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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 #14-17 (April, 21, 2014)
The Catholic Church and its cultural diversity.
Play Audio #14-16 (April, 14, 2014)
Increasing Christian witness and the life and dignity of the human person.
Play Audio #14-15 (April, 07, 2014)
Strengthening marriage and family life.
Play Audio For more programs, go to our AMERICAN CATHOLIC RADIO ARCHIVES.

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 ACR Presents Disciples Called to Witness draws from the wealth of Church tradition for something old or new that helps us better appreciate our Catholic identity. Presented by voice personality Christopher Holmes

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
Sharon Cross Sharon Cross
"Ask a Franciscan" segment producer and voice talent; "Minute Meditations" and "Exploring Our Faith" 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
"Exploring Our Faith" interviewer for American Catholic Radio
John Feister is Director of Periodicals for Franciscan Media. He has been at SAMP since 1989, first as an assistant editor for St. Anthony Messenger, then also as managing editor for Catholic Update. He brings his journalistic experienceto our radio ministry, interviewing faith-formation experts for “Exploring Our Faith.” 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 leads the Franciscan Media Media Production team. Matt has a wide experience in video production as well as radio. Prior to joining the SAMP family, he produced a top-rated drive-time talk show for a national Catholic radio network. In addition to his work at SAMP on American Catholic Radio, Sunday Soundbites, Lenten Radio Retreat and audiobooks, Matt enjoys life with his wife and six children.

Judy Zarick Judy Zarick
"Living Faith" segment producer and voice talent; "Marriage Moment" segment producer; producer for Media Production Services
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 SAMP family for the past 15 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 for radio.

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 (Father Albert Haase, O.F.M.) 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 missionarin the American Southwest, a campus minister and taught on the college level. He holds a degree in psychology and a doctorate in moral theology from the Catholic University of America.
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