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Catholic Priests and Seminarians Face Off in John Bosco Jam Basketball Game
John Bosco Jam

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South Bend, IN - April 4, 2016 Following the success of the Cupertino Classic in Fort Wayne, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is hosting the inaugural John Bosco Jam: a basketball game between teams of priests and Holy Cross seminarians on Friday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph High School (453 N. Notre Dame, Ave, South Bend). Admission to the game is free and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Donations will be collected for Catholic Relief Services to help Christians in the Middle East. Official John Bosco Jam t-shirts will be available for purchase for $10.

The event is named after Saint John Bosco, who was an Italian priest from the 1800's. Bosco used his talent in sports to draw young people together through fun activities and then present the Gospel of Jesus in an accessible way. Organizers promote the event as a modern day example of doing the same thing.

“Priests from around the Diocese, the Congregation of the Holy Cross and other Catholic orders will be challenging the Holy Cross seminarians as a way to grow our sense of Catholic community in the South Bend area,” noted Fr. Andrew Curry, team captain. Curry notes that this event is for all ages and is a fun way to bring people together. “Besides, high school and college students, this event is also a great way for parents and grandparents to bring their children to an event to see priests and seminarians in a way they don't usually see them,” Curry stated. Organizers expect a crowd of several hundred people to attend.

The roster for the Priest Team includes: Team Captain Fr. Andrew Curry (North Manchester), Fr. Mark Gurtner (Fort Wayne), Fr. Terry Coonan (South Bend), Fr. Aaron Pidel SJ (Notre Dame), Fr. Nathan O’Holloran SJ (Notre Dame), Fr. Michael Magree SJ (Notre Dame), Fr. Jason Freiburger (Elkhart) and Fr. Matt Soberalski (Fort Wayne).

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2016 USF Servus Omnium Lecture Series

University of Saint FrancisFor the fourth year, Redeemer Radio is partnering with the University of Saint Francis for the Fat Tuesday Business Lecture series.  This year’s title is "The Servant of All: Reflections on the Paradox of Leadership".  The University brings Greg Erlandson to be the keynote speaker.

Greg Erlandson

The event is on Tuesday, February 6 at the University of Saint Francis North Campus.  Doors open at 6:45 and event begins at 7 am with a blessing and opening prayer by Bishop Rhoades followed by a Mardi Grad Breakfast Buffet.  For more information and tickets, visit the Universities Servus Omnium webpage.

About the Speaker

Erlandson was president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing for 16 years, leading a staff of 90 in Huntington and Orlando as well as a national sales force. Greg is a consultor to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications is being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Association of Catholic Publishers this week.

Battling Your Goliath
2016 Rekindle the Fire Men’s Conference

Rekindle the Fire LogoRedeemer Radio is proud to partner with Rekindle the Fire for their annual Men’s conference on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the Fort Wayne Coliseum Expo Center.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Battling Your Goliath”.  Featured speakers are: Matt Fradd, Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jesse Romero, and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

The conference begins at 9 am with opening prayer and ends with a Mass celebrated By Bishop Rhoades at 5 pm.  Stop by the Redeemer Radio table at the event and say hello! For more information along with registration visit the Rekindle the Fire webpage.

About the speakers

Matt FraddMatt Fradd experiences a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000 and afterwards committed himself to inviting others to know Jesus Christ and the Church Christ founded.  Matt speaks to about 50.000 people ever year and has been a guest on the BBC, EWTN, ABD and Catholic Answers Live.  He is the founder of The Porn Effect, a site dedicated to exposing the reality behind the fantasy of porn and offering help to those who seek sexual freedom.  Matt works for Covenant Eyes, an apostolate dedicated to helping to protect families from the dangers of internet pornography

Macellino D'AmbrosioMarcellino D’Ambrosio earned his Ph.D. in theology and biblical interpretation the guidance the renowned Avery Cardinal Dulles.  In 2001 he left university teaching to direct the Crossroads Imitative, an international apostolate of evangelization and renewal.  Dr. D’Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author, Catholic TV host, and has appeared on Fox News’ Geralso Rivera at Large and Bill O’Reilly’s radio show as an expert commentator on Catholic issues. 

Jesse RomeroJesse Romero is a full-time bilingual Catholic Lay Evangelist.  He is a resident of California and a retired LA Deputy Sheriff.  He has a B/A/ from Mount St. Mary’s University in LA and a M.A. in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University in Stubenville, OH.  He is an author of Our Mouths Were Filled with Laughter and Catholic Wake Up.

Upgrades Made to TV Mass Signal

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic) – “It’s been a rough year for the regular watchers of the Televised Mass in Fort Wayne, and even rougher on those that produce and broadcast the long-running program,” said Sean McBride, director of communications for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and producer of the TV Mass.

Technical issues have plagued the broadcast for nearly a year and in that time multiple solutions were tried and no headway was really made, until very recently when WFFT-TV made a very large capital investment to install a new style of microwave transceiver that allows direct communications between the station and the chapel at the University of Saint Francis, where the broadcast originates. Continue reading about upgrades to the TV Mass >

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