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.
Co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interviewed two individuals who have a heart for responding to those in our community who are risking or experiencing homelessness. Chicago Deacon Bob Conlin spoke about his experience of serving clients of South Suburban PADS. Additional information about PADS can be found at www.sspads.org. The other guest for the show was Tina Rounds, executive director of BEDS Plus. This organization, like PADS, also provides shelter, together with a variety of ancillary services that address situations that might precipitate being homeless or in need of temporary shelter. Information for BEDS can be found at www.beds-plus.org. Long story made short—as we welcome the stranger, we find that there is more to the response to homelessness than simply providing a temporary place to stay.
Sister Connie Bach, PHJC, Vocation Director for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ talks about the charism of her congregation, their volunteer program and Food Ministry. Ph. 574-340-6409
Mrs. Kathy Brady Murfin, Vocation Director for the Sisters, Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary talks about how as a married woman she met the Sisters and became their vocation director, including her ministry of helping women grow in their spirituality. Part of this congregation’s aim is to welcome older vocations and help women explore other options other than the vowed vocation. Contact Information: website: Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary (YouTube; Facebook)
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We conclude our 3-part series on MOTHERHOOD today with a first-hand account of the plight of mothers who are coming to Catholic Charities Food Pantries for assistance this year. Family Stabilization Supervisor Sharon Holmes has made many adjustments to keep eight Catholic Charities Food Pantries in Chicago operating to their greatest possible extent throughout the pandemic. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Sharon to discuss how the Food Pantries are currently doing, and Sharon will share stories of courage and resilience from the mothers she has met this year.
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. An unexpected encounter with a broken statue of the Virgin Mary next to a dumpster sparked a devotion to our Blessed Mother in Kevin Matthews. Kevin has authored a book titled Broken Mary: A Journey of Hope. The Broken Mary statue, and her self-proclaimed "roadie" Kevin, will be appearing at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield in the diocese of Joliet on Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm.
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the life-giving season of Easter. Particularly they focus on the baptismal character of Easter and having just renewed our baptism at the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday. Together they explore the theology of the season by breaking open the liturgies, readings and celebrations that make up this 50-day Feast.
Our 3-part series on MOTHERHOOD continues with this special program focused on the encouragement, peace, and love provided to this, and all generations, by the greatest mother of all: The Blessed Virgin Mary. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Reverend Gerard Kelly, C.M., Chaplain of Catholic Charities to discuss how Our Lady’s life on earth, and Her guidance from heaven offer tremendous inspiration to all mothers, fathers, and all who seek Her presence in their lives.
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The Catholic Lawyers Guild will be installing its first African-American president, (Retired) Judge Ed Washington, on May 26. Guests: Hon. Edward Washington II; Daniel R. Murray; Hon. Thomas More Donnelly.
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Today (April 22) is Earth Day. The Catholic Climate Covenant collaborates with other Catholic organizations to advance the Church's call for us to love and care for God's creation and our vulnerable neighbors. Guest: Jose Aguto
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. United Catholic Youth Ministries is a multi-parish pastoral ministry that supports youth, young adults, families and the Hispanic/Latinx community in Evanston. They have four main ministry focuses: Youth and Children Ministry, Campus Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Hispanic Ministry. Guests: James Holzhauer-Chuckas, Alex Roman, Alize Ramirez.
Clarissa Aljentera from the Office for Lifelong Formation joins Beth White, host, for On the Way to discuss anti-racism, her upcoming course at Boston College, and ways the Archdiocese is proactively trying to have very important conversations and ultimately put into practice, issues around race and diversity, specifically through a newly formed Racial Justice Circle and a novena for racial justice being prayed by employees of the pastoral center. Clarissa also suggests a few resources that might help listeners to continue their own journey of learning more.
Cliff Barber, Chief Strategy Officer for Renew My Church and Director of the Boston Catholic Initiative joins host, Beth White, to talk about the Black Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Chicago. They discuss the impact of parish closures and unifications in the Black Churches, primarily on the Southside of Chicago. Cliff shares his hope for the future even in the midst of great grief. The Black Catholic Initiative includes all Black Catholics in the Chicagoland area. The goal is to support and bring these Catholics together in creative ways. A new website will be launched in the coming months.
The Voice of Charity begins a three-part series celebrating MOTHERHOOD with a special show recognizing Catholic Charities Arts of Living Program. As one of the longest-running programs at the agency, the Arts of Living uses HOME VISITS to help expectant mothers, and mothers of children 0-3 by providing education, guidance and support with basic needs as they work toward greater stability in their lives. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Arts of Living Program Director Constance Upton, and Program Supervisor Danyelle Sloss to discuss the short, and long-term benefits of HOME VISITS during these formative years for all of the participants in this program.
