CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS ELEANOR BOURG NICHOLSON

You’re sure to enjoy this episode of Call Me Catholic when we talk with author Eleanor Bourg Nicholson about her fascinating new novel “A Bloody Habit.” It’s a spiritual thriller set in Victorian London.

We’ll explore the origins of the ‘vampire state’ and the classical battle waged by the Dominican Order against the vampire phenomenon.

Fasten your seat belts!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/11/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE FR. MITCH PACWA AND WIN WENDERS

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, it’s all Popes all the time.

Fr. Mitch Pacwa gives us a brief history lesson on 2000 years of the Papacy; and, German filmmaker Win Wenders discusses his recently released documentary on our current Pope, entitled “Pope Francis, a Man of His Word.”

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/4/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS ALEXIS WALKENSTEIN

Our friend Alexis Walkenstein never disappoints during her visits to Call Me Catholic, and neither does the subject of her new book “Ex Libris Fulton J Sheen”. What an amazing story of his influence in her life and her devotion to his powerful intercession. He is a saint for our time! Adopt the Venerable Fulton Sheen as your patron and watch the miracles unfold.

Thanks, Alexis, for your thought provoking conversation!

Check out Alexis’ blog lexicaliblog.com; or, contact her about doing a Fulton Sheen retreat for your parish or prayer group at walkensteina@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/28/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS LISA HENDEY

Another fantastic episode of Call Me Catholic is in the books.. thanks largely to the peripatetic (look it up) Lisa Hendey. It was so much fun to talk about the blessings of summer. We discussed travel, good books and Catholic traditions that joyfully weave their way into our summer culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/21/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE DAVID AND TRISH NEVAREZ

Team Call Me Catholic is always happy to welcome David and Trish Nevarez into the studio. Today, they shared the great news about their newest online enterprise, Catholicseniors.com – an excellent lifestyle resource for “maturing” Catholics with lots of fun and interesting links, articles and resources for living your faith to the fullest! If you have some questions or comments for David about this new website, you can reach him at info@catholicseniors.com.

Come back soon, David and Trish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/7/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE DR. BRADLEY BIRZER AND DEMI (AUTHOR)

On today’s program, Call Me Catholic listeners were treated to some great history lessons from a couple of experts. Thanks to Dr. Bradley Birzer, professor of history at Hillsdale College, for sharing his insightful knowledge about a great Catholic patriot, Charles Carroll. Check out Prof Birzer’s book “American Cicero” to learn more about Carroll.

And, we also enjoyed our conversation with author illustrator, Demi, about her charming and inspiring children’s book about George Washington.

Have a grand Independence Day holiday, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/30/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS KARLO BROUSSARD

We had a great visit with Karlo Broussard today on Call Me Catholic about his powerful book “Prepare the Way.. Overcoming the Obstacles to God, the Gospel and the Church.” Listeners, you’ve got your summer reading assignment now! This book definitely belongs on your bookshelf.

Thanks, Karlo, for your brilliant and lively suggestions on having constructive conversations about the faith. But, please bring your Cajun accordion along on your next visit to our studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/23/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE ERIN DOOLEY AND JOE THORDARSON

Lights, Camera, Action! We hope today’s Call Me Catholic stimulated your interest in engaging with some summer movie fare. Thanks, Erin Dooley, for sharing the inspiration and vision for your movie “A Way to Forgiveness”. You can learn more about Erin’s work at dashentertainmentllc.com

And we always enjoy our conversations with Joe Thordarson from Geek Tank Radio about Catholic themes in super hero movies. Follow Joe on instagram for Catholic insight about superheroes at the box office at #geekradiojoe

See you at the movies this summer!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/16/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE JOHN AND KAAREN ABBOTE

Many thanks to John and Kaaren Abbote for sharing their story with Call Me Catholic listeners. John’s book, “Invest Yourself, Daring to be Catholic in Today’s Business World,” offers some valuable lessons for the graduating class of 2018. As a successful entrepreneur, John is committed to living out his faith boldly and authentically in the workplace.

Invest Yourself: Daring to Be Catholic in Today’s Business World

 

Originally broadcast on 6/2/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS CHRISTIN JEZAK

Christin Jezak offered Call Me Catholic listeners a compelling sample of the characters she portrays in her one woman show: Person-to-Person: A Mother Teresa Project. This production has been entertaining and inspiring audiences for over 11 years. Christin talks about the unique way she tells the story of St. Teresa of Calcutta and her enduring impact on the people she met.

Tune in.. and be inspired!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/26/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS TRENT HORN

Thanks, Trent Horn – Catholic Apologist, for setting the record straight about which saint said what. Trent reminded us that it’s important to check our sources before quoting our holy saints, or suffer the misinformed consequences. Get a copy of Trent’s newest book, “What the Saints Never Said” at shop.catholic.com

Thanks also to the newly confirmed at St. Mary’s by the Sea Catholic Church in the diocese of Orange.. for sharing with us the saint they chose for their Confirmation name.

Team Call Me Catholic wishes all our listeners a Spirit filled Pentecost Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/19/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS SYLVIA AIMERITO

Team Call Me Catholic always gets pumped up after a visit from one of the “Audiogirls.” Thanks, Sylvia Aimerito, for reminding us of all the joyful and effective ways we can bring the pro-life message to our friends, families, parishes and communities. Don’t forget to check out audiogirlministries.com for their great advocacy resources, especially the Power of 7 app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/12/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE PAM HURWITZ AND JYLLIAN RHODES

It was fun to launch our May programs with a mother/daughter duo. We are grateful for our wonderful guests today, Pam Hurwitz and Jyllian Rhodes, for all the splendid work they do for the youth in our Church.

Don’t forget to check out their collaboration: faithandfamilycollective.com. You can find some terrific Mother’s Day gifts through this rich new family resource.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/5/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS SCOTT WEEMAN

What a powerful show we had today!

Scott Weeman, your testimony today on Call Me Catholic moved many hearts and perhaps saved a few lives. Praise God for your honesty, integrity and faith. We pray your Catholic in Recovery ministry reaches many more souls in search of recovery from addiction.

