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Remembering Al Kresta

With great sadness, the Kresta family and Ave Maria Radio announce that Al Kresta passed into his eternal reward on June 15, 2024. Al passed into eternal life surrounded by his family. Over the last week of his life, Al was visited by his friends and loved ones, who had a chance to express their love for him and say goodbye.

 

HIS LIFE

Al was a devoted husband and father, as well as an exemplary teacher and preacher of the faith of Jesus Christ. He was a broadcaster, writer, and author who was, first of all, a missionary. He was President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio and host of “Kresta in the Afternoon.”  He drew upon his unique faith background to create what was, arguably, the most fascinating — and most spiritually constructive — talk radio program on the radio in its day.

For the past 27 years, Al has committed his work of teaching and preaching to the apostolate that is Ave Maria Radio.

HIS MISSION

Ave Maria Radio employs broadcast radio, mobile technology, the internet, and social media platforms – to offer news, analysis, teaching, devotions and music,to demonstrate the Good News that Jesus is Lord over all areas of life.

Through these means, Al and the Ave Maria Radio team demosntrates that the teaching of Christ, through His Church, offers a rational view of the world, a deep sense of spirituality, a firm family life, enhanced human relationships, creative use of reason and scholarship and the creation of a culture of life and love.

Above all, Ave Maria Radio seeks to keep before listeners the one thing necessary: to seek first God’s Kingdom and conform our lives to Christ by means of His Spirit.

Ave Maria Radio seeks to build the Church so that we might Bless the Nations!

 

HIS LEGACY

The entire Kresta family remains Al’s greatest legacy to the Church and the world, and Ave Maria Radio is the great fruit of that legacy.

Ave Maria Radio continues Al’s legacy by 

  • Producing or Broadcasting 20 unique radio programs
  • Fostering an ongoing partnership with EWTN
  • Creating a new partnership with Annunciation Radio
  • Partnering with other local and national apostolate
  • Building new stations in Lansing and Florida
  • Creating New and Fresh Programming

Through Al’s fidelity to Christ’s call, Ave Maria Radio remains strong and confident about moving forward into its future, continuing and expanding the vision of Christ for this great work of evangelization. Ave Maria Radio is poised to move into the great new horizons that God has laid out for it.

 

VISITATION & FUNERAL

Visitation: Friday, June 21, 2024 

  • Location: Nie Funeral Home
        • 3767 W Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
  • Visitation Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Scripture Service & Sharing: 6pm – 8pm

 

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, June 22, 2024 

  • Location: Christ the King Catholic Church
        • 4000 Ave Maria Dr. Ann Arbor MI 48105
  • Time: 9:30am

 

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Sheryl D.
Sheryl D.
19 days ago

At times I would listen to Al and not really agree with what he was saying on the air or his guests but now I’ve realized he was a true man of God and he will be greatly missed. I just got a copy of “Dangers To The Faith” and also I’ve read his book about the new age – I had embraced the new age years ago and 10 years ago I realized it was a big lie and recommited my life to Jesus Christ and the Catholic church. And as for Al Kresta Rest in Peace good and faithful servant and while I pray for the repose of his soul and his family and friends please pray for all of us still here.

Deacon Bob Dorman.
Deacon Bob Dorman.
24 days ago

I remember Al from is pre Catholic days. A good man here. Psalms 68:4

S. Rouse
S. Rouse
24 days ago

It’s difficult to put into words how much your decision to hire me meant to me personally. You took a chance on me, and the idea of opening a video division and for that, I am endlessly grateful. Working alongside you, discussing documentaries and films, sharing insights and ideas, has been an incredibly enriching experience. Those conversations will be cherished memories that I will hold dear.

I want you and your family to know that your teachings have left an indelible mark on me and your listeners over the years. Your wisdom, guidance, and unwavering dedication to the Gospels inspired me in ways I can’t fully express.

Though our paths now diverge, your influence will continue to guide me and the work I do here at Ave Maria. Your legacy will endure, a testament to the remarkable person you are and for what you have built here at Ave Maria.

