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Catholic Connection – Feb 8, 2023 – Hour 2

Dr. Ben Akers tells us about the Word of Life catechesis program. Dr. Monica Miller reacts to the push for abortion the State of the Union speech. Joan Lewis has our latest Vatican news.



Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 – New Word of Life Series
“The Augustine Institute has partnered with Ignatius Press to develop the “Word of Life” curriculum, a new K-8 catechesis program designed to immerse the child and their parents within the story of salvation history. Within this journey, children are taught the importance of heroic virtue through the lives of the saints and sacred scripture. This dynamic curriculum creates a conversational learning environment for the classroom that is both prayerful and engaging so that the children are sent forth as transformed followers of Christ. “Word of Life” is designed to offer age-appropriate catechesis and foster a lifelong encounter with a loving God. With Word of Life, children and their parents, parishes and schools will be transformed by an immersive curriculum that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart.”  Dr. Ben Akers explains.

Dr. Ben Akers is the chief content officer at the Augustine Institute. He previously served as an associate professor of theology and the executive director of the Augustine Institute’s platform. Previously, Dr. Akers served as the director of the Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical Schools and was an adjunct for the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. His experience living and studying in the heart of the Catholic Church in Rome, Italy, has inspired him to teach theology in a way that integrates history, art, literature and spirituality.


Segment 3 – State of the Union Speech Reaction

Dr. Monica Miller and Teresa discuss President Biden’s focus on abortion in the State of the Union speech last night.

Dr. Monica Miller is Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, teacher of theology at Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor and Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and the author of several books, including “The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church” (Emmaus Road) and “Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars” (St. Benedict Press).

Website for Citizens for a Pro-life Society


Segment 4 – Latest News from the Vatican w/Joan Lewis
Joan Lewis is the author of the blog “Joan’s Rome.” She joins us each week to share the latest news out of the Vatican concerning the Holy Father and the Catholic Church.

Joan Lewis
Host, Joan’s Rome and The Vatican Insider


Joan’s Blog: Joan’s Rome






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