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EPISODE #302
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: RAISING A CATHOLIC FAMILY

Deacon Steve Greco is a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Orange, California. He is the founder of Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry, which engages in evangelization and support of the foreign missions. His guests for today’s podcast are a dynamic married couple named Ken and Laurie Shepardson. They have been married close to 30 years, all the while raising 11 children! Our topic today is all about raising a Catholic family in this modern world.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/3/22

EPISODE#242
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: DIOCESAN COMMUNICATIONS TEAM – GOING BEHIND THE SCENES

Welcome to another episode of Orange County Catholic Radio, featuring host Rick Howick.

There are so many things going on in our vast diocese each day. On this podcast, you will hear from some of the key members of our communications team that work hard to highlight the sights, sounds and stories of our local parishes and communities. Today, Rick welcomes Bradley Zint (Assistant Communications Director), Shay Ryan (Digital Marketing and Social Media Coordinator), Patty Mahoney (Editor of the OC Catholic Newspaper) and Jim Governale (Radio Program Manager).

Listen in to gain a greater understanding of some of the goings-on ‘behind the scenes’ in our diocesan communications department!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/4/21

EPISODE#55
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS SR. KIT GRAY OF THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF ORANGE

Fr. Christopher Smith covers “all things Christ Cathedral” on the Cathedral Square radio show. He also relishes the chance to welcome good friends to the studio, located high atop the Tower of Hope. Today’s guest is extra special.

Sr. Kit Gray has made her presence known in the Diocese of Orange for many years, most notably in her vital work with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

Today, they will discuss Pope Francis’  declaration that 2021 would be ‘the Year of St. Joseph.’

 

Be sure to share this podcast with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original broadcast date 5/1/21

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.