August 1, 2018

Bravery Under Fire: EWTN To Air The Heroic Story Of Irish Army Chaplain Father Willie Doyle

IRONDALE, Ala.July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — (EWTN) – He was so brave during the First World War that he ran countless times into “no man’s land” to drag fellow soldiers to safety. He was so devout that he would arise early to swim and pray in an icy lake, yet he was “such a jovial character” that everyone wanted to hang out with him.
He was Father Willie Doyle, and he was an Irish Catholic Jesuit, who enlisted as a Chaplain in the British Army in 1915 because he wanted to be on the battlefield with soldiers when they most needed a priest. Learn all about his amazing life, including his “Bravery Under Fire,” when EWTN’s newest docudrama premieres at 10 p.m. ETSunday, Aug. 12. (Encores air at 3:30 p.m. ETThursday, Aug. 169 a.m. ETSaturday, Aug. 18; and 1:30 p.m. ETSunday, Aug. 19.)
While Father Willie’s early life sets the stage, his story really comes to life after the outbreak of the First World War when the 42-year-old priest joined the British Army, 16th Irish Division, as a Catholic Chaplain.
“All denominations loved him,” said Director/Producer Campbell Miller. “They knew no matter what happened, even if they were out in no man’s land and left for dead, Father Willie would come for them. He didn’t just come once. He came multiple times a day. He would drag that soldier back if injured or, if they weren’t going to make it, he would lie down beside them and give them the last rites.”
Miller said all the soldiers wanted to be in Father Willie’s dugout because it appeared to them that no one who fought near him was killed. However, that changed in August 1917. Father Willie went out on the battlefield to rescue two men, and was caught in a mortar attack.
Says Miller, “Father Willie wanted to give the men that passed away a dignified Christian burial. It feels very odd that this could not be awarded to him because they never actually found his body. He was blown to bits.”
This might seem like a sad ending, but Miller says no one who looks at Father Willie’s life
ultimately comes away sad.
“I would have wanted to hang out with Father Willie,” he said. “Here was a man who gave up his life for his friends. You see that there was no fear. You see, in his limited time on earth, the respect people had for him and the impact he had on so many people while he was alive — and even afterward from the pamphlets he wrote. “Shall I Become a Priest?”, one of his pamphlets, brought many to the priesthood. When you see what he accomplished, you can’t help but get inspired.”
Father Willie’s cause for canonization, which was put forward in 1943, has languished. Miller says, “My hope for this film is that it will cause people to again look at his cause for canonization.”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

July 31, 2018

Apology!

I must apologize for falling behind on my blog.
It's been a busy and wonderful summer thus far, up to
and including the RENEWING "Defending the Faith"
Conference at Franciscan University, Steubenville Ohio
this past weekend!
I've missed a few #EWTN press releases but I know y'all
have many other sources - least of all EWTN itself.
Love and prayers in Christ for a blessed upcoming month of August!
Peace!💕🙏

April 18, 2018

Statement from EWTN's Michael P. Warsaw On the Death of Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –  The following is a statement from Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, on the death of Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley of Birmingham:
“All of us at EWTN are saddened by the death of The Most Reverend David Foley who served the Diocese of Birmingham as Bishop for over a decade. I had the privilege of first knowing Bishop Foley thirty years ago when he was a pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington. Throughout his life and wherever his service to the Church took him, he was always known for his keen intellect, pastoral sensitivity and powerful preaching.

"During his time as Bishop of Birmingham, he served as a member of the EWTN Board of Governors. He also took great joy in hosting 'Pillars of Faith', a weekly live call-in television program that examined the Catechism of the Catholic Church from cover to cover. 

"Despite their occasional disagreements, when Mother Angelica suffered her stroke and brain hemorrhage in 2001, Bishop Foley was one of the first to be at her bedside and he remained a frequent visitor to pray for her. He never waivered in his respect for all that Mother had accomplished and was always supportive of the Network she founded.

