Marriage and Family Matters Radio Show

Marriage and Family Matters is the radio program produced by the Office of Radio and Television and sponsored by our office. It airs on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 10 AM on Relevant Radio, 950 AM in Chicago. Frank Hannigan and Kim Hagerty are the hosts.

Open to Life
Ted and Kristin Reilly, PreCana presenters and parents of 5 children, join Frank and Kim to talk about what a gift (and challenge!) being open to life has been. They'll share what it's like to prepare couples for marriage and share their great experience praying a family rosary every night with their children.
Thursday, June 09, 2016 |
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Father Greg Sakowicz
Kim and Frank turn the tables and interview one of our most popular hosts, Father Greg Sakowicz. Father Greg discusses his vocation to the priesthood, the priests and pastors that mentored him in his growth as a priest, Renew My Church, and his future as the new Rector of Holy Name Cathedral (and you may be surprised to hear why he is the rector, not the pastor!).
Thursday, May 19, 2016 |
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Sister Rosemary Connelly of Misericordia Home
Kim and Frank talk to Sister Rosemary Connelly, the Director of Misericordia Home, Heart of Mercy, about the challenges facing families taking care of children and adults with developmental and other significant physical disabilities, and how Misericordia has provided for these vulnerable family members. She talks about her years as a Sister of Mercy working at Mis, the efforts of some groups to shut down Misericordia, her trip to Springfield to advocate for the residents, and how her faith in God has helped her work. Kim and Frank share their Misericordia experiences.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 |
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John and Teri Bosio and Marriage Strengthening Programs
Frank interviews John and Teri Bosio from happy– about resources parishes can use to help couples strengthen their marriage. John and Teri are the former Family Life Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Kansas City and develop marriage–strengthening programs based on books John has written. John and Teri produced Six Dates for Catholic Couples based on John’s first book: Happy Together: The Catholic Blueprint for a Loving Marriage. His second book, Blessed is Marriage: A Guide to the Beatitudes for Catholic Couples has a video series: The Beatitudes: A Couple’s Path to Greater Joy. John also wrote Why Get Married in the Church and they will soon be releasing The Virtues: Four Dates for Catholic Couples.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 |
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The Choice Wine and Paradisus Dei 
Kim and Frank talk with Brian Topping from Paradisus Dei, a lay Catholic ministry dedicated to finding God within the context of marriage and family life. They’re launching a new program, The Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage, for couples and have a unique way of offering this to parishes no matter what their financial situation is.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 |
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What is the Year of Mercy?
Kim and Frank talk with Deacon Keith Strohm, Director of the Office for New Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Chicago about the Jubilee of Mercy and gives practical suggestions of how to incorporate aspects of mercy into our daily lives, and into the life of the parish.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 |
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Finances: How to Make Them a Bonder Not a Buster
Kim and Frank talk with Kelley Long, a personal financial planner, CPA, and newlywed, about money and how working together to handle finances can bring couples closer together and enrich their marriage.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 | Stream | Download

Domestic Violence Outreach
Kim and Frank talk with Father Chuck Dahm, a Dominican priest who is the Associate Pastor at St. Pius V in Pilsen in Chicago, about his work in the field of Domestic Violence. They discuss the causes and what the church outreach to families dealing with this can be. (Note: the National Domestic Violence 24 hour hot line is 800-799-7233.)
Thursday, November 19, 2015 |
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What was it like to be at the World Meeting of Families and see the Pope?
Kim interviews Frank and Sister Emily Brabham, Sister of St. Francis of Clinton, Iowa, and Youth Ministry Director at St. Francis Xavier parish in LaGrange, Illinois about their pilgrimage to Philadelphia to the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Mass. Learn what it was like to be with 22,000 families at the WMOF and then with 1,000,000 people trying to attend the Papal Mass. Sister Emily also shares what it’s like to be the youngest sister in her order and how we can support vocations. 
