Vanessa Denha Garmo

Vanessa Denha Garmo is the host of Epiphany that airs on Saturday at 11:30am and 3:00pm on Sunday. She is a Communications Strategist, Content Creator, Coach and Communications Evangelist with motivational messages that air daily on Ave Maria Radio. She is an award-winning journalist and author. She is the founder of Epiphany Communications & Coaching and The Communications Evangelist Institute.  On the program Epiphany, Vanessa encourages listeners to Connect, Collaborate and Communicate with the faith Community. Life is a journey and along the way, we have those epiphany moments to bring us closer to Christ. Vanessa is engaging the community on a variety of topics including the different Catholics Rites as well as the different ethnic cultures in the Catholic community.

Program Details:

Times: Saturday at 11:30am and Sunday at 3:00pm

Call-in Phone: Charity Mobile toll-free line: 877-573-7825

Encouraging listeners to Connect, Collaborate and Communicate with the faith Community. Life is a journey and along the way, we have those epiphany moments to bring us closer to Christ.



  • Epiphany – October 23, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa gets doused by Holy Spirit fire while speaking with Fr. Adam Maher, Chaplain of Saginaw Valley State University and Nouvel Catholic Central High School and Assistant Vocations Director about the Diocese of Saginaw (Virtual) Youth Event: Witness Surrounded by Saints and his own Facebook videos. The Divine Mercy devotion is highlighted beautifully by Sarah Zydek, a lifelong Catholic and incredible witness to God's love. Patrick Baker and Jeff Kassab remind us that the Lord longs to unite us and we can cooperate but participating in the upcoming Unite Our Nation/Unite Detroit event.

    +  Fr. Adam Maher

    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr. Adam Maher
        Chaplain of Saginaw Valley State University and Nouvel Catholic Central High School and Assistant Vocations Director.

        I have been ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saginaw for two years now.

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    +  Sarah Zydek

    • Segment Guests:
      • Sarah Zydek
        Co-coordinator or Servants of Mercy Ministry, Our Lady of Good Counsel

        Lifelong Catholic, Married to Mark for 39 years, Mother of 3 sons, son, Bill, is married to Courtney. Proud Grandma of 2. Active in parish life at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Co- coordinator with Beth Rosinski of the Servants of Mercy prayer group.

    • + Segment Highlights:

      • Contact Servants of Mercy

        For a prayer visit please send an email to: [email protected]

      • Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer Instructions.

        On the rosary beads, begin: Our Father, Hail Mary, the Apostles Creed On the Our Father beads, pray: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the Hail Mary beads, pray: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world. In conclusion, pray three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen

    +  Patrick Baker

    • Segment Guests:
      • Patrick Baker
        Attorney, and Event Manager for Unite Detroit

        A local attorney and the event manager for an important event in our community --“Unite Detroit”. Patrick and his wife Gaile have 5 children and are members of St. Fabian Parish in Farmington Hills. Patrick is currently taking evening graduate courses in Pastoral Studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

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    +  Jeff Kassab

  • Epiphany – October 22, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa asks Sr. Yvonne Mary Loucks, Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Michigan to share her experiences she had with St. John Paul the Great. Detroit Michigan native Beverly Watts shares her knowledge of the Divine Mercy devotion and its connection to Detroit. Fr. Przemyslaw Nowak, Vice Rector, SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary talks about the celebration commemorating St. John Paul the Great Feast day and gives an impromptu homily.

    +  Sr. Yvonne Mary Loucks

    • Segment Guests:
      • Sr. Yvonne Mary
        The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan

        I had the privilege of working for this great saint for 12 years in the English language section of the Secretariat of State. While my work did not involve a lot of direct contact with him, I was privileged to participate in many of the appearances that he made. The greatest event in my own experience was World Youth Day 2000 when he made it possible for 2,000,000 young people to actually touch and feel the Lord of heaven and earth. I will never forget that until I die.

