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Catholic Connection – Dec 29, 2023 – Hr 2

Best of “Catholic Connection” with Mike Aquilina, Jeff Cavins, Fr. Eugene O’Donnell and Ken & Signe Castel.




Segment 1 – New Books in OSV’s Fathers of the Faith series
“In the next two volumes from OSV’s Fathers of the Faith series, readers are introduced to Saint Athanasius and Saint John Chrysostom. Who were they, and what did they teach? Why are they important figures in the history of the Church?”  Author Mike Aquilina is here to break it down for us.  (Originally aired August 31, 2023)

Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor for Angelus News. He is author of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church and Villains of the Early Church. He hosts the “Way of the Fathers” podcast for and edits the Reclaiming Catholic History series for Ave Maria Press.

Mike Aquilina’s website.


Segment 2 & 3 – Why it’s more important than ever for Catholics to spend time reading and studying the Bible
“Using The Great Adventure Bible Timeline® as a guide, Jeff Cavins will walk through each period of the Bible along with some of the most insightful Catholic commentators of our time. Together, they’ll hone in on a period of Salvation history, discussing its themes, stories, and people while answering your most pressing questions about the Bible.”  Click here to learn more.  (Originally aired December 22, 2023)

Jeff Cavins is the creator of the celebrated Great Adventure® Bible Timeline study series which has empowered generations of Catholics to understand the Bible’s central “story of salvation.” Jeff has been a leading Catholic evangelist, author, and podcast host for decades, and is particularly well known having hosted EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” TV show for six years. Jeff’s best-selling books and Bible studies include The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, The Activated Disciple and Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible.


Segment 4 – Couple Prayer Series Coming to Texas in January
Ken & Signe Castel join us in-studio this morning to promote their upcoming Couple Prayer series taking place at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Parish in Irving, TX.  It starts on Monday January 8th and takes place every Monday until February 12th.  Fr. Eugene from the parish joins us as well.  Click here to register!  (Originally aired December 12, 2023)

Fr. Eugene O’Donnell
 is Parochial Vicar of Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Parish in Irving, TX.

Ken Castel has been married to his wife Signe for over 45 years and have three adult children and 7 living grandchildren. Active in numerous ministries throughout their marriage, they first began praying together in 2007 when, as Signe puts it, “there was a disconnect” in their relationship. Almost immediately they both noticed a softer, gentler tone in their relationship.  Meaningful, intimate communication became much more common between them as they experienced God breathing new life into their marriage.  From that moment on they were hooked and sought after opportunities to share the great news of the blessings of a Christ Centered marriage that praying together leads to.





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