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Episode 45: Mary Anne Urlakis discusses the Sacred Dignity of Embryonic Human Life with Laura Elm (April 25, 2021)

Inter Vitam et Mortem

Episode 45 of WCAT Radio’s “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist” is broadcast in conjunction with the Institute for the Theological Encounter Between Science and Technology (ITEST) and an upcoming webinar entitled “The Moral Arguments in the Embryo Adoption Debate.”Show host and Co-Founder of the Dignitas Personae Institute for Nascent Human Life, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis, discusses the sacred dignity of embryonic human life with Laura Elm, the Founder and President of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter. Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter is a charitable organization, guided by a profound respect for the dignity of every human person from the first moment of existence and founded with the mission of providing corporal and spiritual care for the youngest and smallest members of the human family. To this end, Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter facilitates a dignified, prayerful, Catholic burial for embryos who die in Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) laboratories. In this episode, Mary Anne and Laura discuss the fragility of embryonic human life and the necessity of treating each and every human person with the sacred dignity requisite to being created in the Image and Likeness of God.Additional information and registration for the May 8, 2021 ITEST Webinar, entitled “The Moral Arguments in the Embryo Adoption Debate” can be found on the Institute for the Theological Encounter Between Science and Technology page at: Embryo Adoption - Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (faithscience.org).

44mins

26 Apr 2021

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Episode 33: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Fr. Jason Smith, LC, on his vocation as a priest of the Legionaries of Christ (April 24, 2021)

Vows, Vocations, & Promises

Fr. Jason Smith, LC, joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 33 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss his vocation as an ordained priest of the Legionaries of Christ.In this episode, Fr. Jason shares the story his personal call to the ministerial priesthood. He traces his vocation from its early beginnings through his present ministry. Fr. Jason Smith was ordained at St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome on Dec 23, 2006. As a seminarian Fr. Jason studied classical humanities at the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, Philosophy at Our Lady of Thornwood in NY, and Theology at the Regina Apostolorum in Rome. After ordination, Father dedicated six years to working with youth in the NY Tri-State by running the Regnum Christi Mission Corps, which is a program for college missionaries. Father also directed a variety of high school ministries and served as the spiritual director for the summer discernment programs at the Legionaries of Christ.Father Jason is currently the Associate Pastor at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. He continues to work with the Regnum Christi movement, is active in marriage prep and marriage ministry. Father remains a contributor at the Regnum Christi Spirituality Center. Fr Jason Smith, LC (regnumchristinyctnj.org).

1hr 5mins

24 Apr 2021

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Episode 32: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Steve Mamanella, author of a memoir entitled Providential (March 26, 2021)

Vows, Vocations, & Promises

Steve Mamanella joins WCAT Radio show-host Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 32 of “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss his new book, published by En Route Books and Media, entitled: Providential. Steve Mamanella is the Principal at Owl Creek Communications and has worked in the field of communications for over thirty years. His memoir, Providential, details his journey, tracing its roots from the emigration to America of his great-grandparents through Steve’s college years, his illustrious career as the Director of Communications for two dioceses, and all of the providential moments that have served to link Steve and his family to the Church and to Christ Himself. Steve is a graduate of Bradley University, and has maintained strong ties to the college and the Newman Center that figured so prominently in his early development. A recent article in the Catholic Post, from the Diocese of Peoria where Steve served as the Director of Communications for five years quotes him as stating: “I am convinced that God is blessing us in ways that we often are unable to comprehend in the moment.” Providential is a book that explores the subtle ways those blessings have shaped one man’s life. In this interview, Steve discusses with Mary Anne Urlakis some of the highlights of his book, including working as the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Peoria during (St) Mother Teresa’s 1995 visit and serving the Diocese of St. Louis in a similar role during the 1999 papal visit of Pope (St.) John Paul II.Steve Mamanella’s memoir is a beautiful story; a gentle reminder of the grace of God’s ever-arching plan for each and every human life and the various “God-appointments”, or moments in which our lives intersect with others through inexplicable ways yielding far-reaching good. Providential is available through En Route Books and Media at: https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/providential/

1hr 2mins

27 Mar 2021

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Episode 44: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Stacy Trasancos presents on COVID19 vaccinations (March 23, 2021)

