CCC reprises Lenten radio retreats in English, Spanish

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Based on their popularity last year, the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign is reprising a Lenten series of radio retreats in English and Spanish.

Each program in the six-week series — in each language — features a different bishop each week. The series was scheduled to begin Feb. 25, the First Sunday of Lent.

The programs, which are being made available to Catholic dioceses and radio outlets throughout the U.S., were produced for the CCC by Franciscan Radio, a ministry of the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Elia Castillo serves as program host, and the featured bishop for each week serves as retreat guide and homilist. Each show begins with a greeting and a description of the retreat, followed by a sung version of the Our Father. The bishop then presents his homily, which is followed by a meditative song and a question-and-answer segment with the bishop. Castillo wraps up each program and the featured bishop gives a blessing to close the show.

Featured bishops for the English series are, in order of their appearance: Bishop John M. Botean of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George in Canton, Ohio; Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Morneau of Green Bay, Wis.; Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.; Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago; Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco; and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

The Spanish radio retreats will feature the following bishops, in order of their appearance: Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of Chicago; Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo, Texas; Bishop Placido Rodriguez of Lubbock, Texas; Archbishop Roberto O. Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Auxiliary Bishop Rutilio J. del Riego of San Bernardino, Calif.; and Auxiliary Bishop Patrick J. Zurek of San Antonio.

Radio stations can get the programs free on compact discs by calling the CCC’s Pat Ryan Garcia, executive producer, at: (202) 541-3404, or by e-mailing her at:

People who live in areas where no radio station is airing the retreats or who want to listen to them online can go to the Web at Online resources include a description of each program, background information on the bishops and links to other Lenten spiritual resources. Programs can even be downloaded from the Web site as MP3 files for podcast or other personal use.


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