Thank you, Al, for everything. You have made a difference, and your presence will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Scott

Deacon Dan Galla
Deacon Dan Galla
25 days ago

I listened to Al’s program for many years, and he was the undisputed dean of Catholic radio commentators. He was a superb interviewer – always well-prepared – and with every guest you were sure to hear the phrase, “That’s an excellent question, Al.” His insight was in a class by itself. I learned so much from him and his fine guests. My life and diaconal ministry have been greatly enriched by following Al’s work, both on air and on the website. I have recommended him to countless parishioners, acquaintances, and friends.
I deeply appreciate the several days of tribute Ave Maria Radio has done. It helped me to get to know even more about him and his work. He is truly a giant who will not be replaced. I have gratefully prayed for Al, and my continued prayers and condolences to his family, and everyone at Ave Maria Radio. May God bless you all.

Teri Murphy
Teri Murphy
25 days ago

When Ave Maria Radio first entered my life I heard Mother Angelica tell me to go to confession. And after that I heard Al Kresta day after day eloquently explain the truth an beauty of the Catholic Church with intelligence and passion. Despite being raised Catholic and attending 12 years of Catholic school, I had never heard anyone defend the Catholic faith like he did. Thank you Al, I miss you!

Peggy White
Peggy White
26 days ago

I have followed Al since the late 80’s on WMUZ. My husband, Dave & I attended a Rescue at the Northland Abortion Center in Southfield in the early 90″s with Al & Robin Sullivan. It was Good Friday and the clinic closed and we had a prayer meeting. After Al came back to the Catholic Church, I, as an Evangelical would listen to Al on Ave Maria Radio, because he was such a great interviewer and had so much insight into many Christian and Cultural issues. I learned from Al about the dangers of Yoga,& that the Muslim Faith did not worship God the Father. I followed Al back into the Catholic Church in 2008. Al had recommended the book, Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. We saw the miniseries on YouTube. It was a very different series and we only kept on to the end because Al had recommended it. We were not disappointed. The scene where Jesus was taken out of the tabernacle and the light extinguished and the Father making the sign of the cross on his deathbed were so powerful! Al we will miss you and are so appreciative of your ministry. May you rest in peace and may the Angels carry you to Paradise.

Patrick
Patrick
26 days ago

Al was a blessing and will truly be missed. I’ve always enjoyed his guests and insights while listening over the years…his analysis and testimony helped my faith life…I pray for the repose of his soul and for his family in this difficult time.

Louis J. Peters, Jr.
Louis J. Peters, Jr.
26 days ago

Al was a great man who had an enormous influence on me and I’m guessing thousands of people. What a great Catholic and Intellectual. He did so much to preach Jesus Christ.

Catherine
Catherine
26 days ago

I will greatly miss hearing Al Kresta’s voice in the afternoon, a voice of sanity in a crazy world. His show was so interesting with all the topics he covered and the wonderful way he interviewed his guests — always probing and perceptive but also friendly and respectful. What a brilliant yet unpretentious man.

May the Lord bless and keep Al Kresta!

Rev. Reed Swanson
Rev. Reed Swanson
27 days ago

I met Al for the first time almost 30 years ago when were Protestant Pastors in Detroit. We next met at Bill Brown Ford where he was doing a remote broadcast. I brought him the book New Testament Ethics by Dr. Richard Hays and we talked for over an hour. When I saw him again at Acton months later, he not only remembered me but asked me how I felt Yoder would have weighed in on Hays’ thoughts. I was touched and shocked.

Through the years we moved on to Stanley Fish and Peter SInger but he always had more points to consider. He also helped me find Christian Counselors for my flock. On a personal note, when he saw my affinity for Christmas ties, he found me one of the Annunciation that I treasure to this day.

His journey back to the Catholic Church has brought me close as well and on day because of his care and friendship I may cross the Tiber as well.

Well done good and faithful servant. I will miss you for a short time my friend, but then side by side for eternity.

Marian Strozier
Marian Strozier
27 days ago

May the entire family be God blessed.

