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VOTE NOW for the coolest t-shirt!

VOTE for the coolest grade at Dowling Catholic High School by voting for the coolest t-shirt, and all the students in that grade with the most votes will receive their own student-designed t-shirt (see below) to wear on jeans day!

My School is Cool at Dowling Catholic is sponsored by:

Vote if you are over 18 and out of high school!

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2015 Spring Newsletter

Don’t Miss A Minute on Iowa Catholic


History of Iowa Catholic Radio

Spring Care-a-thon

Upcoming Events

and lots more….


Click on Image below to read our 2015 Spring Newsletter!




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REGISTER to WIN: Iowa Catholic Men’s Conference

Register to win YOUR ticket:

Iowa Catholic Men’s Conference to be held March 7 @ St Francis in WDM!

A $30 value, you could win it from Iowa Catholic Radio.

The drawing for the tickets will be live – on the morning show – on March 2!

Join Iowa Catholic Radio at the conference as we broadcast our visits with Hector Molina, Teresa Tomeo, Deacon Dom Pastore, Patrick Madrid

and maybe even YOU!

Register to win your ticket for the Iowa Catholic Men’s Conference:


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Iowa Catholic Radio TODAY

Miss a minute?  Miss a lot!

Special Lenten Series on the Seven Deadly Sins

Feb 18 Dr Kevin Vost -  Segment 1: Slashing Sloth

Feb 23 Dr. Kevin Vost Segment 2: Ending Envy


Our guests this week:

March 2 Teresa Tomeo coming to Iowa Catholic Men’s Conference


Here are our guests from Feb 16 – 20:

Feb 16 Jesse Weiler – Movie Review “Little Boy”

Feb 17 Patrick Novecosky: Consistory and the new Cardinals

Feb 17 Eric Groth, New Video: Full of Grace

Feb 18 Colleen Kelly Mast: Get a FaithLift

Feb 18 Dr Kevin Vost – Seven Deadly Sins: Slashing Sloth

Feb 19 Kyle Lechtenberg: St. John’s Bible Study

Feb 20 Mary Amore Lent Prayer Pact 40/40/40

Feb 20 Kelly Wahlquist New Book: Created to Relate


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.

Thanks for reading this blog and please let us know what you would like to hear — including behind-the-scenes with our guests and the ministry of Iowa Catholic Radio TODAY.




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Join us Feb 17 with Fr. Jacques Philippe


“How To Be Open to the Holy Spirit”

Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 pm

St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines

A free-will offering will be accepted to support the ongoing operations of Iowa Catholic Radio.

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.


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Register for a DOZEN Roses!

Boesen Makes the Moment Mean More


Thanks to our sponsor Boesen the Florist, you have a chance to WIN  a dozen roses!

AND…if you fill in the name of your friend who encouraged you to register…she (or he!) will WIN a dozen roses TOO!

Drawing for winners will be held during the morning show on February 11, 12 and 13!

Recommend to a friend or a 1000 friends and increase YOUR chances of winning!


Just in time for Valentines Day!

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Ladies Luncheon draws on spirit of Sr. Hesed

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.)

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2015: Connecting with you as we journey toward Christ!

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!

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Kick Off for March for Life

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.

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Welcome to New General Manager

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!

Jerry Bretey


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    Casimir, born of kings and in line (third among 13 children) to be a king himself, was filled with exceptional values and learning by a great teacher, John Dlugosz. Even his critics could not say that his conscientious objection indicated softness. Even as a teenager, Casimir lived a highly disciplined, even ... […]
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