Kresta in the Afternoon – August 29, 2019 – Hour 2

+  My First Month as a Priest

  • Description: Fr. John Kladar, who was ordained earlier this Summer on July 1, shares with us his journey to the priesthood and his first month as a priest.
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    • Fr. John Kladar

      Fr. John hails from Rockton, IL, a small town about twenty minutes north of Rockford. His home parish is St. Peter’s South Beloit. He was home-schooled for eight years and went to Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford. In 2011, he joined the seminary and spent three years in Nebraska at St. Gregory the Great Seminary. After this, he studied theology for three years in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, at which point he was called home and started his time at St. Patrick’s Parish.

+  The Amazon Synod and the Question of Priestly Celibacy

  • Description: The tradition of the Eastern Churches reminds us that the mutually exclusive dichotomy is not between marriage and priesthood but between marriage and monasticism. Fr. Thomas Loya, with his experience as a celibate Easter rite priest, comments on the priesthood debate surrounding the upcoming Amazon Synod.
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    • Fr. Thomas Loya

      Fr. Thomas J. Loya is a Byzantine Catholic Priest and pastor of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic parish in Homer Glen, IL. He is host of the radio program, "Light of the East" which is heard on Ave Maria Radio and on EWTN affiliates. Fr. Loya is also a regular guest on the Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak program, "More2Life," heard on Ave Maria Radio. He is co-founder of the Tabor Life Institute for education and formation in St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

+  The Legacy of Cardinal Francis George

  • Description: Francis Cardinal George was a true imitator of Christ. He never let anything come between him and his mission to bring the love of Jesus wherever it was needed the most. He was exactly who the Church needed during his lifetime and his contributions still inspire many today. The 2018 documentary “Glorious Lives” brings the late Cardinal’s story to life through intimate interviews with the people closest to him—his sister, his colleagues, and his brother priests. Michael Heinlein, who has collaborated on the project, joins us.
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    • Michael Heinlein

      Michael R. Heinlein is editor of Simply Catholic. He has a degree in theology from The Catholic University of America and is the former editor of The Catholic Answer magazine. Experienced in parish ministry and high school teaching, Michael is a frequent contributor to OSV Newsweekly and The Priest magazine. Michael is also the author of several OSV booklets and pamphlets, including “Go, Therefore, and Make Disciples: Missionary Saints in the Church.” Most important to him is his role as husband and father.

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