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American Catholic Radio
American Catholic Radio American Catholic Radio (ACR) is designed to help you know your faith, so you can grow in your faith.

It's a weekly half-hour of information and inspiration, in the popular style of the Franciscans. Each week’s ACR  draws its inspiration from the liturgical season, current events and enduring Catholic topics. 

Our goal is to be both timely and timeless. Here you'll find the wisdom of the saints, the rich tradition of the Church's liturgy and practice, moments of reflection, daily lived faith of modern Catholics and the thoughts of contemporary Church leaders and thinkers--all presented in harmony with Church teaching. Each program is built around two extended interviews. Other segments offer continuing features.
Recent Programs
Play Audio #14-48 (November, 24, 2014)
Strengthening and encouraging Catholic laity in their role as witnesses in the public square.
Play Audio #14-47 (November, 17, 2014)
Increasing understanding of Mass and attendance at Mass.
Play Audio #14-46 (November, 10, 2014)
Increasing the number of people participating in the Sacrament of Marriage.
Play Audio For more programs, go to our AMERICAN CATHOLIC RADIO ARCHIVES.
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What's in our Program?
Our featured segments change periodically. Currently, ACR features the following segments:

Saint of the Week
Lively monologues presented by accomplished actors Kim Wessendarp and Franciscan Father Dan Anderson focus on the human qualities of holy men and women throughout Church history.

Called to Witness
To evangelize others we must first reflect our Catholic faith in our everyday lives. Host Judy Zarick introduces us to real-life Catholics who put Church teaching into practice every day.

Called to Faith
The New Evangelization invites us all to enter into relationship with Jesus Christ and the members of his Church. Our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helps to guide us in this call through questions posed by segment producer Sharon Cross.

Catholic Treasure
Each week we draw from the wealth of Church tradition for something old or new that helps us better appreciate our Catholic identity.

Called to Worship
Meet authors, speakers, and influential Church leaders as they discuss the rich array of Catholic teachings and practices with segment host John Feister.
Meet American Catholic Radio
Father Dan Anderson, O.F.M. Father Dan Anderson, O.F.M.
"Saint of the Week" voice talent
Franciscan Father Dan Anderson entered the Franciscans in 1968 and was ordained in 1976. After earning an M.A. in Theatre from St. Louis University, he taught high-school speech and theatre for 18 years. He has performed/directed/designed for community and professional theaters in the Cincinnati area for almost 25 years and has been a “voice” at St. Anthony Messenger Press/Franciscan Media since 1987. Father Dan serves as Administrative Assistant to the Provincial Minister of the Cincinnati Franciscans.

Sharon Cross Sharon Cross
"Called to Faith" segment producer and voice talent; "Called to Worship," "Catholic Treasure," and "Saint of the Week" segment producer
Sharon Cross was educated by Ursuline Sisters in high school and by the Jesuits at Fordham University in New York. She also has studied liturgy and scripture at the Athenaeum of Ohio. Sharon has been with Franciscan Media since 1997, and she brings over 20 years of experience with the RCIA process at her parish to her responsibilities with American Catholic Radio. She is also a Benedictine Oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana.

John Feister John Feister
"Called to Worship" segment host for American Catholic Radio
John Feister is Editor in Chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine and Periodicals and Fund Raising Team Leader for Franciscan Media. He has been at Franciscan Media since 1989, first as an assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger, then also as managing editor of Catholic Update. He brings his journalistic experience to our radio ministry, interviewing faith-formation experts for “Called to Worship.” Married and the father of three sons, John is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds master's degrees in humanities and theology from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

Matt Wielgos Matt Wielgos
Manager of Media Production and Executive Producer of American Catholic Radio
Matt Wielgos manages Media Production for Franciscan Media. Matt has a wide experience in video production as well as radio. Prior to joining the Franciscan Media family, he produced a top-rated drive-time talk show for a national Catholic radio network. In addition to his work at Franciscan Media on radio, audiobooks, and video projects, Matt enjoys life with his wife and six children.

Judy Zarick Judy Zarick
ACR host; "Called to Witness" segment producer and voice talent
Judy Zarick is a native of Indiana. After graduating with a double major in Telecommunications and Spanish, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and worked in corporate video production as editor, producer and director. Her primary jobs are as a wife and as a mother to her four children. She’s also been fortunate enough to have been a part of the Franciscan Media family for the past 20 years, working in both video and radio production, where she has produced music videos, faith-formation programs and the popular Lenten Radio Retreat and Advent Radio Retreat series. Judy was recently named Franciscan Media's Emerging Media Team Leader. 

Sister Bridget Haase, O.S.U. Sister Bridget Haase, O.S.U.
“Minute Meditation” writer and voice talent
Sister Bridget Haase is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, Central Province. She is coordinator of the Wellness/Spirituality Program at The Boston Home in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Sister Bridget is the author of Well Lived: Stories of Wisdom and Wonder and Well Said: Children’s Words of Wisdom, and co-author with her brother Franciscan Father Albert Haase of Enkindled: Holy Sprit, Holy Gifts. The latter two books are published by Franciscan Media.

Father Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M. Father Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio Scripture consultant and "Ask a Franciscan" Scripture resource
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner is ACR’s resident biblical scholar. He is heard answering Biblical questions for "Ask a Franciscan." Father Hilarion studied scripture at the Catholic University of America and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He is the editor of Sunday Homily Helps, published by Franciscan Media.

Father Dan Kroger, O.F.M. Father Dan Kroger, O.F.M.
“Ask a Franciscan” Catholic traditions resource
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger is the chief executive officer of Franciscan Media, directing overall operations, including St. Anthony Messenger, print, electronic and web resources. Father Dan was a missionary and university professor in the Philippines for many years.

Father Don Miller, O.F.M. Father Don Miller, O.F.M.
“Ask a Franciscan” moral theology resource
Franciscan Father Don Miller currently serves as vocation director for the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist of Cincinnati, Ohio, the friars who support and sponsor the work of Franciscan Media. Previously Father Don was a missionary in the American Southwest, a campus minister and college teacher. He holds a degree in psychology and a doctorate in moral theology from the Catholic University of America.

Ron Riegler Ron Riegler
Franciscan Media Production engineer
Ron Riegler has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of media. He began in public television in 1982. His role at Franciscan Media is multifaceted. Ron engineers and assembles the weekly American Catholic Radio, and has overseen the production aspects of most of the faith-formation videos that St. Anthony Messenger Press/Franciscan Media has produced, as well video projects for outside production clients. He also is a contractor to many networks in his off-time. A husband and father of three, Ron has been a parish music minister for 20 years.

Kim Wessendarp Kim Wessendarp
“Saint of the Week” voice talent
Kim Wessendarp is the voice of the female saints heard on the American Catholic Radio feature, "Saint of the Week." After 10 years in professional theatre, Kim took on her favorite role to date—that of wife and mother. When not supporting her family’s musical and theatrical endeavors, Kim enjoys singing with Cincinnati's "Sound Body Jazz Orchestra" and the choir at St. Michael Church in Sharonville, Ohio.
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