Description: With Divine Providence, nothing is left to chance. On the Sunday of Divine Mercy, the Universal Church recognized what God had already ordained—solemnly declaring Pope John Paul II a saint. Almost twenty-four years earlier, the longest and bloodiest tragedy of the twentieth century—the formally atheistic Soviet Union—was, mercifully, in its death throes … due in no small part to the angelic courage and prayerful efforts of Pope John Paul II. This great man knew all too well the ravages Poland had suffered under the inhuman ideology of communism, in particular as propped up by the cowardice of Russian nationalism. Dr. Alex Sich is here to examine the intersection of Saint John Paul the Great and the conflict in Ukraine.
Dr Alex Sich
Professor of Physics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, with twelve years of professional experience in nuclear safety and non-proliferation abroad, primarily in Ukraine. He earned his doctorate in nuclear engineering from MIT and a Master's in Soviet Studies from Harvard University and a second Master's in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
Description: In the article, “Catholics and the Next America,” Archbishop Charles J.Chaput O.F.M. Cap. delivers a prescient warning to American Catholics regarding a growing trend toward secularization in American culture, with Catholics facing dwindling relevance, threatening their ability to be heard. In response, the Napa Institute was formed to help Catholic leaders face the challenges posed in the “next America” — to continue the work of the Apostles and their successors, the Bishops, heeding Christ’s call for ongoing evangelization. Tim Busch, the man behind the Institute joins us.
Has been a practicing attorney in Orange County for the past 35 years. Tim and his wife, Steph are extensively involved in Catholic organizations and charities. In 1992, they have founded two schools and Tim is a co-founder of the Magis Institute with Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. In 2011, Tim and Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. co-founded the Napa Institute which is an annual intellectual apostolic conference preparing Catholics for the Next America.