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EPISODE#1
CATHOLIC SCHOOL CONNECTION: GUESTS ARE SR. JOHNELLEN TURNER AND MIKE BRENNAN

This podcast is the inaugural edition of “Catholic School Connection” with Dr. Erin Barisano! Dr. Erin is the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Orange.

 

Her guests today are principals of schools based in Anaheim: Sr. Johnellen Turner of St. Catherine’s Academy; and, Mike Brennan of Servite High School.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/9/19

 

EPISODE#153
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS ANNETTE WALKER OF CITY OF HOPE

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes Annette Walker to our Tower of Hope studios. A recent article in the OC Catholic stated the following:

“City of Hope has announced the appointment of Annette Walker as CEO for its new cancer research and treatment center in Orange County. Walker will lead the development of a $200-million best-in-class facility planned for Irvine and will guide the expansion of City of Hope throughout the region.”

Annette is here to tell us all about her hopes and dreams for the presence of City of Hope in Orange County!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/22/18

EPISODE#151
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS BISHOP TIMOTHY FREYER

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s show, Rick welcomes Bishop Timothy Freyer back to the OC Catholic studios. It’s been a while since we’ve had him on with us, so it’s great to be able to catch up.

He has been an auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange for 1.5 years now. A native of Huntington Beach, Bishop Freyer has roots that run deep here in the OC. Listen in as he shares about his fascinating story; and, his heart for the people of our growing diocese!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/8/18

 

ON THE ROAD TO ROME

Dozens of choral singers from the Diocese of Orange, both adults and school-age choristers, are going to travel to Rome in December to sing at several concerts and celebrations in the city and in the Vatican, and there likely aren’t any singers in all of Orange County who wouldn’t give up pizza for a year just to go along.

That’s how much fun touring with a musical group is—particularly if you get to perform in a famous concert hall or church, or before a special audience, or for a particularly grand occasion. As their itineraries would have it, the singers from the diocese will get to do all of that, and do it at Christmastime (see story on the Diocesan News pages).

As a longtime choral singer myself, I admit to being blazingly envious. Singing at home, before a local crowd, is enjoyable and rewarding, and it strengthens your ties to your community in a unique way, but there’s something uncommonly bracing about taking the show on the road. Stepping onto a bus or a train or a plane with a carry-on bag filled with sheet music is, trust me, one of life’s pure thrills. You are going on the road with a bunch of people with whom you have worked unusually hard and for whom you feel great affection and esprit de corps, and there are few things that fire the imagination more than feeling those wheels roll beneath you.

You will not arrive at your destination as a mere tourist, passively soaking up the sights with the rest of the herd. Rather, you are arriving with something to give—a gift that has taken talent, diligence and dedication to assemble and, for a touring musical organization, that changes everything.

There is a certain proprietary nature attached to performing in great venues that carries with it the faintest whiff of—not quite cockiness, but a close relation—that makes the experience that much sweeter and more memorable. For those who have had the good fortune to rehearse and perform in such places as Carnegie Hall or the Cathedral of Notre Dame or St. Peter’s Basilica (as the Orange County singers will do) the place quickly takes on a comfortable familiarity, to the point where the performers begin to think of it as their own friendly confines—our hall, our church. It is that familiarity that will be responsible for a lifetime of closely held recollections.

Of course, when one’s faith enters the picture, the experience becomes that much more transcendent. In Rome and the Vatican, the Orange County singers will not be merely performing for the satisfaction of an audience, but for a true purpose: the greater glory of God at the time of the birth of his son. This is why that delicious feeling of butterflies in the stomach will be a bit more pronounced, why the concentration will be that much sharper, why the voices will be clearer and more earnest, why the memories will be that much more indelible.

That’s what musical touring is like: a journey from almost giddy anticipation to a workmanlike approach to the task at hand to the inevitable pre-performance edginess to the deep satisfaction and wonder of doing exactly what you came to do, and doing it well.

And to the friends and family members of the singers: just try getting them to stop talking about it all when they get homeEditor

EPISODE #4
THE DON JOHNSON SHOW: SAINTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND USING MAGNETS TO ZAP AWAY BELIEF IN GOD

Johnson chats with author and new media guru Brandon Vogt about a variety of subjects, including the Saints, social justice, StrangeNotions.com, and his role in the new film Convinced. In the second half of the show, Johnson discusses the claim by some scientists that they can use magnets to zap away belief in God.

Originally recorded October 30, 2015

EPISODE #2
THE DON JOHNSON SHOW: WHY THE CHURCH IS MORE ATTRACTIVE WHEN IT STANDS AGAINST THE CULTURAL TIDE

On the day of the theatrical premiere of Convinced, host Don talks to one of the film’s stars, former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson. He also discusses a letter sent to the Synod on the Family by over one hundred well known Catholic converts, including several other stars of Convinced, regarding the reasons they converted and their concern that the Church not change it’s attitude toward traditional sexual ethics.

Originally recorded October 16, 2015.

EPISODE #17
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING AND THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS

Join host Deacon Steve Greco as he speaks about the joy of the Holy Spirit. Deacon Greco is joined by Greg Walgenbach, the Director of Life, Justice and Peace for the Diocese of Orange.

Originally recorded October 18, 2015.

EPISODE #14
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: MUSIC AND THE LITURGY

Join host Deacon Steve Greco as he speaks about the joy of the Holy Spirit. Deacon Greco is joined again by Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council. The two speak more about Dunn’s career as a cantor and her love of music.

Originally recorded September 27, 2015.

EPISODE #30
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUESTS INCLUDE GREG WALGENBACH, MICHAEL DONALDSON AND LOUISE DUNN, MICHAEL MARSHALL, AND LARRY HANES JR.

Host Jim Rossi, guest host filling in for Patrick Mott, interviews several guests on a variety of topics.

Greg Walgenbach, Director of the office of Life, Justice and Peace, speaks with Rossi about the recent Planned Parenthood videos.

Next, Michael Donaldson, Director of Pastoral Care for the Diocese of Orange, and Louise Dunn, Director of New Hope Crisis Hotline, speak with Rossi about the The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church Conference that took place at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

Rossi is then joined by Michael Marshall, the sixth grade teacher at St. Cecilia School, in Tustin, and several students involved in the C.A.R.E. (Catholic Action Responsibility Education)  program.

Lastly, Larry Hanes Jr., the Executive Director of Mercy House, speaks with Rossi about the organization’s 25th year.

Originally Broadcast on 1000 AM October 8, 2015.

EPISODE #27
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUESTS INCLUDE JIM DEHARPPORTE, JEAN COLARUSSO, NORMA AGUERO, AND PATTI ABEYTA

Host Patrick Mott speaks with Jim DeHarpporte, Catholic Relief Services Regional Director, about the continuing relief efforts in Nepal after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit in April 2015.

Next, Mott speaks with Jean Colarusso, the co-founder of Friends of the Poor, a non-profit, non-denominational service organization, about the situation for Christians in Nigeria.

Mott then speaks with Norma Aguero, director of Child and Youth Protection, who explains the good work being done by the office and training available for those wanting to become involved in the Diocese of Orange.

Patti Abeyta, the pre-school director of Christ Cathedral Academy, stops by the studio to tell Mott about Catholic education at the academy.

Originally aired August 13, 2015.