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EPISODE #10
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: VOICES IN A QUIET CATHEDRAL

Episode No. 10: Alan Terricciano, UCI Composer and Dance Professor (Part 2)   

Inspired by Instagram photos of Christ Cathedral, hauntingly beautiful, emptied because of the pandemic, Alan Terricciano (featured in Episode 9) composed Voices in a Quiet Cathedral for solo organ. With Alan as our guide, words from the

mind of the composer himself accompany our journey through this new work hearing the background story behind each moment of this stunningly serene music performed by our host David Ball on the gorgeous Walker Technical Organ at

Christ Cathedral. Also featuring Enceladus recorded in the legendary, spatial acoustic of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Lincoln Center, NYC.

EPISODE #158
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: SHARING OUR FAITH WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS

Host Deacon Steve Greco interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Steve is thrilled to welcome one of his dear friends to the studio, Fr. Francis Vu.

Fr. Francis is, among other things, the chaplain for Catholic students on the campus of University of California, Irvine (UCI).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/5/18

 

EPISODE#137
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS ALICIA JACINTO

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes a young college student who is quite the pro-life powerhouse on her campus.

Alicia Jacinto is one of the leaders of “Anteaters For Life” at UC Irvine. She’s going to share about her background, and what got her started on this path of ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/14/18

HIGH KICKS

Long before Ian Ward had the opportunity to witness Kyle Sandoval’s speed and style in the hurdle events, he knew about him.

Ward had been the best freshman hurdler on the Servite track and field team the year before, but what he heard from a fellow student on campus stopped him in his tracks.

“Someone had told me at school, someone’s coming, and they run a 40,” Ward said.

The student was referring to Sandoval’s time in the 300 hurdles. Sandoval had run the event in the 40-second range while a freshman at Colony High School in Ontario. Ward’s best time in the event the year before was 43 seconds.

“I don’t believe a lot of people, but when you hear someone that’s coming in as a transfer, I had the thought that he might be good,” Ward said.

A rivalry was soon born between Ward and Sandoval, but it never got past the luke-warm stage and they soon became good friends and regular training partners.

“It’s competitive, but once you realize someone is on your team and they’re training with you, they’re there to make you better, so just finishing the race alongside them, it just made both of you better,” Ward said. “So the competitiveness and being both friends and being able to train together, it makes it all the better.”

Fast forward from their first meeting three year ago and Ward and Sandoval have done more than just push each other toward individual titles. They led the Friars to their first Southern Section team championship on May 20.

Sandoval won the 110 hurdles in Division 3 and Ward was third in the event. Ward came back to finish third in the 300 hurdles and Sandoval was fourth. Ward also ran a leg on the 400 relay team that finished second.

Those events accounted for 36 of the 59 points Servite earned to edge second-place Gahr of Cerritos by 19 points.

“It was kind of nervous the whole time because we knew anything can happen in track, but it was very exciting,” Sandoval said. “I was so happy that we won as a team and then individually. I couldn’t have asked for a better season.”

For the two hurdlers, the season was a fitting end to three years of pushing each other every day after school and often on weekends. They trained year-round for the first time this past year and that seemed to take them to another level.

They also had each other to lean on during down times.

Sandoval had a hamstring injury during his junior year and was unable to defend his Trinity League title in the 110 hurdles. Ward won league titles as a sophomore and junior in the 300 hurdles, but finished second as a senior.

“At practice, it’s always a competition, whether it’s in the 200s, in the weight room, we always compete,” Sandoval said. “It’s never like, ‘Oh, I’m just trying to beat you. I want you to be lower than me.’ It’s always like, we’re going to bring each other up and try to both focus on our goals while helping each other out at the same time.”

This season won’t be the end of Sandoval and Ward as teammates. Both are set to attend UC Irvine in the fall and continue running track and field.

“This year, we’re like, ‘OK, we both can get in [to UCI] and we’re both probably going to end up there. Let’s try and go all out and enter as competitive freshman and both do really good things,’” Sandoval said.

That’s hurdle doesn’t figure to get in their way either.

JULIAN FONT

It was during a breakout year as a 10-year-old on a championship team in his local AYSO league that Julian Font discovered that when it came to sports, soccer was the choice for him.

“That [season] was when I realized I wanted to take soccer on as my number-one sport,” says Font.

Now as a senior and captain of the varsity soccer team for JSerra Catholic High School, Font takes his leadership role seriously.

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And with several freshmen varsity players this season, the Lions boys’ soccer head coach, Oliver Wyss, believes Font’s ability to be a role model for his younger teammates is what sets him apart.“I like to make sure that we look as professional as possible, whether it’s on the field or at school. That’s really important to me,” says the 17-year-old.

“He is a tremendous talent on the field with his pace and finishing ability, but he brings so many other qualities to our school and soccer program,” says Wyss. “He is a fantastic leader, constantly encouraging and displaying a consistent work ethic. He is also a standout in the classroom and in the community, which is paramount here at JSerra.”

“I’m going to miss representing JSerra as a whole,” says Font. “It’s always fun to see that level of play get better and better. It’s going to be different, but I have the memories of playing with friends that I grew up with.” 

And when he’s not on the field, Font most likely has a guitar in hand, following in the footsteps of many of his family members who have a background in music.

“A lot of my uncles are in bands and they influenced me to take on guitar,” says Font. “It’s always been as serious as soccer is to me.”

But for now, Font’s path is focused on soccer, having committed to play for the University of California, Irvine beginning next fall. During the overwhelming and sometimes stressful recruiting process, Font spent countless hours alongside his father attending soccer showcase events and reaching out to coaches.

“When it came down to it, I realized [UCI is] where I want to play for the next four years,” says the Ladera Ranch resident. “It’s a great group of guys; I’ve met them all.”

As he plays in his final year for the Lions, Font says that his high school soccer experience has taught him plenty about leadership and humility, and how crucial it is to have the support of a good team.

Photo credit: Sarah Reid