Pick up a copy of Scott’s excellent and powerful book, “The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments, A Catholic Journey through Recovery”, and visit his website at catholicinrecovery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/28/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS SR. JOHNELLEN TURNER

We had a wonderful show today with our very distinguished guest, Sr. Johnellen Turner! She brought her story, her joy and her knowledge to our Call Me Catholic studios. It was fascinating to learn about the work done by the Dominican Sisters with young boys at St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim, California, and how the combination of military and spiritual disciplines yields such enduring success for these fortunate students.

To learn more about this uniquely excellent Catholic elementary school for boys, go to stcatherinesacademy.org

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/21/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE TRACY BEJOTTE AND TOM MAURO

On this edition of Call Me Catholic, Tracy Bejotte and Tom Mauro of Caritas Communities discuss how their organization helps bring Christian values to affordable housing communities in California.

Thank you, Team Caritas, for enriching our Easter dialogue about living in community today. May God continue to bless your noble ministry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/14/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS BISHOP THANH THAI NGUYEN

Team Call Me Catholic was honored and fascinated by the testimony of Bishop Nguyen on the show today. The newest Auxiliary Bishop appointed to the Diocese of Orange, here today to share the harrowing story of his escape from Vietnam and his eventual road to the priesthood.

In this Easter season, he gave us an “alleluia” story from which we can all draw inspiration and strength on our faith walk. Thank you, Bishop Nguyen, for sharing your birthday with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/07/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS FR. RICHARD HO LUNG

On today’s episode of Call Me Catholic, meet the joyful Fr. Richard Ho Lung, who travels with his Five Jamaican Tenors to raise money for and awareness of Missionaries of the Poor Jamaica. This is a religious order he founded in 1981, to serve the destitute and homeless in his native Jamaica and 8 other countries.

Listen to EWTN Catholic Radio anytime via iheartradio.com or on the EWTN app; and, SPREAD THE WORD.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/31/18

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS JOSEPH RISSI

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, Divine Mercy advocate Joseph Rissi discusses how finding a Divine Mercy prayer card on the side of a desolate highway saved his life. He also explains why every Catholic should be praying the Divine Mercy novena, which begins on Good Friday.

Tune in – Saturday, 10AM (PST) / 1PM (EST) on EWTN Radio!

Listen to EWTN Catholic Radio anytime via iheartradio.com or on the EWTN app!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/24/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS KAISER JOHNSON

Kaiser Johnson is a dynamic new young voice in our Catholic Church! We are so grateful he joined us today on Call Me Catholic to talk about his book, “Grit and Glory; Cross Training your Body and Soul.” In addition to being an author and an elite obstacle runner, Kaiser stars in the new web show, “Catholic Central,” at catholiccentral.com. Finally, he’s a big GK Chesterton fan.

Smart. Funny. Fit. Holy. He’s all that. Thanks, Kaiser!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/17/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS FR. GLENN BAATEN

We had an illuminating conversation with Fr. Glenn Baaten today about his journey from Presbyterian to Anglican to Roman Catholic priest. Four years ago, Fr. Glenn gave up his Anglican holy orders to become a Catholic priest who now serves in the Diocese of Orange. On this podcast, Fr. Glenn discusses his journey and the role of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter; and, how it helps Anglicans find the path to becoming Roman Catholic.

Thanks, Fr. Glenn, for enriching our understanding of the Ordinariate in our American Catholic Church.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/10/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS KATHLEEN BECKMAN

We enjoyed a riveting conversation today on Call Me Catholic with Kathleen Beckman about her book, “When Women Pray.” We also talked about her inspiring work helping form priests for a ministry in exorcism. Let’s support Kathleen’s apostolate for our Catholic clergy by going to foundationforpriests.org and by learning how to devote a good portion of our prayer life to the priesthood.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/3/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE JIM SCHMIESING AND PATRICK WALSH

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, attorney and scripture scholar James Schmiesing discusses the significance of the Lenten liturgical readings and what drew him mid-life to his dramatic and informed devotion to sacred scripture. Also, Patrick Walsh, creator and executive producer of the new sitcom “Liturgically Speaking”, talks about the genesis of this series debuting Monday night on CBS.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/24/18

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS MICHAEL O’NEIL

Thanks, Michael O’Neil The Miracle Hunter, for sharing your brilliant knowledge of the history of miracles and what they reveal about our faith. To learn more about Michael’s work, go to miraclehunter.com. And check out his “Miracles of Italy” pilgrimage in September at miraclehunter.com/tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/17/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE MEGAN HARRINGTON AND CHRIS MEEHAN

Lots of fun on today’s Call Me Catholic with Megan Harrington and Chris Meehan, producer and bachelor from The Dating Project Movie, coming to theaters on April 17. There was plenty of good advice and insight about how to renew some wholesome dating practices in our modern culture. Thanks, Megan and Chris, for the animated conversation.

Check out the trailer for The Dating Project at thedatingprojectmovie.com

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/10/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS SHERRY HAYES-PIERCE

WE had fun launching our new Facebook live stream of Call Me Catholic; and, were so grateful to have the energetic and informative Sherry Hayes-Pierce to join us on this inaugural effort. Sherry shared some brilliant suggestions for keeping your parish ever accessible to its parishioners by using social media creatively and responsibly.

She suggests that parishes post five themes every day: 1. a message from the Pope or your pastor or associate pastor; 2. the saint of the day; 3. an inspirational quote; 4. behind the scenes images of your parish in action (eg. the altar boys robing in the sacristy or linens being placed on the altar); and 5. a picture from parish life. If you want to learn more about Sherry’s campaign to get all parishes on social media, check out her website: churchsocialtips.com

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/3/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS LOUISE ALLARD

It’s so inspiring to hear dramatic testimonies of God’s call to action like we enjoyed from our guest, human rights advocate Louise Allard, today on Call Me Catholic. If you’d like to know more about her work, check out allianceforlifeint.org.

Even better, if you live in the southern California area, you can hear Louise speak at the Orange Diocese Magnificat Prayer Breakfast on February 17th at the Embassy Suites in Anaheim.