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    +  Beverly Watts

    • Segment Guests:
      • Beverly Watts

        Beverly was born and raised in Detroit. In 1993, a series of unexpected events coalesced leading to a direct encounter with the Mercy of God and setting her on a journey to discover the roots of the Divine Mercy Devotion in the United States. Surprisingly, the road led to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

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    +  Fr. Przemyslaw Nowak

    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr. Przemyslaw Nowak
        Vice Rector, SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary

        Since October 25, 2018 I have served as Vice-Rector and Dean of Pastoral Formation at Saints Cyril & Methodius Seminary. I say Masses for St. Mary’s, and I am weekly assistant at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Orchard Lake. I also serve as Chaplain (1LT) for the United States Army Reserves. It gives me great joy to serve God and people. My favorite book is the Bible. Since 2013, I have been a Roman-Catholic priest of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey. I was ordained by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli on May 25, 2013 and was assigned to serve at Assumption Parish in Morristown, New Jersey, where I was the Parochial Vicar. I served at this parish from 2013 to August 2017. During my formation in the seminary, I worked with disabled individuals, in youth ministry, and volunteered at the Missionaries of Charity in Detroit. In addition to sacramental responsibilities at Assumption, I conducted bible study classes, works with the Young Professionals group, and was active in the RCIA program, the Religious Education program, and in the parish elementary school. I went to the Morristown Correctional Facility and Morristown Medical Center to visit the sick and dying. I traveled on two mission trips to Cap-Haitian, Haiti, with volunteers from the local community and other states, to help the poor who are still struggling after the 2010 earthquake. And, I went to Guatemala with Houses to Homes Guatemala, a nonprofit charity, to help build a house for one family.

  • Epiphany – October 21, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa talks with Sr. John Paul from the Dominican Sisters Mary Mother of the Eucharist about her devotion to St. John Paull II. Alicia Wludyka talks about the Alliance to the Two Hearts devotion and home enthronement. Ave Maria Radio's own Cheryl Nael shares her epiphany moment and her prayer approach.

    +  Sr. John Paul

    • Segment Guests:
      • Sr. John Paul
        Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist

        Since 2000

    +  Alicia Wludyka

    • Segment Guests:
      • Alicia Wludyka

        Retired Registered Nurse retired for 6 years. Worked for 36 years at Botsford Hospital and taught Nursing in many community colleges & at EMU. Married to Daryl for 45 years, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Third Order of the Alliance of the Two Hearts International since 2006.

    • + Segment Highlights:

      • Email and Sign Up

        Please email Alicia at [email protected] The Two Hearts 40 hour Reparation Vigil First Friday/Saturday

    +  Cheryl Nael

    • Segment Guests:
      • Cheryl Nael
        Office Manager, Ave Maria Radio

        Cheryl Nael is Ave Maria Radio’s Office Manager and has worked for the apostolate since March 1999. Cheryl is the welcoming presence greeting you at our Front Desk, the friendly voice talking to you when you call our main number, the knowledgeable responder to most of the emails you send through our “Contact” page & the person who forwards the prayer requests you send through our “Let’s Pray” page to Staff, The Sisters & Family of Faith prayer apostolate. A coworker describes Cheryl as “Ave Maria Radio’s air-traffic controller.” Cheryl credits her enthusiasm & dedication to the many faith-enrichment programs she’s attended in the last 10 years. As a former Director of Faith Formation at her parish once told her, “The deeper your knowledge, the deeper your theology. The deeper your theology the deeper your prayer life. The deeper your prayer life, the closer to God.”

    • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

      • Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart

        "You are gods." Blasphemy? No, those mysterious words, spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John and alluded to in Psalm 82, point to a holy longing deep in our hearts that tells each of us that we were created for more. “Imagine that you were to wake up tomorrow to discover that, by some miracle, you had become a god overnight,” writes Dr. Gregory Popcak.  “Not THE God—omnipresent, all-knowing, all-powerful—but a god in the classic sense. That is to say, you woke to find that you were perfect, immortal, utterly confident in who you are, where you were going in life, and how you were going to get there. It might seem ridiculous to consider at first, but allow yourself to imagine this truly miraculous transformation.  What would it be like to live without fear? How would it feel to be completely at peace with yourself and the people in your life? Imagine what it would be like to be able to resolve—once and for all—the tension that currently exists between all your competing feelings, impulses, desires, and demands. What would change in your life as a result of your having become that sort of divinely actualized person?” Bold questions are in need of bold answers. And in Broken Gods, a work that is both practical and inspirational, Dr. Greg explores what our deepest desires--and even our darkest desires-- tell us about our ultimate destiny and reveals a commonsense approach to fulfilling our true purpose in life. (learn more)

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  • Epiphany – October 20, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa talks with David Struppa, Development Director at St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) about SPSE, his role at SPSE, his experiences, and much much more. Learn more about St. Paul of the Cross with Fr. Pat Brennan, Retreat Center Director of the St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center and you will also discover that is more than just a retreat center. Peter Herbeck, host of Fire on the Earths teaches about 'walking the walk' with Jesus and suggestions about dealing with anxiety during this challenging time.

