fr. Matt O’Donnell

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
On today’s show, Ryan Lents and Liz Young from the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity interview St. Columbanus pastor Fr. Matt O’Donnell, who is the 2018 recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. Ryan and Liz also discuss the upcoming 2018 Life and Justice Conference, as well as the “Catholics are Still In” declaration organized by the Catholic Climate Covenant and Catholic Relief Services’ response to the recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala.

God Created Truth

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Dawn and Ryan welcome Brian Butler of Dumb Ox Ministries to discuss the upcoming Echo Experience for youth and young adults (June 22-28). Echo provides an opportunity to learn how to love authentically while exploring the truth about creation and the foundation of the Catholic Faith. On the second half of the show, Father John Kartje, rector of Mundelein Seminary, joins the show to discuss how science and faith fit together in God’s plan for truth. A number of events where Father Kartje will be featured are discussed as well.

Exploring Human Dignity Through Immigration, Anti-Violence, and Care for Creation

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
On today’s show, Ryan speaks with Yazmin Saldivar-Perez and Michael Warrell from Immigration Ministry about the status of DACA, as well as the Keep Hope Alive Benefit Concert on April 9. Next, Ryan and Gustavo recap recent anti-violence events around the archdiocese, including the Good Friday Via Crucis walk in Brighton Park. The show wraps up with some opportunities around Earth Day and caring for our common home.
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