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Lifelong Journey

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

The Office for Lifelong Formation is the Archdiocese of Chicago's ministry office supporting Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and Family Ministry.  The Lifelong Journey radio show highlights faith formation themes from early childhood to senior stages of life.   A primary focus is on ministering to families. 

Clarissa Aljentera, Senior Coordinator Children’s Ministry, hosts Lifelong Journey. Listeners are encouraged to tune in every second Wednesday of the month to hear more about the Office of Lifelong Formation. 

Extraordinary Mission Month

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
As part of our call as disciples we think about our call to mission beyond our neighborhoods and into the world. We hear more about the Extraordinary Mission Month in October. Traditionally World Mission Month is celebrated in October and this year Pope Francis declared October as Extraordinary Mission Month. We are joined by Megan Mio, who coordinates mission appeals and education for the Mission Office.

 

 

Experiencing big Church as a young Catholic

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
In learning to meet young people where they are at our local Church has created an opportunity for middle school students to learn more about Christ. Our fall event, Holy Fire, is a response to the ways in which we can encounter and accompany middle schoolers. We talk about the format of the event as well as pointing to the research that supports large events as a venue for facilitating encounters with Christ in meaningful and diverse ways. The guest for the show is Chelsea Piper, senior coordinator of youth and young adult ministry.

 

 

Approaching Accompaniment

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Throughout our conversations around Renew My Church we are constantly speaking about accompaniment and ways in which we are approaching it. One way in which we are approaching accompaniment differently is through a process we are piloting in a handful of Catholic schools that is specifically for seventh graders. We are building in components to help parents, teachers, principals and students feel listened to as part of our process. This month's guest is Clarissa Aljentera and the host is Juan Pablo Padilla, both from the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation.

 

 

Blended Formation

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
We are building opportunities for individuals to learn about our Catholic faith at a speed and time that is more accessible for their lifestyles. Our content is put together by our Certification and Formation team after carefully listening to individuals needs and created to answer their questions. Senior Coordinator Kenneth Velasquez comes on Lifelong Journey to talk about new learning opportunities.

 

 

Running Theology on Tap as a collaborative process between parishes

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
We speak with Juan Pablo Padilla who guides our conversation about Theology on Tap and the collaborative approach parishes are taking to host this yearly summer event. We speak about accompaniment and collaboration in supporting the young adults in our parishes and within our communities.

 

 

Enrichment and Formation for today's adult

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Taking the time to participate in enrichment days for lay volunteers is an integral part of formation. In our busiest of days we learn to trust in the Spirit to get us through. Join us in conversation with guests Victor Vallejo and Maryvel Torres to explore what formation days can do to boost one's spirit and one's vocation especially in support of accompanying engaged couples toward marriage. Vallejo and Torres work on the family ministry team in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

 

 

Creating Adult Formation Strategies

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
We take a deep dive and begin to learn more about the pieces about Adult Faith Formation that will shape how the Office of Lifelong Formation adult formation strategies will be created in the time of Renew My Church. We discuss some key Church documents that will guide our journey through this process of renewal. Our guest for the show is Adrian Badillo, who is the Senior Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation.

 

 

Accompaniment and Renew My Church

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Fr. Jason Malave, the Cardinal’s Liaison to Renew My Church and Cathy Walz Director of Pastoral Accompaniment for Renew My Church spoke on the theme of accompaniment. Both talked about what accompaniment is, how accompaniment has been important in their own personal lives and how accompaniment helped them be who they are today. We also journeyed into scripture and discussed how Jesus himself accompanied. Fr. Jason spoke one the importance of accompaniment within the Renew My Church process as we seek to make disciples, build communities and inspire witness. Our guests also shared practical applications for accompaniment moving forward.

 

 

Wisdom for All Ages

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Who are the notably wise among us? Guests Joellyn Cicciarelli and Santiago Cortes-Sjoberg of Loyola Press inspire listeners in conversation about a book release entitled, Sharing the Wisdom of Time. The book consists of a global collection of personal stories from elders empowered by faith with wisdom. This is a treasure-trove by Pope Francis and Friends to guide young and old with exceptional advice. Real life stories of Love, Hope, Struggle, Death and Work align with the Pascal Mystery relevant to our everyday lives. Fr. Greg Boyle, Leah Chase and Fr. Desmond O’Grady are featured. The faith lens of each story is where true inspiration for reflection is found. The show is hosted by Patricia Malinowski and co-hosted by Juan Pablo Padilla.