"May God reward him for his life of service to the Church, and may he rest In peace.”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.

April 17, 2018

Come to EWTN's 2018 Family Celebration in Jacksonville, Fla.


Headliners Include Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Johnnette Benkovic, & Chris Stefanick

IRONDALE, Ala.April 12, 2018--
EWTN Global Catholic Network is coming to Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday, Nov. 3 for the 2018 Family Celebration – and you're invited! Doors to this FREE event at the Prime Osborn Convention Center open at 8:30 a.m.


Hear talks by Fr. Mitch PacwaJohnnette Benkovic, and Chris Stefanick. Ask questions of EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN President & COO Doug Keck, Fr. Joseph and Fr. Mark who will be on stage for the much-loved Family Talk -- and be part of a studio audience for a recording of a special "EWTN Family Celebration Live Show."
"From the very beginning, meeting EWTN viewers from all over the world and answering their questions during our Family Talk quickly became one of the highlights of our Celebration – both for viewers and for those of us on stage," Warsaw said. "This Celebration is our way of saying thank you to our EWTN family for their love and support."
The headlining talks are only the beginning. Guests will also have plenty of opportunity for Adoration and Confession, to celebrate Mass with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and EWTN's Friars, and to meet EWTN hosts and authors while browsing the EWTN Religious Catalogue shop.
Plus, there will be activities for children in the Kid's Corner. EWTN Radio will broadcast live on-site throughout the weekend and staff from the National Catholic Register will be on hand to answer questions. Attendees will even have an opportunity to join EWTN in its mission of evangelization by becoming an EWTN Media Missionary!
It's a feast for the mind, the heart, and the spirit! For more information, please go to our website: http://www.ewtn.com/familycelebration/. We look forward to seeing you there!
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN's 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, "The National Catholic Register" newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.
SOURCE EWTN Global Catholic Network

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December 16, 2017

EWTN Chairman & CEO on Loss of Fr. Andrew Apostoli


Irondale Alabama - Statement from EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P Warsaw:
“All of us at EWTN are saddened by the loss of our dear friend Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR. Father Andrew was a constant presence on the Network for nearly twenty-five years, particularly as the host of ‘Sunday Night Prime’ for the past five years,” said Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the EWTN Global Catholic Network.
Apostoli was born Joseph Dominic Apostoli on July 3, 1942 in Woodbury, New Jersey, and was the second of four boys. He first encountered Capuchin Franciscan friars at his parish in 8th grade and was inspired by their joy.
“I felt that the brothers were joyful and I wanted the joy that I saw,” he told the Catholic Herald in 2015.
He met Archbishop Fulton Sheen while attending high school seminary, and would later be ordained a priest by Sheen on March 16, 1967. He would eventually become the Vice Postulator for Sheen’s cause for canonization.
Apostoli was a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 1988, and was also influential in the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.
During his time in active ministry, Apostoli served as a teacher, retreat leader and spiritual director. He also wrote many spiritual books on subjects including Our Lady of Fatima and the Holy Spirit. His most recent book, “Answering the Questions of Jesus,” is a book designed to lead readers into deeper reflection on each of the personal questions Jesus asks in the Gospel.
Apostoli first appeared on EWTN on the “Mother Angelica Live” program in July of 1993, together with Father Benedict Groeschel, and taped his own series for the network in 1994, which first aired in 1995.
In 2012, Apostoli took over as host for EWTN’s “Sunday Night Prime” which had previously been hosted by Groschel, a fellow Franciscan Friar of the Renewal.
On November 10, Apostoli announced on the CFR’s website that due to declining health, he could no longer maintain a public schedule. Over the past month, the brothers have been posting brief health updates about the priest and asking for prayers.
On the morning of Dec. 13, the brothers confirmed that he had passed away.“We always looked forward to his many visits to Irondale to produce programs,” Warsaw said.
“He was such a kind and holy man who always brought joy to the EWTN Family and who was a constant witness to the Franciscan spirit. We will certainly miss him.”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.