Thursday, October 08, 2015 |
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31 Years of Marriage Ministry
Kim interviews Frank about his 31 years of marriage ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago: the changes he’s seen in marriage preparation due to the declining number of marriages, the prevalence of divorce, cohabitation, and other factors, and his vision of the future of marriage in the Catholic church. He shares the changes in PreCana over the years, how technology is being used in marriage preparation, and how this ministry has affected his own marriage.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Strong Catholic Families in the African American Community
Willie Cobb, the Director of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame High School and Jacinta Warnie, the Minister of Youth at St. Sabina Parish talks with Amanda Thompson about the adaptation of the Strong Catholic Family, Strong Catholic Youth initiative to the African American Community. You will learn what this initiative is about and how it will help parishes around the Archdiocese become more family friendly.
Thursday, July 09, 2015 |
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Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Resources that are offered for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Archdiocese are discussed with Father Joe Mulcrone and Margaret Swatek from the Catholic Office of the Deaf.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 |
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Extraordinary Synod on the Family
Alice Heinzen, the Director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Lacrosse, Wisconsin talks about the amazing experience of being chosen to be a delegate with her husband, Jeff, at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. She shares information about what the Extraordinary Synod was, their experience of being with families from around the world and meeting Pope Francis!
Thursday, May 21, 2015 |
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Marriage Enrichment
Steve and Kathy Beirne have been involved in marriage and family education for many years. They are the editors and publishers of Foundations Newsletter, FACET premarital resource and Catholic and Newly Married, an award winning book published by ACTA publications. They share their insights on the trends they have seen in marriage and family as well as their wonderful resources.
Thursday, April 09, 2015 |
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Marriage Ministries
Amanda Thompson is joined by Matt Brooks, founder of The Marriage Group and our partner in Marriage Ministries. Matt joined with Marriage and Family Ministries to create an outstanding online Marriage Preparation Class specially designed for couples who are separated by distance because of a job, the military or other life circumstances. This class is offered in English and Spanish and is closed captioned for the hard of hearing. Matt shares with us the wonderful resources for couples and those that work with these couples as well as their testimonies about their experience.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 |
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Knights of Columbus
Robert Adams and Paul Santucci join Amanda Thompson on a show about the Knights of Columbus. Robert works for the Knights and tells how the organization came to be and what they do now to strengthen the faith of the men in the parish community and help those who are most in need. Paul joined the Knights a year ago and is a father of two young children with a baby on the way. Find out why Paul joined the Knights and why he encourages all young men in parishes to do the same!
Thursday, February 19, 2015 |
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World Meeting of Families
The Pope is coming to Philadelphia in September! Would you like to go? On this month's show, the Archdiocesan pilgrimage Marriage and Family Ministries is preparing with the pilgrimage company, Faith Journeys is discussed. Frank Hannigan, the Director of Marriage and Family Ministries will talk about his experience at the last World Meeting that took place in Milan. Kevin Lee, the General Manager for Faith Journeys will be discussing the details of the pilgrimage.
Thursday, January 08, 2015 |
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Family Association-Helping Parishes become more Family Friendly
Do you want to have a parish that is more family friendly? Listen to Kathleen Laffey, Marie Claire Mastri and Julie Servaitus talk about their experience of reviving the Family Association at St. Mary of the Woods Parish. They invited parents from the Religious Education and School to form a committee to find out what families needed and respond to them. It has been a huge success; find out what their secret is!
Thursday, December 11, 2014 |
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Life Coaching 
Life coaching is a means to this end: clarity, peacefulness, joy - and the ability to live a life that feels purposeful. Bridget Chambers is a speaker, writer and certified Life Coach and we will learn what she does and how she can help you or the children in your life make sense of your experiences and become more confident people.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 |
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Interchurch and Interreligious Marriages
Join Amanda Thompson for a fantastic program with Naomi Schaefer Riley, a weekly columnist for the New York Post and the author of several books on religion including Til Faith Do Us Part. Her research on interchurch and interreligious marriages and the impact they have on families and our wider culture is discussed.