Inter Vitam et Mortem

Dr. Stacy Trasancos joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 44 of WCAT Radio’s “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist” to discuss the current COVID vaccinations. Dr. Trasancos is a scientist, theologian, and mother; she holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from Penn State University and a Master’s in Dogmatic Theology (summa cum laude) from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Dr. Trasancos is the Executive Director of Bishop Joseph Strickland’s St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization in Tyler, Texas, and the Chief Research Officer of Children of God for Life. She is a Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University Catholic Studies program. Her work focuses on the integration of faith and science. In this episode Stacy Trasancos and Mary Anne Urlakis discuss the ethical implications of the current COVID vaccines, as well as those vaccines currently in development. Their ethical inquiry centers on three significant bioethical issues: (1) the liceity of using abortion-derived cell-lines for vaccine production, (2) the necessity of authentically informed consent, and (3) the sanctity of the human conscience and the issue of paternalism and coercion.Dr. Trasancos is a frequent guest on Catholic media, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN, Catholic Answers Live, and The Journey Home. She has written numerous articles for Catholic publications and is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki and Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science (Ave Maria Press), which has also been published as a textbook for Catholic high schools and colleges.Additionally, she has published a Catholic Answers booklet 20 Answers: Bioethics, and she writes the Science column for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. In her most recent book, she examines the scientific evidence for Eucharistic miracles, co-authored with Fr. George Elliott entitled Behold, It Is I: Scripture, Tradition, and Science on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist (TAN Books). More information is available on the Children of God for Life website: https://cogforlife.org. Additionally, Dr. Stacy Trasancos’ position statement regarding the use of tissue derived from abortion in the development and production of COVID vaccines can be found at National Catholic Register and Catholic Answers. Her recent webinar presentation for ITEST, the Institute for the Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, entitled: “Is it Moral to Take the COVID Vaccine?” is available at: COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics - Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (faithscience.org).

56mins

24 Mar 2021

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Episode 31: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Mary Kloska on her Life, Ministry, and Book, The Holiness of Womanhood (February 28, 2021)

Vows, Vocations, & Promises

The dynamic Catholic author and speaker, Mary Kloska, is Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis’ guest for Episode 31 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, & Promises: Discerning the Call of Love.” In this episode, Mary shares the fascinating narrative of her personal vocational story- a journey which has spanned several continents as a missionary and as a hermit. Mary possesses a rare zeal and prayerful abandonment for the following Jesus Christ. In this episode, she discusses the role of authentic discernment in living the Divine Will of God, and her faithful work to serve the poor and underserved from the U.S. to Russia, Siberia, Poland, Tanzania, Belize, and Pakistan. Mary Kloska’s missionary ministry continues to reach hundreds of thousands of Catholics all over the globe through her music, books, and on-line rosary. Her most popular book, The Holiness of Womanhood, had been translated into Spanish, Polish, and Pakastani, and is available through Enroute Books and Media at https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/holinessofwomanhood/ . (February 28, 2021)

1hr 7mins

28 Feb 2021

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Episode 30: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Peter Martin, Psy.D., on Striving for Affective Maturity and Authentic Peace (January 24, 2021)

Vows, Vocations, & Promises

Dr. Peter Martin, Psy.D., joins WCAT Radio Show Host Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis in Episode 30 of “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss his contribution in the recently published comprehensive new book: Spiritual Husbands-Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens. In this episode, Dr Martin discusses his recently published chapter, “Striving for Affective Maturity and Authentic Peace of Soul: The Role of Deep Forgiveness and Secure Attachment.”Dr. Martin is a licensed psychologist, and the Internship Director of Integrated Training and Formation at Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska, an APA accredited site, where he is responsible for the psychological and faith-integrated formation of pre-doctoral psychology interns and other mental health professionals. Additionally, in 2008 Dr. Martin initiated and heads a clinical outreach site, through Catholic Social Services, at the Newman Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska where he provides therapy to university students and consultation services to priests, FOCUS missionaries, and other staff. Dr. Martin provided growth counseling services from 2012-2013 to seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation summer program in Omaha. Dr. Martin served on the Executive Board of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association from 2013-2016. His areas of interest include supervising therapists in faith-integrated treatments of psychological disorders, in practicing trauma-informed therapy, Forgiveness-Therapy, treating “implicit God-image Problems” and psychological obstacles to authentic spiritual encounters with God and giving and receiving love, in studying the psychology of belief and unbelief, and the social scientific understanding of religious conversion.Dr. Martin and his employer, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center and Catholic Social Services, are in the early stages of aggregating data for psycho-spiritual assessment project to directly serve the Church hierarchy, both women and men’s religious, and to indirectly serve all the laity. Dr. Martin is also currently developing and implementing an adaptation of Witness to Love’s Marriage Preparation Mentorship Program (a virtues-focused, attachment-based model of couples’ mentorship) to support the pillar of human formation of diocesan seminarians and religious life. In this interview, Dr. Martin discusses the need to seek and foster authentic peace of soul. He outlines various impediments to authentic peace, including flawed patterns of attachment. Dr. Martin elucidates the ways in which persistently compromised internal peace and deficit attachment patterns can negatively affect priestly formation. Peter Martin and Mary Anne Urlakis explore the role of Deep Forgiveness as the therapeutic antidote for debilitating anger and resentment, specifically delineating the definition of forgiveness, its requisite characteristics, and benefits. Dr. Martin specifically addresses the challenges of seminary formation with regard to seeking authentic peace of soul, healing attachment issues, and working through anger to the liberating joy of Deep Forgiveness.Dr. Peter Martin’s chapter, entitled: “Striving for Affective Maturity and Authentic Peace of Soul: The Role of Deep Forgiveness and Secure Attachment” is published in Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, published by Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s En Route Books and Media, which is available at: https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/spiritualhusbands/.