Rena P.
Rena P.
27 days ago

Eternal rest grant unto you Al, and let perpetual light shine upon you. May you Rest In Peace.

There will never be another Al Kresta but thank God, his ministry will continue thru Ave Maria Radio. Thank
you Al for sharing your wisdom to keep our faith strong during this difficult time.

My deepest sympathy and prayers to his wife Sally, children, grandchildren and Ave Maria Radio family. Your loss is our loss too.

Shane Locke
Shane Locke
27 days ago

Its sad for those of us still here in this world because we will miss Mr.Kresta’s wisdom, but for him, he is now with the One we should all wish to be with. Safe journey Mr.Kresta and God bless you.

Mesfin Belay
Mesfin Belay
28 days ago

My condolences to Al family and Ave Maria Radio Staff.

My prayers and thoughts are with the family in this grief-stricken moment. May the family find peace and comfort during this difficult time. I hope and pray that he never leaves your side and always watches over you from his heavenly home.

As difficult as it maybe I know for sure he would want us all to spread joy and peace in the lives of those around us. May we follow his exemplar, so that he may continue to smile upon us in his heavenly home.

Al brought me closer to Jesus with his spirit driven programs. I have learned a tremendous amount from him about my One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and am grateful for it. I owe an immense debt of gratitude

I am truly sorry for your loss. Al was truly wonderful fellow human being; He will be truly missed.

Rest in the love of Christ dear Al.

Johanne
Johanne
28 days ago

When I reverted to the Church in the early 2000’s, Ave Maria Radio, including Kresta in the Afternoon, was an important part of my spiritual-intellectual nourishment.
Once, I recall calling into Al’s show and winning tickets to a local concert. When my husband and I arrived at the concert, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself seated next to Al and Sally. Al and I struck up a conversation, and he was intently interested in my reversion story. While we waited for the concert to start, he asked me the most interesting questions! He had me thinking about things I hadn’t thought of before. I thought to myself that this is why his guests love to be interviewed by him! And why his interviews are always so interesting! I never realized just how skilled he was, until I found myself on the receiving end. Meanwhile, Sally sat by patiently – I suspect that this was a common occurrence. Thank you for supporting him in his work and so generously sharing him with the world, Sally.

Gerard Alamo
Gerard Alamo
28 days ago

Love Love Love listening to Catholic Radio here in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Catholic Radio has strengthened my faith, enhanced my practice as a mental health nurse and keeps me company when I’m doing my chores. I will miss Al’s voice and practical insight, in the context of history to live our faith amongst a tumultuous world. He brought hope, calmness and peace. Thank you

Karen
Karen
28 days ago

I have listened to Al since he started on WMUZ, probably 1987 or 1988. His wisdom and influence has been a huge blessing to our family in so many ways. It was through Al that we learned about homeschooling which we started in 1992, and which changed everything about our lives. We are forever grateful for Al’s “Talk from the Heart” show back in the day. When he signed off his WMUZ show for good, I listened to that show in tears, felt like we were losing a good friend. Eventually, I was happy to find that I could listen to his show on the Ave Maria website, and it was wonderful when his show was picked up by EWTN radio where I could easily listen every day. I loved hearing his thoughts and his perspectives – Al’s voice was home! The last couple days I have been listening again on the Ave Maria website, and just as I did in the 1990’s, I have been listening in tears. We have lost a great teacher, a big brother, and a friend. God bless Al and all he has given us over so many years. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord!

Helen Milanowski
Helen Milanowski
28 days ago

I wonder if people on the radio have any idea how much they mean to us who listen regularly? They become part of our family and our daily routine. Al was my kitchen buddy every day from 4-6 while I was doing chores or making dinner. His velvety smooth radio voice was comforting, reassuring, and always informative. I have been missing him and praying for him for the last several weeks. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my dear friend. Rest in peace, joy and love in the presence of our Savior Al! We pray God’s strength, peace and consolation to the Kresta family.