Megan interviews Fr. Jason Torba, Pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish and Marta Robak, lay leader and parishioner. St. Ferdinand Parish and other communities in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been supporting the work of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) Brothers for many years. Fr. Torba and Marta share the story of how this relationship began and how it became a regular commitment. Megan then asks how the pandemic challenged their plans. They explain how the MOP Team, parish leaders and the Brothers worked together to come up with creative and new ways to continue. Fr. Torba and Marta also share stories of hope and generosity. They are proud of all that has been accomplished and how everyone came together to give, and grow in their faith during a pandemic.
We speak with Chelsea Baldwin and Emily McDonnell from the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation about how youth ministry has evolved since the beginning of Covid 19. We talk about digital responses and gathering opportunities for young people.
In recent weeks, Catholic Charities has been working with numerous civic and health partners to host ten vaccination events in Chicago and its suburbs, with additional events planned soon. These events often have been in communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Catholic Charities Southwest Regional Director Marilu Gonzalez to discuss the positive impact that these vaccination events have had, and teamwork that has made them possible.
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Holy Family Catholic Academy Students Meet NASA Scientist. Segment II: DePaul College Prep Support the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community.
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
Catholic Charities is working with Governors State University to broadcast an important virtual conversation on April 9 regarding the prevalence of human trafficking in the Chicago area. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Nancy Mott, a Catholic Charities volunteer, dedicated parishioner, and Certified Illinois Domestic Violence Professional to discuss how religious and secular groups across Chicagoland are helping victims and joining together to stop the spread of these crimes of exploitation.
In today’s show, co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interview Archdiocese of Chicago Deacon Dan Coughlin. Deacon Dan was recently appointed to serve at the Cardinal’s liaison to the Archdiocese’s lay ecclesial communities. The conversation explores what these movements are, why they are a blessing to the Church and how one might find out more about these groups. Some are well-known in Chicago—the Cursillo, the Charismatic Renewal Movement, Regnum Christi, Focolare, Escuela de la Cruz and many others. The movements, associations of lay people who seek to enter more deeply into their faith and be committed to life in the Church, are concrete instances of the Holy Spirit alive and converting us ever deeper. Information about these communities are on the Archdiocese’s website at https://www.archchicago.org/offices-and-ministries/lay-ecclesial-movements
Today’s guests are Alexian Brothers from the Immaculate Conception Province: Brother Tom Klein, C.F.A, Director of Ministry Development, and second-year novice, Brother Carl Sisolak who will be professing his first vows later this year. Br. Carl shares his vocation story while Br. Tom talks about the Brothers and their ministry since their foundation in Germany in year 1245. Today, the Brothers continue their Gospel response to the poor, the sick, the dying and all others who are marginalized and isolated from the society. The brothers ask for prayers for Br. Carl on his vocation journey and for the congregation’s ministries and continued growth in membership. Visit www.alexianbrothers.org to find out more.
Catholic Charities Junior Board is comprised of caring young professionals who give of their time, talent and treasure to further the mission of the agency. The Junior Board has stayed very active during the pandemic, working in warehouse food distribution, tutoring, and organizing groundbreaking virtual gatherings, such as the Racial Equity Book Club.
Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Noreen Russo and Gracie Covarrubias to discuss recent Junior Board initiatives and plans for the rest of this year.
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. "Music Has Legs" is an inspiring book that takes readers on the journey of Juan Manuel Pineda, from the streets of El Salvador to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) orphanage to the front page of the Chicago Tribune. The book delivers an uplifing story at a time when Good Stories are difficult to find.It highlights what people from Shriners Hospital for Children, UIC Hospital, NPH USA and a host of Chicago families can accomplish when they work together. Guests: Bishop Ron Hicks; Marlene Byrne
The BASE Chicago re-imagines pathways to success for urban youth by combining sports and academic opportunities on Catholic Chicago
Focus on the Liturgy explores the Holiest Week of the Year.
And Catholic Chicago reflects on Pope Francis’ recent trip to Iraq.
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the liturgies and rites of Holy Week. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday they explore the theology and spirituality of the these holiest of days for us as Christians. They give special attention to the liturgies of the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday.
Across the nation, mental health experts have seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking relief from COVID-related concerns such as anxiety, depression, and grief. The Encompassing Center is Chicago is making a positive impact in many people’s lives, offering mental health, substance use programs, and assistance with basic needs to residents of Chicago’s Near West Wise. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Jennifer Smith, Program Director to discuss how The Encompassing Center is all about wellness, and treating guests with respect and dignity.