May God continue to bless your noble ministry, Louise!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/27/18

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS DR. LOUISE DUNN

We learned a great deal today from our guest, Dr. Louise Dunn. Dr. Dunn is the director of the New Hope Crisis Counseling Hotline resource on the campus of Christ Cathedral. In addition to sharing the fascinating history of her ministry (newhopenow.org) she told us about the “211” information call line for people wanting to find local resources for just about anything. And if you’d like to take advantage of this valuable and compassionate service available 24/7, the New Hope Crisis hotline number is (714) 639 4673.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/20/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS NANCY BARRY

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, you’ll meet Nancy Barry, founder and president of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, an organization devoted to building inclusive business and finance opportunities around the world. Named one of Forbes’ magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in the World”, Nancy is committed to bringing her Catholic values to the world economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/13/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: FAVORITE INTERVIEWS FROM 2017

Happy 2nd Anniversary of the Call Me Catholic radio show!

On today’s program, Peggy reviews her favorite interviews from 2017 and invites listeners to call in with their suggestions for prospective guests in the new year. Who would you like to hear Peggy interview in 2018? Tune in – Saturday, 10AM (PST) / 1PM (EST) on EWTN Radio! Listen to EWTN Radio anytime via iheartradio.com or on their app!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/6/18

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS FR. QUAN TRAN

Fr. Quan Tran, thank you for preparing us for the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary (January 1st) by sharing the inspiration behind your new ministry, Fullness of Grace. Be sure to check out the beautiful website fullnessofgrace.org.

By the way, due to popular demand, here are today’s Call Me Catholic Countdown of Peggy’s top five quotes to jumpstart your New Year’s resolutions:

#5 “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” St. Augustine

#4 “Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

#3 “Let’s not be confused by the talents and missions of other saints. Let’s be the kind of saints WE were created to be.” Mother Angelica

#2 “It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives; the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and fraternal.” St. John Paul II, World Youth Day, Rome 2000

#1 “Wake up saying, ‘Good morning, God,’ and not ‘Good God, morning!” Venerable Fulton Sheen

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/30/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE FR. MITCH PACWA, DEBBIE GEORGIANNI, JOHNNETTE BENKOVIC & RAYMOND ARROYO

A warm Call Me Catholic thank you to our EWTN all star cast today for sharing their Christmas memories and plans. Raymond Arroyo, Johnnette Simon Benkovic, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ignatius Productions and Debbie Georgianni – you blessed us with your charming and personal testimonies about Christmas past, present and future.

God bless you and God bless us, everyone.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/23/17

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE RACHELLE CARMONY, GREG GOOMISHIAN & ‘SISTER MARY CHRISTMAS’

Call Me Catholic was full of good cheer today thanks to a handful of excellent guests. Check out Rachelle Carmony’s exceptional line of sacramentals and gemstones (Apud Deum) at apuddeum.com Or send her an inquiry at adproductinfo@gmail.com

Special thanks to our guest “Sr. Mary Christmas,” for putting her spin on Advent particulars.

And we loved hearing from Greg Goomishian about Reddit’s unique Secret Santa program; changing the world one gift at a time!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/16/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: FR. GERMAN SANCHEZ

Thank you, Fr. German Sanchez, for enriching our spiritual lives this advent with your message of forgiveness and love on today’s Call Me Catholic.

Fr. German was born in Columbia, studied in Ecuador, France and Italy, and served as chaplain for the prison system in France (among many other ministries). Today, he is pastor of St. Sebastian in West Los Angeles.

Keep the light burning this advent, friends, and stay alert! The Christ Child is coming soon!

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS JAMES DAY

Our guest today, author and journalist James Day, challenged us to live out the message of advent more authentically as do the four women he profiled in his series of articles titled, “Go Boldly in Love,” published by OC Catholic. How inspiring to see strong women featured in the headlines as role models respected for their brave humanitarian work. Thank you, James. You can find his excellent work at occatholic.com. And, thanks to the second graders at Holy Family parish in Orange for sharing with us their thoughts on being a figure in the nativity story.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/02/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE TIMOTHY RECKART AND ADRIANNE PRICE

Timothy Reckart, we can’t wait to see the wonderful and inspirational Christmas movie you directed, “The Star”, playing now in a theater near you. Thank you for your insight on the making of this precious animated feature film about the first Christmas. And, Adrianne Price, we loved hearing a sample of your new Christmas CD, “Sacred Music” which is available at ewtnrc.com and at adrianneprice.com – a perfect way to enrich our advent season.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/25/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS SEQUOIA SIERRA

We learned so much today from our guest, stylist Sequoia Sierra, about the beauty of putting our best selves forward. You can discover more about Sequoia’s work at her website sequoiasierra.com

She’ll have to come back to the show because there was so much we didn’t have time to cover, like, for example, the exquisite vestments she creates for our clergy through The Liturgical Co. Thanks, Sequoia!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/18/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS KEVIN GRABOWSKI

Join Peggy and JimmyG for today’s Call Me Catholic Show, with Kevin Grabowski, the National Projects Director for Conrad Schmitt Studios. He’s here today to discuss the relationship between fine art and Catholic tradition. Kevin brings us an enlightened understanding of stained glass – its history and its place in our Catholic liturgy.

To learn more about Kevin’s work at Conrad Schmitt Studios go to conradschmitt.com

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/04/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS FR. ALAN BENANDER

Batter up, Catholics, it’s time for World Series talk on Call Me Catholic with our favorite sports commentator Fr. Alan Benander, O. Praem. Fr. Alan shares some insight on the World Series as a metaphor for our ongoing battle to win the heavenly crown. And, Peggy challenges him to a game of “Draft this Saint.” Play ball!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/28/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS ROSE SWEET

Listen in as today’s guest, Rose Sweet, brings all kinds of happy energy to our studio, in today’s Call Me Catholic conversation about relationships. We hope that she’ll return for round 2 to talk more about the vital aspect of our personal and spiritual lives.

Keep up with Rose’s whereabouts by going to rosesweet.com.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/21/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE CONNIE ROSSINI AND ROMA DOWNEY

We have an all-star cast with us today on Call Me Catholic.

First, we thank Roma Downey for sharing such beautiful stories of her life; and, in making us aware of the new “good news” website she has just launched with her husband Mark Burnett. Lightworkers.com is sure to become a fast favorite of our listeners.

And, don’t forget to order your copy of Connie Rossini’s “The Contemplative Rosary with St. JPII and St. Teresa of Avila” from the EWTN Religious Catalogue store ewtnrc.com. Thanks, Connie, for this great resource on going deeper with the rosary during this month of the holy rosary.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/14/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS MARK MATTHEWS

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, Peggy’s guest is Mark Matthews. In addition to being a Google FX expert, they also discuss his concerns with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Mark also talks about “Bibles and Brew”, a Catholic men’s fellowship group he founded in Hollywood that encourages men to grow in their faith and masculine identity.