Jacki Cook Lafayette TN
Jacki Cook Lafayette TN
29 days ago

Just the sound of Al’s soothing voice would take away all the cares at the end of the day. Hearing him speak was just the tonic I always needed when the whole world seemed upside down. He was the epitome of grace amid suffering, and he showed enormous humility in carrying life’s crosses. He gave hope and he gave immense wisdom. He had a way of plumbing the depths of a subject and his interviewees in such a way that was profoundly and uniquely Al. He will be missed. There won’t be another like him.

Lisa C.
Lisa C.
29 days ago

I’m so thankful to Al Kresta for his part in creating Ave Maria Radio. I learned about the station at the Made for Happiness Assembly in 2018, so grateful I did. The programs on the station really helped me grow in my faith.
It’s been so enlightening learning more about Al’s accomplishments over these last few days on the programs and learning what a wonderful servant of God he is.
I was at the Ave Maria radio 25th anniversary celebration in Ann Arbor and remember seeing him on the stage. I never met him but wish I had.
Prayers to Al Kresta’s family and friends and may he rest in peace in the Glory of God

Donna Kosmowski
Donna Kosmowski
29 days ago

A gift from God; Kresta in the Afternoon.
When I first developed a burgeoning appetite for Catholicism intertwined with a robust dialogue, I hit the jackpot upon discovering Al’s show and relished even more so the Christian kindness he projected across the airwaves.

Now, how do we move forward? It seems our collective Catholic boat is knocked off its mooring with Al’s transition. How will we navigate these anxious times without his commonsense voice aptly guiding us?

I believe these are not misplaced sentiments, but in reality they are a boast in the Lord as we recognize the salient loss of such a good and faithful son of God.

Jesus, we trust in you! tends to comfort.
Thank you, Al (Sally, family &Ave Maria crew). I already miss you. Rest in peace.

Anthony McBride
Anthony McBride
29 days ago

God Speed Al.
To Al’s family, friends and family, my sincerest condolences. In New Zealand, my early afternoon listening was usually always filled with Al’s show on Spotify – evening planning drive trips to meetings to spend time listening! HIs intellect and great sense of humour was a wonder to listen to, I shall him greatly. We grieve for ourselves, but we celebrate this great man’s life as he finishes is journey Home.

Francisco Javier Alberti
Francisco Javier Alberti
29 days ago

Al was the greatest interviewer I have ever heard in any medium; Catholic radio, talk radio, TV, all media.
But beyond that what I remember the most is how kind, loving and understanding he was when his producer Nick Thomm was battling brain cancer. Al even encouraged Nick to broadcast the year end countdown even when Nick’s voice was failing him because of the cancer treatment.
His love for his fellow man is what I will remember the most about Al. He was a good, honorable man and a loyal soldier to our Lord Jesus. I know that Al and Nick will meet again in heaven some day.

Mary Pat Peterson
Mary Pat Peterson
29 days ago

I listened to Kresta in the afternoon regularly in Cincinnati. His program was interesting and thought provoking. He was a great interviewer. You could feel his joy for his faith and life. I had an opportunity to stop by and meet him when he was in Cincinnati to thank him for his wonderful program. He was a treasure to Catholic radio. I hope you continue his legacy and show. There is no show like it on radio. Prayers to all of you on this new journey. You are doing good works.

Teresa Lavastida
Teresa Lavastida
29 days ago

I will miss Mr. Al Kresta so much. It is very hard to believe he is gone. I, always, looked forward to listening to his show, “Al Kresta in the Afternoon,” because I could learn so much about my Catholic Faith.” Mr. Al Kresta did most of the work (he carried the heaviest cross), so that his listeners didn’t have to engage in a lot of work to learn about the Catholic Faith. He, in a sense, shared all his knowledge, so that others may learn in a way that was engaging and easy. Now, I found consolation in the believe that I have in Mr. Al a friend in heaven. And from heaven, he can now see all the people that benefited from his faithful life to God and to the Catholic Church.

