Monday, May 20, 2019

Captain Guy Gruters

Guy Gruters is a retired Air Force Captain who was shot down twice in Vietnam. He was captured after his second crash and imprisoned for over five years as POW.  He shares with us about that experience and how he overcame his hatred toward his captors through prayer and his relationship with God. He also shares about his spiritual life today and his daily practices.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the founder of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization that defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same.  She spoke with us about the effects and principles behind the sexual revolution, and what we can do to push back against it.  She makes reasoned arguments about why there is a better way for the next generation in moving forward.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hannah Brockhaus

Hannah Brockhaus writes for Catholic News Agency / EWTN News from Rome covering the Vatican and Pope Francis.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga

In 1994 the world looked on in disbelief and horror as Rwanda erupted in violent bloodshed. All across the landlocked African country, militant Hutus rose up to exterminate the Tutsi population, including women and young children. One hundred days later, a million bodies littered fields, streets, and even churches.

Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide while losing more than 80 of his family members and 45,000 of his parishioners in the killings. In the aftermath, Fr. Ubald experienced a renewed sense of purpose as a minister of reconciliation and a healing evangelist in his homeland and around the world. He offers 5 spiritual principles that can help those traumatized by the past to experience healing and peace in Christ.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cary Solomon & Chuck Konzelman

Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, are the Hollywood writers and producers behind God’s Not Dead and the film, Unplanned. Solomon and Konzelman are Catholics who believe the Lord is at work in Hollywood and modern technology is supporting a growing parallel industry of Christian film-making.

Jason Craig

Jason Craig writes, works, and hosts on-farm retreats at St. Joseph’s Farm. He is also the co-founder of and VP of program for Fraternus, a leading apostolate for Catholic mentoring, and is Senior Contributor for Those Catholic Men. Craig holds a Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute and is the author of a forthcoming book on rites of passage. He writes and speaks about Catholic mentoring, masculinity, culture, and only occasionally goes on a tear about his family inventing bourbon. All adventures are alongside his high-school sweetheart Katie and their five children.

Sr. Margie Cheong

Sister Margie Cheong has devoted herself to providing the best opportunities for education to the poor children of our world. Born on 1963 in Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea, she found her vocation at an early age and eventually joined the Sisters of Mary when she was 22 years old. In 1991, Sr. Margie served as the local superior to our Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico for 17 years. In 2008, she became the director of the Sisters of Mary schools in Korea. Currently she is serving the Sisters of Mary in the Latin American community as a support for the Sisters' of Mary well-being. 

Sr. Margie enjoys watching flowers, drawing each moment to remember, and keeping a journal whenever her time allows it. She has published two books, ‘The Foolish Heart’ (2014) and ‘The Art Diary’ (2017), and held several exhibitions with her drawings in Korea.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Anna Carter

Anna Carter is the co-founder of Eden Invitation, a movement celebrating personal integration and promoting solidarity beyond the LGBT paradigm. Through small groups, retreats, and online resources, Eden Invitation provides millennials with community and conversation focused on sexual identity. Anna’s tenacious faith in Jesus predated her own experience of same-sex desires. Her passion for catechesis and evangelization led her to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, NET Ministries, and the high school classroom. Anna now writes, speaks, and directs the work of Eden Invitation.

Fr. Donald Haggerty

Fr. Donald Haggerty, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York currently serving at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, has been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He has a long association as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. He is the author of the books Contemplative Hunger and Contemplative Provocations.

Peter Wiberg

Peter Wiberg talks to Fr. Mark about his apostate in Sweden, a country with a population of 10 million but where less than 1% attend Mass.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Kevin Cotter

Kevin Cotter is the Executive Director of Programming at Amazing Parish. He previously served with FOCUS for 11 years as a missionary and Sr. Director of Curriculum. He’s the author of numerous FOCUS resources and five books, including Dating Detox with his wife Lisa and his newest release, Called: Becoming a Disciple in a Post-Christian World. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado.

Fr. Brett Brannen

Fr. Brett Brannen is pastor of the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Savannah, Georgia. We sat down together and had a wonderful discussion on the priesthood and some of the practicalities of being a priest.  He is the author of a book published in August 2014, "A Priest in the Family: A Guide to Parents whose Sons are Considering Priesthood." He also authored "To Save a Thousand Souls," which he wrote to assist men considering a vocation to the priesthood. Fr. Brett provides parish missions and retreats to seminarians, priests, and religious orders, appears on EWTN and has an audio series on how to discern a priestly vocation.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dr. Carrie Gress

Dr. Carrie Gress speaks to us about her book, The Marian Option, and her upcoming book on the Anti-Marian spirit in the world.  She describes for us how Mary is especially a model for women today and is a solution for the challenges we face in the culture today. 

Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the editor at Helena Daily, a faculty member at Pontifex University and a member of the International Marian Association.

Dr. Gress is a regular blogger at The National Catholic Register, has written for numerous publications, and is a regular guest on EWTN.

Dr. Gress has lived and worked professionally in Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy and her work has been translated into nine languages.

A homeschooling mother of four, Dr. Gress and her family live in Virginia.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Antigua

This video is of the Cathedral in Panama City, Our Lady of Antigua.  Is was recently renovated after being closed for seven years.  We were fortunate enough to get a great tour of the Cathedral.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fr. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.

Father Augustine Wetta, O.S.B. is a monk of Saint Louis Abbey and a teacher at the Saint Louis Priory School, where he also coaches rugby and serves as chaplain. He runs “Monk Camp” during the summers for the youth and recently wrote a book, "Humility Rules."

He gave us this talk at an EWTN employee retreat. Father speaks about saints who were considered failures in life. It is liberating to hear how the saints did not live by the standards of this world. Very moving!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Fr. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B.

Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He earned an MA in philosophy at Duquesne University as well as an STD in theology and a PhD in religious studies at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium where he specialized in psychology of religion. He is a psychoanalyst as well as a spiritual director and has been a professor at St. Vincent Seminary where he also served as rector.

Father gave us our community retreat this year. This podcast is one of the conferences he gave us. It is the best talk on the cross that I have ever heard:

This is a talk on prayer by Father: