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Diocesan team hosts radio show

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
(Email Katie)


New Evangelization Today, one of the local shows recorded and broadcast from the Channel 88.1 FM studio, features Sean Martin, Justin Frato and Karmen Darwin from the Diocese of Sioux City.

The half-hour show airs the first Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Our main focus is evangelizing with new methodology, new order and expression,” said Martin, director of new evangelization, catechesis and family life. “St. Maximilian Kolbe began a publication and a radio show to proclaim the Gospel message to the world over in Europe. Catholic radio has really taken off and exploded in the United States over the past 15 to 20 years. Our office has really wanted to be part of that evangelization effort.”

Frato, assistant director of adult catechesis and family life, commented some people do not understand what the new evangelization is, so they want “to build awareness about that and the different aspects of it among the laity in the diocese.”

Radio experience

Prior to this show, Frato and Martin had been guests on other radio shows but hadn’t had a show of their own before.

“You don’t necessarily have to prepare as much when you are on the end of being interviewed,” said Frato.

All three said they don’t like listening to themselves on the radio, so they try not to listen to their own show when it is on. However, they do listen to other shows on Catholic radio.

“We work together,” said Darwin, assistant director of youth catechesis and evangelization. “It is definitely a team effort.”

Topics, feedback

“We started out with the bishop’s pastoral letter and had six segments – introduction and the five objectives for the diocese,” said Martin. “Most recently we have been interviewing our keynote speakers for our various events and conferences.”

With the pastoral letter, Darwin said, the three would read the text, “let the conversation take place” and reference the study guide every now and then.

When they have a guest in the studio, they prepare questions in advance.

“We try to make sure everyone has a piece of the show,” said Martin. “It shows the cooperation and teamwork between us.”

Darwin said she looks forward to hearing feedback with guests now being on the show.

“It is always exciting to hear what other people have to say,” said Darwin. “I always learn a lot from the guests as well.”

Frato said people have mentioned to him that they have listened to the show and enjoy it.

“One of our main means of feedback is people on our Facebook page wanting to engage,” said Frato.

Martin has had people approach him and “tell me that they listen and enjoy the show. I think we have received nothing but positive feedback. A lot of people want to know if it (the show) can be longer and if we can do it on a more regular basis. They enjoy the back and forth (between the three).”

The harshest comment they have received, Martin added, is they are “too nice to each other.”

“People say it flows really nicely,” he said. “I have been told there are things they have learned on the show. Something has struck them that they have come to understand a little bit deeper. They’ve appreciated the message.”

Listeners can follow New Evangelization Today on Facebook to learn more about the show. Archives of the show are available for download on Channel 88.1 FM’s website at www.fhcradio.com.

New Evangelization Today interview schedule

Confirmed guests for the upcoming shows of New Evangelization Today:

- Eric Heckman from Brainerd, Minn., on April 4 on Youth Ministry (he will be doing a youth ministry training on May 5)
- Chris Stefanick from Denver, Colo., on May 2 on the Chosen program
- Lucas Pollice from Augustine  Institute in Denver on June 6 on RCIA and Adult Faith Formation (he is directing the Symbolon Conference Aug. 8-10, 2014)

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