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Tell Me Something Good! 10/14/17

In the midst of hurricanes, earthquakes, death and fires there is still good news to be found. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy shares the top five most encouraging bits of news below the headlines.Roma_Downey

Actress and producer Roma Downey talks about her experineces portraying Mary, the Mother of God in several films. She also shares the new online magazine she and husband Mark Burnett have just launched, “Lightworkers.com”, a website that celebrates good news from around the world through articles, interviews and videos.

Connie Rossini, co-author of “The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila” discusses how to enrich our recitation of the rosary, drawing on the example and teachings of these two great saints.
In Chatting with Catholics, the show’s “man on the street” reporter, Charles, takes his mircophone to a confirmation class and asks the students “what are the biggest mysteries in your life right now?”

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Reigning Men! 10/7/17

mark_matthewsMen are too often dismissed as being less spiritual than women. Phooey! Peggy lists the top five best blog/websites for men seeking to enrich their Catholic faith.

Mark Matthews works with Artificial Intelligence technologies for Google and formerly managed visual FX animation for Dreamworks Animation , and by night he is the founder of “Bibles and Brew”, a Catholic men’s fellowship group that encourages men to grow in their faith and masculine identity. He discusses his concerns about the invasion of artificial intelligence into our culture.

Mark Matthews continues his conversation with Peggy about “manning up” in your Catholic faith. Listeners are invited to call in with their comments or questions for Mark.


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Finding the Catholic in Pop Culture 9/30/17

Sr. Nancy UsselmannIt’s easy to be disheartened by contemporary culture, but Catholicism is timeless and ever relevant to each generation’s trends. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five indications that the truth of Catholicism is still beating in the heart of modern culture.
Sr. Nancy Usselmann, Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, discusses the role of Catholic theology in pop culture.
Listeners are invited to call in with their questions or comments for Sr. Nancy Usselmann about faith in the context of modern culture.
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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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?”