Susan McMullen
Susan McMullen
29 days ago

To all of the Ave Maria Family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of Al Kresta – your beloved friend, colleague, leader, and mentor. My first thought, like the words in many sympathy cards, ‘there are no words”, as I am sure many of us have felt. No words to describe the sadness, grief, and sense of loss. Disbelief in remembering when Al’s diagnosis of liver cancer was first shared, and hearing about how hard he worked to get into stronger physical shape for the treatments, in spite of his other physical challenges, and then the devastating news that his cancer was too aggressive and could not be treated. I truly thank and commend Al’s daughter, Alexis, for her strength and grace in sharing all of the information and details with all of us on Al’s fight, progress, and unfortunate passing.

It has been so comforting this week to hear all of your radio hosts, on each of their programs, paying tribute to Al, and sharing their memories and stories, as well as those of other renowned guests who have been on some of the shows as well. And, at times, also hearing the emotion in their voices. So many great memories and stories – just a true testament to the respect and love that everyone had for Al! It has also been so comforting in the past few months, but especially in the past week, hearing Al’s voice in all of the past recorded messages and promos that Al has done. While at Mass last Saturday night, I had so many moments of emotion and tears thinking of Al – and I have never met him but have come to love him for all of the obvious reasons. It was comforting to hear today, on Kresta in the afternoon, Dr. Marcus Peter talking with Dr.Monica Miller and sharing that Fr. John Riccardo had been present with Al when some of the final rites were administered – what a comfort and honor that must have been for Al and his family.

I think the words that best describe Al’s passing, the words that I have heard on your programming so many times this week, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Rest in peace, Al, and thank you for all that you have done – you will be greatly missed!

Colleen Klaus
Colleen Klaus
29 days ago

Al was truly a man of God. Many years ago, I listened to Al on WMUZ Radio. On one occasion, my good friend was experiencing pain and anguish in her life, so I called WMUZ Radio and asked to speak to Al. I was shocked that he actually came to the phone to speak to me, but more importantly, he agreed to come over to my house and speak to her. I’ll never forget that night. I was so humbled that Al would take the time to come to my home to help a stranger. That night Al’s incredible insight and words of wisdom gave great comfort and direction to my friend. She began to heal. My friend and I were so touched by Al’s kindness, we call each other every February 5th and recall that special night. We call it the “Al Kresta Day.”

Later on, when Al returned to the Catholic Church, he was instrumental in my own return to the Church. We participated in he and Sally’s first RCIA. As a result of Al listening to the voice of God, seeking the truth, and presenting strong evidence for his return to the Faith, we too returned to the Church. With all of my heart, I thank Al and Sally for their unwavering faith and love toward the Body of Christ. I have been truly blessed. God is good.

May God bless you and keep you, Al. May His face shine upon you . . . and until we meet again . . . may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Luana Baker
Luana Baker
29 days ago

So thankful for Al’s willing and obedient heart to be used of our Lord in ways I’m sure he never imagined or realized. I always respected his great knowledge and understanding of the Faith when listening to him on WMUZ. I was puzzled to know where he had gone when he was no longer on MUZ. Decades later I can honestly say that he was a big influence on my openness to converting to The Catholic faith. When I had learned of his return to The Catholic Church I knew that I needed to seriously learn about this Catholic Faith that I had dismissed as a person born and raised in a strong Protestant family and church. We just never know how God will use us. May we be faithful as Al has been. Prayers for Sally, their children, grandchildren, loved ones and dear Ave Maria family and friends… He has touched so many and I’m sure God will continue to use his influence and story to impact many more for God’s glory and Kingdom! 🙏

Scott Kuczinski
Scott Kuczinski
29 days ago

Al had me at hello! Although we never actually met, I feel like a big part of me is missing—a deep hurt and void. I thank God for his wonderful and inspiring life… I remember one time I did call to give a little donation and mentioned that I was living in NJ but had graduated from the same Brooklyn College as did Al (different years). But Al briefly mentioned it on the air and I could feel the warmth and appreciation with sincerity in that small moment in time… We cannot bury sunlight…or shall I say Son-Light which he embodied….. May Al Rest In God’s everlasting arms of Peace, through Christ our Lord…