    +  David Struppa

    • Segment Guests:
      • David Struppa
        Development Director, St. Paul Street Evangelization

        David believes that connecting Jesus to a conversation is a Development Directors first priority. David is inspired daily by his wife Melissa of 29 years, their 6 children, son-in-law and grandson. He has one grandchild on the way and three of his six children are also in ministry. In his spare time, David enjoys being president of Bonfire Catholic Men’s Group, praying with Melissa in the St. Patrick’s chapel, cooking for family and friends and DJ’g Christian music.

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    +  Fr. Pat Brennan, CP

    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr. Pat Brennan CP
        Rector and President Sacred Heart Major Seminary

        Native of St. Louis, Missouri, Ordained a Passionist priest in 1973. Main ministry has been in preaching retreats in Detroit and Los Angeles. Also served as Director of Seminarians for eight years at the Catholic Theological Union for the Passionist Community Education: Master’s degree in Theology and in Clinical Psychology; did Doctoral studies in the area of preaching in a multicultural setting Devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, enjoys reading and being with people. Currently attempting to take care of a three and a half year old Golden Retriever named Sierra Rose!

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    +  Peter Herbeck

    • Segment Guests:
      • Peter Herbeck
        Vice President and Director of Missions, Renewal Ministries

        For more than thirty years, he has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television program The Choices We Face. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks, and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter and his wife, Debbie, have four children and seven grandchildren, and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Epiphany – October 19, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa converses with Fr. John Riccardo about his new book 'Rescued: The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel', on how to be "agents of sabotage, and much more! Monsignor Todd Lajiness, Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary explains the efficacy of fasting and reaffirms how important it is for us to run to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    +  Fr. John Riccardo

    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr. John Riccardo

        Fr. John Riccardo was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1996. He is the Founder and Executive Director of ACTS XXIX, a non-profit apostolate that exists to help get God’s world back by equipping clergy and lay leaders for the apostolic age in which we live. Fr. John served as a parish pastor for 15 years, most recently at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan where he was witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in a way that caught the attention of pastors around the country. Having ministered to nearly 600 priests across the nation, leading clergy convocations, priestly retreats and workshops in the first year, He is the host of the podcast, “You Were Born for This with Fr. John Riccardo” and the radio program “Christ is the Answer.” Fr. John is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Gregorian University in Rome, and the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

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      • Rescued: The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel

        How can we believe and be transformed by the gospel? Once we understand that the gospel is not merely good news but explosive, life-changing news, we will never be the same again. And in response to God's work in our lives, what part can we play in recreating the world for his good plan? In this powerful book, Fr. John Riccardo helps us to see the world through God's lens, with a clear vision of the future. (learn more)

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    +  Monsignor Todd Laginess

    • Segment Guests:
      • Monsignor Todd Laginess
        Rector and President Sacred Heart Major Seminary

        Rev. Msgr. Todd Lajiness earned an AB in Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1990. He completed an STB at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1993, followed by an STL in Fundamental Theology also from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1995. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1995, he served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Victory in Northville Michigan and as Instructor of Theology in the College of Liberal Arts at Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1996-1997. He was appointed Secretary to His Eminence Edmund Cardinal Szoka, President of the Pontifical Commission of Vatican City State in 1997. While serving as Secretary to Cardinal Szoka (1997-2002), Msgr. Lajiness completed a Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, (Angelicum) in 2000. He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy also from the Angelico in 2002. In 2002, Msgr. Lajiness returned to the Archdiocese of Detroit and was appointed Director of Undergraduate Formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and began teaching courses in Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts. In 2003 he was appointed by His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida to serve as the Dean of Studies. Msgr. Lajiness has served as weekend assistant at St. Mary’s Queen of Creation in New Baltimore and at Holy Family Parish in Novi. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Youth Organization; the Board of Trustees of Madonna University; the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council for two terms; Archdiocesan and State Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, and chaplain to the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. His professional activities include being a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools and also working in close collaboration with ATS on accreditation visits to seminaries throughout the country. Additionally, he serves as the President of the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools. Msgr. Lajiness has published articles in several journals and has given a variety of talks and retreats to seminarians, parochial groups and diocesan events. Msgr. Lajiness assumed responsibilities as the thirteenth Rector and President of Sacred Heart on May 5th, 2012.

