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EPISODE#54
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS LINDA JI – DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FAMILY LIFE IN THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

On this episode, host Fr. Christopher Smith welcomes a guest who is making a real impact on the lives of many families throughout our diocese. Her name is Linda Ji; and, her title is Director of the Office of Family Life in the Diocese of Orange.

With a job title like that, one can only imagine all the hats that Linda wears each day.

Listen in.. and, be sure to share this podcast with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original broadcast on 4/10/21

EPISODE#210
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS MARGERY ARNOLD – MENTAL HEALH MINISTRY COORDINATOR FOR THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

Each week, we bring you compelling conversation with church leaders and laity. Our host and primary speaker is Rick Howick.

Today’s guest is Catholic child psychologist Margery Arnold. She coordinates the Diocese of Orange’s Mental Health Ministry.

Rick and Margery have an enlightening and fascinating discussion about some of the challenges that so many face today in issues regarding our mental health.

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Originally broadcast on 9/5/20

EPISODE #242
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: MENTAL HEALTH IN TODAY’S WORLD

On today’s timely and informative episode, Deacon Steve welcomes his niece, Dr. Kelly Greco, back to the studio. Dr. Greco is, among other things, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the University Southern California. She works and interacts with young people on a daily basis. Hence, the topic on the table is indeed a very timely one: mental health and young people today.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/10/2020

EPISODE #238
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: DIVINE MERCY CLINIC & FAMILY CENTER

When it comes to the Empowered by the Spirit podcast with host Deacon Steve Greco, you always know that you’re going to meet fascinating people.

On today’s broadcast, we’re delighted to introduce you to a man of faith who has certainly undergone his fair share of adversity and challenges.

His name is Dr. Sean Tobin, and he is the co-founder of the Divine Mercy Clinic and Family Center. He is also a gifted singer and songwriter; and, we will be sharing some of his music on today’s show.

Be sure to SHARE this important and timely podcast with others.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/5/2020

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE 

St. Irenaeus Health Ministry presented a workshop titled Understanding Depression and Suicide on January 27 in the church’s parish hall. Speakers included psychologist Tony Nguyen, MA, LMFT, and Deacon Jerry Pyne. Margery Arnold, from the Mental Health Ministry in the Orange County Diocese, also attended and provided valuable resource materials to help families concerned about how mental health issues may be impacting their loved ones. 

Jennifer Dagarag, RN, St. Irenaeus’ Faith Community Nurse, made a powerful introduction to the workshop by showing us artwork made by her daughter. The picture featured a part of a human face that was made of broken glass that was put back together to create a beautiful impression. Jennifer said that we often only show people half of ourselves and hide the rest. The picture shows that, even though the glass was broken, it could be put together to create beauty and harmony. Likewise, one out of five American adults are affected by a mental health condition during their lifetime. However, with treatment and compassion, they can lead happy, healthy and productive lives. Unfortunately, many suffer silently due to the stigma attached to mental illness and don’t seek help. 

Tony Nguyen, a marriage and family therapist with an office in Tustin, also serves on the Diocese of Orange Mental Health Advisory Board. He provided shocking statistics on mental health in the United States. For example, 1 out of 25 American adults experience serious mental health issues and 17 percent of youth age 6 – 17 years experience a mental health disorder. Nineteen percent of American adults report anxiety disorders each year and 7 percent of the population has at least one major depressive episode per year.  

Nguyen shared that people often respond to the depression of a loved one with unhelpful comments including telling the individual to “Get your act together,” and “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” These suggestions, says Nguyen, not only lack empathy and understanding, but are difficult or impossible for the person suffering depression to do. 

Symptoms of depression are varied. They include constant sadness, anger, guilt and hopelessness, social withdrawal, lack of energy, loss of interest, suicidal thoughts and poor self-esteem. Youth often blame themselves for a divorce, for instance, and feel that they have failed. Nguyen provides therapy to many young people who are withdrawn and suffering. 

He stressed that major depression is treatable. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medications, exercise, brain stimulation, acupuncture, meditation and faith. Nguyen also recommended utilizing the services of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) that provides free services, such as peer-to-peer groups.  

Deacon Jerry Pyne shared that St. Irenaeus has a NAMI group that meets in a classroom at St. Irenaeus School to assist families who have a member who is experiencing mental health issues. Deacon Jerry stated that you can and should ask, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” if you think that a person is suicidal. You may end up saving that person’s life.  

Deacon Jerry also talked about the current Catholic Church position on suicide, which relieved many people’s fears, guilt and misconceptions. The church’s teaching is that a person who dies of suicide is not in their right mind at that moment, and, therefore, did not commit sin. He mentioned that if you have cancer, you receive sympathy, but if you have mental illness, you often receive no empathy and are isolated. Those who suffer from chronic depression need the full support of the Church to combat the social stigma of mental illness and a lack of community social support. 

For questions about mental health, please contact Jennifer Dagarag, RN, at (714) 826-0760.

EPISODE #108
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: THE VIRTUE OF PEACE

We’re starting off the second week of advent with the theme of peace.  World peace, meditation, yoga, mental health. Who isn’t trying to find peace within the world or themselves?

Fr. Robert Spitzer, president of the The Magis Center and co-founder of The Napa Institute, joins Trending with Timmerie to discuss the theme of peace that goes with the advent candle.

As people face ongoing interior dissatisfaction and the feel that they no longer belong, you will learn what the virtue of peace is and how you can develop your faith and character.

 

Listen to more episodes at www.RadioTrending.com

Booking Timmerie to speak in 2020 https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/7/19

EPISODE #106
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: MEN AND KANYE WEST

What the heck has happened to Kayne West?  Dr. Phillip Chavez, an expert on character development who works with men, joins Trending with Timmerie to discuss the changes happening in Kanye West’s life and his comments on pornography, abortion, and fatherless homes.  They’ll discuss the rise of suicide among men and why our culture has contributed to this mental health crisis.  You’ll learn what group of people isn’t committing suicide.  Finally they’ll emphasize why God as Father and King is fundamental to the Christian life and sane living.

Listen to more episodes at www.RadioTrending.com

Booking Timmerie to speak in 2020 https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/9/19

 

EPISODE #88
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE MARK AND KIM HILINSKI FROM “HILINSKI’S HOPE FOUNDATION”

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County. His Twitter handle is: @catholicsv

Today’s guests include:

  • Mark and Kim Hilinski of Hilinski’s Hope Foundation. Togther they talk about the life and death of their son, college football athlete Tyler Hilinski

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/1/19

 

EPISODE#155
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS LUKE MAXWELL

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes a young man to the studio who is going to share quite a story with us. His name is Luke Maxwell; and, he survived his suicide attempt a few years ago.

On this podcast, he shares his journey.

Visit his web site at ucantbeerased.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/20/18

 

EPISODE #65
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS INCLUDE TROY THOMAS, STEVE FRYER, MIKE MURPHY & LUKE MAXWELL

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County.

Today’s guests include: Troy Thomas (head football coach @ Servite High School); Steve Fryer (Orange County Register – ocvarsity.com); Mike Murphy (head girls volleyball coach @ J Serra Catholic H.S.) and Luke Maxwell (youcantbeerased.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/1/18