Co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi talk to Eric Davis, Frank Brim and Rich Shulz about how The BASE Chicago re-imagines pathways to success for urban youth by combining sports and academic opportunities with a distinctive methodology rooted in excellence belief and love.
New York Times best-selling author Mark Shriver talks about his new book, 10 Hidden Heroes on Catholic Chicago
The Catholic Conference Hour explores the link between parental notice of abortion and raising a red flag about trafficking victims.
And we hear about the Medical Missionary of Mary sisters on Mission Matters.
Megan talks with Sr. Joanne Bierl, a Medical Missionary of Mary sister and Area Leader for the Americas. In this hour-long interview, Sr Bierl introduces her international congregation of women religious that seeks to share Christ’s healing love by bringing health services to people of different cultures around the world. Megan asks how the Medical Missionaries understand holistic healing, what that looks like in different settings and how that wisdom can help us get through this pandemic.
On the Way focuses on the Archdiocesan renewal movement, Renew My Church (RMC). Beth White and Jenn Delvaux, co-hosts, are joined by Rick Moreno and Valerie Jennings, two Parish Vitality Coordinators. Valerie, who serves vicariate six, shares the steps or phases parishes enter for the purpose of bringing about renewal. She also shares how parish communities work towards unification – new name, ministry unification process, prayer, etc. Rick, who serves in vicariate four, shares the vision of building the new reality, the final phase of RMC. And each share their hopes for the future.
Jenn Delvaux, who serves as the Senior Coordinator in the Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship (OEMD), and Beth, the director of OEMD, continue the conversation about renewal through the lens of evangelization. Jenn speaks of the intentional process of walking with pastors and leaders of evangelization in parishes. The main goal is to form missionary disciples and establish a culture of evangelization in parishes. Jenn and Beth discuss and define the various components of that culture – hospitality, listening, inviting, relationships, empowerment, prayer, witness, and mission.
Students and teachers from St. Ferdinand talk about their participation in Operation Rice Bowl activities on Catholic Schools Today.
New leadership and expanded programming in Lake County is highlighted on the Voice of Charity.
And teen dating violence is discussed on Lifelong Journey.
Catholic Charities was recently awarded a grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services to be one of eight service providers implementing the new Service Coordination and Navigation (SCaN) program to reduce violence in Chicago. Catholic Charities work will be in the Austin community where our Tolton Peace Center opened in 2018. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Associate Vice-President Laura Kuever to discuss how SCaN recognizes the importance of a caring adult in a youth’s life, and is structured accordingly, to help lead youth toward safer, successful lives.
Host Bob Gilligan welcomes Tony Cube of the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants initiative. They talk about the actions President Joe Biden has taken in favor of immigrants since assuming office in Late January, including the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.
Host Bob Gilligan welcomes Rabbi Shlomo Soroka of Aguduth-Israel. They discuss the importance of the Tax Credit Scholarship program to Jewish schools as the scholarship program for nonpublic schools faces a cut proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Host Bob Gilligan speaks to Bill Woolf, a human trafficking expert who has done trainings for the USCCB, about the link between parental notice of abortion and raising a red flag about trafficking victims.
Megan interviews Fr. Mark Weber, a Divine Word Missionary priest who is currently Rector of the Divine Word Theologate in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Fr. Weber shares some wonderful stories and memories of the Society of the Divine Word as they are celebrating 125 years of mission in North America. He describes ways that SVDs have ministered right here in the Archdiocese of Chicago and highlights how North American priests and brothers, and Divine Word Missionaries from all over the world, have continued the good work of Christ's Mission to proclaim the Gospel all over the globe.
The Board of Trustees at Saint Patrick High School, Chicago’s oldest all-boys Catholic high school, announced the appointment of Daniel A.
Santucci ’02 as the school’s next president. Santucci, a former National Football League (NFL)
player and experienced development director at the University of Notre Dame, becomes the
third president in Saint Patrick’s 160-year history after the president/principal model was
adopted in 1987. Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi.
Co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi spend time talking to New York Times best-selling author Mark K. Shriver about his new book, 10 Hidden Heroes, an exciting seek-and-find book with a message. Featuring everyday heroes at home and in our neighborhoods, this vibrantly illustrated book helps children develop counting skills and learn how they too can be heroes in day-to-day life.
Host Clarissa Aljentara speaks with Fr. Charles Dahm about teen dating violence. The Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach is facilitating a teen dating violence program at various parishes in the Archdiocese.
