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All in the Family – Celebrating our Catholic Nuns and Sisters – 9/23/17

They’re all over the Web. On Instagram. Even reality TV. Nuns have become a pop-cultural habit, and a surprising number of millennials are opting in . In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five facts that might surprise you about living life of a religious nun or sister.

Denise and Tony Oborny are parents to 3 daughters who have joined the same religious order of cloistered nuns, the Norbertine Associate of St. Joseph in Tehachapi, California. The Oborny’s discuss the blessings and trials of giving up children to the exclusive service of God.
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Peggy continues her conversation with the Obornys and invites listeners to call in with their comments or questions about discerning a vocation for yourself or your child.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a local parish’s fall luncheon and asks the women there, “have you ever had a friend or family member join a religious order?”

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Nature’s Power and Beauty 9/16/17

atherine Cunningham Nature has revealed her destructive power in recent weeks, but her beauty still commands awe. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five most stunning natural landscapes she’s ever visited.

Catholic photographer Catherine Cunningham is the CEO of Natural Intelligence LLC, a brand that promotes human+nature relationships through photography, communication strategies, interactive media, and short films on social & environmental issues for world leaders in business and government. Catherine shares her stories from photographing with her distinctly Catholic lens in 65 countries.

Catherine continues her discussion about how her work in cultural anthropology and international peace studies with the University of Notre Dame contributed toward her ministry to bring Catholics closer to God through creative artistry inspired by the Virgin Mary’s peace directives. Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments for our guest.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy revisits conversations she had with grammar schoolers sharing how they would paint a picture of heaven.


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Gimme the Good News! – 9/2/17

DonnaRossIn a week with so many tragic accounts of the hurricane devastation in Texas, we’ll turn on the sunshine today and spread some good news. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five most uplifting news stories to come out of the Hurricane Harvey coverage.
Donna Ross, a former longtime executive with Disney, shares the good news of her conversion and how she transferred her skills from advancing the Magic Kingdom to promoting the Eternal Kingdom.
As a founding member of the Magnificat’s Central Service Team, Donna talks about the Magnificat ministry to Catholic women and its National Leadership Conference being held in Orange County this October. Listeners are invited to call in with their comments and questions for Donna.


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SING, SING A SONG– 8/26/17

Catholics have a rich legacy of worshiping through music. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite rock, pop or country western artists who recorded a serious spiritual album (or two) during their celebrated secular careers.
Dr. John Romeri, director of music ministries and organist at Christ Cathedral, the seat of the diocese of Orange, discusses the importance of music in worship- especially as it reflects the rich history and tenets of our faith. He also shares the particular challenges of restoring the iconic 20,000 pipe Hazel Wright Organ that will continue its residence in the Cathedral after an extensive restoration in Padua, Italy.
Ian Cabrera, communications manager for the diocese of Orange,talks about Christ Fest, the second annual Christian music event, expected to attract nearly 8,000 local Christian music fans to the Christ Cathedral campus for a celebration of the Christian faith through music and food! To find out more about Christ Fest 2017 on September 7 & 8, check out christfestoc.com
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a gathering of local Catholics after 8:30 AM Sunday Mass and asks them, “do you like to sing at Mass?”


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All Saints Today! 8/17/17

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August is a great month for Saints’ feast days. That’s why we’re devoting our show to saints today.
Actor Andrae Goodnight discusses his role as Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest, in Saint Luke Productions’ newest drama, “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” debuting in October. Fr. Tolton’s cause for canonization is advancing under the guidance of Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago.
Joe Klinker, founder of Tiny Saints, shares the story of how he and his wife grew an idea to better teach their children about the saints to a successful acessory company that features whimsical depictions of hundreds of saints on a variety of charms.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a Vacation Bible School in session at a nearby parish and asks the kids to tell her about their favorite saint.
In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite pieces of trivia about our communion of saints.


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Keep your Cool – It’s Back to School! 8/9/17

Dr. Michael McLean-Thomas AquinasReady or not, it’s time to get back to school. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five best pieces of advice she’d like to offer incoming freshmen as they pack up for their first year of college.
Dr. Michael McLean, President of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula , California, discusses the Catholic foundation that has shaped his school’s remarkable success, consistently ranked high among such organizations as The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger.
As Peggy and Dr. McLean continue their conversation about Thomas Aquinas College and its student life, listeners are invited to call in with their comments and questions.


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Passport to Faith! 8/5/17

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Summer is a time of pilgrimage, of the spiritual and secular variety. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five most important dispositions of an authentic pilgrim.

David Owens, Chairman of the Camino de Santiago Minstiry at Santiago de Compostella Catholic Church in the diocese of Orange, discusses his parish’s annual reenactment of the Pilgrim Walk that winds 300 miles through many northern cities in Spain to arrive at St. James’ burial place in Spain.

Veronica Paini,who blogs on her site “the Modern Pilgrim”, joins our conversation about traveling as an authentic Catholic pilgrim, especially in regard to her recent trip to Cuba.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a group of ladies who make rosaries each week and asks them to tell her about the holiest place they’ve ever visited.