1hr

24 Jan 2021

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Episode 29: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Angelyn Arden on her work as a Depth Psychologist and Catholic Educator (January 5, 2021)

Vows, Vocations, & Promises

Dr. Angelyn Spignesi Kopylec Arden joins Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis as her guest on Episode 29 of WCAT Radio’s “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love.” Dr. Arden earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Scientific Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 1977 and since 1981 has been licensed as a psychologist in Connecticut, where she practiced Depth Psychology for 25 years. Dr. Arden has long been fascinated by the study of the relationship between the human unconscious, subconscious and conscious, and the dynamics which motivate the human mind. In this episode, Dr. Arden explains the science and practice of depth psychology.In addition to her clinical work in the field of Depth Psychology, Dr. Arden is also an exemplar educator. She began teaching at the of Dallas in 1978 and has been a Professor of Humanities at Holy Apostles College and Seminary since 2006. Dr. Arden teaches courses in psychology and literature to undergraduate students as well as Human Formation to seminarians. Dr. Arden has served as the Group Facilitator of Seminarian Theological Reflection, and has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, including a piece entitled, “Seminarian Human Formation and Social Justice,” in the Social Justice Review, and also “The Fides et Ratio Seminars,” published in The Bulletin of Catholic Higher Education. Dr. Arden has published ten books, including: Lyrical-Analysis: The Unconscious Through Jane Eyre (1990), The Articulate Silence of God (2002), and Clara & Marcus (2002). The last two books draw on Scripture in dealing with the Christian healing of broken souls. Much of Dr. Arden’s work focuses on the interface between Depth Psychology, Christianity, literature, and philosophy. In this interview, Dr. Arden details her vocational journey as well as highlights the value of understanding the nexus between Christianity and Depth Psychology. Her other book titles include: Orbits of Symphony (2015), Purcell Wrengt (2015), Unfolding (2015), Random as Lace (2015), as well as The Train” and “Jude’s Wife (2015).”

56mins

7 Jan 2021

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Episode 27: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Msgr. John Cihak on Reflections on the Priest as the Friend of the Bridegroom (November 25, 2020)

Vows, Vocations, & Promises

Monsignor John Cihak joins WCAT Show Host Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis in Episode 27 of “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to discuss his contribution in the recently published in the comprehensive new book: Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens. In this episode, Monsignor Cihak relates his personal vocational call to the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ and discusses the second of his contributions to the book, Chapter 3, entitled: “More than Just Friends: Reflections on the Priest as the Friend of the Bridegroom.”Monsignor John Cihak is the Pastor of Christ the King Parish and School and the Director of Continuing Education for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. Monsignor earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Notre Dame University, as well as a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as a Director of Human Formation and Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and taught Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. For several years, Monsignor Cihak served as an Official in the Congregation for Bishops and as a Papal Master of Ceremonies for Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Monsignor Cihak is the author of Balthasar and Anxiety, the co-author of The Catholic Guide to Depression, and the editor of Charles Borromeo: Selected Orations, Homilies, and Other Writings, as well as numerous articles on theology and priestly formation.In this interview, Monsignor Cihak presents the second of his two chapters, and examines the capacity of the priest as the friend of Christ the Bridegroom. While contemporary society often undervalues the vital role of friendship, Monsignor demonstrates the essential beauty and strength of this privileged position. Utilizing imagery and the method of Ignatian reflection, Monsignor Cihak explores the three exemplar relationships with Christ, that of: St. John the Forerunner, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist, and details the powerful lessons and intercession these saints can provide for the priest who seeks to accept the challenge to be an authentic friend of Christ.Monsignor Cihak’s chapter, entitled “More than Just Friends” is published in Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, published by Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s En Route Books and Media, which is available at: https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/spiritualhusbands/.