We conclude the show with a visit from Peggy’s sister, Katie.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/7/17

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS SR. NANCY USSELMANN

Sr. Nancy Usselmann sure lifted our spirits today on Call Me Catholic. Her happy and inspired energy animated and informed our fun conversation on “media mindfulness”.

Find out if the Daughters of St. Paul Choir is coming to your town this December with their Christmas concert by going to daughtersofstpaulchoir.org

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/30/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE DENISE AND TONY OBORNY

Many thanks to Denise and Tony Oborny for sharing the story of their 3 daughters’ vocation to join the cloistered convent of the Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph in Tehachapi, California. They were a powerful witness! To learn more about the Norbertine sisters, go to norbertinesisters.org.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/23/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM

Many thanks to our guest today, Catherine Cunningham, who shared with us the value of the human + nature connection and its window into God’s creative genius. You can peruse Catherine’s gallery of powerful nature photography at naturesreflectionphotography.com

 

Originally broadcast on 9/16/17

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS DONNA ROSS

Do yourself a favor and listen to our special guest Donna Ross’ moving testimony on today’s Call Me Catholic. A big part of that is her work with the Magnificat ministry for Catholic women. Check out the website: magnificat-ministry.org to learn more about the 2017 Magnificat International Leaders’ Conference October 5 – 8 in southern California. Great lineup of speakers!

Thanks, Donna, for visiting our studio.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/2/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE JOHN ROMERI AND IAN CABRERA

We’re singing praises about our guests Dr. John Romeri, director of music ministries at Christ Cathedral, and our colleague Ian Cabrera, communications manager at the Diocese of Orange, for their uplifting conversations about the importance of music in our expressions of faith. To learn more about Dr. Romeri’s work, check out christcathedralmusic.org.

To find out more about Christ Fest 2017 happening September 8 & 9 on the Christ Cathedral campus in Orange, check out christfestoc.com

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/26/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE ANDRAE GOODNIGHT AND JOE KLINKER

On today’s CMC, you’ll hear the awesome, fascinating story of Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton from the actor who is portraying him in Saint Luke Productions latest drama, “Tolton – From Slave to Priest.” Thank you, Andrae Goodnight, for sharing his story and your talent through this compelling theatre production. You can find out more at ToltonDrama.com

Thanks also to Joe Klinker, founder and president of Tiny Saints, for telling us the backstory behind his line of adorable charms and collectibles featuring hundreds of saints. Pick up one for your kid’s back to school backpack at tinysaints.com

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/19/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS DR. MICHAEL McLEAN

Dr. Michael McLean, President of Thomas Aquinas College, taught us a great deal about the value of a classical college education today on Call Me Catholic. To learn more about this exceptional Catholic liberal arts college, go to thomasaquinas.edu. Thanks, Dr. McLean, for the excellent conversation!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/12/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE VERONICA PAINI AND DAVID OWENS

We channeled our inner pilgrim today on Call Me Catholic with our excellent guests Veronica Paini (The Modern Pilgrim), and David Owens from Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in the diocese of Orange. Remember to pack light and journey on, my friends!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/05/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS JENNIFER NAIMO MORALES

On this edition of Call Me Catholic, Singer/ Actress Jennifer Naimo Morales joins us in-studio. Among her many credits, Jennifer originated the role of Frankie Valli’s wife in the Tony Award Winning Musical “Jersey Boys.” She talks with Peggy about faith, family and singing God’s light through the darkness. Thanks, Jennifer, for the entertaining and inspiring testimony of your fascinating life. And for your moving acapella rendition of “How Great Thou Art”.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/29/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE ROBERT ZIMMER, TOM JOHNSON AND NANCY ROHAN

The St. Joachim Cancer Ministry team shared some excellent and heartfelt testimony about caring for and supporting those in our parish families who are coping with cancer today on Call Me Catholic. Thanks, Robert Zimmer, Tom Johnson and Nancy Rohan for your model of compassion and generosity. And a big thanks to my smart sweet sis Jonie, visiting from Atlanta, who shared the mic with me today. Always fun to cohost with Jonie!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/22/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS KATIE McMASTER

Today’s episode features the delightful Katie McMaster. Among other things, Katie shared about her 35 years as a wife and mother in the military. We salute her husband, three star General H. R. McMaster, for his impeccable record of service to our country; and, for his current role as National Security Advisor to our President. And we thank you, Katie, for your nearly four decades of catechetical work in our Catholic Church. God bless you and your family!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/15/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS GREG WEILER

Attorney Greg Weiler, one of the founding members of the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, gave us a brilliant and passionate tutorial on the great St. Thomas More today’s Call Me Catholic broadcast. We hunger to learn more about this heroic martyr, as we hopefully attempt to imitate his model of moral courage. St. Thomas More, pray for us.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/08/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS JOE THORDARSON

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, special guest Joe Thordarson will enrich our appreciation of American superheroes and their spiritual dimension. Check out Joe’s plans for his annual Memphis Fantasy and Comic Convention http://memphiscfc.com/

Happy Independence Day, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/01/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS VIVIAN IMBRUGLIA

On today’s Call Me Catholic, meet Vivian Imbruglia, the artist behind the new icon celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fatima. Vivian will discuss some of the other new icons she’s been commissioned to write, including Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and St. Philomena. To see more of her incredible work online, visit sacredimageicons.com

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/24/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE DR. JOSEPH WHITE AND ANDI COMPTON

Here comes the bride…. on this episode of Call Me Catholic, we’ll talk to Dr. Joseph White, National Catechetical Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum and author of “Together in God’s Love” marriage preparation series, about the protocol for Catholic weddings. Then, Andi Compton, Catholic wedding planner and co-founder of the bridal website “Spoken Bride” will share tips on planning a wedding in peace.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/17/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE CARIN WINGHART AND LYNN SMITH

On this episode of Call Me Catholic, we’ll go behind the scenes of parish life with Carin Winghart from LPI (Liturgical Publications Inc.) and Lynn Smith (Altar Linens by Lynn Smith) to discuss important and iconic details that often get overlooked from our view in the pews.