Juniors at Resurrection College Prep High School to mix virtually with their counterparts in San Marino on Catholic Chicago.
A a proposed repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion for Minors law in Illinois is discussed on Fully Alive.
And Chicago area sisters talk about a call to transformative love in religious life on Dare to Love.
In recent weeks, Catholic Charities of Lake County has welcomed two new leaders to its executive team, and the new Schreiber Center for Human Services has increased its programming. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Thomas Powers, new Chairman of the Lake County Board of Advisors, and Kristen Flanagan, Lake County Regional Project Manager to discuss how Catholic Charities in Lake County continues to innovate and work with community partners to address urgent needs of vulnerable residents.
The fourth-grade students from Academy of St. Benedict the African researched and learned about historic African American people in honor of Black History Month. Students summarized their research and created a costume to present their historic person via a video. These videos were compiled to create a unique wax museum. Students chose historic figures like Duke Ellington and Nina Simone. Guests: Susie Hawkes; Kennedy (Fourth-grade Student); Chloe (Fourth-grade student).
In solidarity with hungry children around the world, St. Ferdinand School students had a Rice Bowl lunch last week. Through having a bowl of rice for lunch, students were able to empathize with people around the world that may only have a small bowl of rice as a meal. Students are collecting money for Catholic Relief Services during Lent through the Operation Rice Bowl Project. Students prayed for the those who are hungry and learned how the money they will raise through Operation Rice Bowl will be used to help improve the lives of those in need. Guests: Erin Boyle Folino; Freida "Ms. Koko" Kokosioulis; Karina (Third-grade student); Jayden (Eighth-grade student).
In today’s show, co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interview Archdiocese of Chicago Deacon Keith Strohm. An important part of Deacon Strohm’s ministry is work in parishes across the United States to encourage people’s conversion into becoming missionary disciples. That is, through parish missions, retreats, workshops, parish staff development sessions, Deacon Strohm encourages and instructs fellow Christians to see how beautiful and rich life in Christ is—more beautiful and richer than we often imagine. At the deacon’s website that hosts his M3 Catholic Ministries, you can find wonderful resources to acquaint yourself with not only the work of M3 Catholic Ministries but also to lift yourself up, with the grace of God, into becoming missionary disciples, alive in the Spirit and passionate to share the Good News. The website is at www.m3catholic.com.
Sr. Anita Baird, DHM (Religious Congregation of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary) and Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ (Religious Society of the Sacred Heart) return as guests to promote their upcoming event, “A Call to Transformative Love in Religious Life: Stories of Race, Place and Grace – Series 2”. This is a 3-part series, jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life and The National Black Sisters’ Conference on three Mondays this month: March 8, 15 and 22.
Sr. Maria also talks about her experience as presenter to an international audience with the Union of International Superiors General (UISG) about her book, “Religious Life for Our World: Creating Communities of Hope” (available from Orbis Books and Amazon).
Sr. Lovina invited everyone to celebrate Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 to 14), women discerners to participate in Chicago’s Got Sisters on March 20, and everyone to join CAVA for the 12-Hour Prayer Marathon on March 24. Visit www.vocationscava.org for details.
Amate House and the Jesuit Volunteer MAGIS program at Loyola University offer caring young adults the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience while they live in Chicago with other program participants. Catholic Charities is one of the not-for-profit agencies where these young adults volunteer, to learn more about social work and fulfill their program requirements. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Lauren Jhin and Katie Athis to discuss the many ways their program experiences have expanded their knowledge, of themselves, and of the world.
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest all girls Catholic school on the North side. Juniors there have a unique upcoming opportunity to mix virtually with their counterparts at the Scuola Secondaria di San Marino. San Marino is a small independent state surrounded by Northern Italy. Guests: Robert Allegrini; Lyn Scolaro; Antonia Barone. Segment II: Nonviolence Works is conducting training of trainers. Guests: Phil Bradley; Larry Campbell
The Voice of Charity welcomes the new Chief Program Officer at Catholic Charities.
The Great Season of Lent is explored on Focus on the Liturgy.
And Catholic Chicago looks at Mayslake Ministries and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.
In this broadcast of Focus On the Liturgy, recorded in the first Week of Lent, co-hosts Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) discuss and explore this great season! They talk about the theology and the spirituality of Lent as well as the liturgies that mark the season. Plus, they spend time exploring the purpose of Lent its history.