Erik Prussel
Erik Prussel
29 days ago

Al Kresta was instrumental in my conversion to Catholicism in 2008. I only knew him from listening to him on the radio or on podcasts but what a profound effect he had on my conversion. Al was an intellectual heavy weight and combining that with his Protestant background gave him ample material to speak cogently on almost any topic.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
29 days ago

Al Kresta and G.K. Chesterton both gave me a way to examine faith with reason and humor. I will always be grateful for the light Al shed on contemporary topics and his open-minded inquiry and curiosity. He demonstrated that difficult questions could be navigated without abandoning the intellect, and he operated in well-reasoned faith for things that rightfully exist beyond human intellect. He had humility to know what those things were, while exploring that territory with all his extraordinary faculties.

Warm and welcoming conversations came through the radio every weekday, inviting people into respectful dialogue, without today’s scorn or mocking that shuts down conversation or depth-of-thought. Al consistently modeled how to disagree lovingly, to a world that had forgotten how. Thank you, Al, for your healing voice, laughter, and sharing your appetite for Truth.

Rev. Deacon Lawrence Hendricks
Rev. Deacon Lawrence Hendricks
1 month ago

Eternal Memory & Blessed Repose!

I met Al Kresta by volunteering for the Ave Maria Radio Membership Drive. It was always a joy to speak and spend time with Al.

I had the opportunity to work with Al and Very Rev. Thomas Loya in launching the Light of the East Radio program on Ave Maria Radio. Light of the East is the English name for St. John Paul the Great’s “Orientale Lumen”. Al was very supportive in the mission of unity between the Eastern & Western Churches.

I attended the funeral of Henry Root on Friday, June 14, 2024 at Christ the King Catholic Church. I thanked Abbie Root for the service Henry provided in launching Light of the East radio. Fr. John Riccardo mentioned in the Eulogy that his radio program had touched people all over the world. I realized after I thanked Abbie that Henry and Al lived out the Gospel of the Last Judgement (Matthew 25: 31 – 46). A former inmate of Milan Federal Prison was able to listen to Light of the East Radio program. The man regularly wrote with questions and comments to Father Thomas Loya. I heard Fr. Thomas speak of the inmate at Milan Federal Prison. I contacted Fr. Thomas to obtain the inmate’s contact information. This led me to be able to visit the Light of the East Radio follower while he was in Milan Federal Prison.

Henry and Al made it possible to evangelize people all over the word including those in prison.

Al regularly spoke with Metropolitan Borys Gudziak regarding the Russo-Ukrainian War. Al was able to contact and interview people who know what was really going on in the world.

Before an Ave Maria Radio Membership drive I read something that Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk stated about the war. Al heard that I knew Metropolitan Borys and Patriarch Sviatoslav and asked me to give my thoughts regarding their thoughts on the war on the air during a membership drive.

I had the pleasure of being in a class through the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan with Al’s wife Sally. It is a custom to commemorate the entering into Eternal Life of Christians to remember them in a special way on the 40th day. I would like to request a Panachida for Al on a Sunday near the 40th day at St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church in Allen Park, Michigan.

My thoughts and prayers are with Sally, the Kresta family and the Ave Maria Radio Family!!!

May Paradise Consume Us!!!

CARRIE MACGILLIS
CARRIE MACGILLIS
1 month ago

My husband and I saw Al speak at a World Marriage Day event in Michigan soon after he recovered from his illness in the early 2000’s. It was called In Sickness and In Health. We had just recently had a tragic health experience and as we listened to Al talk about his experience, we could relate very well. We found it very comforting to hear someone else talk about the turmoil, fears, challenges, and struggles of an intense health situation, and then also talk about how faith impacted it as well. It was very comforting to us at the perfect time. It was part of our healing process to hear about his experience. We were very grateful we were able to hear him speak.

Billy Zarcone
Billy Zarcone
1 month ago

Thanks to the Ave Maria network, Its because of Al’s program that I have been a monthly donor.To the staff and family my deepest condolances. Well done good and faithful servant.