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  • Epiphany – October 16, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa talks with Fr. Alex Kratz, Spiritual Director of Terra Sancta, St. Joseph Chapel and Marian Shrine in Pontiac, and Vanessa's Spiritual Director about the upcoming Marython for America on October 30th and the importance of fasting and prayer. Sean Bingham and Roland Tuquero from Men of the Sacred Hearts shares the history of Men of Sacred Hearts, home enthronement, and St. Margaret Mary Alocoque. Closing today's show is student Sabrina Hanna who penned a beautiful essay about how to handle difficulties and the decisions to make.

    +  Fr. Alex Kratz

    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr. Alex Kratz OFM
        Spiritual Director, Terra Sancta, St. Joseph Chapel and Shrine of Immaculate Heart of Mary

        A Franciscan priest in residence at Duns Scotus Friary, housed in the former convent across the street from Our Lady of La Salette Parish in Berkley, Michigan. Born and raised in Cincinnati to an Italian mother and American father, he learned Italian as his first language and was accustomed to traveling every summer to Italy to visit relatives. This experience gave him a global orientation as well as a love for travel and different cultures.

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    +  Sean Bingham

    • Segment Guests:
      • Sean Bingham
        Men of the Sacred Hearts

        Parishioner in the Lansing Diocese, at Old St. Patrick (Ann Arbor). Received into the Church at Christ the King (AA) in 2014 as a convert from Protestantism. Active in PBJ Outreach to the poor in Detroit through OLGC, RCIA sponsor and Lector at Old St. Patrick. Additionally I’ve been involved in the Men of the Sacred Hearts (MoSH)/Enthronement since 2016. I’m also a day sponsor and monthly for Ave Maria Radio

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    +  Roland Toquero

    • Segment Guests:
      • Roland Toquero
        Men of the Sacred Hearts

        My wife Megan and I have been married 10 years this past October 1st. We have 2 boys Benjamin, 7 years old who will be 8 on December 7th and Nicholas who turned 5 years old last week on October 8th. We live in Northville and have been active parishioners at OLGC for the last 10 years. Our boys attend OLGC, Ben in second grade and Nicholas in 4 year old pre-K. My wife Megan grew up in Harper Woods, MI and I grew up in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. I work as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) @ the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Sean and I met last year to the day, when he and David Tay and Tony Fanelli (the Men of the Sacred Heart) enthroned our home in Northville to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through his Blessed Mother Mary. I decided to join Sean and the Sacred Heart team after prayerful discernment. Jesus and Mary continue to change my life and the lives of my family. And I feel a strong love to bring others to Jesus through the Sacred Heart and his Blessed Mother.

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    +  Sabrina Hanna

    • Segment Guests:
      • Sabrina Hanna

        I am a third year undergraduate student at Oakland University majoring in health sciences. I am studying to become a doctor in pharmacy specializing in either neuropharmacology or infectious disease. That way I can build a strong bond with my patients opposed to working in retail pharmacy. A little bit about my background as a Christian, i was baptized in the catholic church, what makes me unique as a Christian is that i am half Palestinian so I’m from the holy land and the other part of me is Chaldean so I speak the language Jesus Christ spoke. I have been to the holy land twice now once when i was a flower girl and recently summer 2019 with my church group, it was amazing to give back to the land where our lord and savior grew up and to help the poor and less fortunate to make my peoples life better at the refugee camps they were forced into as well as buying fruit from people in the streets so they can support their family.

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  • Epiphany – October 15, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa celebrates the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila with an interview with Theresa Hofer, Host of Christian Classics, Communications Coordinator at Christ the King Catholic Church, and a Secular Discalced Carmelite about Discalced Carmelites and St. Teresa. Tina Tiefer, Right to Life of Michigan’s Director of Multicultural Outreach talks about the upcoming People of Life Annual Benefit Reception. Deacon Gene Leger, St. Francis of Assisi and Sales Manager at Ave Maria Radio speaks about Catholic Men in the Public Square: The Voting Process from a Faith Perspective at St. Francis of Assisi tonight!

    +  Theresa Hofer

    • Segment Guests:
      • Theresa Hofer
        Host of Christian Classics, Communications Coordinator at Christ the King Catholic Church, and a Secular Discalced Carmelite

        As host of the program “Christian Classics,” Theresa Hofer reads from the writings of the saints and other great works of Catholic and Christian literature. Thanks to the generous permissions granted by ICS Publications and other publishers, she has been able to share with a broader audience many of the works of the Carmelite saints, as well as such classic works as The Imitation of Christ, Abandonment to Divine Providence and many others. Theresa has been involved with the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites since 1995 when her pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, OCDS, started an information group for those interested in learning more about the Secular Discalced Carmelites. That group eventually grew into the St. John of the Cross Fraternity in Ann Arbor, MI, with Fr. Fride serving as the Spiritual Assistant. Theresa made her definitive promise in December 2001 and served as president of the group from 2005-2011. Theresa is employed as Communications Coordinator for her parish, Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. She holds a B.A. in Drama from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, and an M.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Michigan.

