‘Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words’ Romans 8:26
Fr. Mathias Thelen opens us today’s program by giving ways that we can be rooted in God and explains in detail Encounter Ministries. Rebecca Turner and Wendy Klinski talk about how St. Joseph Center of Hope is helping with the rise of drug use in Monroe County. Associate Producer of Epiphany, Melissa Florian shares her epiphany moment. Favorite guest Jeff Kassab has a very joyful, informative, and fun conversation to close today’s program.
Fr. Mathia Thelan, S.T.L
Pastor, St. Patrick Catholic Church. President, Encounter Ministries
Father Mathias is the president of Encounter Ministries and Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Brighton, MI. He is both a graduate of St. John Vianney College Seminary and of the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN where he earned bachelor degrees in both Philosophy and Catholic Studies. He attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for his graduate seminary formation and after graduation was ordained a priest on June 11, 2010 for the Diocese of Lansing.
He served in several parishes for four years before joining the faculty of Sacred Heart as a spiritual director and assistant professor of theology. In 2016, Fr. Thelen earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He is the author of the book, Biblical Foundations for the Role of Healing in Evangelization (Wipf and Stock, 2017) and has appeared in both the Fearless Documentary (2017) and the Revive Documentary (2020).
Program Manager, St. Joseph Center of Hope
Rebecca (Becca) A. Turner earned her Bachelor of Education degree from Toledo University in 2007 and her Associates in Fine Arts from Monroe County Community College in 2005. Rebecca is currently Program Manager for Saint Joseph Center of Hope in Monroe, MI. Her areas of expertise include: specialized in Art Therapy for all ages, internships at Toledo Museum of Art, over ten years working in the substance abuse field, Volunteer Coordinator for Paula’s House in 2013, Peer Recovery Coach certified in 2017, and 11 years in long-term recovery, her treatment philosophy is, the parable of the Lost Sheep – Luke 15:3-7.
Wendala (Wendy) K. Klinski earned her Bachelor of Social Psychology degree from Park University in 2002 and her Master of Mental Health Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She also holds credentials as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist. Klinski is currently the Director for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan’s Monroe office. Wendy has placed much of her focus on identifying barriers to effective substance use disorder treatment and implementing effective programs within CCSEM Monroe. Her philosophy is ” everyone has a purpose, but sometimes roadblocks happen. She loves providing individuals with the necessary tools to remove barriers and help them resume their purpose in life.” Wendy has spoken on many local panels regarding Substance Use Disorder and was a presenter at the State of Michigan Annual Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorder conference in 2019.er.
The St. Joseph Center of Hope 222 Colonial Drive. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161, 734-357-8880 and on Facebook.
Associate Producer, Epiphany
On Father’s day in 2016 I woke up being totally healed from a drug (crack cocaine) addiction. I was a closet addict for almost 20 yrs. I tried everything to kick the addiction. Nothing worked. I was a cradle Catholic and knew who Jesus was but I didn’t have a relationship with Him. That Sunday started a journey back to my Catholic faith. I had an insatiable desire to receive the Eucharist and started going to daily Mass the following day and Sunday Masses were and are staple. The blessings have been abundant. In the Fall 2016 I needed a full time job and started as a housekeeper at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and started my own ministry led by the Holy Spirit. God made a way for me to study at Specs Howard School of Media Arts and I was first to submit my internship application to the ONLY place I wanted to work: Ave Maria Radio. Steve Clarke hired me as an intern in November 2018. I was hired part-time in May 2019 and I switched to midnights (still working full time) at the hospital so I could work days at Ave Maria Radio. I was blessed with a full time position as Associate Producer of Epiphany on September 14, 2020. Praise God in all His designs.
Jeff is sub deacon at St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church. He has his BA Theology and is working on his Master’s.
He is the President of the Pastoral Council at St Joseph, he and his wife work on Marriage Prep with ECRC where he is also an instructor. He is co-founder of the Men’s Group, Genesis 4:9. He is the Cohost of the podcast “Catholic Avengers: and he is the author of the Blog “Journey to Heaven”.