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Ave Maria Radio Fun Quiz

April 1, 2013

amcg-the-guild-bearTake this quiz to test your knowledge of Ave Maria Radio hosts and staff.
Answers are below the quiz.

1. Who was a cheerleader in high school and college?
a. Sr. Ann Shields b. Henry Root c. Teresa Tomeo d. Dr. Ray Guerendi

2. Whose program broadcast the 4,800th episode in 2012?
a. Teresa Tomeo b. Al Kresta c. Sr. Ann Shields d. Fr. John Riccardo

3. Who plays the harmonica and sings frequently throughout the year in a band?
a. Teresa Hofer b. Deacon Tom Loewe c. Sr. Sarah Burdick d. Sandra McDevitt

4. Who prayed that Henry Root would become Catholic in 1975?
a. Fr. Pat Egan b. Fr. John Riccardo c. Sandra McDevitt d. Sr. Ann Shields

5. Who once managed a chain of bookstores?
a. Coleen Kelly Mast b. Greg Popcak c. Al Kresta d. Dr. Ray Guerendi

6. Who’s father was an executive at Chrysler?
a. Sr. Ann Shields b. Fr. John Riccardo c. Lisa Popcak d. Henry Root

7. Who served as a boxing coach for the University of Michigan men’s boxing club?
a. Al Kresta b. Deacon Tom Loewe c. Fr. Pat Egan d. Greg Popcak

8. Who has worked in radio since 1957?
a. Sr. Ann Shields b. Al Kresta c. Henry Root d. Sandra McDevitt

9. Who once pumped gas and cleaned windshields at a gas station?
a. Al Kresta b. Sr. Ann Shields c. Deacon Tom Loewe d. Dr. Ray Guarendi

10. How old is Office Manager Cheryl Nael’s stapler?
a. 10 years old b. 15 years old c. 20 years old d. 25 years old

11. Which Ave Maria Radio staff member was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Michigan?
a. Deacon Tom Loewe b. Steve Clark c. Gene Leger d. Mike Jones

12. Who once worked as a night club musician?
a. Peter Herbeck b. Dr. Ray Guarendi c. Sandra McDevitt d. Coleen Kelly Mast

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We Need a New St. Francis


Kresta Commentary

March 14, 2013

By Al Kresta

You know you are in the presence of greatness when your only reservation about someone is his age. We have a new pope and, the worst thing that observant Catholics can say about him, is that he is a bit older than they had hoped. Pope Francis is the ninth oldest Pope elected in the last half of our history.

He has the aura of reform and novelty about him. He is the first Jesuit, first non-European, first Latin American and the first Francis.

What’s in a name? Quite a bit when it comes to papal names. Cardinal George and Cardinal Dolan in interviews have both said that Pope Francis was thinking of Francis Continue Reading

Join the Cardinals and Ave Maria Radio in Prayer


March 5, 2013

The College of Cardinals, meeting today for the 2nd day of the sede vacante period, have not yet set a date for their conclave to select a new Pope.

Briefing reporters after the morning meeting, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the cardinals were evidently in “no rush” to proceed with the conclave. He pointed out that the cardinals’ congregation had chosen not to hold meeting on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, suggesting that this decision underlined their intention to proceed deliberately.

During the daily congregations, cardinals have spoken about the needs of the Continue Reading

Kroger Community Rewards Program – 2013 Spring Enrollment


May 1, 2013

Please consider becoming a participant in the Kroger Community Rewards program by enrolling online to earn rewards for Ave Maria Radio. All participants must sign up for the program online in order to earn funds during 2013-2014.

Even if you have just signed up for Kroger Community Rewards in February or March of this year—you must re-enroll after April 1, 2013 to continue earning rewards during the coming year, which goes from May 2013 to May 2014. This is a Kroger policy for all members enrolled in the Rewards program.

It’s easy to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. Just visit the Continue Reading

Looking Forward and Looking Backward


Kresta Commentary

February 12, 2013

By Al Kresta

If you had asked me two months ago if Benedict XVI would be the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, I would have said, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. After all, in July 2010 he had told an interviewer Peter Seewald that a pope could resign. Maybe he was setting expectations. Benedict had never grasped for power or position and would be one of the few people willing to relinquish power voluntarily.

But when I got a phone call early Monday morning that Benedict had indeed resigned I was surprised, stunned. The first thing to strike me about his resignation is that it came too soon. In the providence of God, I knew otherwise, but, from my Continue Reading

Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided Conference – January 12, 2013


Ave Maria Communications presents,

Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided

Saturday, January 12, 2013

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Grand Ballroom in Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center

900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Sponsored in part by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society

Click here to order CD’s from the Conference  Continue Reading

Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided: Build the Church, Bless the Nation


December 30, 2012

“Our problem isn’t in Washington; it’s in our parishes. Only if we first build the Church can we, will we, bless the nation.”

–Al Kresta

Al Kresta, host of the popular “Kresta in the Afternoon” broadcast on Catholic radio and President and CEO of Ave Maria Communications, is talking about the Catholic vote in the 2012 election. In November, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, forty percent of Mass-attending Catholics voted for President Obama, a self-identified champion of two intrinsic evils: (1) abortion, including partial-birth abortion; and (2) the redefinition of marriage.

Most elections don’t permit such black and white assessments. In this case, Continue Reading

Al Kresta on EWTN’s Bookmark

November 25, 2012

Doug Keck interviews Al Kresta on his book, Moments of Grace, co-authored with Nick Thomm, Executive Producer of Kresta in the Afternoon.

Dolan, Obama, Laity and Outrage


Kresta Commentary

October 10, 2012

By Al Kresta

Dear co-laborers in the Lord,

I have an absolutely urgent request.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has done an outstanding job leading the Catholic resistance to the HHS mandate. Archbishop of Archdiocese of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an advisor to Benedict XVI, he has a well-deserved reputation as a spiritual leader. He is blessed with a winsome personality, great sense of humor and an instinctive, Catholic drive to reach out even to Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio celebrates 15th year in Catholic broadcasting

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Catholic News Agency

August 24, 2012

Ann Arbor, Mich.- Defying the odds against success, the world’s largest producer of original English-language Catholic radio programming, Ave Maria Radio, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

“Our Lady is surely pleased to lend her name to such a great mission!” EWTN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Doug Keck said in light of the anniversary.

Keck said he and everyone at EWTN want to congratulate the “faith-filled professionals” of Ave Maria Radio for their “’Fiat’ to the work of Catholic media evangelization.

In 1997, Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and former owner Continue Reading

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