Catholic Charities recently welcomed a new leader to its Executive Team, Ami Novoryta who has begun her tenure as Chief Program Officer. In this role, Ami leads all program services development, design and delivery, to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of clients we serve each year are met with professionalism, respect and compassion. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Ami Novoryta to The Voice of Charity.
Host Bob Gilligan talks to Geno Fernandez, president of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s school board. They talk about raising money for the Archdiocese’s $1.4 million Gratitude Fund, which distributed $250 to full-time employees in Archdiocesan schools and $100 to part-time employees as a thank-you for their efforts toward in-person learning during the pandemic.
Host Bob Gilligan speaks with Anthony Holter, president of Empower Illinois, the scholarship-granting organization for the Tax Credit Scholarship program used by most Catholic schools in Illinois. They talk about the organization’s recently released annual report.
Host Bob Gilligan talks to Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network, which seeks to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, about the potential for ending the federal death penalty under President Joe Biden, who is the first sitting U.S. president to openly oppose the death penalty.
Beth White interviews Fr. James Martin, SJ, about his newest book, “Learning to Pray: A guide for Everyone.” The two discuss the genesis of the book that he worked on for about a decade. Fr. Jim shares that he wrote if for his 20-something self who had no idea how to pray. After thirty years of being a Jesuit, walking with people at all stages of their faith journey, Fr. Jim sees the importance of having an honest conversation about what does and does not happen in prayer. There is not a right way to pray, just different ways. And at the heart of all prayer, is God reaching for us.
The Tolton Spirituality Center has been a fruit of the pandemic. Beth White, the Host of On the Way, interviews Fr. Gerard Jordan, OPraem, about the newly announced Center to serve the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago. With a $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation, this new initiative will lead the way in healing and building vitality in parishes. Fr. Gerard shares the ways in which Fr. Tolton was not deterred by racism or struggle and how his experience can help all of us as we face the challenges of the pandemic, “isms” in our society and Church, and the outcomes of parish communities uniting under a new roof.
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The entire hour of today's program is dedicated to the season of Lent. Guests Todd Williamson and Terry Navarro spend time discussing Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent.
A new award-winning documentary has been released sharing the life-affirming work done every day at The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) to help the homeless. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome filmmaker Lucia Mauro and Jacqueline Hayes, founder of CHI to discuss “I Have A Name,” and the constellation of people and organizations working to eradicate poverty and homelessness.
On Juneteenth, 2020, Marian Catholic High School senior, Tamera Trimuel, published her first book titled Dear Black Girl, You are IT! Co-hosts Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi spend time talking with Tamera.
Back with us is Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ (see January 7, 2021 show), joined by Sr. Anita Baird, DHM (Religious Congregation of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary https://www.dhm.org. Sr. Anita served as late Cardinal George’s Chief of Staff in 1997 and founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice in 2000. Sr. Anita was past president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She has been given various awards and recognitions for spiritual and community leadership both locally and nationally. Sisters Maria and Anita talked about their collaboration on the 3-part series, ”A Call to Transformative Love in Religious Life: Stories of Race, Place and Grace,” (videocast accessible from https://learn.ctu.edu/?s=race) during Black Catholic History Month in November. Another 3-part series will be offered on three Mondays: March 8, 15 and 22, 2021, which we will hear about next time on Dare to Love.
In today’s show, co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interview Connie Rakitan of Faith and Fellowship, as well as Deacon Al Sedivy. Both guests address ministerial outreach to those who endure mental illness, together with those who accompany and love those so afflicted. Both initiatives are connected with the Archdiocese’s Commission on Mental Illness. The origins of Faith and Fellowship, its present course and outreach are explained. In a word or two that doesn’t do justice to what they do, Faith and Fellowship is a way for those with mental illness to be accompanied in seeing their experiences as part of everyone’s walk with the Lord. Loving support, companionship and talk about our Faith is offered in structured small groups. For information about Faith and Fellowship, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.383.9276 or go to the website at https://www.archchicago.org/offices-and-ministries/persons-with-disabilities.
The other initiative, Moving Forward in Hope, was outlined by Deacon Al Sedivy. These monthly Zoom meetings are ways for family and those with mental illness to pray together for one hour one day a month. People are able to register on a monthly basis to join the conversation and prayer. A Scripture passage is chosen and discussed in small break-out groups. No prior experience with Scripture is expected. The only requirement is to have an open heart and a willingness to at least listen to others pray and reflect. The meetings are on the fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 PM. You can register by emailing Deacon Tom Lambert at email@example.com or using the contact information for the Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness at https://www.archchicago.org/offices-and-ministries/persons-with-disabilities.
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.