Catch us LIVE on Saturdays, 10AM (PST) / 1PM (EST) on EWTN Radio. Listen to EWTN Radio anytime via iheartradio.com or on their app!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/10/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE JAMES DAY AND PIA deSOLENNI

Author James Day’s debut novel, “Father Benedict, the Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI”, is a book you should consider putting on your summer spiritual reading list. Thanks, James, for sharing some of the book’s compelling testimony with our listeners. Also, thanks to Dr. Pia de Solenni for giving us some great tips on starting a Catholic book club or just selecting some good spiritual reads for regular consumption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/03/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS DETECTIVE JULISSA TRAPP

Our hearts are full of gratitude for the generous and inspiring conversation we enjoyed with our distinguished guest today, Homicide Detective Julissa Trapp from the Anaheim Police Department. Thanks, Detective Trapp, for sharing how you keep the faith while fighting the crimes. God bless you and keep you safe. Happy Memorial Day, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/27/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE HARRY CONNICK, JR & ELIZABETH SCALIA

On this special edition of Call Me Catholic, singer, songwriter, actor, and all around great guy, Harry Connick Jr joins Peggy for a wonderful conversation. They talk about faith, family, and his new TV talk show, “Harry.” You don’t want to miss this fun interview! Our thanks also to Elizabeth Scalia for enriching our look at the false gods among us. Check out Elizabeth’s book: Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/20/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS JOHNNETTE BENKOVIC

On this special Mothers Day edition of Call Me Catholic, we’re excited to welcome EWTN’s own Johnnette Benkovic. Spiritual mother to so many of EWTN’s listeners and views, Johnnette discusses her newest book that she co-authored with Thomas Sullivan, The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare. Also, in Chatting with Catholics, Peggy’s Mom tells a story about growing up during the depression, and how her mother’s devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help saved the family from a crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/13/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE MIKE KIRSCH AND KATIE KELLY

Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow? Tune in to our Call Me Catholic podcast to learn about the history and nature of the Mary Garden. Horticulturist Mike Kirsch will teach you how to craft your own authentic Mary Garden to honor our Blessed Mother all year. Plus, Katie Kelly, Communication and Outreach Librarian for the University of Dayton, talks about the expansive Mary Garden exhibit currently on display in the University’s Marian Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/06/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE TOM AND HELENE MARKEL

Knight of Malta, Tom Markel and his wife Helene, whose travels have taken them to Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe and Santiago de Compostela multiple times, discuss their philosophy on being a pilgrim rather than a tourist in life. They share how their ambitious itineraries have enriched their Catholic spirituality.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/29/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE CHRIS FURMAN, ANNETTE WALKER, AND HANK EVERS

Join Peggy Normandin and JimmyG in studio with today’s guests, Christopher Furman, President and CEO of Ventura Foods and Annette Walker, President of Strategy for Providence St. Joseph’s Health. Both are recipients of the Bishops Award for Exemplary Business Integrity. We’re honored to have them both with us in-studio today to discuss a professional Catholic ethos.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/22/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE FR. NORBERT WOOD, FR. CHRYSOSTOM BAER, AND CHARLES KINNANE

Happy Holy Saturday from Team Call Me Catholic. We were doubly blessed today with two guest priests from the Norbertine community of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California (Fr. Norbert Wood and Fr. Chrysostom Baer). The Norbertines’ new 7 part series, City of Saints (cityofsaints.com), is positively must-see internet viewing. Brilliantly directed by award-winning film maker Charles Kinnane (“Just Keep Swimming” “God in the Streets” “The Human Experience”), is also our guest today. This original series is a collection of inspiring true life short stories that shine a light on the saints among us and before us.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/15/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS LEONARDO DeFILIPPIS

On today’s show, Peggy is joined in-studio by her guest, Leonardo Defilippis of St. Luke Productions. Leonardo is an acclaimed stage actor who portrays St. John Vianney in the one-man production playing at Freed Theater on the Christ Cathedral Campus. Join us for this lively and energetic discussion about the ‘theater’ of Holy Week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/8/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE TRISTEN SEAGONDOLLAR, FR. TIM RAEMAKERS, AND MICHAEL O’NEILL

Today’s discussion is all about the miracles among us. Thanks to Tristen Seagondollar, Faith Relations Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County CA, and Fr. Tim Raemakers, pastor of Corpus Christi parish in the diocese of Orange, for being our guests. Among other things, they shared the background story on the Catholic Coalition, 15 parishes in the diocese of Orange that are coming together to build a house for a local family in need. Thanks also to Michael O’Neill, the “miraclehunter”, for his fascinating studies into the miraculous. Look for his new show, “They Might Be Saints”, his series about the canonization miracles of the saints, to debut on EWTN Television next month.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/1/17

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE VALERIE SINKUS AND LAURA SALVESON

Join us for today’s installment of Call Me Catholic for a fascinating lesson on the art of Christian iconography. Teacher and master iconographer Valerie Sinkus will discuss the history and spiritual process involved in the ancient sacred art form of icons. Also, joining us in-studio is artist Laura Salveson, who also happens to be Valerie’s student. In our Chatting with Catholics segment, Peggy shares her microphone with the fourth graders at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Santa Ana, California. They tell her how they would paint a picture of heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/25/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS FR. ALAN BENANDER

Turns out, spring training is not just for baseball players. Fr. Alan Benander, O. Praem, baseball coach at St. Michaels Abbey Prep School, returns to Call Me Catholic to discuss the ways in which Catholics partake in a version of spring training through our Lenten disciplines. And, then, of course, we’ll get back to talking baseball! Join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/18/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS GEORGE MARLIN

Today’s special guest is author George Marlin, who has written a book that is very appropriate as we approach St. Patrick’s Day: “Sons of St. Patrick.” Then, in our Chatting with Catholics segment, Peggy takes her microphone to Holy Family Cathedral School to speak to the 2nd graders about the significance of St. Patrick. Tune in and check out a VERY informative program today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/11/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS FR. SCOTT BORGMAN AND THOMAS AWIAPO

Today’s first honored guest is Fr. Scott Borgman, a Parochial Vicar of the Diocese of Orange, CA. Our topic of discussion is all about LENT. Tune in and perhaps you’ll glean a new insight or two… we sure did! Towards the end of today’s show, Peggy had the privilege to spend some time with Thomas Awiapo of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/4/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS ALEXIS WALKENSTEIN, LIVE FROM THE LOS ANGELES RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS

We had a blast at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress on today’s Call Me Catholic, due in large part to our fab guest, entertainment publicist Alexis Walkenstein. Thanks, Alexis, for adding some glamour and brains to our discussion of how faith impacts film, and vice versa. Look for Alexis’ latest project, “The Shack”, to come to a theatre near you.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/25/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE MECHELLE LAWRENCE ADAMS AND STEPHEN J. BINZ

Class dismissed! On today’s show, we learned a lot about the California Missions, thanks to our guests Mechelle Lawrence Adams, executive director of Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Stephen J. Binz, author of the new book, “Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino, A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions.” Also, we loved hearing from the fourth graders at Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano, who taught us about their mission projects.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/18/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS ARE DAVID AND TRISH NEVAREZ AND “BACHELOR CHUCK”

 

Love is in the air on this edition of Call Me Catholic, as we welcome David Nevarez, founder of CatholicSingles.com®, and his wife Trish into the studio for our special St. Valentine’s Day show. They will share some behind-the-scenes details of their very popular online dating site for Catholic singles. Plus, we’ll try to find a “match” for a young Catholic bachelor who’ll be dropping by the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/11/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS TOM COSTELLO AND KAYLA STADELMAN

Call Me Catholic LOVES The Culture Project! What a gift to have Tom Costello and Kayla Stadelman in the studio with us today, to talk about their fabulous work with this organization that promotes wholesome values and sexual integrity among young people. It was also great to hear from Fr. Jim Gallagher, and some of his students from the University of Portland’s campus ministry. And, heartfelt thanks to Peggy’s sis Jonie for “co-hosting” today. We love it when she visits from Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/4/17

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS AUDREY AHERN

On today’s show, Peggy’s special guest is Audrey Ahern, the gifted actress who plays the role of Therese in Saint Luke Productions’ touring one-woman live drama. The spiritual mystique of St. Therese of Lisieux is explored in this lively conversation. The performance is taking place this weekend at the Freed Theatre on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/28/17

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS JIM BRUCKEN

On today’s show, Peggy’s special guest is Jim Brucken, the President of the Orange County chapter of the Knights of Columbus. We thank him and his chapter for their good work and for sharing with us about this fine fraternal service organization in our Church.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/21/17

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUEST IS DR. CRAIG SMITH

On today’s installment, Peggy Normandin helps us prepare for a very big event happening this week: the presidential inauguration. And to help us, we welcome back former Presidential speechwriter and professor of rhetoric, Dr. Craig Smith. He will discuss the history of American presidential inaugural addresses, and explore what we might expect to hear from our new President on January 20th. In our Chatting With Catholics segment, Peggy takes her mic to St. Joachim Elementary School in the Diocese of Orange to ask questions of the 3rd and 4th graders to get their ideas on what they’d like to hear our new president talk about in his very first address to the nation.

 

CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE MSGR. ROBERT RITCHIE, BILL REILLY AND JOHN CARVELLI

Call Me Catholic celebrated its one year anniversary with EWTN in style! Thanks to our wonderful New York guests Msgr. Robert Ritchie, rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Bill Reilly, executive director of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. They provided us with an excellent virtual tour of two Catholic landmarks in New York. In our Chatting With Catholics segment, we visited with OC resident and Brooklyn-native John Carvelli. He reflects upon growing up in NY in the 60’s.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/7/17

 

EPISODE # 19
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE DR. VERN BENGTSON, VINCE IEZZI, AND FR. RICHARD LARCHER

“Grandparent Appreciation Day”

Host Peggy Normandin speaks with Dr. Vern Bengtson, professor emeritus of gerentology and sociology at USC, recently published a conclusive study on the role grandparents play in transmitting religious traditions across generations.  Dr. Bengtson will explains his findings.

Next, Normandin interviews Vince Iezzi, author and retired journalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, who wrote a trilogy of books about what he learned growing up while sitting in the kitchen of his Catholic Italian grandmother. Iezzi shares some of the stories that most impacted his life.

Normandin then speaks with Fr. Richard Larcher, director of communications for the St. Anne de Beaupre Basilica in Quebec,Canada, where thousands of Catholic pilgrims travel to honor and seek intercession from the grandmother of Jesus.

Lastly in this “My Sainted Mother” segment, Fr. Tran tells the story about how his great grandfather’s encounter with St. Joseph and how it altered his family’s faith journey and ultimately his own vocation.

Originally aired August 14th, 2015

EPISODE #18
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE MSGR. ROBERT RITCHIE AND DR. PATRICK MCNAMARA

Call Me Catholic travels to New York, New York during this hour of interviews with Catholics embracing their identity in the Big Apple.

As rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, Monsignor Robert Ritchie shares some of the history and lore about what is frequently called “America’s Parish Church,” from its original inception in 1858 to its future plans to host Pope Francis during his visit to New York in September.

Then, author and historian, Dr. Patrick McNamara discusses his latest book, New York Catholics – Faith, Attitude and the Works, profiling Catholics, past and present, who have helped shape New York City.  From activist saints like Elizabeth Ann Seton to affable comedians like Jimmy Fallon, McNamara’s list of influential Catholic New Yorkers is as richly diverse as the city itself.

In this chapter from the My Sainted Mother series, stories from a Catholic life, John recalls with affection growing up Catholic in Brooklyn.

Originally aired August 7, 2015

 

EPISODE #17
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE BILL RICH, MARY ELLEN HOWLEY, KEVIN CULVER, AND CAMILLE NAUGHTON

Host Peggy Normandin is joined by special guest host Jonie LaBouff for this edition of the Call Me Catholic Show.

Bill Rich and his sister Mary Ellen Howley recall with Normandin and LaBouff, some of the unique and intrinsically Southern American cultural milestones that marked the growth of this now thriving archdiocese, including its inheritance of half of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” royalties.

Next Kevin Culver, the Director of Liturgy and Music at Christ the King Cathedral in Atlanta, discusses a parish nationally recognized for the quality of its liturgical music.  Kevin left his very successful and secular career as a world class conductor to devote his life to Sacred Music.

