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Catholic Talk Show Host Will Visit Boise


June 22, 2013

BOISE, Idaho – Teresa Tomeo will visit Boise Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 to take part in the annual Fortnight for Freedom gathering and participate in Salt and Light Catholic Radio’s summer banquet event.

The Friday banquet begins with a wine and cheese hour at 6 p.m. at the Barber Park Events Center in Boise. It will feature an Argentinian dinner, dancing and auctions benefiting Salt and Light Catholic Radio.

Tomeo’s keynote address will highlight “The Importance of Catholic Radio.” For tickets, call 208-344-4774 or send email to [email protected]

The Saturday seminar, “A Fortnight for Freedom Event: Bringing America Back to Life,” begins at 9 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Boise, following an 8 a.m. open Mass. The public is invited. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host and motivational speaker Continue Reading

Al Kresta interviewed: US Catholics prepare to open Fortnight for Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom

Vatican Radio

June 20, 2013

The U.S. bishops have convoked the second annual Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

All across the nation, Catholics will be joining with their fellow citizens of good will, who share concerns about religious liberty, in spiritual, educational and advocacy programs. First and foremost, however, the Fortnight for Continue Reading

Support Ave Maria Radio with a Vehicle Donation


June 1, 2013

Ave Maria Radio has partnered with Vehicles for Charity, another nonprofit organization, to process donated vehicles. Please call 1-866-628-2277 or visit https://www.vehiclesforcharity.org/Donate/AMR.html to make arrangements to donate your vehicle today. Ave Maria Radio will receive 70% of the proceeds from your vehicle donation.

You can donate almost any vehicle, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. The vehicles do not have to be currently running. Your vehicle donation will be sold at an auction or to salvage depending on condition.

All you need to donate a vehicle is a clear title in your name, the vehicle Continue Reading

Virtual Visit of the Sistine Chapel

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WNEM, Channel 5 gives 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications for Catholic programming



May 30, 2013

By Heather Jordan

SAGINAW, MI — Meredith Broadcasting and Channel 5, WNEM have given the 1250-AM radio station to Ave Maria Communications.

The former news and talk radio station, which featured syndicated talk shows including Neal Boortz and Dave Ramsey, is off the air. It will begin offering Catholic programming within the next few months.

“We’re currently building a programming schedule and making sure all the equipment is in order,” said Michael Jones, vice president and general Continue Reading

Dangers to the Faith: Al Kresta’s Latest Book


“The great need today is to love our enemies into the saving power of Jesus Christ. How can we do that unless we know who they are? Many thanks to Al Kresta for showing us the field of our love with Dangers to the Faith. He treats mainly of ideas, but it is people who hold these ideas. Some of these may even have taken small root in our own hearts. Let us allow Christ’s love to root them out and then help us to be a sign of salvation to our whole world.”

Bishop Earl Boyea, Diocese of Lansing, Michigan 

A storm has been brewing in society and its treatment, views, and activities toward the Catholic Faith.

Some are subtle, others are more brazen — New Age thought, questionable spirituality, “creedless” Christianity, relativism, scientific skepticism, the triumph of technology, and even the self-styled spirituality of Oprah Winfrey.

All these masquerade as “truth,” making it tough for the average Catholic to Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio Development Director, Tom Loewe, Ordained to Diaconate


Diocese of Lansing

May 18, 2013

On Saturday, May 18, Bishop Boyea ordained to the diaconate 16 men of the Diocese of Lansing.  St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing, Michigan, was packed with over 1,000 worshippers, along with over 100 priests and deacons of the diocese.

Among those ordained, was Ave Maria Radio Development Director and Co-host of Notes From Above, Tom Loewe, who was assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Congratulations Deacon Loewe, who appears in the back row, second from the right in the photo!

Source: http://www.dioceseoflansing.org/diaconate_ordination_2013

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Fr. John Riccardo at i.d. 916

May 2, 2013

Fr. John Riccardo speaks at the i.d. 916 meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ave Maria Radio Fun Quiz

April 1, 2013

amcg-the-guild-bearTake this quiz to test your knowledge of Ave Maria Radio hosts and staff.
Answers are below the quiz.

1. Who was a cheerleader in high school and college?
a. Sr. Ann Shields b. Henry Root c. Teresa Tomeo d. Dr. Ray Guerendi

2. Whose program broadcast the 4,800th episode in 2012?
a. Teresa Tomeo b. Al Kresta c. Sr. Ann Shields d. Fr. John Riccardo

3. Who plays the harmonica and sings frequently throughout the year in a band?
a. Teresa Hofer b. Deacon Tom Loewe c. Sr. Sarah Burdick d. Sandra McDevitt

4. Who prayed that Henry Root would become Catholic in 1975?
a. Fr. Pat Egan b. Fr. John Riccardo c. Sandra McDevitt d. Sr. Ann Shields

5. Who once managed a chain of bookstores?
a. Coleen Kelly Mast b. Greg Popcak c. Al Kresta d. Dr. Ray Guerendi

6. Who’s father was an executive at Chrysler?
a. Sr. Ann Shields b. Fr. John Riccardo c. Lisa Popcak d. Henry Root

7. Who served as a boxing coach for the University of Michigan men’s boxing club?
a. Al Kresta b. Deacon Tom Loewe c. Fr. Pat Egan d. Greg Popcak

8. Who has worked in radio since 1957?
a. Sr. Ann Shields b. Al Kresta c. Henry Root d. Sandra McDevitt

9. Who once pumped gas and cleaned windshields at a gas station?
a. Al Kresta b. Sr. Ann Shields c. Deacon Tom Loewe d. Dr. Ray Guarendi

10. How old is Office Manager Cheryl Nael’s stapler?
a. 10 years old b. 15 years old c. 20 years old d. 25 years old

11. Which Ave Maria Radio staff member was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Michigan?
a. Deacon Tom Loewe b. Steve Clark c. Gene Leger d. Mike Jones

12. Who once worked as a night club musician?
a. Peter Herbeck b. Dr. Ray Guarendi c. Sandra McDevitt d. Coleen Kelly Mast

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We Need a New St. Francis


Kresta Commentary

March 14, 2013

By Al Kresta

You know you are in the presence of greatness when your only reservation about someone is his age. We have a new pope and, the worst thing that observant Catholics can say about him, is that he is a bit older than they had hoped. Pope Francis is the ninth oldest Pope elected in the last half of our history.

He has the aura of reform and novelty about him. He is the first Jesuit, first non-European, first Latin American and the first Francis.

What’s in a name? Quite a bit when it comes to papal names. Cardinal George and Cardinal Dolan in interviews have both said that Pope Francis was thinking of Francis Continue Reading

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