Kresta in the Afternoon – January 9, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Memories and Lessons from Fr. Michael Scanlan

  • Description: In 1976 Sister Ann Shields answered a call by Fr. Michael Scanlan for people willing to give a year of service to help create a new level of faith environment on the campus of what was then the College of Steubenville. She joined about 15 other men and women, both lay and religious, and over her 6 years in the ministry learned things that still serve her in her ministry today. Sr. Ann joins us.
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    • Sr. Ann Shields SGL
      Sister Ann Shields, SGL is a member of the Servants of God's Love, a charismatic religious community based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the host of Food for the Journey on Ave Maria Radio and is on the leadership team of Renewal Ministries. Sr. Ann is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and is the author of numerous books including And Their Eyes Were Opened: Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments, which she co-wrote with Fr. Scanlan.
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+  Reading Silence for the First Time

  • Description: Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese first read Shusaku Endo's masterpiece Silence more than 20 years ago and has wanted to adapt it for the big screen ever since. With the film hitting theaters this week, we'll take a look at the novel. It is profoundly moving, but also deeply disturbing and challenging. Amy Welborn has taught the novel and joins us with points to bear in mind while reading it.
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    • Amy Welborn
      Amy is the author of many books, including The Words We Pray. She has taught the novel Silence in high school theology classes and led adult discussions on it. She earned a Masters in Church History from Vanderbilt, where she wrote a thesis on the changing role of women in 19th century American Protestantism. Visit her at
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    • Reading Silence for the First Time -
      Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece, the film adaptation of which will soon be in theaters, can be by turns profoundly moving, disturbing, and challenging. Here are some points to bear in mind while reading the novel. (click to read more)

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    • Silence: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)

      Shusaku Endo's classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver "Silence I regard as a masterpiece, a lucid and elegant drama."-The New York Review of Books Seventeenth-century Japan: Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs. Eventually captured and forced to watch their Japanese Christian brothers lay down their lives for their faith, the priests bear witness to unimaginable cruelties that test their own beliefs. Shusaku Endo is one of the most celebrated and well-known Japanese fiction writers of the twentieth century, and Silence is widely considered to be his great masterpiece. (learn more)

+  5 Social Studies that Prove the Church is Right

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