Our guests this week:
Here are our guests from Feb 16 – 20:
Rise and shine at 7am with Iowa Catholic Radio TODAY. You’ll get Jeanne Wells Weather, the news, sports and guests provide a warm and welcoming addition to your morning. Jon Leonetti, Mark Amadeo and Jeanne Wells have a special connection and all the credit goes to the Holy Spirit.
Jon Leonetti was raised Catholic, just like all three of us, and took a turn at seminary to discern a call to the priesthood. After walking across America with a buddy from seminary, not only did he gain a grass roots perspective on the Catholic youth of America, but also discerned he was called to marriage. He and his wife, Teresa, just celebrated their second wedding anniversary and were blessed with a son in 2012, Joseph. They are expecting their second child this summer.
Jon is an up and coming star on the international speaking circuit and you can find more information about Jon at www.jdleonetti.com.
The most common question asked about Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer Mark Amadeo is why. Why do we call him Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer? Mark has been announcing games at Dowling Catholic High School since he was a student at Dowling! For his 30+ years of dedicated broadcasting service, Mark was inducted in the Dowling Hall of Fame in 2010. Mark’s son, Alex attends Grand View College; Mark and his wife, Mary, have a kindergarten daughter, Gracie, who attends Holy Trinity Catholic School.
If Jon is the up and coming star, Jeanne must be the setting sun of the bunch. As the senior member of the Morning Show team, she is the youngest to the broadcast world. Even though she is known for Jeanne Wells Weather, her true love of the show is the opportunity to pray with and for our family of listeners. Her own family is all grown up; son, Evan and Mandy have two beautiful girls, Katelyn and Ryann. Daughter, Chelsea and Andy, added grandson, Drew, in November 2013 and are expecting their second this summer.
The mission of Iowa Catholic Radio is to ‘teach, defend and evangelize the Catholic faith’. Jon, Mark and Jeanne are blessed to be a daily witness for their faith, and pray that their voice can help someone find their voice in giving praise and thanksgiving to God.
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Fr. Jacques Philippe, a world renowned spiritual guide and author, will be visiting Iowa as Lent begins and will guide us on how to be open to the Holy Spirit. A member of the Community of the Beatitudes in France, he is well-known for his teachings on prayer, interior freedom and peace of heart. In 1981, Fr. Philippe became a spiritual director, working in the area of formation for priests and seminarians of his community. He has written seven books about spirituality and offer clear, yet profound reflections on themes such as how to pray better, how to handle suffering, and how to develop one’s interior life to achieve true peace and happiness. His books have become spiritual classics and have been printed in 18 languages.
This special event has been opened to the public through the generosity of Legatus, Des Moines Chapter.
Some 150 ladies at the Iowa Catholic Radio Luncheon heard Sister Marie Hesed explain how the “power of your word” can build someone up or really hurt them. Sister Marie also talked about her 27 years of work as one of the first members of the Contemplative branch of the
Missionaries of Charity founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She spent that time establishing new convents for contemplative nuns in several countries.After years of discernment and joining the missionary S.O.L.T. (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity) community, Sister Marie Hesed now resides in Willey, Iowa with other SOLT Sisters sharing her 40 plus years of religious life and missionary experience to help others be a more effective and holy missionary, in their parish or out in the world.
This was the first in a series of this year’s “Ladies Luncheons” hosted by Iowa Catholic Radio and designed to help participants learn more about their faith and meet other women in a fun and relaxed setting. (The food was good too.)
By Jerry Bretey, Iowa Catholic Radio
This is the year we hope to “connect” with you better and in more ways than ever before. Our Social Media Team will continue to utilize facebook, twitter and email to share what’s happening at Iowa Catholic Radio. We hope to see you at one of our events scheduled for this year. Or perhaps we’ll meet at one of our remote broadcasts.
And we will continue to bring you the very best Catholic programming. Iowa Catholic Radio has a wide variety of programs that explore current local, national and even global issues from a Catholic perspective. Other programs help guide and strengthen our faith, with Christ centered commentary that is not only informative, but interesting and entertaining as well.
Your support in 2014 was exceptional and we look forward to your continuing support as we continue with our work to: Teach, Defend, Evangelize. A special thanks to all who helped make 2014 a success; our listeners, our wonderful volunteers, great program guests, business underwriters and donors. Without you we would not be able to carry out the mission, “to help save souls by the power of the Holy Spirit and to proclaim the Gospel through the use of modern media”. With your help we will continue to reach out to over 500,000 people in Central Iowa as the only media outlet with the Catholic perspective!
Join us early on Thursday, January 22 at 6:30 am for an early edition of Iowa Catholic Radio Today. Jon Leonetti and Jeanne Wells host the discussion on issues important to our Catholic faith surrounding the issue of LIFE!
We’ll discuss the churches teachings related to contraception and natural family planning; adoption as a viable option over abortion; and the status of telemedicine in Iowa. We’ll also look at how the youth are changing the culture of death.
Our guests include:
Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for Life; they organized bus loads of individuals attending the National March for Life! We’ll look at their educational initiatives and the role parents must play in teaching their children the faith.
Tom Chapman, Executive Director of Iowa Catholic Conference, will look at the legislative issues our state has faced and continue to face related to abortions and telemedicine.
Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life, just completed a successful Midwest March for Life in Des Moines.
Join us at 6:30 am Thursday, January 22nd, as we kick off a full day of coverage at the National March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Hi, I’m the new General Manager of Iowa Catholic Radio and I want to introduce myself to you.
Before that however, on behalf of all of us at Iowa Catholic Radio, a very sincere “thank you” for your support this past year. With your support Iowa Catholic Radio continues to bring faith based, Catholic programming to Central Iowa 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, fulfilling our mission: “To help save souls through the power of the Holy Spirit and to proclaim the Gospel through the use of modern media to Christians in Central Iowa”.
Also, we hope to see you at one or more of the events and remote broadcasts we are planning for 2015. It’s going to be a busy year, but with your support, the support of our business underwriters, our donors and our wonderful volunteers, the staff of Iowa Catholic Radio is committed to making 2015 another year of progress and service to you, our listeners.
My background is in commercial radio and television. After 7 years as a reporter, I moved to sales, station management and then radio station ownership in Mason City. We sold our stations and I managed radio stations for other companies in Wisconsin and South Dakota before moving to Des Moines. My wife Karen and I are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines. I’m happy and excited to be back in radio, especially Catholic radio. And I’m looking forward to working with you to “proclaim the Gospel”.
Best wishes for a blessed and happy 2015 from all of us!