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    +  Tina Tiefer

    • Segment Guests:
      • Tina Tiefer
        Right to Life of Michigan’s Director of Multicultural Outreach

        Tina Teifer is Right to Life of Michigan’s Director of Multicultural Outreach and has been on staff for almost 7 years. She works to share the truth that all people of every culture and race have immeasurable value. She, along with her assistant Jenifer Zaluski and all of Right to Life of Michigan are committed to reaching out with the prolife message until every baby of any cultural background is safe in its mother’s womb. Tina has been married to her husband Terry for 25 years and they have 3 grown children. They’re waiting impatiently for grandchildren.

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    +  Deacon Gene Leger

    • Segment Guests:
      • Deacon Gene Leger
        Deacon, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ann Arbor. General Sales Manager, Ave Maria Radio

        Deacon Gene was ordained for the Diocese of Lansing in 2017. He is currently assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Ann Arbor, Mi. Gene has been General Sales Manager for Ave Maria Radio since 2001. He and his wife Suzanne have five children and five grandchildren.

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  • Epiphany – October 14, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa receives an explanation from Attorney Robert Muise from the American Freedom Law Center about the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling, Deacon Zaid Chabaan from St. Mary's and St. John the Baptist in Monroe share how important bible studies can be and the virtual bible study starting today, closing the show Fr. Bryan Kassa talks about tonight's Shepherd's Call panel that will help listeners navigate the voting process.

    +  Robert Muise

    • Segment Guests:
      • Robert Muise Esq.
        Attorney, American Freedom Law Center

        Robert J. Muise is an expert in constitutional law. Since 2000, his law practice has been dedicated to defending religious liberty, the freedom of speech, and the right to life in state and federal trial and appellate courts all across the country. More recently, Mr. Muise has been involved in numerous cases defending American freedoms against the growing threat of sharia.

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    +  Deacon Zaid Chabaan

    • Segment Guests:
      • Deacon Zaid Chabaan
        Transitional Deacon, St Mary and St. John the Baptist

        I recently completed 7 years of study at Sacred Heart Seminary and was ordained a deacon on May 22nd at the cathedral. God willing, I will be ordained a priest May 2021. I am looking forward to learning from Fr. Dave, Fr. Giancarlo, and Deacon Mike and the rest of the pastoral staff about parish ministry. I am 31 years old. I grew up in Southfield and moved to Sterling Heights when I was 12 years old. I began attending Mass at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, which is my home parish. I have wanted to be a priest since the age of 12. I graduated from high school in 2007 and from Oakland University in 2011 with a BA in History with a minor in political science. I worked for 8 years before entering the seminary as a 2nd Assistant Manager at McDonalds, Dietary and Guest Service Department at Troy Beaumont Hospital, and a Refugee Case Worker at Samaritas, formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM). I come from a Middle Eastern background which I am very proud of! I speak Arabic fluently and my name in Arabic is pronounced like the word "paid", but with a Z. My father is from Syria and my mom is from Iraq. I love culture, reading, traveling, coffee shops, biking, and most importantly being with people!

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    +  Fr. Bryan Kassa

  • Epiphany – October 13, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa asks Bishop Battersby about the importance of October 13th and Colleen Vermeulen from the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan explains imaginative prayer.

    +  Bishop Gerard W. Battersby

    • Segment Guests:
      • Bishop Gerard W. Battersby
        Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Detroit