Cindy Pape
Cindy Pape
1 month ago

“Kresta in the Afternoon” was my “go to” radio broadcast on Monday afternoons: my day off work. Throughout the rest of the week I would listen to the podcasts. I will miss the voice of Al Kresta as well as his commentary on the various issues his program addressed. His presentation was so personable.
I live in Springfield, Illinois and have a few Catholic apps to which I frequently listen but Al’s program was an all-time favorite.
May the family of Al Kresta and all of the Ave Maria affiliates and listeners accept my sincere condolences and prayers for the passing of Al. Mankind has suffered the loss of an exceptional Christian gentleman but Heaven has gained a true saint.
Praise God for Ave Maria Radio!

Adrian McGough
Adrian McGough
1 month ago

I never had the privilege of meeting Al in person but I felt I knew him well from listening to his show every day on my drive home from work. I loved and trusted his insights into the labyrinth of current affairs both in the Church and in the world. He has been a great guide, teacher and blessing to me and I suspect many others. I will miss his humor, intellect, and interviews. I am at a loss now as to where I will find someone I trust as much but God will provide. My condolences to his wife and family. God Bless you all.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen

Paul Swift
Paul Swift
1 month ago

Al Kresta was the best interviewer ever, better than Frost, Suskind, Cavette, Buckely, etc. This was in spite of his apparently laborious delivery. If the listener persevered, you learned that this was due to his great collection of thoughts, his close attention to the thoughts of his distinguished guests and to his great courtesy to them. None of them were beyond his capacities. More likely, he was beyond them. Nevertheless, he restrained himself to honor and preserve them, rather than to show his superiority or greater wisdom. The likely goal for his internal deliberations was to fully consider their thoughts, how they compared to his, then resolve any questions or conflicts in a kind way to emphasize the best interpretation of their contribution. I doubt anyone would ever fear being interviewed by Al Kresta. Al Kresta used no title honorifics, he was not “Dr. Kresta,” but it was evident that he was most honorable. There are many who are smart and powerful, but few in those ranks who are as humble, gentle and kind as Al Kresta.

M.
M.
1 month ago

Back in 2018, we found out our daughter was wanting to trans and had a friend who was encouraging her. I was devastated to say the least. I would cry more tears than you can imagine. One day I was driving to work and I was screaming at God because not only was I mad (because my daughter has suffered trauma obviously). but I was having trouble finding how to help her. That afternoon, as I was driving home from work his guest was Ryan Anderson talking about his book, When Harry became Sally. I cried because I knew this was God speaking to me. I sent his show an email because I wanted to reach out to Ryan Anderson for some help. He never responded to anything I sent to him, but Al responded immediately to my email with the promise of prayers. I knew he was truly praying for her. I bought the book, which ironically the forward is made out to Anna (this is my daughter’s name and again cried). Long story on this walk thru hell with my daughter, but on May 10, 2019, we found out our daughter didn’t want to trans anymore. We still have a long journey with her, but I look at Al as a gift God has given to us as we carry this cross with Anna. Many prayers for the Kresta family. I will never forget the kindness Al obviously has shown to so many people. May his soul rest in peace.

Mary from Cartersville, Georgia
Mary from Cartersville, Georgia
1 month ago

I started listening to Ave Maria Radio some 22 years ago. Al was the first person I turned to for clarity when anything happened in the church, politics, or the world. There wasn’t a program that didn’t hold my attention due largely to Al’s skill as an interviewer. He often helped me to see through my own emotions on any topic. When someone such as Al is taken from us my first instinct is to question God. But I know His ways are not ours and Al’s work hasn’t ended but has really just begun. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with the world.

Sharon
Sharon
1 month ago

Thank you Lord for Al Kresta!, My prayers and condolences to his loved ones and the Ave Maria radio family.
I was so drawn to his gift of interview and would rush out of work so I wouldn’t miss a single show! There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this in credible man!!
His love of Christ prevailed during these interviews .
You will sorely missed Al. God bless you and your family

Maria
Maria
1 month ago

Al’s passing is a huge loss. I was a regular listener to “Kresta in the Afternoon” for many years while commuting to and from work, making dinner, or doing other mundane household chores. Most of the books I’ve read in the past few years were from Al’s interviews with the authors and/or his New Year’s favorite book segment. Although I’m a lifelong Catholic, I learned so much about my faith from listening to Al and his incredible wisdom. My condolences to Al’s wife and family and to the Ave Maria Family. May God bless us all.