 

 

Captivating Young People

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Youth Synod 2018 and World Youth Day heighten outreach to engage young people in the church. These events are creating global milestones that offer astounding opportunities for today’s young people. The Church turns a listening ear to young people. In October, Yadira Vieyra delegate to the Synod of Bishops XV Ordinary General Assembly representing the Archdiocese of Chicago took to Rome as an advocate for young people. What do young people want from the Church? Find out as Yadira, a dynamic young leader shares her experience. As young people throughout the world are preparing for World Youth Day -Panama 2019, Robbie Anderson, an expert of youth ministry brings to light the life changing impact of World Youth Day. As three-time attendee of World Youth Day, Robbie advocates to inspire our listeners of all ages. The impact of Robbie’s encounter of the suffering Jesus Christ at World Youth Day is an incredible faith sharing experience. Marie Ramirez, is getting ready to participate in her first World Youth Day in Panama. Marie’s enthusiasm is expressed by hope -filled stories. Tune-in for more. Broadcast of Lifelong Journey is hosted by Patricia Malinowski and co-hosts Victor Vallejo Garcia and Juan Pablo Padilla. This show enlivens the inclusion of young people in the church.

 

 

Preparing the Way

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Advent theme of this segment of Lifelong Journey is wrapped in the fruits of the Synod on the Family. Notably, as Fr. Louis J. Cameli bridges the journey from the synod to pastoral attentiveness of families, in his new book A New Vision of Family Life, A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia. This book is a treasure for married couples and families. Fr. Cameli guides us into a greater awareness of the presence of God amid the daily lives of families, who are the formators of the domestic church. Listeners will discover how to spiritually internalize a family readiness for the coming celebration of Jesus this Christmas. Takeaways inspire reflection that lead to faith-filled action. Pre-Cana facilitators Jane and Tim OLeary engage listeners in personal stories of Catholic family traditions shared with their family during Advent. The show is hosted by Patricia Malinowski and co-host Victor Vallejo Garcia.

 

 

Jammin’ Holy Fire

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Over nine thousand middle-school students from Catholic schools and Religious Education Programs packed the UIC Pavilion in October for a radical faith-filled experience. Meeting Jesus has taken on new meaning. The encounter is a celebration of faith, fun, reflection, challenge and renewal. Patricia Malinowski with co-hosts Juan Pablo Padilla and Victor Vallejo Garcia talk with missionary disciples of lifelong formation: Sr. Alicia Torres, Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, Fr. Peter Wojcik, Director, Department of Parish Vitality and Mission, St. Symphorosa teacher-catechists Eileen Akroush and Janet Funk. Guests bear witness to the glory of the Holy Spirit alive and well amongst Catholic youth. The call to religious life prompted by Holy Fire and the impact of Eucharist Adoration is remarkable. Tune in to catch the sparks!

 

 

Inspiring Catechists

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The USCCB in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago encourages parish recognition of catechists annually on Catechetical Sunday. To learn more go to About Catechetical Sunday. This year’s Catechetical Sunday theme is Enlisting Witnesses For Jesus Christ. Patricia Malinowski, Office of Lifelong Formation, Senior Coordinator Catechetical Ministry hosts inspiring local catechists. These guests share the joys and challenges in their catechetical roles to form missionary disciples. Guests from St. Joseph Church, Chicago are Kim Rak, Director of Religious Education, and Lisa Feriend, SPRED. Elizabeth Vogt, Director of Religious Education, and Amanda Wozniak, catholic school teacher are from St. Theresa Church, Palatine. Find out how these catechists are living out the call to enlist witnesses at their parish.

 

 

Life and Justice Conference/Golden Wedding

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ryan Lents, director of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity shared his experience in ministry. He also spoke about the Life and Justice Conference that will take place on September 15th, 2018. Sister Helen Prejean will be the keynote speaker. Rafael and Olga Anglada shared their 37 years of experience of service to the Archdiocese of Chicago through the Pre-Cana marriage preparation. They also invited us to attend the Golden Wedding anniversary sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mr. Rafael and Mrs. Olga will also be participating as delegates to the National V ENCUENTRO.

 

 

Life and Justice

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
On the Lifelong Journey show, guest Ray Pingoy of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity shared some information about the Archdiocesan office he works for and the Life and Justice Conference. It will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9am- 3pm at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. Guest Alfredo Palafox a young adult minister from St. Gall Parish in the South Side joined us to speak about Theology on Tap in his community and an invitation to the Jeremiah young adult ministry retreat on August 17th-19th.

 

 

Jenn Delvaux

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
On the Lifelong Journey show today, guest Jenn Delvaux from the Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Chicago shared her role and her journey in ministry. She also shared with us some exciting projects the office is working on and the coming of the World Youth Day symbols to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Co-host Victor Vallejo also spoke about the Office of Lifelong Formation Facebook page. Invitations to Theology on Tap sessions were also shared during the show.