        The youngest of nine children along with his twin brother, Gerard W. Battersby was born May 15, 1960, to the late Christopher and the late Helen (Buckley) Battersby. He grew up in northwest Detroit and attended St. Benedict Parish and school in Highland Park. In 1993, he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary as an adult vocation, and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998, being ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Adam J. Maida. After ordination, he served in parish ministry for approximately 10 years. He served as an associate pastor at St. Thecla Parish in Clinton Township, Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and St. Gerard Parish, all in Detroit. In 2002, he was named pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Detroit, and in 2007, was appointed to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where he received a License in the New Evangelization in 2008. While serving as director of graduate seminarians and graduate pastoral formation at the seminary, Fr. Battersby also served concurrently as administrator of St. Leo Parish in Detroit. In 2009, Fr. Battersby was assigned to graduate studies at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. In 2011, Fr. Battersby was appointed Vice-Rector and Dean of Seminarian Formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. In 2015, Fr. Battersby was concurrently appointed pastor of St. Mary of Redford, Detroit. Fr. Battersby was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on November 23, 2016, and was ordained to the episcopacy on January 25, 2017. On Jan. 25, 2017, the Most Rev. Gerard W. Battersby was ordained as auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Allen Vigneron. Born: May 15, 1960 Ordained Priest: May 30, 1998 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Regional Moderator of the South Region: November 23, 2016 Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: January 25, 2017

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    +  Colleen Vermeulen

    • Segment Guests:
      • Colleen Vermeulen
        Instructor & Director Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

        Director; Instructor Colleen Vermeulen joined CBSM in 2016 as an instructor in Year B and proceeded to become the Interim Director in 2018. Her personal motivation for teaching is to connect people to the Scriptures so that they can listen and respond to God's Word. When people encounter God in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit takes care of the rest! Colleen seeks to help her students dig into the real life history of the New Testament in order to ground their faith and give them credibility when sharing the Bible with others. Before heading back to graduate school in 2010, she served on active duty as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Colleen has served in young adult ministry, music ministry, children's faith formation, adult faith formation, pastoral council roles, and Alpha. She blogs at Practical Catholic Evangelization. Colleen’s favorite Scripture is Mark 9:24, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief . " Now living in Ypsilanti, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, traveling to less-popular historical sites and cities, and exercising (not necessarily in the moment, but she loves the energy afterwards!). Fun Fact: Colleen is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve! Education B.A. Government and History, Cornell University New York, 2004 Master of Divinity, University of Notre Dame Indiana, 2013 Master of Nonprofit Administration, University of Notre Dame/ Mendoza College of Business Indiana, 2015.

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  • Epiphany – October 12, 2020

    • Description: Vanessa hears how God touched Mary Lou Greenwood Snyder's heart and inspired her to write poetry that has become a book, Vicky Figueroa talks with Vanessa about the open discussion with Archbishop Vigneron and Dr. Ike McKinnon, and Spiritual Direction will be explained and expounded upon with Jeannette Barbarcane and Tesa Fleming.

    +  Mary Lou Greenwood Snyder

    • Segment Guests:
      • Mary Lou Greenwood Snyder

        Self-described housewife in Rochester, married to husband, Barry, for 59 yrs. (60 in May’ 21), mother of 5 children, parishioner of Christ the Redeemer Parish in Lake Orion.

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      • Touched By God

        A collection of personal poems, inspired by a deep faith in God. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wife, mother, grandmother, and poet Mary Lou Snyder debuts her first book, 'Touched by God', at the age of 81. She has dedicated her life to two things which inspired her poetry: faith and family. Mary Lou hopes to bring comfort to her readers and encourage them to find their own personal connection with God. (learn more)

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    +  Vicky Figueroa

    • Segment Guests:
      • Vicky Figueroa
        Cultural Ministries Manager & Coordinator, Black Catholic Ministry Ministry, Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship , Archdiocese of Detroit

        • Current: AOD Cultural & Black Catholic Ministries • Member, Corpus Christi Parish – Finance Council and Faith Formation • Graduate, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Master of Arts Pastoral Ministry • Love to watch cooking shows; love to go consignment / thrift store shopping

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      • Link to Submit Questions

        Please submit questions to be reviewed and considered for the panel discussion here:

    +  Jeannette Barbacane and Tesa Fleming

    • Segment Guests:
      • Jeannette Barbacane

        Jeannette Barbacane has Degrees in Religious Studies, Nursing and Counselling and recently retired as a nurse from the University of Michigan Hospital. Both Jeannette and Tesa are certified spiritual directors, Co-founders of the Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Program, members of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, and were active participants in Catholic ministry to the incarcerated in Washtenaw County for many years, until COVID restrictions closed those doors.

        • Tesa Fleming

          Tesa Fleming, works as an attorney with the Mitzel Law Group in Ann Arbor. She is the mother of six and grandmother of 12. Both Jeannette and Tesa are certified spiritual directors, Co-founders of the Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Program, members of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, and were active participants in Catholic ministry to the incarcerated in Washtenaw County for many years, until COVID restrictions closed those doors.

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