Kresta in the Afternoon – August 6, 2015 – Hour 1

+  Living Marriage: The Good, the Messy and the Beautiful

  • Description: It’s easy to fall in love. Growing in love isn’t always so easy. A great marriage isn’t one that simply stays together. It’s one that flourishes with time. Ed Sri joins us with five keys to love your spouse more than you did yesterday. Reflecting on the real challenges we all face in our marriages, we will learn new paths to building the kind of unity, trust and happiness we long for in our married lives.
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    • Dr. Ed Sri
      Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and nationally-known Catholic speaker. He has written several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass (Ascension Press) and Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross (Image Books). He currently serves as professor of theology and Vice President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He also is the host of a new 20-part video series on the Catholic faith called Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and program director for a new marriage preparation and marriage enrichment program called Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage (Augustine Institute). Dr. Sri leads pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land and regularly speaks at Catholic parishes, conferences and diocesan catechetical congresses. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and resides with his wife Elizabeth and their seven children in Littleton, Colorado.
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+  Wyoming Catholic College Rejects Government Funding

  • Description: The Wyoming Catholic College will no longer participate in federal student-aid programs. They conclude that if they don’t take any money from the government, the government can’t force them to provide birth control or recognize the validity of same-sex marriage. Will this strategy work? We talk about it with Kevin Roberts.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Kevin Roberts
      Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D., hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, where in 2006 he co-founded and was the first President and Headmaster of John Paul the Great Academy, a coeducational, PK-12, Catholic liberal arts school. The Academy is already ranked by the Cardinal Newman Society as one on the top-50 Catholic high schools in the United States, and has a distinguished record of vocation discernment. Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.A. from Virginia Tech University, and his B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has taught at universities, colleges, and a catechetical institute, including New Mexico State University, Austin Community College, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Aquinas Institute in Louisiana. Dr. Roberts became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 2012. He is currently writing a biography of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. Dr. Roberts and his wife, Michelle, have four children, ages 3 to 11, and the entire Roberts family enjoys a robust pursuit of outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking.
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+  Catholic Influence in Theater

  • Description: Critically acclaimed Leonardo DeFilippis joins us to talk about his life as a Catholic actor and the influence of Catholicism in modern theater.
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    • Leonardo Defilippis
      Leonardo DeFilippis is the Founder and President of Saint Luke Productions. His work as an actor, producer, and film director has been seen by millions throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The venues span a wide and diverse spectrum to include churches, major theaters, civic centers, penitentiaries, schools, cloistered convents, and World Youth Day in Denver and Rome. His work has inspired vocations to the religious life, and have won numerous awards over the decades. Audiences have included children, dignitaries, church hierarchy, prisoners, students, and concentration camp survivors - just to name a few. Leonardo’s life has been filled with risks taken for the mission of spreading the Gospel through the dramatic arts. The biggest risk was the directing, production and distribution of the feature film THÉRÈSE, the first motion picture distributed solely by an independent Catholic film company. More recently, Leonardo completed Vianney Speaks, a television program which was produced due to the huge success of Vianney, the live theatrical production which began touring the U.S. as a dramatic contribution for the Year of the Priesthood. Leonardo can be heard daily on Catholic radio networks nationwide on Benedictus Moments, a radio and web series based on the profound meditations of Pope Benedict XVI. His most recent productions now touring include the ever-popular The Passion According to Saint Luke and Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz, which are inspiring audiences across the nation. On August 6, 1983, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Leonardo married his beloved wife Patti. They have been blessed with seven children and reside in Washington state. “When I step out in faith to serve God by doing the impossible, I am constantly astonished at the miracles God works through my inadequate abilities. That has been the story of my life, and I pray that God will continue to find me always willing to do His Will.”

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