The current development director and spokesperson for Cristo Rey High School in Atlanta, Camille Naughton, discusses the power of Cristo Rey’s student/work formula and how they’ve attracted some of the city’s biggest corporate names (eg Coca Cola) to empower their curriculum for success.

This week’s My Sainted Mother segment Trey explains his journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic.

Originally aired July 31, 2015.

EPISODE #16
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE GUS LLOYD AND SARAH REINHARD

“The Road to Conversion”

Host Peggy Normandin speaks with Gus Lloyd about the dramatic events that led up to his and his wife’s conversion back to their Catholic faith. Lloyd is a fellow radio host, he hosts Seize the Day, on Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel.  Lloyd will also share details from his recent experience leading a pilgrimage to Italy – the perils and blessings therein.

Author, blogger and popular Catholic speaker Sarah Reinhard joins Normandin to discuss the moment when she first realized the riches of the Catholic faith and fully embraced her commiment to it, discovering new outlets for her writing talents.

In this new chapter of our My Sainted Mother series, “Michael’s Conversion”, Michael recalls the moment when he, as a committed Unitarian,  recognized the Catholic church was worth a closer look.

Originally aired July 24th, 2015.

EPISODE #15
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE GREGORY CRAWFORD AND DIANE BACHUS

“Science Class”

Class is in session, University of Notre Dame Vice President and Provost Gregory Crawford is in the studio with host Peggy Normandin to discuss his university’s plan to open a satellite campus in the Silicon Valley.  Called the ND California Initiative, its purpose is to place Notre Dame graduate students into influential internships that will advance the school’s commitment to value driven innovation.  Crawford also discusses his annual Ride For Discovery bike ride across America to raise money for rare disease research.

St. Luke’s Catholic Elementary School in Palm Springs, Florida, is committed to getting its students up to speed in the sciences. Normandin speaks with Diane Bachus to discuss the ways in which she is helping her students through the school’s summer program.

Lastly Normandin sits down with Lissa, who recalls the moment as a child when she first “met” God.

Originally aired July 17th, 2015.

EPISODE #14
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE LISA LA TOURETTE, TRUDY FINN, AND ERIC MARIENTHAL

“Catholicism’s Got Talent”

Host Peggy Normandin interviews Lisa La Tourette, a pet portrait artist, inspired by the relationships formed between people and their pets. Trudy Finn sits down with Normandin to discuss her children’s book series “Choices.” Eric Marienthal, renowned jazz saxophonist, joins Normandin in the studio to talk about his career as a Catholic musician. Marienthal closes out the show with a solo performance of “Amazing Grace.”

EPISODE #13
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE RAY MCKENNA, ANN HAND, AND MIKE WOLD

 

“Fourth of July”

Host Peggy Normandin is joined by Ray McKenna, founder of Catholic Athletes for Christ, to discuss the work his ministry is doing for professional athletes across the country. Ann Hand, designer and “first lady of jewelry,” owns one of the largest collections of patriotic jewelry. Normandin talks about her collection and the creation process for several legendary pins. Mike Wold, a Navy verteran, talks to Normandin about The Healing of Memories Workshops, aimed at healing and supporting veterans in need. Lastly, Marie shares a story from the Great Depression and how grace visited her family.

EPISODE #12
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE ADAM GRIJALVA, DR. CHRISTINE MUGRIDGE, SHERRY ALBEROINI VAN METER

“Catholics in the Workplace”

Host Peggy Normandin is joined in the studio by Adam Grijalva, founder and CEO of The Skate Connection. The two discuss the efforts made by this nonprofit to include children with special needs through skateboarding. Next, Dr. Christine Mugridge talks about being a part of the Vatican press corps. Sherry Alberoni Van Meter visits Normandin and fills her in on life as one of the original members of The Mickey Mouse Club. This week’s My Sainted Mother story is entitled “Workin’ at the Cemetary”. Frank recalls his first job out of college at the Oregon Catholic Cemetaries and how it paved the way for his successful career in advertising.

 

EPISODE #11
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE LISA HENDEY, BRIAN CAULFIELD, BERTEIL MAHONEY

Host Peggy Normandin and is joined by Lisa Hendey for a special Father’s Day edition of the Call Me Catholic show. Hendey is a bestselling author and founder of Cathoicmom.com. Peggy and Lisa discuss of the influence their fathers have had on their lives, as well as Lisa’s latest writing projects.

Peggy interviews Brian Caulfield, editor of the website “Fathers for Good”, an intiative of the Knights of Columbus.  The two explore the issues men face while striving to live out their vocations as fathers.

Berteil Mahoney joins Peggy this week in the studio to give suggestions and ideas for helping our fathers and husbands write their life story as a legacy to their families.  Berteil has been teaching Life Legacy Writing since 2010, bringing to this specialization her experience as a journalist and English teacher.

This week’s edition of My Sainted Mother is titled “Happy Father’s Day, Dad”. Monica shares the treasured memory of her devout Catholic father and the scrapbook journal she created to memorialize him for herself, her daughters and generations to come.

EPISODE #10
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE DAVID AND TRISH NEVAREZ, JENNIFER NAIMO

In-studio guests  join Host Peggy Normandin to talk about how David founded “Catholicsingles.com” and met his wife through the site.  We’ll discuss online dating – how it works, why it works, and how to work the system to gain optimum results.

Jennifer Naimo joins Peggy in the studio as well to share her background as a successful Broadway actress (originated the role of Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys) and the perils of being a single Catholic girl in show biz.  Eventually, Jennifer, who now lives in Pasadena with her husband and young son, found her husband on the Ave Maria Singles dating site.

“My Sainted Mother”

Garth recalls his harrowing rescue in Viet Nam after being shot down by enemy fire and how he attributes his amazing good fortune to a prayer he said daily to Blessed Charlemagne.

EPISODE #9
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE PATRICK LABOUFF, BRIAN DOYLE AND “GEORGE”

 

Did You See This?

Patrick LaBouff, a restauranteur from Atlanta, speaks to Peggy Normandin about his recent opportunity to elevate the dining experience for the 600 men, women and children who visit the city’s 95,000 square foot homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine.

Muse in Review
Catholic novelist and humorist discusses with Peggy his unusual collection of original prayers from his latest book, “Book of Uncommon Prayer,” and also makes some recommendations for good summer reads.