Kevin Morgan
Kevin Morgan
1 month ago

Listening to Al most weekdays for the last two decades has been pivotal in my faith journey. His vast knowledge, brilliant insight, deeply probing interviews, humor, humility and rock-solid, loving faith penetrated the center of my soul. I spoke with Al just once, when I called into his annual year-end book recommendation program. In a few moments, his kind praise of me and my opinion made me walk on air. And I only heard of these books from him and the authors he had on his show. I hope to thank him in person when it’s my time.

Sarah Elliott
Sarah Elliott
1 month ago

Whether driving in my vehicle or at home, I always looked forward to Kresta in the Afternoon from 4 to 6 pm. He had a unique ability to get to the heart of any issue discussed, to interview his guests with thoughtful and meaty questions (while also being kind and considerate toward them), to share faith and reason in a compelling manner. I am already missing his programs and hope that Ave Maria considers airing his past programs from time to time. His was the voice of reason, faith and trust. May Perpetual Light shine upon him, and may he continue to guide others to Christ.

Lesley Collier
Lesley Collier
1 month ago

A giant of a man who will be missed. RIP

Mary Elizabeth Day
Mary Elizabeth Day
1 month ago

I send my deepest consolation to the Krista family and to all at Ave Maria Radio and EWTN. I most admired how Al deeply listened to his guests and let them speak without interruption. May I learn to become a better listener in memory of Al.

Mrs. Jeanne Dandrow
Mrs. Jeanne Dandrow
1 month ago

I feel like was the Charles Krauthammer of Catholic Radio and in world that needs good examples of virtue and of men/ people who are walking the walk, he was it! T, he is right by your side. I know it.

Mario Perez
Mario Perez
1 month ago

When I started getting serious about being catholic in 2005, I started going to Adoration at my parish. On the bookshelf there was a book titled Why Do Catholics Genuflect? And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church by Al Kresta. I read that book from cover to cover, and it helped shape my faith. Later I met Al at a fundraiser for Guadalupe Radio and I asked him to sign the book. He was very pleased that it helped me in my faith, he was a very humble man. May the holy angels lead you forth to paradise,
And may the martyrs greet your coming home. May you find welcome there within God’s dwelling-place,
The radiant city, New Jerusalem. May Al rest in peace.

Larry Schaub
Larry Schaub
1 month ago

May God’s grace and mercy be with all of Al Kresta’s family and many friends. I’m sure that he is with our Father in heaven.
As a listener to his radio program, I looked forward to it and tried not missing it. As current events occurred I would listen more intently because AL wouldn’t just “go off” and make comments or assumptions. Sometimes it would take several days before his take was broadcast, but it was always inclusive of all varying opinions. He would give his opinion on topics and I can only recall several that I didn’t actually agree with. I looked to him for honest coverage of stories and agreed with take.I am forever enlightened by listening to his program.

Todd J.
Todd J.
1 month ago

A giant in the field of Catholic Radio, Al has brought innumerable souls to the Church and to Jesus. Well done, indeed. God bless.

Nerina Bellinger
Nerina Bellinger
1 month ago

I started listening to Al in the early aughts after moving back to New York. We were sad to find so little faith present in our small town that I turned to Catholic radio (The Stations of the Cross) for sustenance and faith formation. What a blessing it was. I listened to Al in the afternoons as my five children grew (I always felt a bond with him as he had five kids too). I encouraged others to tune in due to his incredible intellect but also his broadcasting demeanor which was consistently humble, insightful and enlightening. He was a unique man with a unique gift and we, the Catholic world, will feel his absence acutely. May he rest in peace, may his family be comforted and consoled and may all of us run our race as well as Al did his.

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