 

 

Theology on Tap

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Fr. Tom Rosica joined the show to talk about the Theology on Tap kickoff event on Monday June 25th, at 6:30pm at the Fremont. Fr. Tom also shared his experiences from past Theology on Tap seasons and last year’s kickoff. Maria Tatiana Aranda, Gabriela Garcia and Maria Siap also joined and invited us to attend their unique first time sites for young adult married couples at St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Pascal. Tatiana and Gabriela also will have a unique site in the South Side for young adults that are dealing with tough issues related to addictions, violence and other similar circumstances and how we are called to faith in action. Elisabeth Roman closed the show with a powerful witness of the V ENCUENTRO process at the Archdiocesan and Regional level.

 

 

Summer Institute for Youth Ministers/Echo Chicago

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Anne Wicker, from Queen of Angels parish in Chicago and Matthew Goto, Youth Minister at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, join Anna Dudek to speak about the Summer Institute for Youth Ministers. Together they share experiences of the benefits and the fruits based on their own lived experiences with the Summer Institute. Jeremy Medrano a young adult heading for work in Ireland with Net Ministries alongside St. Joseph College Seminarian Andres Tejeda join Ray Pingoy to speak about ECHO Chicago 2018. All three spoke about their own personal experience with ECHO and how it has formed them deeper in their faith journey and how it be a great resource for other young adults and youth.

 

 

Pascua Juvenil

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Cathy, Cesar, Alberto and Ruby from across the Chicagoland Area share with us the experiences they lived as they celebrated and reflected on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. They shared stories and experiences that occurred during the Easter retreats known as Pascua Juvenil and how they saw the lives of youth and young adults be transformed in the Waukegan, Gage Park, Nashville and Joliet areas. They expressed a genuine witness to the transforming power of Love in Jesus Christ and we can be formed in Jesus’ Love.

 

 

The Season of Lent

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
We discussed the Liturgical Season of Lent and the different ways we can live out the season. Victor spoke about the ten important things to observe in Lent and we also invited people to consider ways that they can sacrifice to better connect with God. Susan L. Amann, the Associate Director for the Office of Lifelong Formation shared experiences on how Lent can be lived as a family and creative ways families can consider experiencing Lent.

 

 

Intergenerational Lifelong Faith Formation

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Guest Mr. John Roberto from the Talbot School of Theology spoke about the importance of inter-generational Lifelong Faith Formation. Mr. Roberto also touched on the importance of digital media to encounter people where they're at. Mr. John Roberto will be a keynote speaker at our Chicago Faith Congress on February 10th, 2018.

 

 

Catholic Faith Congress

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Guest Co-Host Jesus "CHUY" De Leon Director of the Office of Lifelong Formation joined Victor and Pablo to talk about the Catholic Faith Congress taking place on February 10th, 2018. Also on the show were Keynote Speaker Bishop Frank Caggiano from Bridgeport Connecticut and workshop facilitator Denise Utter, writer, educator, and speaker who presents topics of faith for Our Sunday Visitor and Vibrant Faith. Learn more about the Chicago Faith Congress by listening to the Lifelong Journey Radio Show.

 

 

Catholic Medals in Scouting and Catholic Dreamers Ministry

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Guests spoke about the Catholic Youth Medals specifically about the American Heritage Girls, Camp Fire (Girls & Boys), Girl Scouts (GSUSA) and Junior Daughters & Junior Knights of St. Peter Claver. We also had a conversation about the Catholic Dreamers Ministry and who they will be serving. There was also an invitation to a retreat that will be hosted by the Catholic Dreamers Ministry on November 11th.

 

 

Lifelong Journey Radio Show October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
We spoke about the two major events hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago for junior high and freshmen teens and the young adult faith night (re) ENCOUNTER. We also interviewed Fernando Rayas of the Parish Peace Project, a CCHD recipient, and Maria Tatiana Aranda, youth minister for Warriors of Peace at St. Gall Parish.

 

 

Lifelong Journey Radio Show September 13th, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
We spoke about the Golden Wedding Ceremony with Victor Vallejo of the Marriage and Family Ministry Team. Also on the show, we discussed the Life and Justice Conference with Gustavo Arreguin of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity. Fr. Brad joined us to discuss (re) ENCOUNTER and we also discussed the Six Weeks with the Word of God Kick Off event and program.

 

 

Youth/Young Adult Ministries

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
We were joined by representatives from the youth group “Warriors of Peace” and the young adult group “Jeremiah” of St. Gall Parish in the Gage Park neighborhood in Chicago. They shared their experience in their ministry to teens and their collaboration with the young adult group. The young adults also shared personal stories of how they came to be ministers for teens and their peers. An invitation was given to come and participate in the Peace Walk organized by both ministries for September 2nd 2017 and a young adult retreat that will take place on August 18th, 19th and 20th.