“My Sainted Mother – Stories from a Catholic Life”
Peggy interviews George, a 95-year old widower, who recounts with his son the story of he and his wife’s first visit to Assisi, Italy. As newlyweds, the couple made a promise to God there. Seventy years later, George recalls how he and his wife made good on that promise and how it shaped their lives together.

EPISODE #8
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE ACTORS ARTHUR BEER AND MARY BREMER BEER, TIMOTHY SCHMALZ AND HOWIE KLAUSNER

“Did You See This?”
Peggy Normandin interviews actors Arthur Beer and his wife Mary Bremer Beer about the “preaching boot camp” at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

“Muse in Review”
Canadian Catholic Timothy Schmalz, the artist behind the celebrated and sometimes controversial “Homeless Jesus,” sculptures talks with Peggy about the pieces on park benches in several U.S. cities and soon in Vatican City also.

Screenwriter Howie Klausner talks about his new film “The Secret Handshake” opening this week in Memphis, Tennessee.  The movie starring Amy Grant and Kevin Sorbo is a heartwarming family comedy about men and boys on a journey from suburbia to the deep dark woods to discover what it takes to be a man.

“My Sainted Mother”
Helen remembers the Catholic traditions her parents modeled while raising 11 kids in Syracuse, New York.

EPISODE #7
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE SCREENWRITER HAMID TORABPOUR, POLICE CAPTAIN DON FERRELL, MINISTRY DIRECTOR BETH BARSOTTI

Host Peggy Normandin talks with screenwriter Hamid Torabpour about how his Christian faith has informed and inspired his work, including his recent Indie film, “How To Say Goodbye” which debuted last year in her “Muse in Review” segment.

“Did You See This” segment kicks off with retired Police Captain Don Ferrell who explains his latest detective work – locating a beautiful antique marble altar and communion rail that once belonged to St. Isidore Catholic Church in Los Alamitos, a church he hopes to restore to its original life and luster.

In the “Word” segment Normandin explores the best in young adult Catholic ministry, she talks with Beth Barsotti, a director of the very successful and populated Campus Ministry and Faith Formation program at the University of Portland.  Beth is getting ready to lead a group of U of P students on a pilgrimmage to the Camino de Campustela.

“My Sainted Mother/The Big Catholic Family” segment concludes the show as Helen shares her memories of growing up with ten brothers and sisters in her very Catholic family in Syracuse, New York.

EPISODE #6
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE FILMMAKER ANN MCELHINNEY, PRO LIFE ACTIVIST KATHLEEN EATON BRAVO

“Did You See This?”

This segment will deal with a news story that mostly eluded public notice, the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, a physician who ran a heinous abortion mill in Philadelphia, PA.  Documentary filmmaker Ann McElhinney will discuss her and her husband’s vision for the documentary film they are making on this mostly untold story.   She will also share the historically successful crowdfunding campaign they launched for the film.  (first and second segment of the show)

“Word”

Following up on the previous segment, I’ll interview wonderful pro life activist Kathleen Eaton Bravo who since establishing her first pro life medical clinic in l981 has grown Birth Choice medical clinics into a successful network of medically licensed, health care clinics offering free community health care and patient education programs that have to date cared for more than 65,000 young people and saved over 6300 babies.   Eaton’s programs have provided middle and high school students with a smart moral compass for navigating the challenges of modern social behavior.

“My Sainted Mother”

Wanda and Robert tell the story of their trip to Lourdes and the water that changed their lives.

EPISODE #5
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE ABBOT PAUL SCHWAUN AND FILM PRODUCER MARK JOSEPH

“Call Me Catholic” Radio Host Peggy Normandin speaks with Abbot Paul Schwaun about how the ruins of a 12th century Cicstercian monastery in Spain have been transplanted to the New Clairvaux Cistercian monastery in Vina, Calif. where they are rebuilding the original Chapter House.

Normandin then dialogues with record and film producer Mark Joseph about the state of media today. He also discusses his current project, a Reagan bio-epic due out next year.

Last in the My Sainted Mother segment, Normandin hears a woman’s story of her mother’s devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help during the depression in Los Angeles.

EPISODE #4
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE CHRISTOPHER BYRD, MARIOLA PAINI, WIFE OF GENERAL MCMASTER

“Call me Catholic,” with Host Peggy Normandin, features the following guests:

“Did You See This”
Regarding: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly article for April 17,2015 “Church Mass Mobs”
We’ll interview, founder of the Mass Mob movement, from Buffalo, NY, on what inspired him to use a pop trend to fill the pews in old churches.

“Muse in Review”
In studio guest  will discuss her journey as a fine artist internationally acclaimed for her exquisite collection of saints’ portraits.

“One of Us”
Wife of distinguished three-star General H.R. McMaster will talk with us about the perils and blessings of being a Catholic in the army.

“My Sainted Mother – Stories from a Catholic Life/ The Godfather”
Julie shares her love story and how four godsons carry on the legacy of her husband.

 

EPISODE #3
CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE FRANK NORMANDIN, BRIAN BURCH, SYLVIA AIMERITO, LORI RAE MARTIN, FATHER TRAN

“Call me Catholic,” with host Peggy Normandin, features the following guests:

  • Frank Normandin, a 28-year-old Portland Oregon ad executive, talks about his role as board chair of the L’Arche organization.
  • Brian Burch, co-author of “The American Catholic Almanac,” talks about how the book retells the stories of the impact of Catholics on the country.
  • Audio Girls Productions’ Sylvia Aimerito and Lori Rae Martin talk with Peggy Normandin about how they merged their talents for business and continue to live their Catholic faith.
  • Father Tran, from the diocese of Orange, traces his vocation back to a family member’s encounter with Saint Joseph.

EPISODE #1
CALL ME CATHOLIC: FROM ONE FAITH TO ANOTHER; EASTER MOVIES; CATHOLIC YOUTH GURU MARK HART

Peggy Normandin, “Call me Catholic” radio host, invites guests from all walks of life to discuss issues important to Catholics.

Segment #1 – What happens when we quit one faith for another? Father Brandon Jones is featured.

Segment #2 – Barbara Nicolosi, movie critic, joins Normandin to discuss Easter movies

Segment #3 – Youth guru and author Mark Hart

Originally Broadcast April 3, 2015 on KCEO AM 1000