The Spirit is Moving in Fort Wayne – Redeemer Radio Begins Fund Drive

Fort Wayne News Sentinel Reports:

Redeemer Radio, 1450-AM, has launched the public phase of a $900,000 capital campaign that would allow it to fully equip its new studios and to reach a wider audience.

Station officials announced the “Building Faith, Sharing Christ” fund drive Tuesday in conjunction with a visit by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to bless the station’s new studios in an office park at 4618 E. State Blvd., Suite 200, just east of Coliseum Boulevard. The station has been located at 4705 Illinois Road.

The private portion of the capital campaign already has raised $569,000, or 63 percent of the goal, station staff member Patty Becker said in a news release. Rhoades and his predecessor, Bishop John M. D’Arcy, will serve as honorary co-chairs of the fund drive.

Raising the $900,000 will allow the station to:

♦Complete the move to its new, larger location, which provides the space needed for expansion.

♦Develop and air a locally produced weekday program intended to inspire Catholics and non-Catholics in their faith.

♦Add ownership of an FM noncommercial radio station, which will allow Redeemer Radio to broadcast programming to many areas of the diocese currently unable to pick up its AM signal.

♦Pay off the $450,000 remaining on the initial loan used to start the station in January 2006, saving nearly $70,000 a year in principal and interest payments.

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Kresta in the Fort!

Talk Show Host AL KRESTA will be speaking this Monday 11/9 night at St. John the Baptist at 7:30 pm. 

Kresta will be speaking on “the 4 clubs” used most often  to beat up on the Catholic Church—and he will give you four “killer questions”  to put to anyone swingin’ those clubs. 

Kresta, a former Protestant Pastor turned Catholic Media KrestaMissionary and Founder of the Ave Maria Radio Network, will also broadcast LIVE from the Redeemer Radio studio on Monday, November 9 between 4 and 6 pm on Redeemer Radio, Catholic Radio, AM 1450 .
Fort Wayne’s St. John the Baptist Church
4525 Arlington Avenue
on Monday, November 9
at 7:30 pm 

Prof. Rice calls for “No Confrontation” at ND during commencement – rather a Rosary Army

Prof. Charles Rice, professor emeritus of ND law school in an article in the ND/SMC Observer newspaper has called for a peaceful response to the President’s visit to campus during commencement:

Apart from the “life” issues, our leaders were reckless to commit Notre Dame to Obama in the face of mounting and well-grounded opposition to other Obama policies, including his fiscal deficits and such a stunning expansion of executive power and of federal control over private entities and states that it amounts to a constitutional coup. Unmentioned in the background are the pending lawsuits – not yet decided on the merits by the Supreme Court – that raise serious questions as to Obama’s eligibility for the office.

Our leaders act in what they think is the best interest of Notre Dame. But that is no excuse. The invitation should be withdrawn. It implies no personal animosity to suggest that Fr. Jenkins and the other Fellows and Trustees responsible for this fiasco should resign or be removed.

What would be a proper response? On-site demonstrations would be counterproductive. You can petition or write to our leaders. But the appeal should be made instead to a higher authority. An alumnus has suggested that students, faculty, staff and friends of Notre Dame ought to – and we will – pray a continuous Rosary of reparation at the Grotto during the time of Commencement, from two to four on Sunday, May 17th. This would not interfere with Commencement which is on the other side of campus. It would not be a demonstration or protest. No signs, marches, or disruption. Just peaceful prayer, in silence or aloud, by individuals and families. If you can’t make it to the Grotto, pray the Rosary during that time wherever you are. Incidentally, Professor Mary Ann Glendon, the Laetare Medal recipient, would make a better use of her time at the Grotto than as a warm-up or wind-up act at Commencement.

Parking is limited, but you can park off campus and walk to the Grotto. There should be no objection by Notre Dame officials to students, faculty, staff and friends of Notre Dame peacefully going to the Grotto to pray. It makes no difference how many show up. The objective is simply a union of prayer to make reparation and to petition Notre Dame, Our Lady, for Notre Dame, our University.

Bishop D’Arcy’s Statement about Obama speaking and receiving degree from Notre Dame

Redeemer Radio’s site includes text of Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop D’Arcy’s statement regarding the University of Notre Dame’s decision to host President Obama at this year’s Graduation ceremony:

Concerning President Barack Obama speaking at Notre Dame graduation, receiving honorary law degree

Statement from Bishop D’Arcy

March 24, 2009

On Friday, March 20, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his longstated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words – but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

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Redeemer Radio Fort Wayne Holds Spring 2008 Sharathon!

Redeemer Radio 1450AM Fort WayneRedeemer Radio 1450AM in Fort Wayne is holding it’s Spring Sharathon April 23-25!  Listen Online or Donate here.


Pope Benedict XVI Visit to the US – Notre Dame Perspectives

The University of Notre Dame website has a video presentation by a group of ND scholars discussing the Pope’s visit.  Video features R. Scott Appleby of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Lawrence Cunningham, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology; John T. McGreevy, Professor of History; and Timothy Matovina, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.