58mins

26 Nov 2020

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Episode 43: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Sr. Marysia Weber, RSM, on Achieving Hope, Healing & Chastity after Pornography (November 18, 2020)

Inter Vitam et Mortem

Sr. Marysia Weber, R.S.M., M.A., D.O., joins WCAT Radio Host, Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis for Episode 43 of “Inter Vitam et Mortem: Between Life and Death: Interviews and Discussion with a Catholic Bioethicist,” to discuss the challenging topic of achieving hope, healing, and chastity after pornography addiction or compulsion.Sr. Marysia is a board-certified physician, specializing in psychiatry with a fellowship in consulting-liaison psychiatry; she completed her residency and training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Sister earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Notre Dame. Sr. Marysia Weber practiced psychiatry at her religious institute’s multidisciplinary clinic- Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, in Alma, MI from 1988-2014. In 2014, Sr. Marysia accepted the role of Director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where she is also a facilitator for Project Rachel, the Chair of the Board of Directors for MyCatholic Doctor, and an executive board member of the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, and an executive board member for the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. Sister also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Dept of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. Additionally, Sr. Marysia has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several books -- most recently penning two chapters in the new text on priestly formation: Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, published by Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s Enroute Books and Media. Sr. Marysia is a highly sought-after speaker and expert, and has presented to the Roman Curia, at the Vatican in 2002 regarding the Sexual Abuse by Clergy in North American.In this interview, Sr. Marysia and Dr. Urlakis address the issue of pornography use, compulsion, and addiction. Sr. Marysia shares her expertise, not only discussing the scope of the problem and the neuroscience behind internet pornography addiction, but also revealing effective and authentically Catholic strategies for hope and healing.

1hr 2mins

19 Nov 2020

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Episode 26: Mary Anne Urlakis interviews Msgr. John Cihak on The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Role in His Vocation (November 10, 2020)

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Monsignor John Cihak joins WCAT Show Host Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis in Episode 25 of “Vows, Vocations, and Promises: Discerning the Call of Love,” to present the first of two of his chapters recently published in the comprehensive new book: Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens. In this episode, Monsignor Cihak relates his personal vocational call to the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ and discusses the first of his contributions to the book, Chapter 2, entitled “The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Role in the Celibate Priest’s Spousal and Paternal Love.” Monsignor will return to the show in two weeks to expound on his subsequent chapter: “More than Just Friends: Reflections on the Priest as the Friend of the Bridegroom.”Monsignor John Cihak is the Pastor of Christ the King Parish and School and the Director of Continuing Education for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. Monsignor earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Notre Dame University, as well as a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as a Director of Human Formation and Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and taught Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. For several years, Monsignor Cihak served as an Official in the Congregation for Bishops and as a Papal Master of Ceremonies for Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Monsignor Cihak is the author of Balthasar and Anxiety, the co-author of The Catholic Guide to Depression, and the editor of Charles Borromeo: Selected Orations, Homilies, and Other Writings, as well as numerous articles on theology and priestly formation.In this interview, Monsignor Cihak details his honest and spiritually profound reflection on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the fulfillment of the celibate priest’s spousal and paternal love. Monsignor Cihak shares that in penning this beautiful addition to the book, he spent more time and effort “on his knees than in his desk.” This chapter is the result of fruitful prayer and research. In this interview, Monsignor shares with Dr. Urlakis his understanding of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in drawing out of the priest a celibate agape, assisting him to flourish as a husband to the Church and a strong spiritual father- even amid his own weakness. Monsignor describes that Our Lady achieves this mysterious and yet fundamental role at the Cross by drawing the priest out of his own pain to offer pure masculine love in the midst of her pure feminine love. Reflecting on Pope Benedict’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Monsignor Cihak offers valuable insight to those who hope to provide meaningful formation for future priests.Monsignor Cihak’s chapter, entitled “The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Role in the Celibate Priest’s Spousal and Paternal Love” is published in Spiritual Husbands- Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century, edited by Bishop Felipe Estevez and Bishop Andrew Cozzens, published by Holy Apostles College and Seminary’s En Route Books and Media, which is available at: https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/spiritualhusbands/.

1hr 4mins

12 Nov 2020

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