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
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)
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 #2 CALL ME CATHOLIC: GUESTS INCLUDE JAKOB SALVATI AND FR. ANDREW BARTUS
“Call me Catholic,” with host Peggy Normandin, features young actor Jakob Salvati from the movie “Little Boy” and Father Andrew Bartus from Theology on Tap.
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