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

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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

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“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

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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

Fr. John Riccardo at i.d. 916

May 2, 2013

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

Teresa Tomeo at Marquette Women’s Conference – Pt. 1

April 27, 2013

Teresa Tomeo speaks at the Diocesan Women’s Conference held at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, Michigan.

Teresa Tomeo at Marquette Women’s Conference – Pt. 2

April 27, 2013

Teresa Tomeo speaks at the Diocesan Women’s Conference held at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, Michigan.

Dr. Ray Guarendi on Overcoming Anger

April 12, 2013

This series is about the spiritual and practical challenges of parenting in the 21st century. Join hosts Miki Hill (mother of 9) and Mary Hasson (mother of 7) and their special guest, clinical psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi (father of 10) as they explore a wide range of issues facing today’s Catholic parents. Airs on Familyland Television Network. For more info., visit www.familyland.tv

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

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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

Join the Cardinals and Ave Maria Radio in Prayer

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March 5, 2013

The College of Cardinals, meeting today for the 2nd day of the sede vacante period, have not yet set a date for their conclave to select a new Pope.

Briefing reporters after the morning meeting, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the cardinals were evidently in “no rush” to proceed with the conclave. He pointed out that the cardinals’ congregation had chosen not to hold meeting on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, suggesting that this decision underlined their intention to proceed deliberately.

During the daily congregations, cardinals have spoken about the needs of the Continue Reading

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