Thursday, October 09, 2014 |
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Raising Adolescent Boys and Girls 
Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized author and educator on children, teens, parenting, education and social justice. Her work aims to help parents, educators and young people successfully navigate the social challenges of young adulthood. She wrote the books Masterminds and Wingmen and Queen Bees and Wannabes to help parents support and understand their adolescents. Tune in and learn about her work and the resources she has created for schools, parishes and parents!
Thursday, September 11, 2014 |
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Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass
The Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass that will take place on Sunday, September 14th at 2:45 PM at Holy Name Cathedral is discussed. Larry and Fran Spohr are a wonderful couple celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and they will share some wisdom from their experience of what makes a successful marriage. They will also talk about their work with the deacon couples and some ideas for how to do marriage enrichment in parishes.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 |
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PreCana Marriage Preparation Classes
This show will highlight the PreCana classes that an engaged couple takes before they get married.  Don and Nancy Malek, trained facilitators for the classes, will talk about what a couple does during the class and why they think it is an enriching process.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 |
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Retrouvaille is an international program that is available here in Chicago to help couples who are struggling in their marriage. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage. Robin and Phil Kain are trained facilitators for the program and will talk about their own experience going through the program and how it has helped thousands of couples to build better relationships.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 |
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Happy Together: Strengthen Marriages in Your Parish
Amanda Thompson intervies John and Teri Bosio for this show on strengthening marriages. John wrote the books Happy Together and Blessed is Marriage. Out of these books, John and Teri created the Six Dates for Catholic Couples program that was developed as a way to use the book, as well as The Beatitudes: A Couple's Path to Greater Joy program to continue the journey with couples. They will talk about these wonderful resources for parishes.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 |
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Resources for Celebrating Easter and other ideas for helping Catholic Moms
Amanda Thompson interviews Lisa Hendey about her work with and for Catholic Moms. Lisa is the author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms as well as other books and the creator of the website They talk about celebrating Easter with the family and other ideas for passing on the faith in the family.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 |
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Lenten Practices in the Home and Parish
Sarah Reinhard is the author of the book, Catholic Family Fun: A guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless as well as the creator of the blog, Snoring Scholar. Sarah  shares wonderful ideas on how to keep your family focused on prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent at home and in your parish.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Divorce Ministry
Amanda Thompson talks with Maryvel Torres, the Divorce Ministry Coordinator for Marriage and Family Ministries. Maryvel shares the resources available for couples who are in the process of getting a divorce and annulment as well as the resources available to help couples who are struggling. She talks about ways to keep a marriage healthy and how to handle situations when divorce in inevitable. Thursday, February 20, 2014 |
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At Home with Our Faith
Amanda talks with Catherine O'Connell-Cahill, the Senior Editor for US Catholic and the Managing Editor for the publication At Home with Our Faith to discuss the ways that faith can be passed on in the homes and how parishes can help parents articulate their faith to their children.
Thursday, January 09, 2014 |
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Keeping the Holidays Holy
"Keeping the Holidays Holy": Tom McGrath, the Vice President for New Product Development for Loyola Press, author and speaker is the guest of Amanda Thompson. He shares practical ways of passing on the faith in the home.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 |
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Natural Family Planning
This month learn about Natural Family Planning and the Billings Ovulation Method from three guests, Maria Garcia, Tessa McEwen and Jelani McEwen. Maria is the Coordinator for NFP for Marriage and Family Ministries. Tessa and Jelani are a married couple who are using Natural Family Planning and the Billings Ovulation Method. Tessa is a Women's Health Educator and Certified Instructor for this method. Maria will share her many years of experience in helping couples understand and use NFP. Tessa and Jelani will share their amazing testimony on how this method has brought them closer as a couple and provided a more natural and safe way to postpone or achieve pregnancy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Stream | Download

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