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Epiphany – November 9, 2023

Dr. Peter Williamson tells us about his free online Advent Course:“Isaiah in the Light of Christ”.  Chuck Gaidica was the emcee for the Michigan March for Life and gives us a report.  Then, Jaqueline St. Clare talks about her book “Through Esther’s Eyes”.


Segment 1

Dr. Peter Williamson tells us about his free online Advent course entitled “Isaiah in the Light of Christ” starting on November 19th.



Dr. Peter Williamson occupies the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He received his M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart in 1995 and his S.T.D. in Biblical Theology from the Gregorian University in 2001. Dr. Williamson, a convert to the Catholic Church in 1972, is a married layman who has been involved for over 40 years in evangelization and pastoral ministry in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Revelation (2015) and Ephesians (2009) in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and coeditor of the series along with Dr. Mary Healy and Kevin Perrotta. He is also author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: A Study of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” (Loyola Press, 2002) and coeditor with Ralph Martin of John Paul II and the New Evangelization (revised edition, St. Anthony Messenger, 2006).


For more information on Dr. Williamson’s Advent course and to register please visit: SHMS – Free Advent Course – Isaiah in the Light of Christ

Segment 2

Chuck Gaidica was the emcee for the first ever Michigan March for Life and gives us a report about the event.



Chuck Gaidica was born and baptized a Catholic. The great news is that Chuck has returned to the Catholic Church and knows he is home! He has also found a new home at Ave Maria Radio as host of a segment called Journey Strong. The segment and various other projects will focus on finding true wellness of body, mind, and spirit.

Chuck is a Mayo Clinic-trained Wellness Coach and holds a certificate in “Second Half Significance” from Pepperdine University and the Halftime Institute. He spent a professional lifetime taking complicated, scientific information and making it easier to understand on a daily basis. Chuck prays that he can help do the same in the health and wellness space now for Ave Maria listeners.

Chuck is one of the most trusted figures in Michigan. He is an author, frequent keynote speaker, podcast host, on-camera host and now is excited to be part of the Ave Maria Radio team. Many may know Chuck from his national and local radio and television work in Michigan over four decades. He has multiple Emmy awards and was awarded the prestigious Silver Circle Award for broadcast excellence by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He could be found over the years forecasting the weather, hosting a game show seen across Michigan, or getting in his New York state of mind by forecasting the weather on the NBC Today Show or the CBS Morning News.

After retiring from full-time television news, Chuck served on staff at two churches before returning to the Catholic Church. He also worked as a leader in various efforts to bring business, media, churches, and non-profits together as “forces for good”. These efforts include helping lead a prayer walk in Detroit that brought an estimated twenty-five thousand people to the city.

Chuck loves the adventure of life. He lived and studied in Israel and Jordan for a month as part of his master’s degree. He and his wife have been back to the Holy Land twice and once leading a pilgrimage. Italy has also been a prized destination for both of them. Chuck is a private pilot and has been scuba certified. He has flown with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, flown through the eye of a hurricane, and chased tornadoes. He has been to the top of two volcanoes and lived in the Amazon jungle of Peru on expedition.

Chuck’s greatest joy is being a Christ follower and lover of family. Chuck and his wife Susan live in southeast Michigan and have been married for more than forty years. They are blessed to have a growing family of five children and their spouses along with six grandchildren and two dogs.


For more information on Chuck and all he’s doing check out his website at: Chuck Gaidica | Keynote Speaker. Podcast Host. Founder of Journey Strong.

Segment 3

Jacqueline St. Clare joins Vanessa to discuss her new book: Through Esther’s Eyes.



Jacqueline St. Clare spent six months at a cloistered convent before entering college, earning a degree in Near Eastern Studies and minors in Israeli Studies and Creative Writing. With this education, and two trips to the Holy Land, she highly researched this, her first novel, both historically and even emotionally, as she literally walked the very roads her characters walk.

She loves prayer, Sacred Scripture, and the Holy Land, from which she wrote her debut novel, Through Esther’s Eyes.


To purchase Jacqueline’s book “Through Esther’s Eyes” click here: Through Esther’s Eyes – Ave Maria Radio Store

For more information on Jaqueline and all she is doing check out her website at: HOME | (

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