 

 

Missionaries in Africa

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In this Lifelong Journey Show, we discussed the diverse realities missionaries face in Africa. Our guest shares his personal experience in his missionary work as it relates to the challenges and fruits of his missionary work. The conversation give insight to a world very different and at the same time similar to ours. We also talk about the Renewed Theology On Tap Summer Program that will kicking off in July. Information about different host sites and how to access information about Theology on Tap was discussed.

 

 

Marriage and Family Ministry

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Lifelong Journey Show interviews the Marriage and Family Ministry Team of the Office of Lifelong Formation. Our guests the Senior Coordinator Clarissa Aljentera and Coordinators Victor Vallejo, Maryvel Torres and Laura Palafox share their stories of how they came to work in ministry. They also shared their experience during the transition to their new roles and how they are working hard to better serve parish communities through the diverse resources they offer. Also in the interview information was given on upcoming programs and events.

 

 

Cathechesis

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Patricia Malinowski and Adrian Badillo from the Catechatical Team from the Office of Lifelong Formation join us to share their personal stories on how they first started in ministry. Both also share their experiences during Holy Week and the Pascal Triduum, and how they encountered Christ. Lastly they shared upcoming and current programs as well as resources for people involved with Religious Education.

 

 

Reflections on Lent and Encountering Christ

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Karina De Avila from the Dioceses of Joliet shared her experience of encounter with Christ. Karina also expressed experiences with the power of prayer, her involvement in youth and young adult ministry and her role as a mentor to young leaders. We also had a conversation of Lent and how we encounter and follow Christ during the Lenten season. Karina also invited our listeners to an event at Mount Carmel in Joliet on March 11th, 2017 of assistance the immigrant community.

 

 

National Marriage Week

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Reflections on National Marriage Week with our hosts Tim and Jane O’Leary. They shared their experiences of being involved in Marriage Ministry and their work in their parish as they engage married couples to reflect on the value of marriage. They also share their contribution to National Marriage Week. Also on the show were our guests Kate Macan and Kevin Foy of the Maryknoll Fathers. Kate shared her experience as a newly hired staff member to work on young adult formation programs and Kevin is working closely with Fernando Rayas of the Parish Peace Project on an event that will be both a prayer vigil for immigrants and an art show that expresses immigrant realties.

 

 

Intergenerational Lifelong Faith Formation

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Guest Mr. John Roberto from the Talbot School of Theology spoke about the importance of inter-generational Lifelong Faith Formation. Mr. Roberto also touched on the importance of digital media to encounter people where they're at. Mr. John Roberto will be a keynote speaker at our Chicago Faith Congress on February 10th, 2018.

 

 

Jackie Francois Angel

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Today we interviewed full-time traveling speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader from Orange County, CA. Jackie Francois Angel. Jackie will be at our Youth Rally and Mass event hosted by the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity via the Respect Life team of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Department of Parish Vitality and Mission. The event will be on January 15th, 2018. Also on the show, Yazmin Saldivar speaks about National Migration Week and follow-up mass with Cardinal Cupich on January 8th, 2017. Yazmin also participated on a special research project with Dreamers from across the country in Mexico and also collaborates with the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity with the Immigration Ministry team.

 

 

Cultural Celebrations on Christmas

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Hosts Victor Vallejo, Joshua Smyser and Juan Pablo Padilla talk with Rafal Frackiewicz, Raymund Pingoy and Maryvel Torres about Christmas celebrations and traditions from Poland, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

 

 

Witness of Service

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Sr. Alicia Torres, Cathy Moore and Arturo Gonzalez talk about their service and ministry in our communities. They share witness of service in light of justice and love of neighbor.

 

 

Formation and Beyond!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Formation does not only take place within our parishes. It takes place in our parish communities, in our neighborhoods, and throughout the world! On this month’s show, Joshua and Pablo start off with Mark Goebel, Assistant Director of Development and Partnerships in the Office of Human Dignity & Solidarity, Jawanza Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and Irene Robinson, one of KOCO’s community leaders, to discuss how we can better form and support people in our communities. In the second half of the show, we shift gears to formation beyond our state and country borders. Megan Mio, Director of the Mission Office, and Marta Robak, lay leader at St. Ferdinand Parish, come on to talk about missionary discipleship, World Mission Sunday, and the “Together in Mission” Conference.

 

 

Pastoral Center Update & The Domestic Church

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
On this month's show, we are visited by the Director of the ALL NEW Office for Lifelong Formation, Jesus "Chuy" DeLeon to discuss what the office makeup is and what's in store for the future. We are also visited by Maryvel Torres, Coordinator of Family Programs, and Victor Vallejo-Garcia, Coordinator of Marriage Programs, to discuss how we all can better build the Domestic Church in our lives and communities.